Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry PG Cert

A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme that thoroughly explores the most important topics in dental aesthetics, covering scientific documentation as well as clinical applications. Biological and practical components are presented at a specialist level by UCL Eastman Dental Institute staff and invited international experts.


The Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time programme taken over one year. Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules worth 30 credits each.

Contact days

There are 25 contact days over the year, plus a compulsory registration and induction day. View the 2015/16 timetable.

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Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a combination of 50% lectures, interactive seminars and treatment planning, and 50% skills laboratory and clinic hands-on training. There is ample phantom head practice of clinical procedures, video demonstrations of live patient treatment, current literature review and a dedicated textbook given.

Dr Konstantina Dina Dedi is the Programme Director, with Mr Ronuk Vasant as Programme Coordinator.

Career enhancement

The programme can improve graduates’ prospects of moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time Master’s and specialty training programmes, or developing a career in teaching.


Year One

Science and Properties of Dental Composites and Ceramics

30 credits.

The basic science of the aesthetic materials, their development and their clinical applications.  Direct and indirect restorations, temporaries, clinical records, smile evaluation, clinical records, photography, CAD-CAM.

Assessed through coursework (essay) and an MCQ paper

Interdisciplinary Clinical Dental Aesthetics

30 credits.

The fundamentals of aesthetic treatment planning, incorporation of orthodontic and periodontal surgery elements, tooth whitening, sensitivity, complex treatment planning, tooth wear, failure management, shade selection.

Assessed through an MCQ paper and the clinical case presentation (of a patient treated by the student in their own practice).

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Application deadline

The deadline for the September 2016 programme is 1 June 2016. Apply via UCL's application system


PG Cert (one year part-time)

  UK/EU students Overseas students
Year One
£15,910 £22,760

Payment is taken each year in two parts.

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate dental qualification (i.e. BDS, or equivalent from a recognised institution) and have a minimum of two years experience post-qualification.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they meet the required standard by either having recently passed one of the UCL recognised English language tests at the 'good' level, or through work or education experience in English.

Applicants must have full and current registration with the UK General Dental Council (or EU equivalent) and to be in practice with access to patients for the duration of the programme.

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.  The UK Home Office does not provide visas for part-time programmes over six months in length.

How to apply

Applicants should apply online through UCL's online application system.  Before doing so, please ensure you have reviewed the above information and have the correct documentation ready.


Applicants are required to submit the contact details (address and email address) of two appropriate referees. One must be academic and the other should be an employer or colleague. Referees may not be family members or friends.

Once you have submitted your application, each referee will be contacted by email and supplied with a link to a webpage to which they should upload their reference.

Your application will remain incomplete until all references have been received. You can monitor the status of your application online and resend the reference request emails or change your referee contact details if necessary. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all references are received by the application deadline.

Upload supporting documentation

As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload various documents.

CV Applicants must provide a clear, current and accurate copy of their CV.
Transcript Applicants must provide a copy of their current full GDC registration certificate.
Transcript 2 Graduates of non-UK institutions will need to provide a scanned copy of their academic transcripts or degree certificate.
English Language Test Applicants whose first language is not English need to provide their UCL-approved English language certification.

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What happens next

After you have submitted your application online, and once your references and have been received, your application will be considered by the Programme Director.  The outcome will be communicated to you informally via email by Institute Admissions as soon as possible (normally within three weeks of your references being received.)

If your application has been successful, University Admissions will then issue a formal offer letter confirming your fee status and specifying a deadline by which you must confirm acceptance.  If your offer is conditional, you will be given a deadline by which you must meet the condition.


Richard Banks
Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 7905 1234
For any further information about the content of the programme.
Institute Admissions
+44(0)20 3456 1092
For help with the application process, including entry requirements.
University Admissions For queries about visas, immigration and fees.