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Conservative Dentistry MSc

A full-time, one year (or, for SPRs only, a part-time, two year) Master’s programme that provides advanced knowledge in the areas of fixed prosthodontics, operative and implant dentistry, and endodontics. Balancing theory, practice and research, the programme is recommended for dental professionals wanting to upgrade their knowledge and level of clinical practice.

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years (for SPRs only)

Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £24,410
  • UK/EU Part-time: £11,950
  • Overseas Full-time: £41,410
  • Overseas Part-time: £31,520

Application date

  • All applicants: 10 January 2015

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme provides theoretical and practical experience in the conservative restoration of cases ranging from a single missing tooth to full mouth rehabilitation, utilising either tooth or implant-supported restorations. This is accomplished through exposure to advanced diagnosis and treatment planning procedures, clinical practice, as well as undertaking the laboratory work for patients – keys to successful clinical treatment.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and has a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic centres for dentistry. As part of UCL, the institute welcomes UK and international students.

This programme is delivered by the Institute’s unit of Prosthodontics. The unit’s technical work is carried out in a fully-equipped modern laboratory with the support of highly-trained dental technicians. The unit’s clinic cares for one of the largest cohorts of hypodontia patients in the world.

The programme offers a concentrated orientation period comprising practical classes in the operative technique laboratory, lectures, demonstrations and seminars. Approximately two-thirds of the programme is allocated to clinical and laboratory work for patients and students benefit from access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Principles of Treatment
  • Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion
  • Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
  • Clinical and Laboratory Treatment (Conservative Dentistry)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, journal clubs, and one-to-one teaching in the clinical and laboratory situation. Assessment is through written papers (MCQ, MSA, and essays), mock written, oral and patient examination, supervised clinical work, internal graduate appraisal, logbooks, and the dissertation.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 10 January 2015.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for dental professionals who wish to extend their knowledge of conservative dentistry in order to prepare for a career in practice, the hospital or community services, industrial dental practice or for an academic career in the field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study Conservative Dentistry at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Ministry of Defence: Royal Navy Dental Officer
  • Woodlane Dentistry: Dental Surgeon
  • UCLH: Specialist Registrar
  • Renmore Dental Practice: Dentist
  • Downhouse Dental Practice: Locum Dentist
  • NHS: Specialist Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Senior House Officer
  • Eastman Dental Hospital: Registrar Dentist

Top career destinations for this programme

  • King's College London, Dentistry SDS, 2011
  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Specialist Registrar- Dentist, 2011
  • Royal Army Dental Corps, Dentist, 2011
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, Restorative Dentistry Registrar, 2011
  • Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre, Dentist, 2011


Due to the intensive, condensed and comprehensive nature of the programme all of the graduates feel very secure in undertaking roles with responsibilities as highlighted.

The programme has enjoyed a great reputation for producing graduates possessing sound clinical skills based on a solid theoretical knowledge background. Therefore, graduates are highly sought for the positions noted.

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