Course Comparison

MSc Orthodontics MSc Periodontology
Master of Science - MSc Master of Science - MSc
3 years 3 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Part-time Part-time
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Leamington Spa Plymouth
Peninsula Dental School Peninsula Dental School
Entry requirements
BDS Dental Surgery
Graduates should be practicing dentistry whilst undertaking the programme and hold full GDC (or equivalent) registration as a dental practitioner, they should also have full professional indemnity and normally at least two years of clinical experience (full time equivalent). 
Places will then be allocated to successful candidates on a first come first served basis. 
Language requirements
Candidates will be required to be competent in English.
Candidates whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent in a secure English language test.
Please note that this programme is delivered primarily by distance learning and therefore it is not suitable for students who would need a Student visa to study in the UK. Students who are non-British or Irish nationals will be expected to reside in their home country whilst studying on this course and the University will assist them in applying for a Visitor visa, to attend taught sessions as the programme requires. 
The University will provide a letter to support a Visitor visa application but students will need to apply for the visa (and pay the associated costs) themselves. When students are attending taught sessions for short periods, they will be required to complete the right to study check before being permitted to enrol.
As a graduate, you should be practising dentistry in the UK whilst undertaking the programme and hold full General Dental Council (GDC) registration as a dental practitioner. You should also have full professional indemnity and normally at least two years of clinical experience. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, subject to fulfilling the above requirements.
If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language. The minimum acceptable English language requirement for postgraduate courses is IELTS 6.5 overall, in both cases with minimum 5.5 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Other acceptable tests and scores include PTE Academic: 61, with minimum 51 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing).
Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits. To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at the University of Plymouth. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.
The University of Plymouth is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).
We welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Additional support for students with an impairment, health condition or disability.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.