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Programme title:

Diploma in Endodontic Practice

Final award (BSc, MA etc):

(where stopping off points exist they should be detailed here and defined later in the document)


UCAS code:
(where applicable)

Cohort(s) to which this programme specification is applicable:

(e.g. from 2015 intake onwards)

September 2011 onwards

Awarding institution/body:

University College London

Teaching institution:

University College London


Medical Sciences

Parent Department:
(the department responsible for the administration of the programme)

UCL Eastman Dental Institute (EDI)

Departmental web page address:

(if applicable)

Method of study:


Part-time (26 days of attendance/year 1; 20 days of attendance/year 2; plus non-contact home study throughout the programme)

Criteria for admission to the programme:
UK Dental Degree or equivalent
Full General Dental Council registration
Three years post qualification experience
Employment in clinical practice environment allowing access to endodontic cases for management throughout the course of study

Length of the programme:

(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such as study abroad or placements in industry)

2 calendar years

Level on Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)

Level 7

Relevant subject benchmark statement (SBS)
(see Guidance notes)


Brief outline of the structure of the programme and its assessment methods:

(see guidance notes)

Year one: 4 × 15 credit modules. Endodontic sciences delivered through a structured lecture/tutorial series; Clinical sciences involving patient management, log-book and clinical case Presentations; and Practical Endodontics (levels 1 & 2) delivered through hands-on skills-laboratory techniques course.

Assessment is by written question papers, log-book of practical work and presentations, log-book of clinical work and presentations and vivas.

Year two: 2 × 15 and 1 × 30 credit modules. Two modules develop clinical skills in Endodontics through completion of clinical cases in their own practice as well as in the supervised clinical environment at Eastman Dental Institute. The third module involves generalist skills acquired through an online computer based course.

Assessment is by log book of clinical work, supervised audit project, MCQs, Multiple short essay questions, and vivas.

Board of Examiners:

Name of Board of Examiners:
Endodontic Practice (Dip)

Professional body accreditation

(if applicable):

Faculty of General Dental Practitioners

Date of next scheduled accreditation visit: N/A

The programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and technical and clinical skills to a level of competency suitable for appointment as a Dentist with a Special Interest (DwSI) in Endodontics (Department of Health/FGDP 2006) or in the future dentists with enhanced skills in endodontics.

The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

A: Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:

1. The aetiology of pulpal and

periapical disease

2. The Diagnostic signs and

symptoms of pulpal and periapical


3. The treatment options for these


4. The morphology of teeth and their

enclosed root canal spaces

5. The methods available to access

and disinfect canal spaces

6. The methods available to seal

coronal spaces and access cavities

7. The restorative options for root

treated teeth

8. The principles, considerations and

practical challenges of root canal


9. The principles of endodontic management of trauma

10. The principles, considerations and practical challenges of endodontic surgery

11. The fundamentals of Clinical Record-keeping and Audit

12. Practical elements of cross-infection control

13.Current legislation and Good Practice Guidelines

14. Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice

15. Dental Radiography

16. Risk Management and Communication

17. Team training

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

Teaching of 1-10 will be primarily through didactic

lectures and seminars involving prior reading and

group discussion. Extensive external study will be

necessary for a written paper to assess the development of critical appraisal and synthesis skills.

Practical applications are taught through treatment on simulation plastic models and extracted teeth in manikin heads (Endodontic Techniques Course) and pig’s heads (Endodontic Surgery Course).

Clinical skills are taught through supervised and mentored practice at EDI and own practice by participants.

Teaching of 11-17 will be via an online course.


Formative: Participant evaluation forms completed by lecturers. Contribution during seminars. Reflective log-books.

Summative: Written essay assignments (long and multiple short essay questions), MCQs, presentations and oral examinations. Reflective log-books.

Audit report.

B: Skills and other attributes

Intellectual (thinking) skills:

The programme will aim to help


1. To carefully analyse and critique

contemporary and classical research in Endodontics

2. To understand, contextualise and experiment with different

practical methodologies for

Endodontic treatment and research

their effectiveness.

3. To apply this knowledge to an

evidenced-based clinical practice

of Endodontics at specialist interest level.

4. To design and conduct clinical audit

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

1. Discussion in tutorials/seminars

2. Technical skills development through reflective practice of treatment in simulation models and extracted teeth

3. Oral presentations of clinical work by participants in their dental practices and at EDI

4. Reflective clinical Log-books of cases managed by participants in their own dental practices and under supervision at EDI

5. Audit report

6. Online and computer based learning


Formative: Participant evaluation forms completed by lecturers. Contribution during seminars. Reflective log-books.

Summative: Written essay assignments (long and multiple short essay questions), MCQs, presentations and oral examinations. Reflective log-books. Audit report.

C: Skills and other attributes

Practical skills (able to):

This programme aims to help students with the following practical skills:

1. To communicate effectively in

writing and orally

2. To use digital radiography and

allied software to analyse practical


3. To use digital image manipulation

software in conjunction with word

processing to produce clinical


4. To use the internet and Information

Centre as a research tool.

5. To take up and respond to ideas

introduced during teaching

6. To refine their manual dexterity,

improving dental hand-piece and

endodontic instrument control

7. To work clinically using


8. To evaluate current and contemporary

endodontic scientific research

9. To design and conduct a clinical audit

Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

1. Seminars and Lectures.

2. Endodontic Technique Course - Training

using Operating Dental Microscopes and

Loupes. Training using Digital radiography

3. Clinical Case Presentations

4. Mandatory use of a password protected

extranet site containing references and

resources pertaining to the course (Moodle)

5. Guidance in producing written assignments

(Clinical Log-book and Techniques Course Log-book)

6. Guidance in design, conduct and analysis of clinical audit

7. Mentored and supervised clinical practice


Formative: Participant evaluation forms completed by lecturers. Contribution during seminars. Feedback and discussion following techniques work and Clinical Case presentations; as well as supervised clinical practice.

Summative: Written assignments (Clinical and technical exercise Log-books), presentations and oral examinations.

D: Skills and other attributes

Transferable skills (able to):

The programme will encourage students to:

1. Write essays and clinical reports

2. Improve self-expression

3. Use computer resources and

information technology

4. Present material orally

5. Listen and contribute in class

6. Experiment with different

techniques and ideas and evaluate

them objectively

7. Assess evidence independently and develop an evidence-based system for clinical practice

8. Use a variety of specialized written

and digital materials from libraries

9. Critically appraise themselves

10. Use appropriate self-management


Teaching/learning methods and


As above


As above

The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

  • the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications:


  • the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements:


  • the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);

  • UCL teaching and learning policies;

  • staff research.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.

Programme Organiser(s) Name(s):

Professor Kishor Gulabivala (Programme Director)

Mr Ian Alexander & Mr Alyn Morgan (Deputy Programme Directors)

Date of Production:

September 2011

Date of Review:

November 2015

Date approved by Chair of Departmental Teaching Committee:

December 2015

Date approved by Faculty Teaching Committee

December 2015

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