periodontology courses

This one year part-time postgraduate training course is designed to train dentists to deliver high quality periodontal patient care. Open to both UK and International dentists, the course is taught through a combination of online study and face to face teaching blocks in London, UK.

The programme has been designed to provide general dental practitioners with in depth knowledge of the principles of assessing and managing patients with periodontal and peri-implant diseases, surgical and non-surgical treatment techniques, dental implant and regenerative treatment protocols and the ability to plan for multidisciplinary care. Following successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Periodontology (PG Dip).

About This Course

Final Award

Postgraduate Diploma in
(PG Dip)

Application Status


Study Mode

Part-time Blended Learning:
Combined online study + two practical
training blocks in London.



Start Date

September 2023


12 Months Part-time



Course Details

This module is designed to give students a core of knowledge on the scientific basis of periodontology by giving an advanced understanding of periodontal structures, the multifactorial pathogenesis of periodontal disease, and the principles of periodontal therapies. Topics covered include histology, physiology & embryology of the periodontal structures, bone metabolism, inflammation, immunology, periodontal lesions, microbiology and pathology of the periodontium.

This module will ensure students are competent in periodontal assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. Students will develop an in depth understanding of management of cases with a range of periodontal issues from those which require a straightforward treatment protocol to more advanced and multidisciplinary cases with complex medical histories. Topics covered include clinical examination and documentation, periodontal pocket charting, photography, radiography, diagnostic tools and treatment planning.

This module is designed to teach non-surgical periodontal therapy to an advanced level. Students will be gain further knowledge on the aims and objectives of non-surgical treatment philosophies, the indications for non-surgical treatment  versus a surgical approach and the uses and limitations of adjuctive treatments and antimcrobial therapy. Topics include non-surgical periodontal instrumentation, practical approaches to non-surgical treatment, maintenance of non-surgically treated periodontal patients, antimicrobial treatments, the management of furcation lesions, the managment of perio-endo lesions.

This module will teach students the indications for surgical periodontal therapy, the principles of periodontal surgery and how to undertake surgical periodontal treatment safely and effectively with predictable results. Topics covered include periodontal flap surgery, root resection, osseous recontouring, crown  lengthening and pre-restorative periodontal surgery, periodontal plastic surgery and soft tissue grafting, guided bone regeneration and other options for treating periodontal bone defects.

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired from the previous modules and introduces concepts of periodontology with specific relevance to implant dentistry. Topics covered include planning treatment with dental implants, per-implant soft tissue management, guided tissue and guided bone regeneration, block-grafting, advanced treatment planning for single and multiple implants, full arch implant treatment.

This module is designed to teach students how to consider complex periodontal case management with a multi-discplinary approach. Students will be taught concepts of whole patient care, the relationships between periodontics and the other restorative dental specialties and the links between periodontitis and systemic diseases. Topics covered include multidisciplinary treatment principles, diagnosis and treatment planning of patients requiring combined and complex care, prosthetic options for teeth lost due to periodotal disease, orthodontics and periodontics, and the management of complex oral and medical conditions.

Blended Learning Course Structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Periodontology has been designed for busy dental practitioners and combines online learning with face to face teaching. Students can continue practicing in their current workplaces while gaining the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to achieve their qualification. gaining their diploma qualification.

Online lectures, webinars and tutorials can be completed in your spare time while face to face teaching is delivered in two intensive blocks, designed to minimise the amount of time spent away from practice.

Online Learning

Remote learning forms a core component of the Postgraduate Diploma in Periodontology, enabling students to extend their studies beyond the classroom and learn at their own pace, either from home or at the office. With access to a dedicated online learning portal, students are provided with full support to study remotely.

Learn at Your Own Pace: A wide range of online lectures, hosted by some of the leading experts in the field of dentistry, are available for students to access at any time, from anywhere, through the easy-to-use online learning platform. All online content remains available throughout the duration of the course, allowing students to learn at a pace that suits them.

Real Time Tutorials: With live streamed online webinars, students can tune in for real time presentations and practical tutorials from any connected location. Typically reaching between one and two hours in duration, each webinar is structured to incorporate interactive elements, enabling students to ask questions and delve deeper into more complex areas.

Full Support: All periodontology students will be provided with access to a private online study club, featuring a dedicated and active discussion forum. Open to enrolled students from around the world, the study club offers valuable peer support, and provides a unique opportunity to ask questions, discuss subjects, and expand learning through chat.

Face to Face Teaching

Learn from Leading Experts: Face to face teaching is offered in two teaching blocks in London. Benefit from in-person teaching from leading UK and international speakers and learn advanced hands-on practical techniques which can be applied to your clinical practice immediately.

Interact with Your Peers: Meet the faculty and fellow students face to face in an open learning environment. Our face to face lectures are made as interactive as possible and include plenty of time for group discussion. In the past we’ve found some great new ideas and treatment concepts can be born out of these fun and friendly sessions. The teaching blocks are designed to maximise your experience, while keeping time away from practice to a minimum.

Discover the Best that London has to Offer: Classes will be held in the heart of London’s West End, near the theatre district and some of London’s finest bars, restaurants and nightlife. In your evenings and spare time you can explore the popular nearby tourist spots of Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and visit many top attractions such as Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Madame Tussaud’s.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should hold a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent). Internet access is required for the online learning component of the course. The course is taught in English therefore understanding of the English language is required.

Fees, Costs and Funding

  • £11,995 (UK/EU & International students)

This fee is fully inclusive of both online and face to face course tuition as well as all instruments and materials used during the face to face teaching blocks of the diploma. Travel, accommodation and subsistence for the face-to-face training blocks in London are not included.

How to Apply

Applications for 2022 entry are now closed. The next available intake is September 2023 and is open to both UK and International dentists.

To apply please complete our simple online application form.