Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) Periodontology

More than ever, patients understand the importance of maintaining their oral health, and are investing considerable effort and expense in complex restorative procedures. As a result, the demand for this expertise is in great demand.

The Master's in Clinical Dentistry (Periodontology) is a comprehensive programme that covers the latest periodontal theories and treatment protocols. It will provide you with the knowledge and specialist skills required to treat patients confidently.

Particular focus is given to developing clinical techniques in implantology, and providing supervised clinical training in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontally compromised patients.

You will also learn the importance of effective maintenance protocols. You will also work with colleagues from other programmes to discuss management of patient cases with a multidisciplinary approach and sound judgment based on evidence.

The Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) Periodontology degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

BPP University Dental Institute, Birmingham

For full-time students some study will be completed at regional clinical centres nationwide in the UK and internationally.


Start Date

September, January and May

Length of programme

Three-years (part-time) placement in your own country
Three-years (full-time) with a UK clinical placement
Three-years (full-time) with an international placement*

Modes of study

Part-time option
Classroom (three, week-long teaching blocks in years one and two) research (classroom and tutorials)

Full-time with UK clinical placement
Classroom, 30 weeks teaching, clinical (in regional dental practices), research (classroom and tutorials)

Full-time with international clinical placement
Classroom, 30 weeks teaching, clinical (in regional and international dental practices)*, research (classroom and tutorials)


Written assignments, clinical examinations, presentations

How to apply

To apply online, please apply direct or for more information request a call back

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

* For students undertaking the full-time with an international clinical placement option only, subject to contract.

Key Information

  • Boost your career by getting the knowledge and skills you need to expand your practice
  • Programmes are delivered by postgraduate qualified dentists
  • Learn front-line multidisciplinary approaches in the management of dental care
  • Gain exposure to advanced dental treatment undertaken by expert dental academics in the UK, and if you decide to take the international placement you also gain clinical experience with patients*
  • Flexible study scheduled to not interfere with your busy practice commitments
  • Innovative training featuring the latest evidence-based patient care principles
  • Benefit from exposure to a clinical environment in working specialist dental practices*
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^

Learn about our programme design and structure

Our Master's level programmes are all awarded as a Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent). As clinically-based qualifications, our courses are designed to equip you with real-life practice experience, so that you are fully prepared for a flourishing professional career.

We have developed a pioneering range of programmes that can help you to become not only a great clinician, but also a natural leader with the confidence and refined clinical skills to pursue your long-term career goals.

Our six programmes are specifically designed for practising dental professionals, with each taking three years, full or part-time, to complete. Part-time students attend intensive blocks of seminars and practical workshops at BPP University locations and perform the clinical component of their programme in their own practices. Full-time students, in addition to the intensive blocks, attend weekly seminars and clinical placements in the UK and in Europe for students taking the additional international placement option.

How are the programmes taught?

In the first year you will learn the principles of each specialist area. In the second year, these foundations will be built upon by consolidating your knowledge in your chosen discipline, in addition to modules that focus on advancing your clinical practice and professional competencies. In the third year the nature of evidence-based practice is reinforced, culminating in a professional project or dissertation. At the end of the third year, following successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded an MClinDent in your chosen field of study.

Your study options


Our part-time programme is suitable for busy clinicians opting to undertake further study while they work. If you choose to take this option, you will attend three teaching weeks in years one and two at BPP University UK locations that include seminars, interactive workshops and practical training on models, phantom heads and cadaveric specimens.

In order to complete the advanced clinical practice module in year two, you will complete clinical requirements in your own practice, or in our clinical outreach centres, to develop key clinical competencies. And in year three, you will receive teaching in research methodology, and have the opportunity to undertake a clinically orientated research project guided by a qualified research supervisor.

Full-time, with a UK clinical placement

This variant is suitable for dentists wishing to invest three full-time years of their early career into training in one of the six disciplines. In addition to the intensive teaching blocks and practical work mentioned above, you will attend seminars and workshops and a clinical placement in our regional outreach clinics over 30 weeks per year.

You will gain vital professional experience by observing qualified clinicians performing advanced procedures in a clinical setting, and be able to apply the new skills you learn by practising, whilst supervised, on models and cadaveric specimens. And in year three, you will receive teaching in research methodology, and have the opportunity to undertake a clinically orientated research project guided by a qualified research supervisor.

Full-time, with an international clinical placement*

This pioneering variant offers the opportunity to study in the UK as outlined above, as well as undertake a clinical placement in a European country. As with our other full-time option you will benefit from the dedicated teaching blocks, 30 weeks training each year observing qualified clinicians and practising on models and cadaveric specimens. In addition to this, and one of the key features of this study option, is the chance to undertake an international placement. Here you will get the opportunity to perform clinical procedures under the supervision of academic clinicians.

You will undergo intensive advanced training in order to develop and enhance your clinical competence and skills, and be exposed to a wide range of expertise, diverse techniques and approaches to dentistry practice thanks to BPP University’s multidisciplinary approach to dentistry training. And in year three, you will receive teaching in research methodology, and have the opportunity to undertake a clinically orientated research project guided by a qualified research supervisor.

Help and support when you need it

Whatever your choice of study you will receive research support with a supervisor who will be available throughout the year via email and telephone, should you need advice.


Aetiology and diagnosis of diseases of the periodontium (20 credits)

The mechanisms and diagnosis of the various forms of periodontal disease are explained in detail and related to prognosis. Included is the newly recognised and potential serious condition of peri-implantitis.

Principles of oral medicine and oral pathology (20 credits)

Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of oral medicine, history taking, clinical examination, and the investigations required to diagnose oral medicine cases. Students will also be introduced to the management of oral medicine patients using a prescribing and therapeutical approach as well as operative intervention.

Operative implant dentistry (20 credits)

Covers the surgical protocols involved in implant placement in suitable patients, and implant-specific surgical techniques and related instrumentation. Students practice various implant protocols on models and have the opportunity to observe clinical practice. Students also apply the skills learnt on actual patients, and begin implant placement protocols in preparation for the second year clinical practice module.

Fundamentals of bone augmentation and grafting (15 credits)

This module introduces autogenous bone grafting and sinus lifting. The module also covers the rehabilitation and reconstruction of severely resorbed jaws, where loss of alveolar bone height and buccolabial bone width combined with reduction in bone density, severely compromises direct implant treatment.

Treatment and management of periodontal disease (15 credits)

Students will learn about the latest non-surgical and surgical techniques for the treatment of periodontal diseases and their relative merits. This module includes the management of soft tissues, flap repositioning and soft tissue aesthetic particularly in relation to dental implants in the aesthetic zone.

Advanced Clinical Practice (30 credits)

Evidence based dentistry: understanding research (20 credits)

Students present and treat a minimum of ten surgical cases, four of which are under supervision and appraised at a regional clinic. Students also contribute to seminars and present interesting case reports they treated or intend to treat under supervision or independently. The cases build up a clinical portfolio that is marked for evidence of successful completion of the module.

Evidence based dentistry: professional project (40 credits)

Students will be able to develop a research protocol and produce a research dissertation on an area relevant to their practice.

Entry requirements

UK students

  • Undergraduate qualification in Dentistry and
  • Completion of at least one year in clinical practice and
  • Current GDC practising certificate

International (including EU) students

  • Undergraduate qualification in Dentistry and
  • Completion of at least one year in clinical practice and
  • Letter of good standing or equivalent from an appropriate regulatory dental body and
  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)

Prior to commencing clinical placement

  • Current satisfactory immunisation status and
  • Current evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and
  • Current evidence of malpractice indemnity insurance

English language

IELTS 6.5 (6.0 in each component) - the international office can assess your certificates and advise whether or not you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your particular country of origin.

Study Centres

  • BPP University Dental Institute, Birmingham
  • For full-time students some study will be completed at regional clinical centres in the UK and Europe


£10,000 per annum part-time for 180 Master's Level credits (part-time study) additional fees will apply in year 2 if students wish to treat patients at BPP Dental Institute (only for GDC registered students). No additional fees will apply if students arrange to treat patients outside of BPP Dental Institute.
£25,000 per annum for full-time 180 Master's Level credits (full-time study with UK clinical placement)
£37,500 per annum for full-time 180 Master's Level credits (full-time study with international clinical placements)

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800
Resit practical assessment fee £100
Resit clinical assessment fee £250
Resit assignment fee £50
Resit clinical exam fee £50
Resit presentation fee £50
Resit clinical case fee £50
Resit dissertation fee £200