The Master of Science in Advanced Dentistry - Endodontics is a 3-year full time academic master after master programme of 180 credits. The programme is directed towards every dentist who wants to become more proficient in all aspects of specialist Endodontic dentistry care and science. The programme (language of instruction is Dutch) consists of an academic training which includes professional clinical internship. The curriculum consists of general courses, (communication, management, CBCT, dental traumatology, advances in clinical research, MDP…) which are taught together with other graduate programmes (orthodontics, periodontics, paediatric dentistry and special care).
Preclinical skills are practised in years 1 and 2, the clinical internship is spread over years 1, 2 and 3. The master's thesis is part of the curriculum in years 2 and 3. The theoretical training covers both basic biological principles and highly applied specific topics related to physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues, taught by both external lecturers and in-house staff. In preclinical training, technical skills are trained and new techniques taught. Advanced mechanical preparation techniques, alternative obturation methods, basic endodontic re-treatment techniques are covered, as well as the use of the operating microscope and application of ultrasonics. Finally, endodontic surgical techniques involving soft and hard tissues are also taught preclinically. During clinical training, endodontics is put into practice at the clinic of the University Hospital. Throughout this course, simple therapies are started and built up to increasingly complex operations, under the supervision of qualified endodontists. In all this, the best available scientific evidence remains the guiding principle. Both preclinical and clinical activities are monitored on a regular basis and adjusted where necessary. Joint case presentations and literature reviews are part of the curriculum. The master's programme is based 80% attendance. The weekly schedule includes a number of fixed clinic days, teaching moments and moments to process learning material or perform research in the context of the master's thesis. Because of the scientific basis of the course, a master's thesis on an original scientific subject is part of the programme; for this purpose, a link can be made with existing research lines of the department. At the end of the programme, there is a final clinical examination conducted by an international examiner associated with a foreign training centre.