Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics

Program Director

  • Dr. Bassem Mohamed
    Associate Professor of Endodontics

Program Description and Local Accreditation

Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics is a 3 year Program spread over 6 semesters; offering a total of 80 credits. It is accreditated by the Ministry of Health and Commission for Academic Accreditation, U.A.E. It aims to prepare graduates for a dynamic and promising career in Endodontics. The Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics program under Restorative Department is devoted to the pursuant of excellence in clinical skills, research, and evidence-based practice.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare competent graduates in endodontics and relevant areas in the dental field to effectively manage patients with different endodontic problems.
  2. To prepare graduates, who can collaborate with other healthcare providers to deliver a comprehensive patient care.
  3. To prepare a scholar, who can conduct a research and critically appraise the literature to take an evidence-based decision.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the MDS (Endodontics) Program, the student should be able to:

Competency Domains Program Learning Outcomes
Professionalism PLO 1 1.1:  Critically appraise and apply evidenced-based concepts, theories, and modern knowledge relevant to the safe practice of endodontics.

1.2:  Record full medical and dental history of the patient with endodontic diseases and applying legislation related to record-keeping.

1.3: Provide patient centered care in a professional way by complying with local and international regulations considering moral, cultural, ethical principles and legal responsibilities involved in the provision of specialized dental care.

Communication and social skills PLO 2 2.1: Share information and professional knowledge with both the patient and other professionals, verbally and in writing.

2.2: Interpret and communicate knowledge, skills, and ideas in delivering specialized treatment considering patients desires and attitudes.

Scientific and clinical Knowledge PLO 3 3.1:  Apply the core scientific and clinical knowledge in the decision-making process, clinical reasoning, and judgment to develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan.
Health Promotion PLO 4 4.1: Participate with dental team members and other health care providers in the management of oral health care and health promotion for all patients.
Patient care PLO 5 5.1:  Manage endodontic cases with different degrees of complexity including medically compromised and special needs patients.

5.2: Perform non-surgical and design surgical endodontic treatment plan for teeth to serve a properly formulated treatment plan.

5.3: Evaluate the results of the treatment and to carry out any further procedures required to maintain or improve the obtained treatment outcomes.

Effective collaboration and leadership PLO 6 6.1: Design treatment plan with multidisciplinary engagement for complex cases in collaboration with other dental, medical, and surgical specialties.

6.2: Plan and take responsibility for leading and carrying out research project that contributes to the advancement of professional knowledge in the field of endodontics.

Practice Management PLO 7 7.1: Develop an entrepreneurship strategy based on the need of the society and knowledge on management of support staff, maintaining professional network, and financial viability.

The Matrix of Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) with QFEmirates. [Link]

Cost of studying in the program:  147,000 AED per year including 5% vat.

Dental Faculty

Dr. Bassem Mohamed

Associate Professor of Endodontics

Dr. Walid Shaaban Moustafa Elsayed

Associate Dean Academics
Associate Professor of Oral Histopathology

Dr. L. Ashwin Narayanan

Lecturer & Specialist in Endodontics

Dr. Majdolin Nakhal

Dental Instructor

Dr. Pooja Narain Adtani

Chairperson, Department of Basic Medical and Dental Sciences
Assistant Professor of Oral Pathology

Admission Criteria
Master in Endodontology (MDS Endo)

  • Applicants shall meet all admission criteria for entry into the higher education programs offered by the University, as laid down in the Standards (2019) published by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (BDS, DMD, DDS) from an accredited University in the UAE or equivalent one from outside the UAE.
  • Distinct undergraduate performance of minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (B)
  • The Applicant must have proficiency in spoken and written English. The applicant can fulfil the English proficiency requirement via the TOEFL, IELTS, or UA CESL Endorsement Exam, minimum requirements are listed below. TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrolment.
    • EmSAT: Score of 1400 and above
    • TOEFL: Score of 79 on the iBT or 550 PBT (web-based) test or higher.
    • IELTS: Overall score of 6 is required, with a score of no less than 5 on any individual band or module.
  • Attested Internship certificate
  • A Valid license to practice Dentistry issued from MoH / DHA / HAAD is preferable

Conditional Graduate Admission Read More

  • Graduate with less than the minimum score in English proficiency may be provided conditional admission that the student registers 6 credit hours in the first semester of his/her studies and obtains a “B” average or above.
    • Applicant must achieve and EMSAT score of 1400 or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent by the end of first semester of study
    • Applicant must achieve a minimum of CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent, in the first six credit hours of credit bearing courses studied for the Master’s program
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 to 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is allowed take a maximum of nine credit hours of courses studied for the graduate program during the period of conditional admission and
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of courses studied for the graduate program to progress to second semester or be subject to dismissal.
  • Graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 to 2.4 on a 4.0 scale or its established equivalent shall be conditionally admitted to the first semester as follows:
    • is required to complete a maximum of nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. These remedial courses are not for credit within the degree program
    • must achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its established equivalent, in these nine credits of remedial courses in order to progress to the graduate program or be subject to dismissal.

Admission to the program will be confirmed upon submission of:

  • Attested copy of the Baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of credit/s earned from an accredited Institution of higher education previously attended
  • Original Internship Completion Certificate
  • Equivalency Certificate of the Bachelor’s degree from the Ministry of Education, U.A.E.
  • Valid English Language Proficiency Test (IELTS / TOEFL)
  • Passport with color copy of passport
  • Emirates I.D. card with color copy of ID
  • Family book and Ethbara (For U.A.E. nationals)
  • 5 passport-size photographs
  • Updated CV
  • Statement of Purpose and objectives
  • 2 Letters of recommendation / Experience letter
  • Vaccination record with valid BLS certificate

Study plan as per applicants CGPA

2 – 2.4: remedial courses before registration in MDS programs.

2.5 – 2.9: registered for maximum 9 credits in first semester.

3 – 4: registered in MDS programs.

Course Code Title Lecture Clinical / Lab Credits
BMS 601 Basic Medical Sciences -I 1 1
BIS 601 Biostatistics 1 2 2
PCE 601 Pre-clinical Endodontics 6 3
CLE 601 Clinical Endodontics -I 15 5
REM 602 Research Ethics & Research Methods 1 2 2
CLE 602 Clinical Endodontics -II 15 5
PLB 602 Pulp Biology 1 2 2
ENM 602 Endodontic Microbiology 1 2 2
CLE701 Clinical Endodontics III 30 10
ITE 701 Imaging Techniques in Endodontics 1 6 3
CLE 702 Clinical Endodontics IV 21 7
REP 702 Research Project -I 6 3
MCE702 Management of complex endodontic procedures 9 3
ITP 801 Interdisciplinary treatment plan 18 6
REP 801 Research Project -II 6 3
ACE801 Advance Clinical Endodontics I 21 7
ACE802 Advance Clinical Endodontics II 30 10
SUE 802 Surgical Endodontics 18 6
Total   6 209 80

Brief Course Description

First Year

Semester 1

BMS601: Basic Medical Sciences This course provides the students with necessary applied knowledge and skills that are of importance for clinical practice. This course designed to impart relevant information pertaining to of embryology, applied Anatomy of head and neck, concepts of wound healing, microbiology, immunity and inflammation and pharmacological aspects and its application in day to day dental practice as a specialist.

BIS 601: Biostatistics This course will equip the students with advanced knowledge in the application of descriptive and inferential statistics in medical research. The focus will be on numerical computation and interpretation of outcome from a given data set. This course will help students to develop advanced skills in analyzing and interpreting data from Health and Allied Health settings through classroom demonstrations and ‘hands on’ experience with MS Excel for data management and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) for data analysis. This course will give focus to communicating complex statistical information effectively.

PCE 601: Pre-Clinical Endodontics This present course introduces the students to the fundamentals of Endodontics. It provides the basic biological and mechanical concepts of Endodontics; covers the biology of pulp, etiology of pulp pathology with their signs and symptoms, radiographic interpretation of different pulp and periapical conditions as well as the fundamental root canal treatment including internal morphology of different teeth, access cavity preparation, working length determination, biomechanical preparation and obturation.

CLE 601: Clinical Endodontics I First clinical course, student will start to work on patient and able to discuss the procedures, philosophy, and objectives of Endodontic procedures. Perform simple endodontic procedures in patients like direct pulp capping, indirect pulp capping, root canal treatment of anterior teeth using different root canal preparation techniques and materials.

Semester 2

REM 602: Research Ethics & Research Methods This course offers an overview of the different approaches, considerations and challenges involved in medical research. This course provides an opportunity to the students to advance their understanding of the principles of quantitative research, developing a research question, choosing study subjects, method of exposure measurement, study designs, planning for data management and analysis. The course also focuses on the ethical and legal principles pertaining to research, research fraud, academic misconduct, confidentiality, and conflict of interest. The course covers international, national, and institutional guidelines regarding research in human, animals, and vulnerable populations.

CLE 602: Clinical Endodontics II The present course is the continuation of clinical endodontics I. Along with clinical procedures the candidate will now perform root canal preparation on premolar teeth. They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like use of RVG, apex locators, loupes, and surgical microscopes.

PLB 602: Pulp Biology This course covers the latest developments in the field of pulp biology including;  development of dentin-pulp complex, periodontium, dentin-pulp complex structure, function and age change, pulp reactions to dental caries and restorations, pulpal pain and its mechanism, pulp stem cells and regenerations and pulp morphology. Pulp biology course is crucial for understanding fundamental of endodontics particularly those elements of specific interest to clinical endodontics. In this course students will learn basics of pulp biology for to be a fundament for “Advanced Biology of Dental pulp for Endodontics.

ENM 602: Endodontic Microbiology I The course focuses on the role of microorganisms in the pathogenesis of intra-radicular and extra-radicular endodontic infections and on effective clinical treatment of such infections highlighting the importance of prognosis. It provides introduction to culture based & molecular analysis of endodontic infections. It offers an outline of recent innovations on the regeneration of tooth with the help of stem cells.

Second year

Semester 3

CLE 701: Clinical Endodontics III The present course is the continuation of clinical endodontics II. Along with clinical procedures of previous courses, the candidate will now perform root canal preparation on molar teeth. emphasis will be given to be familiar with Rotary instrumentation using different techniques and materials.  They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like use of RVG, apex locators, rotary instrumentation, loupes, and surgical microscopes.

ITE 701: Imaging Techniques in Endodontics This course focuses on radiographic interpretation, differential diagnosis, technical difficulties, and special circumstances during the endodontic treatment. The course also covers digital radiographs and their manipulation, storage, and interpretation. The course emphasizes on the clinical aspect of object localization techniques and radiographic assessment of working length determination. CBCT principles, techniques, and clinical considerations will also be covered in this course.

Semester 4

CLE 702: Clinical Endodontics IV (CLE 702) The present course is the continuation of clinical endodontics III. Perform the clinical procedures like RCT.  The course emphasizes to be able to handle and provide treatment to medically compromised patients and to be familiar with different techniques & materials and perform the root canal procedures confidently in all the patients. They will also continue to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge using different techniques and materials like use of RVG, apex locators, rotary instrumentation, loupes, surgical microscopes.

ITE 701: Research Project I This course demonstrates the students understanding of planning knowledge, professional skills, critical thinking, and ability to undertake research project to an area of endodontic interest using research methods for preparation of research protocol. The course will provide students with an introduction to key material required for the research design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically related research and the production of a high-quality dissertation. Each student starts working according to the approved research protocol from supervisor and instructional ethical committee. By carrying out such a scientific project, the students acquire critical thinking, research interest and extensive knowledge in endodontic research.

MCE 702: Management of complex endodontic procedures  In this course the student address complex clinical endodontic cases on single and multi-rooted teeth, therefore they can be able to perform endodontic treatment confidently from diagnosis to complete treatment as a specialist from simple to complex cases.They will taught to handle the complex cases  and treat by nonsurgical endodontics like those involving curved canals, calcified teeth, severe attired teeth, traumatized teeth, blunderbuss teeth with open apices, c- shaped canals, teeth with morphological variations like extra canals, extra roots, dens invaginatus, radix entomolaris, paramolars, fused teeth, fractured roots, perforations, re treatment cases.

Third year

Semester 5

ITP 801: Interdisciplinary treatment plan This present course prepares students to dealing with a variety of cases where in the treatment planning calls for an interdisciplinary approach necessitating the involvement of other dental departments. Here, the student gains knowledge in diagnosing the diseased condition and can provide an interdisciplinary treatment plan providing comprehensive dental care.

This course deals with management of traumatic teeth, endo-perio lesions, broken teeth requiring post & core, coronal enlargement, application of lasers in Endodontics along with safety protocol, hazards and complications, tooth whitening / bleaching procedures for patients, geriatric endodontic procedures.

REP 801 – Research Project II In this course each student will continue the research work according to the approved research protocol from supervisor and institutional ethical committee. By carrying out such a scientific project, students acquire critical thinking, organization skills and extensive knowledge in Endodontic research. By the end of this course the students must analyze the data, summarize the results in the research report and interpret the results of the project. They are required to submit and present their research work for evaluation.

ACE 801: Advance clinical endodontics I Complexities in root canal system can be very frequently encountered in day to day practice and varies from patient to patient.  Use of advanced, sophisticated techniques and methods allow to perform the endodontic procedures with increased success rate. This course offers to use advanced methods and techniques and allows keeping the students to improve their clinical skills and update their knowledge for contemporary endodontic practice as a specialist.  In this course the students are trained to assess and manage the various complex Endodontic cases like teeth involving procedural errors like ledges, instrument separation, perforation repair, retreatment, teeth with open apices requiring vital pulp therapies like apexogenesis and apexification.

Semester 6

Advance Clinical Endodontics II The students will apply and improves their knowledge and clinical skills to manage the Endodontic cases with a contemporary clinical approach.

Surgical Endodontics Although nonsurgical Endodontic treatment gives good results in most cases, surgery may be indicated in certain cases such as teeth with persistent periradicular pathosis that have not responded to nonsurgical approaches. This course deals with familiarizing the student with selection of cases for endodontic surgery and assisting and performing various surgical procedures such as apicectomy, root resection, hemisection, bicuspidization, surgical repair of root perforations and fractures, surgical removal of broken instruments if indicated under surgical operating microscope.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates must satisfy all university, college, and program requirements (if any) established by the faculty members.

  • The university mandates the following general degree completion requirements for students to receive their degrees.
  • Each student must: – Be continuously enrolled in the program from admission to graduation.
  • The student should have satisfied all conditions of his or her admission.
  • The students shall fulfil the requirements of each course as prescribed, published, and made available to the students.
  • Satisfactory completion of the clinical requirements as demonstrated by case report submissions, Logbooks documentation and supervisors report.
  • Satisfactory completion of the research project and thesis defence.
  • Submission of scientific abstract for poster and oral presentation and one scientific publication in National Conference.
  • Completion of credits required for the program (80 credit hours)
  • A minimum overall CGPA of 3.0 on scale of 4
  • A minimum pass mark of 80% (Grade B) for each course
  • A minimum attendance of 80%

An endodontist can venture into private practice, teaching and research or opt for careers with government sectors.

Private Practice: An endodontist works in solo private practice or in partnership with other dentists where they provide consultation services.

Academia: An endodontist can opt for being a full-time clinical faculty in a dental college where they are involved in teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate students, provide clinical training, mentor students research projects and actively participate in dental camps.

Government Practice: An endodontist can render their services exclusively for governmental sectors.

Research: An endodontist collaborates with other industrial scientists in projects dealing with oral health sciences.

International Health Care: Specialist endodontist provides services to populations abroad and work for agencies such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Hospital dentistry: Hospital dentistry contributes a great deal to Interprofessional Education. An endodontist treats patients with medical conditions and disabilities alongside physician colleagues, often in emergency departments.