University of Chester

Programme Specification
Endodontology MSc
2016 - 2017

Master of Science



University of Chester

University of Chester

Altrincham and Formby

Postgraduate (Taught)


Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

6 Years

Variable - Variable



17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Health and Social Care Health and Social Care

  • General Dental Council
  • European Society of Endodontology. The programme is written in line with the Quality Guidelines for Endodontic Treatment from the European Society of Endodontology (2006) which represent current good practice.

Faculty of Health and Social Care, Postgraduate Module Assessment Board.

Friday 12th February 2016

  • To enable registered dental practitioners to develop their skills in assessment and diagnosis of endodontic disease.
  • To enable registered dental practitioners to critically appraise the treatment options for patients with endodontic disease, and successfully carry out the required treatment.
  • To enable registered dental practitioners to avoid iatrogenic damage during treatment, and to successfully resolve endodontic treatment failures.
  • To further develop skills and knowledge in endodontology, including the evidence base for new techniques, and the role of the dental operating microscope.

Students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Advanced concepts and principles of endodontics. (All modules)
  2. The evidence-based approach to the on-going development of their practice. (All modules)
  3. Application of the research process and relevance to their own practice. (NM7059 & NM7069)

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate self-direction, independence of thought, and the ability to think logically and critically. (All modules)
  2. Access, analyse and process information applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship. (NM7059 & NM7069)
  3. Utilise higher level analytical and clinical decision-making skills. (All modules)
  4. Demonstrate independent learning ability when working as a reflexive and autonomous practitioner. (All modules)
  5. Demonstrate originality when exercising innovative and creative thinking strategies. (All modules)

Students will be able to:

  1. Assess clinically the need for and prognosis of endodontic treatment. (All modules)
  2. Carry out a range of advanced endodontic treatments and techniques. (All modules)
  3. Demonstrate competency using the dental operating microscope. (NM7904)
  4. Undertake a piece of research relevant to the practice of root canal dentistry and disseminate the findings. (NM7059)

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate self-direction in both formal and informal learning environments. (All modules)
  2. Communicate effectively at both individual and organisational levels. (All modules)
  3. Be competent in the use of IT. (All modules)
  4. Work autonomously and collaboratively, and lead a team. (All modules)
  5. Demonstrate higher literacy and numeracy skills. (All modules)

This programme incorporates the Postgraduate Certificate in Endodontology, which has been successfully delivered at Chester for over eight years. Candidates will be required to undertake three more 20 credit modules to achieve a Postgraduate Diploma, and a further 60 credit dissertation to achieve the MSc Endodontology.

Accreditation of prior learning is available in line with University policy.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
NM7059 7 Dissertation 60 Comp
NM7069 7 Research 20 Comp
NM7900 7 Principles of Endodontics 20 Comp
NM7901 7 Endodontic Treatment 20 Comp
NM7902 7 Referral Endodontics 20 Comp
NM7903 7 Innovations in Endodontics 20 Comp
NM7904 7 Endodontic microscopy 20 Comp

For the Postgraduate Certificate, students must complete three modules - NM7900, NM7901 and NM7902 - to achieve 60 credits.

For the Postgraduate Diploma, students must complete six modules - NM7900, NM7901, NM7902, NM7903, NM7904 and NM7069 - to achieve 120 credits.

For the MSc, students must complete 180 credits, including the 60 credit dissertation module NM7059.

The following modules are exempted from compensation and students must pass all components of the assessment: NM7900, NM7901, NM7902 and NM7904.

Applicants should:

  • Be qualified as a dental surgeon and have a licence to practise dentistry.
  • Be registered with the General Dental Council (or equivalent regulatory body in own country if non-UK) 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).

The programme is written in line with the Quality Guidelines for Endodontic Treatment from the European Society of Endodontology (2006), which represent current good practice.

A range of learning and teaching methods are employed during the delivery of this programme. These include lectures, demonstration, discussion, seminars, e- learning and blended learning, and simulated practice in a skills laboratory. The Research module is offered as a taught module or as an an e-learning option.

A range of assessment methods are used in this programme. These include a research proposal, essays, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), presentation of cases from practice and a research dissertation.

Formative assessment will be offered during practical sessions, and in line with University guidelines.

This programme is intended to enhance the expertise of dental practitioners in root canal therapy. 

Masters degrees are awarded to students who have demonstrated:

  • A systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of their academic discipline, field of study, or area of professional practice.
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship.     
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables the student: a) to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; and b) to evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

         Typically, holders of the qualification will be able to:

  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level; 

    and will have:

    The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring:

  • a) the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
    b) decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations; and
    c) the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms: through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

This programme is unique in the North West and is a result of a collaborative partnership agreement between the University of Chester and Simplyendo.

The part time delivery of this programme allows practitioners to continue with their working practice whilst studying, and counts towards the hours required for Continuing Professional Development. 

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