Year 2 MSc - A detailed outline
(Postgraduate Diploma equivalence)
Year 2 of the MSc Endodontology programme will start next Autumn and applications for this programme are now invited. With very small teaching groups, you can expect very focussed teaching from our highly experienced team.
This programme is divided into three modules, Innovations in Endodontics, Research methods and Statistics and Endodontic Microscopy.
The programme has been designed to fit in with the work schedule of busy dentists and attendance at our teaching venues is limited to just two consecutive days per month over the programme up to a maximum of 12 days on campus study. The Research methods and Statistics module will be taught as an e-learning module and will require only 1-2 days of attendance on campus with the majority of the teaching being delivered via the University intranet.
Successful completion of Year 2 is an entry requirement for Year 3 (Dissertation module) of the Masters degree in Endodontology. Alternatively, on successful completion of Year 2, you may elect to exit the programme and would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontology.
Places on this programme will be more limited than on Year 1, so please contact Louise, our programme administrator, as soon as possible for further details on the programme.
Your investment for Year 2 of the MSc Endodontology programme
The fee for Year 2 (effective for 2020/2021 academic year) which includes all course materials, university fees and VAT is £6650 (there is an additional fee of approximately £500 for the online research module which is paid direct to The University normally during the Spring). On completion of Year 2, you could then choose to exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Endodontology OR carry on with Year 3 of the programme.
The University of Chester charge a fee for any reassessments and you would be invoiced a fee of £180 inc VAT for any reassessments per 20 credit module. This extra fee only applies for reassessments.
Easy payment options. To secure your place on Year 2 of the programme, we would require a deposit of £650 at the time of application and then by regular monthly payments over the duration of the programme.
Entry Requirements for Year 2 of the MSc Endodontology programme
- Be qualified as a Dental Surgeon and have a licence to practise dentistry
- To have successfully completed (or intend to complete prior to entry) Year 1 of our MSc programme or have already completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontology or equivalent.
- Be registered with the General Dental Council and have a current annual practice certificate
- Be in professional practice or have a hospital appointment for the duration of the programme
- Be registered with a Defence Union and possess indemnity insurance with cover at an appropriate level
- Be qualified at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent (if English is not first language)
Core subjects for Year 2 of the MSc Endodontology programme, based around 3 modules
Module 1 - Innovations in Endodontics
- To offer students the opportunity to explore and evaluate a range of new techniques and/or materials for use in endodontics.
- To question the evidence base for new innovations in endodontics
Some examples of module content are:
- Endodontic imaging; Digital radiography, the theory, a critical review of available systems, advantages and disadvantages, 3-D imaging systems and their potential future role in contemporary endodontics
- Active root canal irrigation techniques; the use of active irrigation systems in the chemical debridement of the root canal system, a critical appraisal of theory and methodology
- Alternative root canal obturation techniques; The roles of synthetic Gutta Percha type materials to seal the root canal system. Evaluation of new obturation techniques and a critical evaluation of their efficacy
- Tomorrow's irrigants; evaluation of chemical root canal irrigant solutions that are not yet widely used or accepted for use in the UK
- Dedicated endodontic computer software, including issues relating to management of referral practice, practice logistics, treatment costing, communication techniques and use of IT systems for marketing purposes
- The single file preparation; a critical evaluation of the potential of single file preparation techniques.
- The endodontic/implant debate; the comparative outcomes of endodontic treatment vs implant . A critical appraisal of the statistics underlying quoted success rates
Assessment for module 1
1 x 5000 word literature review on an endodontic topic, submission date is 14 days after final day of this module (day 6). For example, if final day is 12 January, submission due date will be 26 January
Module 2 - Research
- To provide a comprehensive introduction to research with regard to key concepts, approaches, and techniques.
- To facilitate the preparation of a research proposal for the dissertation.
- To enable students to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to their research topic.
Some examples of module content are:
- Research and professional practice: evidence-based practice,being a critical consumer of research, practice development and research.
- Key concepts and issues in research: research topics and research questions, answering questions with data, validity and reliability of data, qualitative and quantitiative data, description, exploration, finding connections, formulating and testing hypotheses, populations and sampling.
- Gathering and analysing data: Observation, questionnaires, interviews. Data analysis and drawing conclusions.
- Literature review: searching, locating, reading and summarising, reviewing and critiquing, organising, synthesising, and using the literature.
- Preparing the research proposal: Identifying research questions or hypothesis for chosen topic. Designing a study to address the question(s). Data gathering and recording, data analysis. Considering alternative approaches: critical analysis of alternative methods of research to the chosen approach. Knowledge transfer and strategies for dissemination.
- Ethical frameworks, constraints, data protection, confidentiality and human rights, preparing an application for ethical approval.
Assessment for module 2
4000 word research proposal, submission date is usually second week of May but will be confirmed at the start of the module in February
A critical review of ethical issues raised in the proposal (1000 words), submission date is usually second week of May but will be confirmed at the start of the module in February
Module 3 - Endodontic Microscopy
- This module will cover those areas of endodontics that most benefit from the use of enhanced magnification and illumination, such as management of MTA and other bioceramics in the repair of perforations, the management of MTA/bioceramics in the closure of open apices cases
- Location and safe exploration of sclerosed canals
- Exploration of additional canal structures such as MB2 and middle mesial canal systems
- Management of merging canals
- Negotiation and management of ledged canals
- Retrieval of fractured dental instruments from root canals.
- To provide an in-depth evaluation of the history of the dental microscope in endodontics, its indications for use, the advantages and disadvantages
Make recommendations on current best practice for its clinical use.
- Each participant will have the sole use of a dental operating microscope for all the hands on sessions in this module.
Some examples of module content are:
- The history of the dental operating microscope and the indications for use of the operating microscope in endodontics.
- The importance of illumination and magnification in the successful and predictable management of endodontic cases
- Inflammation and immunity, a critical review of acute inflammation, chronic inflammation, host immunity and how these processes relate to the endodontic disease process.
- MTA,(Mineral Trioxide Aggregate ) and other bioceramics. Biology and indications for clinical use of these materials in compromised cases. Manipulation of materials in the root canal using the operating microscope
- Resorption, a critical appraisal of the processes that lead to the various presentations of root resorption. Its clinical management using MTA/bioceramics and Calcium Hydroxide.
- Pulp chamber anatomy, Use of the microscope to explore natural pulp chamber anatomy and the application of this knowledge in the prevention of iatrogenic damage
- Practical use of the operating microscope including ergonomics of microscope use, siting of microscopes and the use of the microscope in a working team
Assessment for module 3
2 x case presentations, presentation 1 is on day 10 and presentation 2 is on day 11.
1 x OSCE examination on final day of the module (day 12)