Paediatric Dentistry DDent

A three year full-time degree programme providing comprehensive training in paediatric dentistry. It is taught through both specialist-level clinical practice and doctorate-level research and meets the entry requirements for the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaed Dent) examination.


The Paediatric Dentistry DDent is a full-time degree programme taken over three years. As a clinical doctorate programme, it does not conform to the credit structure of other taught programmes.

Contact days

The full-time programme generally requires attendance five days a week, throughout the year (excepting UCL closure days).

Teaching and assessment

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.

Dr Paul Ashley is the Programme Director, with Dr Susan Parekh as Programme Coordinator.

Career enhancement

On completion of the programme, graduates should have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment at specialist level and above. They will be able to present a portfolio of practical work of sufficient complexity to demonstrate their decision making ability and evidence of innovation in tackling and solving clinical problems. They will have created or interpreted new knowledge through original research which is of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.


Year One

Principles of Treatment Core Course (Paediatric Dentistry)

Introduction to the principles of treatment for paediatric dentistry.

Assessed through skills laboratory.

Clinical Care Core Course (Paediatric Dentistry)

Clinical practice. Treating patients.

Assessed through clinical work.

Behaviour Management

Non-pharmacological and pharmacological behaviour management.

Assessed through written examination.

Restorative Dentistry for Children and Adolescents

Direct and indirect restorations. Endodontics.

Assessed through written examination and case report presentation.


Diagnosis and management of dental-alveolar trauma.

Assessed through written and oral examination.

Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 1

Clinical practice. Treating patients.

Assessed through clinical work.

Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 2

Clinical practice. Treating patients.

Assessed through clinical work.

Year Two

Managing the Developing Child

Multi-disciplinary approaches to treatment planning and provision.

Assessed through written examination and case report presentation.

Special Care Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent

Diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with special needs.

Assessed through written examination and case report presentation.

Paediatric Dentistry Advanced Clinical Care 3

Clinical practice. Treating patients.

Assessed through written and oral examination and case report presentation.

Year Three

DDent in Paediatric Dentistry Project

Research project. Patient portfolio. Clinical audit.

Assessed through written project work (35,000 words research, 7,500 words patient portfolio, 7,500 words clinical audit.)

Application deadline

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


See the UCL website for 2016/17 fees. These may increase in subsequent years.

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.