Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry PG Cert

A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme that thoroughly explores the most important topics in aesthetic dentistry, 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.

Aesthetics student treating patient


The Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time programme taken over one year (September-July).  The programme consists of two core modules worth 30 credits each.

Contact days

There are 24 contact days over the year, plus a compulsory registration and induction day. View the 2016/2017 timetable.

Every teaching day involves lectures and interactive seminars in the morning and skills lab or clinic hands on training in the afternoon.


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. Hands On teaching is conducted in small groups with small instructor to students ratio, with a step by step approach.

Dr Konstantina Dina Dedi is the Programme Director.

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 in reputable UK and North American Universities, or developing a career in dental education.



Year One

Science and Properties of Dental Composites and Ceramics

30 credits.

Topics included are: Diagnostics and Smile Evaluation for the Patient of High Aesthetic Demands, Dental Photography, Clinical Records and Occlusion, Aesthetic Mock-Ups, Anterior and Posterior Direct Composite Restorations, All-Ceramic Veneers, Crowns, Inlays, Onlays, CAD/CAM Ceramic Restorations, Aesthetic Metal Ceramic Crowns and Bridges,  Aesthetic Temporaries, Impressions and Tissue Management.

Assessed through a 2500-word essay and an MCQ 50-question written exam.

Interdisciplinary Clinical Dental Aesthetics

30 credits.

Topics included are: Tooth Whitening and Management of Tooth Sensitivity, Management of Tooth Wear, Elements of Full-Mouth Reconstruction, Aesthetic Complications, Restorations for Endodontically Treated Teeth, Aesthetic and complex interdisciplinary treatment planning, incorporation of orthodontic and periodontal surgery elements.

Assessed through an MCQ 50-question written exam and a clinical case presentation (of a patient case treated by the student in their own practice).

Application deadline

Applications for the 2016/17 programme have now closed. You can apply for the 2017/18 programme from October (date to be confirmed).


See the UCL website for fees>>

Entry requirements

aesthetics staff

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 current dental registration, (with the UK General Dental Council if they live and work in the UK, or with the equivalent regulatory body of their country.)

Applicants need to have access to clinical practice in order to find and treat an aesthetic clinical case on time for their graduation exam at the end of the course.  

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.  The UK Home Office does not provide Tier 4 student visas for part-time programmes over six months in length. For more information about visas please the main UCL website.

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 (if practicing in the UK)
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.


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.


Dr. Konstantina Dedi
Programme Director
For any further information about the content of the programme.
 Programme Administrator  
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.