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Queen Mary University of London: Periodontology

Institution Queen Mary University of London
Department Institute of Dentistry
Study type Taught


If you’re a dentist who wants to specialise in periodontology either in primary or secondary services, or become a clinical academic, this course is for you. The Professional Doctorate in Periodontology provides you with an integrated three-year training programme, so you can gain high-level research expertise alongside your specialist clinical training.

  • A recognised GDC (UK) specialist training course

  • Recognised as specialty training for the Membership in Periodontics (Royal College of Surgeons)

  • Combines academic study, research and clinical training to give you a completely rounded training

  • Be taught by our distinguished international experts and have regular contact with them throughout the programme

  • Study at one of the UK’s top-rated dental schools: we’re joint first for research impact (REF 2014)

This DClinDent programme will expand your knowledge and skills in periodontics and provide an excellent preparation for your career as a specialist in this field.

You’ll take a programme of seminars and practical classes, starting with an introductory course to review the clinical and scientific scope of periodontics and determine its evidence base.

You’ll then enter supervised clinical and, as appropriate, laboratory practice, conducting treatment planning and clinical procedures, including a number of complex treatments. In this way, you’ll gain hands-on training in non-surgical and surgical periodontal therapy, including regenerative, mucogingival surgery and implant dentistry. You’ll also acquire specialist, practical knowledge of innovative and evidence-based clinical practice in periodontics and implant dentistry.

You’ll complete a clinical audit or service evaluation project to review clinical practices. Your research investigation will lead to a dissertation, where you’ll demonstrate the application of scientific method to a periodontic problem. You’ll gain advanced research skills to professional doctorate level.

In addition to your studies, you’ll also have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.

The DClinDent Degree meets level 8 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).

Structure - Three compulsory modules

  • Three compulsory research modules, including your final dissertation (up to 50,000 words)


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