Programme Director

Dr Paul Ashley

Programme Coordinator

Dr Susan Parekh

Contact details

Registry office


Tel: +44(0)20 3456 1092

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2014/15


Overseas 2014/15


Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

Paediatric Dentistry DDent

A three year full-time degree programme which satisfies the requirements for MPaedDent. The programme provides comprehensive training in paediatric dentistry and is taught through both specialist-level clinical practice and doctorate-level research.

What will I learn?

Clinical skills: Non-pharmacological and pharmacological behaviour management, management of dental anomalies, dental trauma, medically-compromised patients and multi-disciplinary care. Clinical governance and audit.

Academic skills: Designing and running laboratory and/or clinical research.

Transferable skills: Students have access to personal development skills courses at UCL Graduate School. Use of a wide range of software and electronic resources. Students become competent presenters.

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 unit of Paediatric Dentistry. The unit was one of the first to offer a professional doctorate of paediatric dentistry in the UK and the first (and only) to provide certificate level training.

Students benefit from the high proportion of sessions with direct patient contact, a favourable staff to student ratio and the excellent facilities offered by the unit, which has unique expertise in caring for young patients with behaviour problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions.

Specialist services include the management of anxious patients (including inhalation sedation, intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia services); management of dental trauma; and the management of dental anomalies such as hypodontia or enamel and dentine defects.

Availability: Full-time 3 years

Core Modules

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods (Paediatric Dentistry)
  • Clinical Care
  • Principals of Treatment
  • Behaviour Management  
  • Restorative Dentistry for Children and Adolescents   
  • Trauma
  • Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 1   
  • Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 2
  • Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 3   
  • Managing the Developing Child
  • Special Care Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project in years one, two and three, which culminates in a dissertation of 35,000 words.

All students undertake a 7500 word patient portfolio and a 7500 word audit report.

Teaching and Learning

The programme operates on favourable staff-to-graduate ratios, and teaching is by means of clinical and laboratory instruction on a one to one basis, seminar teaching, lectures, weekly journals club, individual work including a research project, self directed learning and problem based learning.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience. In addition they must currently be treating children.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit

The deadline for applications for this programme is 11 January for the year of entry. However, late applications may be considered after this date. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for dental practitioners who want to develop the intensive knowledge and clinical skills necessary to practice in paediatric dentistry. It can contribute to the three-year training programme for students enrolled as specialist trainees and is an ideal grounding for those wishing to follow an academic career pathway.

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 paediatric dentistry at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the Institute
  • 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.

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