This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue postgraduate level education or a career in Periodontology. The programme is recognised by the UK Specialist Advisory Committee in Restorative Dentistry as suitable for the first two years of specialist training in Periodontology. An optional third year of training is available through competitive entry for UK / EU applicants wishing to be entered on the GDC specialist list; this option must be agreed by The London Deanery prior to entry.
The programme consists of clinical training, formal taught elements and the completion of a research project and dissertation. The clinical training (60 per cent) in diagnosis and management of periodontal disease emphasises the practice of advanced techniques in periodontology and includes the relationship between periodontology and other dental disciplines. The formal teaching element (25 per cent) is designed to provide a wide scientific background in the practice of periodontology. The supervised research project consists of 15 per cent of total programme activity. All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core teaching. However there are a wide range of opportunities and options for the research project in our exemplary modern research laboratory and clinical facilities. The full programme includes attendance at weekly new patient diagnostic clinics, clinical practice in periodontology including surgical, antimicrobial, regenerative and mucogingival procedures, management of periodontal disease in patients with other restorative problems, and principles and practice of implant dentistry.
You are currently assessed at the end of Year One by a single written examination paper and a clinical oral examination on the scientific basis of Periodontology. At the end of the second year there are two written papers, four case presentations, and a clinical diagnosis and treatment planning test. You will also produce a written report of your research project. You will also take part in an oral assessment of your research report. At the moment all three major components of the second year exams (written, clinical, research) are equally weighted.
Person specification for entry to postgraduate clinical dentistry programmes:
Primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent.
Primary dental qualification registerable with the General Dental Council in the UK;
MFDS, MJDF or FDS or equivalent;
Other postgraduate diplomas, degrees;
Other evidence of high academic achievement (eg Course grades, award of degree with honours or equivalent. Previous first degree BSc).
Two years full time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry.
Evidence of experience of practice of a broad range of general dentistry;
Completion of formal Vocational Training course, General Professional Training program, or equivalent such as hospital internship. Specific clinical experience in discipline/specialty to which they are applying.
English as first language
Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 ( no less than 6.5 in any part), TOEFL scores as follows : internet based 106, computer based 263, paper based 627 and must have been completed within the last two years.
You can also refer to the International Students section.