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Course overview
(Postgraduate Diploma) Postgraduate Diploma
University of Essex
University of Essex
Health and Social Care (School of)
Southend Campus
Postgraduate Diploma
Professions complementary to Dentistry
DIP A40012

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

Complete applications for this course must be received by 18 September 2020. If your application is incomplete or is submitted after this date it will not be considered.

  • A relevant professional qualification and current registration with the General Dental Council
  • A minimum of 2 years post-registration experience
  • A degree with an overall 2.1 in a relevant subject


  • Relevant professional experience and qualifications that demonstrate ability to study at Masters level
  • Currently employed in a relevant field of practice
  • Successful performance at interview

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

Dr Paul Ryan

Senior Clinical Lecturer (Honorary Consultant)

Queen Mary University of London

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 26 October 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 HS750-7-AU Introduction and Scientific Basis of Periodontology Core 15 Core Optional
02 HS751-7-SP Clinical Periodontology Core 15 Core Optional
03 HS752-7-PS Assessment Diagnosis and Treatment Planning Core 15 Core Optional
04 HS753-7-PS Non-Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease Core 15 Core Optional
05 HS754-7-FY Surgical Management of Periodontal Disease Core 15 Core Optional
06 HS755-7-FY Complex Case Management Core 30 Core Optional
07 HS858-7-FY Using Evidence in Health Care Practice Core 15 Core Optional

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

To provide clinicians with a broad and critical understanding of the key concepts underlying clinical periodontal practice. To provide students with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop their own evidence based practice. To encourage students to contribute to policy-making, planning and evaluation. To train students to understand the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing methodology, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up. To ensure students acquire a range of transferable employment related skills.
The programme is designed to provide an educational route, by credit accumulation, to acquiring the skills and knowledge of a dentist with a special interest in periodontology

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Comprehensive knowledge of the relationships between relevant academic theories and professional practice.

A2: Appreciate the interrelationship between and have a comprehensive knowledge of patient assessment, diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning.

A3: Understanding indications for and the principles of non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontal disease and to introduce more complex modalities of treatment.

A4: Understanding of the science associated with the oral cavity, the periodontium, periodontal disease and the principles associated with periodontal therapies.

A5: Understand the relationships between Periodontics and the other restorative disciplines and to diagnose, plan care and contribute to treatment for patients requiring combined care.

Learning methods

A1-5 are covered in lectures and seminars, which introduce the material in a structured manner with opportunity for class discussion. Many of the teaching sessions adopt an enquiry-based learning approach.
A1-3 are further supported by practical experience, portfolio development and the completion of an independent research project.
A2,3 and 5 are further supported by Specialist led diagnostic and treatment planning sessions.
A5 is further supported by supervised clinical practice and work based placement clinical practice.

Assessment methods

A1 is assessed by coursework, portfolio development and written assignment.
A4 is assessed through short answer tests.
A2 A3 and A5 are assessed by clinical case study and presentation.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Systematically gather and critically review evidence

B2: Translate research evidence into practical activities in patient care and service management. (evidence based practice)

B3: Plan an independent research proposal to a high professional and ethical standard.

B4: Plan, undertake and report an independent research project.

B5: Write well-structured and well-argued essays.

Learning methods

B1-3 are delivered by means of on campus seminars and web-based learning.
B4 is supported by individual tutorials.
B5 is ongoing throughout the course, and enhanced via formative feedback about coursework..

Assessment methods

B1-3 and 5 are assessed by means of coursework - summative essays, case study reports and presentations and a range of formative exercises.
B4 is assessed through completion of a dissertation based upon original coursework.

C: Practical skills

C1: Be capable of undertaking periodontal assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, including for patients with complex periodontal disease.

C2: Be capable of undertaking safely and effectively, or referring patients, as appropriate,

C3: Be capable of undertaking safely and effectively, or referring patients, as appropriate,

C4: Be capable of engaging in the joint planning and provision of care for patients complex oral and/or medical diseases or conditions.

Learning methods

C1-4 are supported by seminars, enquiry based learning and practical demonstrations.
C2-4 are further supported by supervised clinical practice and work based clinical practice.

Assessment methods

C1 and C3 are assessed by laboratory based assessment
C1-4 are assessed by case study and presentation.

D: Key skills

D1: Write clearly and effectively; Communicate effectively verbally in a group; Summarise and communicate complex findings to others; Communicate with professional and lay audiences appropriately.

D2: Use Moodle and the Internet; Use word processing packages; Use spreadsheets and statistics packages; Use presentation packages; Use data analysis software.

D3: Students will be able to read and interpret tables of data and statistics; use statistics to analyse data; use packages for handling and analysing data.

D4: Choose the appropriate method of enquiry in order to address a range of practical and theoretical problems. This includes review and use of appropriate past literature and designing an appropriate piece of research work.

D5: Students will be able to: Work with others within their own clinical team to agree and work towards goals; Work successfully with other disciplines; Practise reflectively and facilitate this in others.

D6: Learn from feedback and respond appropriately and effectively to supervision and guidance; Work pragmatically to meet deadlines; Critically evaluate own performance and to practice reflectively.

Learning methods

D1 is introduced in the pre-registration induction day and is supported in class discussions on the study days.
D2 is introduced in the pre-registration induction day. It is covered in on-line teaching demonstrations and supported laboratory work.
D3 is supported in lectures during the study days.
D4 is promoted through the extensive use of enquiry-based learning methods.
D5 is supported by discussions and by feedback on coursework.
D6 is supported by structured feedback on coursework, the enforcement of tight deadlines, and the encouragement of reflection in coursework

Assessment methods

D1-6 are assessed through coursework, including formative practical assignments. In addition, the dissertation includes assessment of formulation, planning and problem-solving


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