Periodontology in Practice CPD Award

Course code A9PP

What is special about this course?

This CPD Periodontology in Practice module is designed to develop your clinical knowledge and understanding of the role of the dental care professional in managing advanced periodontal disease. It is designed to enhance the student’s approaches to learning and help you to become an investigative learner who is able to critically appraise the evidence-base relating to the treatment of advanced periodontal disease to inform your own clinical practice.

Through reflection in a clinical setting, you will investigate the outcomes of the different approaches to treatment which will benefit all patients in your care.

Special features

  • The course is delivered completely online allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You will have access to a personal academic tutor who will support you throughout your learning
  • You will be able to communicate with tutors and other students through our virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The course is directly related to the clinical work of the therapist, but will also be of interest to others including dentists
  • You will gain a recognised qualification that demonstrates the application of clinical understanding and knowledge at postgraduate level, meeting CPD requirements for the regulator (General Dental Council, GDC), and potentially aiding professional progression

Entry requirements

  • A relevant degree such as an ordinary or honours degree in oral health science, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDA), MChD or BChD Dental Surgery, or Diploma in Dental Therapy
  • You must also be working in a clinical setting or have worked clinically within the last 2 years 



You will study:

  • Periodontology in practice

This will comprise:

Disease recognition

  • Aetiology and determinants of advanced periodontal disease
  • Risk assessment for patients with advanced periodontal disease 
  • Identification of the contributing factors to advanced periodontal disease including behavioural, social and medical factors


  • Treatment planning
  • Targeted preventive approaches for patients with advanced periodontal disease
  • Evidence-informed approaches to treatment considering risks, benefits, and patient perceptions
  • Practical approaches to treatment in a team model of provision of care, including onward referral
  • Monitoring and evaluation of treatment and maintenance outcomes
  • Addressing success and failure


  • Identifying the reflective practitioner
  • Practical reflective tools and practices
  • Evaluation of learning

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • The module is delivered over 16 weeks, the final 2 weeks being dedicated to assessment completion

How long will my course last?

  • You will study for one semester (16 weeks) at 20 hours per week

The number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness

This course is delivered fully online, including video conference lectures and tutorials. You can study from your home location anywhere in the UK. However, you will be enrolled and get support from staff at the above campus.

Start date

  • September


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You will gain a recognised qualification that demonstrates application of clinical understanding and knowledge at postgraduate level, meeting CPD requirements for the regulator, and potentially aiding professional progression.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider progression to our MSc Oral Health Science, and beyond, to professional doctorates. 

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024

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