Endodontology MClinDent

A full-time, two year, or part-time, four year Master's programme with a strong clinical bias. The programme aims to develop the cognitive, psychomotor and interpersonal skills required to enable independent practice of endodontics.


The Endodontology MClinDent is a full-time degree programme taken over two years.  It can alternatively be taken part-time over four years.

UK/EU students may take the two-year MClinDent as part of a three-year, full-time Specialty Training programme.  The third year of Specialty Training prepares students for the MRD (Endodontics) or M Endo.  The MRD is administered, examined and awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow; the M Endo is administered, examined and awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As the MRD or MEndo is not a UCL award, students on the UK Specialist training are automatically offered a place at UCL on a new programme as a post-MClinDent Affiliate student, during the last year of their MClinDent.

Overseas (non-EU) applicants may take the three-year Advanced Training programme, which incorporates the MClinDent and matches the Specialty Training programme, designed to enable students to meet training requirements in their home country.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. Year One: Core modules (135 credits) dissertation (30 credits). Year Two: Core modules (135 credits) and dissertation (60 credits). Year Three (Specialty/Advanced Training only): no credit-bearing modules.

Contact days

The full-time programmes generally require 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 and seminar series, skills laboratory simulation courses, diagnostic clinics, supervised treatment of patients, and a research project. Students are encouraged to develop a range of different vocation-specific and transferable skills. Assessment is by essays, short answer questions, MCQ's, oral examinations, continuous assessment of skills, laboratory and clinical practical work, submitted clinical case reports and research dissertation.

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.)

Operative and Advanced Endodontic Technical Skills

15 credits.

Operative technique course on simulated teeth in a phantom head for production of cast restorations from first principles. Refinement of hand-piece control and consolidation of technique and clinical protocol, particularly application of criteria for tooth restorability. Functional waxing to construct occlusally correct cast restorations. Endodontic technique course using rotary nickel-titanium instrument systems and different thermoplasticised gutta-percha obturation techniques for management of a range of root canal systems.

Assessed through formal assessment of course work.

MClinDent in Endodontology Dissertation Part 1

30 credits.

Critical appraisal and synthesis of the literature relevant to the research. Defining a research question. Developing a methodological protocol.

Assessed through a written report on study protocol (2,000 words) and first draft literature review (4,000 words.)

Year Two

Advanced Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice 1

30 credits.

Pulpal & periradicular disease. Diagnosis and treatment planning (endodontic, oral & general). Root canal treatment (including retreatment). Endodontic surgery.

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

Advanced Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice 2

30 credits.

Dental traumatology. Endodontics & other dental specialties interface. Provision of endodontic service in society

Assessed through an unseen three-hour examination and an oral examination.

Endodontic Relationships with Other Dental Disciplines

15 credits.

Restorative consultant led tutorials on general restorative treatment planning. Consultant led diagnostic and treatment planning clinics. Provision of integrated restorative and dental care for patients. Lectures and hands-on laboratory course on various implant systems.

Assessed through an oral examination on an assessment of an unseen clinical case, and an oral examination on the presentation of two multidisciplinary case reports.

Advanced Clinical Endodontic Skills 1

30 credits.

Developing learning through supervised clinical practice to raise skills towards those attributable to a specialist level

Assessed through continuous assessment of clinical course work and a three-hour practical examination.

Advanced Clinical Endodontic Skills 2

30 credits.

Managing the diagnosis and treatment of increasingly complex clinical cases.

Assessed through case logs and an oral examination (10 minutes.)

MClinDent in Endodontology Dissertation

60 credits.

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

Assessed through a 30-minute oral examination and the dissertation (13,000-15,000 words.)

Year Three

Specialty Training and Advanced Training students only.

No credit-bearing modules.

Practice management and preparation for the MRD (Endodontics) / M Endo 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 via the links below to see 2016/17 fees. Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.


MClinDent Advanced Training

MClinDent Specialty Training(Post MClindent Affiliate)

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.
Specialty Training and Advanced Training

UK/EU Specialty Training applicants should submit two parallel applications – one to UCL Eastman Dental Institute (for the full-time MClinDent programme) through UCL's online application system, and one to Health Education England.

Overseas Advanced Training applicants should apply for the separate full-time Advanced Training programme.

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.