Postgraduate dental programmes

We currently offer four programmes; all operate on a blended learning model, combining work at home with taught contact days on University premises

MSc Restorative Dentistry

While continuing to work and study in practice, you will attend 20 days teaching in years 1 and 2. You will develop your skills in restorative dentistry, including:

  • Treatment planning
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontology
  • Fixed and removable prosthodontics
  • Implantology

Year 3 is the dissertation year, when you learn to apply the teaching that you will have received in searching for and appraising the dental literature. You will choose a research question relevant to your practice and investigate this, with support from the University team, finding and assessing evidence and forming robust conclusions.

Accredited by The Royal College of Surgeons of England registered charity number 212808

Accredited by The Royal College of Surgeons of England, registered charity number 212808

MSc Restorative Dentistry student, Angharad Truman talks about her experiences on the programme

MSc Minor Oral Surgery

Similar to the MSc Restorative Dentistry, you can continue to work and study in practice and attend for 20 days teaching in years 1 and 2. You will develop your skills in minor oral surgery, including:

  • Case assessment
  • Imaging
  • Treatment of medically compromised patients
  • Minor oral surgery for impacted teeth/roots and implant surgery
  • Oral medicine relevant to minor oral surgery

Year 3 is the dissertation year, when you learn to apply the teaching that you will have received in searching for and appraising the dental literature. You will choose a research question relevant to your practice and investigate this, with support from the University team, finding and assessing evidence and forming robust conclusions.

MSc Periodontology

While continuing to work and study in practice, you will attend 20 days teaching in years 1 and 2. You will develop your skills in periodontology, including:

  • Treatment planning
  • Treating patients with complex medical or restorative issues
  • Non-surgical periodontal treatment
  • Surgical periodontal treatment, including pocket reduction and mucogingival surgery
  • Implant placement, restoration and aftercare

Year 3 is the dissertation year, when you learn to apply the teaching that you will have received in searching for and appraising the dental literature. You will choose a research question relevant to your practice and investigate this, with support from the University team, finding and assessing evidence and forming robust conclusions.


The FGDP Articulation route

This MSc top-up programme is a collaboration between Peninsula Dental School and the Faculty of General Practice (UK) that allows holders of the FGDP (UK) Diploma in Restorative Dentistry to join the third and final year of our highly regarded MSc Restorative Dentistry programme.

Course details

The FGDP Diploma is recognised as potentially contributing 120 credits towards the University of Plymouth MSc in Restorative Dentistry. 

Successful applicants attend two preparatory days in the autumn before joining the dissertation module commencing in January. 

The dissertation runs over seven study days between January and September each year and provides the final 60 credits required to obtain the MSc.

Key features

  • Postgraduates undertake project work which is supported by expert supervisors and online teaching materials
  • Supervision is flexible to suit the needs of the postgraduates and can take on a place face to face basis or remotely (e.g. via Skype and email)
  • Postgraduates receive feedback on draft work submitted regularly throughout the course to prepare them for submission of their final dissertation.