Conservative Dentistry MSc

A full-time, one year (or, for StRs only, a part-time, two year) Master’s programme that provides advanced knowledge in various areas of fixed prosthodontics, operative & implant dentistry and endodontics.  The programme enjoys both a national and international reputation and prepares students for a career in practice, hospital or academia.    


The Conservative Dentistry MSc is a full-time degree programme taken over one year.  It can alternatively, for specialist registrars only, be taken part-time over two years.

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

Contact days

The full-time programme generally requires attendance five days a week, throughout the year (excepting UCL closure days).  The part-time programme generally requires attendance five days a week for the first eight weeks of the programme, and three days a week throughout the year thereafter.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching 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.

Dr Lambis Petridis is the Programme Director.

Career enhancement

Due to its intensive, condensed and comprehensive nature, the programme produces sought-after graduates possessing sound clinical skills based on a solid theoretical knowledge background.


The below structure refers to the full-time programme.

Year One

Clinical Science & Research Methods

15 credits.

Assessed through a two-hour MCQ examination.

Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment

15 credits.

Interdisciplinary aspects of treatment (in relation to Periodontics, Orthodontics, Peadodontics, Endodontics, and Oral surgery) as related to Conservative dentistry.

Assessed through oral examination.

Principles of Treatment Core Course (Conservative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Prosthodontics)

30 credits.

Clinical and laboratory principles of treatment, pre-clinical module (Phantom head).

Assessed through practical and oral examination.

Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics

15 credits.

Fundamentals of Implant dentistry, fixed prosthodontics and applied biomaterials. 

Assessed through an unseen two-hour written examination.

Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion

15 credits.

Principles of treatment planning and functional occlusion leading to a comprehensive restoration of appearance and function.

Assessed through an unseen two-hour written examination

Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics

15 credits.

Principles of operative dentistry and endodontics. Includes an intensive pre-clinical endodontic course. 

Assessed though an unseen two-hour written examination and a practical examination.

Clinical and Laboratory Treatment (Conservative Dentistry)

15 credits.

This module pertains to the clinical and laboratory aspect of the Programme.  All the principles are applied into direct patient care in order to achieve comprehensive restoration of appearance and function.

Assessed through a three-hour practical examination, an oral examination, and an unseen patient presentation.

MSc in Conservative Dentistry Dissertation

60 credits.

Research dissertation.

Assessed through the dissertation itself (10,000-12,000 words) and oral examination.

Application deadline

The deadline for the September 2017 programme is 8 January 2017. The online application portal will open in the autumn of 2016.


Visit the UCL website to see 2016/17 fees. Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.

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.

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.

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 All UK applicants are required to submit a copy of their degree certificate, all non-UK applicants are required to submit a copy their degree certificate and their academic transcript.
Transcript 2 Applicants currently practising in the UK must provide a copy of their current full GDC registration 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 held by the Institute.  Selection commences after the application deadline in January and is usually completed by March.

If your application has been successful, University Admissions will 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.


Programme Administrator
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.