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Programme Director

Dr Susan Parekh

Programme Coordinator

Dr Paul Ashley

Contact details

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Tel: +44(0)20 3456 1092

Paediatric Dentistry MSc

This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities. Students can study for one, two or three years, graduating with a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc respectively.

Mode of study

  • Flexible 3 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £5,067
  • Overseas Part-time: £5,917

Application date

  • All applicants: 16 April 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Year one provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.

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 in paediatric dentistry in the UK and the first (and only) to provide certificate-level training.

The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit’s staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students have the opportunity to be helped in the management of their own patients.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Year one
  • Behaviour Management
  • Management of Oral Disease
  • Planning Treatment in the Developing Child
  • Trauma
  • Year two
  • Advanced Paediatric Dentistry
  • Clinical Governance
  • Structured Extramural Clinical Practice
  • Year three
  • Dissertation


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two 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 for full details.

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

For a dentist to benefit from this programme, they should be treating solely children for the equivalent of at least two days a week.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 16 April 2014. Late applications may be considered after this date but early application is advisable.

Who can apply?

The programme is designed for busy dentists working in practice, the community services or any other environment who wish to provide a higher standard of care for children.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.


The first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc are due to graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

However, destinations of recent graduates of the institute’s Paediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate (which this new programme supersedes) include: Specialist Registrar; Senior Dental Officer, Community Dentistry; and Clinical Lead for Dental Salaried Services.


As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports development of transferable skills such as use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.

This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: BSPD editor for the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; Committee member for Paediatric Dental Care Pathways and Level II Practitioners in Paediatric Dentistry; MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); Member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).

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