Application pack

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Programme Director

Professor James Roelofse

Contact details

Registry Office


Tel: +44(0)20 3456 1092

Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

A part-time, one year PGCert programme to develop students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management. The emphasis is on providing safe and effective conscious sedation as an operator-sedationist or dedicated sedation practitioner, in keeping with current best practice and in line with contemporary UK and international sedation guidelines.

Mode of study

  • Part-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,850

Application date

  • All applicants: 21 March 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments to a course mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.

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 – London’s Global University – the Institute welcomes UK and international students.

This programme is delivered by the Institute’s department of Continuing Professional Development. The department is located separate to the main Institute site, with dedicated facilities including high-specification skills laboratories.

The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. When rated anonymously by graduates, the programme received a rating of excellent for all components and the programme’s practical training received a 100% rating. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each.

Core Modules

  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical (theoretical) I
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical (theoretical) II
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical (practical) I
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical (practical) II


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Each student writes a 3,000 word referenced essay on a sedation-related topic as part of formal assessment.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies. Assessment is through log books, problem-based learning, written examination papers, oral examination and a 3,000 word essay. In addition, assessment of students’ clinical skills and attitudes will be undertaken during the clinical attachments.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved medical or dental qualification and have a minimum of three years' clinical 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 previous work or education experience in English. See UCL's English language proficiency requirements.

Overseas applicants must ensure they have appropriate immigration status to attend the required contact days in London.

In addition, all applicants must be currently in practice and hold current General Dental Council or General Medical Council registration.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 21 March 2014. To obtain further information about applying for this programme, please contact Miss Nisha Gosai (, Registry Officer, EDI Registry Office, First Floor Victoria Wing, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD.

Who can apply?

This limited attendance programme is offered in May of each year and is open to both dental and medical practitioners.

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 Dental Sedation and Pain Management 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
  • what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
  • whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries
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 include: Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS: Associate Specialist Oral Surgery; Huddersfield Dental Implants and Cosmetics: Dentist; UCLH NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant; University of the Western Cape: Diploma in Conscious Sedation; NHS Islington: Clinical Director; Islington Primary Care Trust: Senior Dental Officer; Special Care Dentistry: Dentist; University of Leeds: Clinical Tutor; MP Dental Practice: Practice Principal; Nightingale Clinic: Sedationist; Whalebone Clinic: Sedationist.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • King’s College NHS Trust, Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery, 2011
  • Self employed, Sedation practitioner, 2010
  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Specialist dental registrar, 2010
  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Dental consultant, 2010
  • Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, Dentist, 2010


The programme prepares graduates to practice as:

  • Operator sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation. It is estimated that 75% of dentists in the UK want conscious sedation for their patients; availability is only 50%.
  • Dedicated sedation practitioners: deliver the relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation, as a dentist conducts the dental procedures. This form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing.
  • Sedation trainers.
  • Various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.

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