Paediatric Dentistry MSc

A part-time, three-year Master's programme that blends online, distance learning with hands-on skills lab training and face-to-face teaching. The online interface is designed to encourage learning 'on the go' (an iPad mini is provided) and allows staff to support students' day-to-day work by providing relevant clinical help and advice.  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 academic year, there are 11 contact days in Year One, six contact days in Year Two and a further six contact days in Year Three.

Teaching takes place in four blocks of five days (Monday-Friday).  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 (one per year).

View the Year One 2016/17 timetable.

Attendance at all teaching and assessment days is mandatory, as is participation in online distance learning throughout the programme. Students will require a good internet connection.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through a combination of online learning, hands-on sessions in the skills laboratory, and face-to-face seminars. Assessment is through written and practical tests, portfolios, case presentations, essays, and vivas throughout the programme.

Each module is made up of approximately seven weeks of activities. A typical week will be made up of three-to-four pre-recorded lectures (each approximately 10-20 minutes long), two-to-three other short activities, and a live seminar of approximately one hour.

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

Career enhancement

This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry. An innovative online logbook is provided as part of the programme, designed to record patient numbers and treatment. This logbook can be used to support further career progression.

The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff from one of Europe's largest postgraduate institutions. 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.


Year One

Management of Oral Disease

15 credits.

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. Restoration of the primary and permanent dentition including both basic and advanced techniques. Endodontics for the primary dentition. Composite restoration of permanent incisor teeth.

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).

Assessed through coursework (portfolio and poster).

Advanced Paediatric Dentistry

15 credits.

Managing patients with special needs. Orthodontics. 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 a patient portfolio.

Assessed through patient portfolio 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. Introduction to the principals behind clinical research methods with an emphasis on statistics.

Assessed through written coursework, written examination and oral examination.

Application deadline

The deadline for the September 2016 programme has now passed. Applications for 17/18 will open in October.


Visit the UCL website to see 2016/17 fees. Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases.

Programme can be studied on a Modular basis only
Modular (Flexible) students can spread their studies over a period of up to five years. This is different to Part-time which is fixed-term for 2 years. Your 'Fees Due' will show as £0 initially but you should still pre-enrol and then enrol. After enrolment, Modular students select their modules for the year. Once selected, a fee will be calculated for the academic year - this is calculated based on the number of credits assigned to the modules chosen and pro rata of the full-time fee as indicated in the schedule above. In any academic year you will only pay for the number of credits chosen at any point in that year. Please note that all course fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. A Masters is usually worth 180 credits, a PG Dip 120 credits and a PG Cert 60 credits.

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 equivalent) and to be in practice with access to a sufficient number of paediatric patients for the duration of the programme. Applicants must be treating children for the equivalent of at least two days per week.

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.

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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.

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.


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.