Professional Doctorate in DClinDent Periodontology

    Course Description

    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.

    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.


    New postgraduate study and research facilities are available in the state of the art Blizard building, as well as the Institute of Dentistry, and include: 

    • 11 dedicated seminar rooms and a student learning centre
    • 92 production laboratory spaces
    • Digital imaging and two cutting-edge cone beam CT machines
    • A PC in every operatory with ‘slave screen’ on chair for viewing images and discussing results with patient
    • Modern facial-scanning equipment
    • Facilities and services for 72 ‘phantom’ heads

    Watch our video to see more of our facilities.

    Institute of Dentistry

    If you study with us, you will join a dynamic, successful school with a first-class reputation: the Institute is ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2019 Complete University Guide, and joint first for our research impact (REF 2014).

    The Institute of Dentistry is a special place to undertake your postgraduate studies. We bring together a number of world-leading researchers in basic and clinical sciences who supervise research students in the fields of oral medicine, oral pathology, oral microbiology, oral epidemiology, oncology, dental biomaterials, dental biophysics, dental public health, dental education, periodontology, orthodontics, paediatric, prosthetic and conservative dentistry.

    The Institute is based in Whitechapel and offers cutting-edge technology, a superb education and first-class research facilities.

    The Institute of Dentistry is part of Queen Mary’s Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. Queen Mary is part of the University of London and a member of the Russell Group.

    This DClinDent programme will provide you with an excellent preparation for your career as a specialist in periodontics.

    As a graduate of this recognised GDC (UK) training programme, you will be able to sit exam to gain membership of the Royal College of Surgeons. This career path will enable you to register as a specialist in Periodontics.

    You’ll also gain the research skills and experience necessary to pursue further academic research.

    Application deadline: 31 January

    Visit the DClinDent Periodontology page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must have a primary qualification in Dentistry (BDS or equivalent). Two years full-time post-qualification clinical practice of dentistry including evidence of specific relevant experience in periodontal care is also required.

    Please note that if English is not your first language then in order for your application to be considered you must have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 at the point of submission of your application.

    Following the application deadline, screening of applications and selection of candidates will take place. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to attend a Skype interview with the Programme Lead.

    Course Fees

    Please see the Queen Mary website for up-to-date fees and funding information

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