Paediatric Dentistry MSc

A part-time, three-year Master's programme that 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.


The Paediatric Dentistry MSc is a part-time degree programme taken over three years.

Students are able to exit the programme with either a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master's in Paediatric Dentistry following completion of the relevant stages.

Year One: four taught modules, 60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Certificate.
Year Two: three taught modules, +60 credits, exit with Postgraduate Diploma.
Year Three: dissertation, +60 credits, exit with MSc.

Contact days

In addition to online distance learning which runs throughout the year, there are 11 contact days in Year One, followed by six contact days in Year Two and a further six contact days in Year Three.
Teaching takes place in four blocks of five-day, Monday-to-Friday weeks.  There are two separate blocks in Year One, one block in Year Two and one block in Year Three.  The teaching blocks are followed by single assessment days later in the year.

Teaching and assessment

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.

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

Career enhancement

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).


Year One

Management of Oral Disease

15 credits.

Restoration of the primary and permanent dentition including both basic and advanced techniques. Endodontics for the primary dentition. Composite restoration of permanent incisor teeth focussing on aesthetic restoration of fractured incisors. Aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and epidemiology of acquired disorders of teeth and supporting structures. Prevention of common acquired disorders affecting the dentition with a focus on caries and erosion.

Assessed through written examination, coursework (case report) and practical work.


15 credits.

Role of the dentist in child protection. Diagnosis and emergency management of dento-alveolar trauma.

Assessed through written examination and practical work.

Behaviour Management

15 credits.

Non-pharmacological behaviour management techniques. Pharmacological management of behaviour (nitrous oxide sedation). Planning for general anaesthesia.

Assessed through written examination.

Planning Treatment in the Developing Child

15 credits.

Growth and development of the child and adolescent. Treatment planning in the developing child including orthodontic considerations. Genetic disorders and dental anomalies.
Assessed through coursework (researched essay) and an oral examination.

Year Two

Clinical Governance

15 credits.

Clinical governance (including audit).  Skills needed to set-up and run a dental service for children.

Assessed through coursework (portfolio and poster).

Advanced Paediatric Dentistry

15 credits.

Managing patients with special needs, fitting and adjusting simple removable orthodontic appliances and advanced safeguarding.

Assessed through written examination and practical examination (orthodontics).

Structured Extramural Clinical Practice

30 credits.

Clinical practice. There is no formal teaching; students learn through treating patients in their own environment with clinical progress being monitored through presentation of clinical log books.

Assessed through log book / cases and oral examination.

Year Three

Paediatric Dentistry (MSc Dissertation)

60 credits.

This module recognises the importance of research skills in the delivery of high quality patient care by requiring students to critically evaluate published studies and guidelines and through preparation of a research protocol. Introduction to the principals behind clinical research methods with an emphasis on statistics.

Assessed through written coursework, written examination and oral examination.

Application deadline

To start the programme in September 2015, complete your application by 26 June 2015.


Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.  Current fees are:

MSc (three years part-time)

  UK/EU students Overseas students
Year One
£5,220 £6,095
Year Two
£6,525 £7,617
Year Three
£2,610 £4,570

Payment is taken each year in two parts.

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.

Applicants must have full and current registration with the UK General Dental Council (or EU equivalent) and to be in practice with access to patients for the duration of the programme.

Students must have appropriate permission to study in the UK.  The UK Home Office does not provide visas for part-time programmes over six months in length.

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 Applicants must provide a copy of their current full GDC registration certificate.
Transcript 2 Graduates of non-UK institutions will need to provide a scanned copy of their academic transcripts or degree 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 considered by the Programme Director.  The outcome will be communicated to you informally via email by Institute Admissions as soon as possible (normally within three weeks of your references being received.)

If your application has been successful, University Admissions will then 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.


Richard Banks
Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 7905 1234
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.

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