Endodontics MSc

A full-time, one year, or part-time, two year Master’s programme with a strong clinical bias. The programme aims to develop the skills required to enable independent practice of endodontics at a level above special interest but below specialist.


The Endodontics MSc is a full-time degree programme taken over one year.  It can alternatively be taken part-time over two years.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a research 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 structured lecture/seminar series, skills laboratory simulation courses, diagnostic clinics, supervised treatment of patients, case conferences and a research project leading to a dissertation. Students are encouraged to develop a range of vocation-specific and transferable skills.

Assessment is multi-dimensional, including essays, short answer questions, MCQ's, oral examinations, continuous assessment of skills, laboratory and clinical work, practical and clinical examinations, submitted clinical case reports and research thesis.

Dr Yuan Ng is the Programme Director

Career enhancement

The programme’s produces well-rounded clinicians with the competence and aptitude for developing and delivering a high-quality and predictable clinical service in endodontics. Aided by the programme's reputation, students usually have posts secured before completion of the programme. A high proportion have taken up part-time or full-time teaching posts or have been inspired to follow further training and development in clinical and academic domains.


The below structure refers to the full-time programme.

Year One

Clinical Science & Research Methods

15 credits.

Assessed through a two-hour MCQ examination.

Development of Endodontic Skills

30 credits.

Patient assessment and treatment planning. Rationale and procedures of endodontic treatment. Control and management of endodontic operatory and patient. Case documentation and presentation.

Assessed through clinical case logs and laboratory coursework.

Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice - Part 1

15 credits.

Cell biology. Anatomy and physiology of the orofacial complex. Inflammation, wound healing and immunology. Microbiology and pathology of orofacial diseases. Effect of traumatic injuries to alveolus and teeth. Aetiopathogenesis of endodontic problems. Epidemiology and its relevance to endodontics. Basic materials science relevant to endodontics.

Assessed through an unseen two-hour written examination.

Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice - Part 2

30 credits.

Diagnosis of endodontic problems. Decision–making in endodontics. Rationale for management of pulpal and periradicular diseases. Inter-relationships of endodontics with other specialities including prosthodontics, periodontology, orthodontics and special care dentistry.

Assessed through an unseen three-hour written examination and a twenty-minute oral examination.

Consolidation of Clinical Endodontic Skills

30 credits.

Consolidation of learning through supervised clinical practice. Learning progression is continuously monitored to allow tapering down of clinical supervision to allow development of independence in decision-making and diversity in treatment delivery. Integration of academic and clinical learning is continued through case conferences and topic discussions on selected learning-rich cases and topical clinical issues.

Assessed through a 15-minute presentation of cases, logbook, and case reports (6,000-8,000 words.)

MSc in Endodontics Dissertation

60 credits.

Research design and methodology. Critical appraisal of the literature. Data collection and analyses. Interpretation of findings. Writing all of the above in dissertation format.

Assessed through a 20-minute oral examination and the dissertation (10,000-12,000 words.)

Application deadline

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


Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases. Payment is taken each year in two parts. Current fees are:


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.


Wendy Taylor
Programme Administrator
For any further information about the content of the programme.
Institute Admissions edi-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
+44(0)20 3456 1092
For help with the application process, including entry requirements.
University Admissions admissions@ucl.ac.uk For queries about visas, immigration and fees.