Periodontology MClinDent

A full-time, three year Master’s programme which provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry. Particular emphasis is placed on developing theoretical knowledge and advanced clinical competence, as well as critical and analytical thinking founded on evidence-based approaches.


The Periodontology MClinDent is a full-time degree programme taken over three years.  Embedded in the MClinDent is a Specialty Training programme which provides UK/EU students with appropriate preparation for the MRD (Membership in Restorative Dentistry), and an Advanced Training programme which enables Overseas (non-EU) students to meet training requirements in their home country.

Students undertake modules to the value of 540 credits. Year One: Core modules (180 credits). Year Two: Core modules (180 credits). Year Three: Core modules (120 credits), dissertation (60 credits).

Contact days

The full-time programme generally require attendance five days a week, throughout the year (excepting UCL closure days).  A part-time programme is not available.

Teaching and assessment

The programme is delivered through seminars, tutorials, individual and small group teaching, self-directed learning, and practical clinical and experiential learning; with maximum exposure to clinical methodologies and management of patients with periodontal diseases. Assessment is through written, oral and practical examinations, clinical assessments, case presentations, patient logbooks and the dissertation.

Professor Nikolaos Donos is the Programme Director, with Dr Nikolaos Mardas as Programme Coordinator.

Career enhancement

Following completion of the programme, graduates have joined or started dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas working in the field of periodontics and implant dentistry. Some graduates continued their career by following clinically related PhD programmes and have been appointed in academic positions in dental schools in UK and overseas. A number of international graduates received prestigious governmental positions in their countries.


Year One

Clinical Science & Research Methods

15 credits.

Assessed through a two-hour MCQ examination.

Principles of Treatment Core Course (Periodontology)

15 credits.

Assessed through a practical assessment.

Clinical Care Core Course (Periodontology)

15 credits.

Assessed through continuous assessment of clinical work.

Scientific Basis of Periodontology

30 credits.

Assessed through an unseen three-hour written examination.

Periodontal Therapy 1: Non-surgical sand Basic Surgical Therapy

30 credits.

Assessed through an oral examination.

Periodontal Clinical Care 1

60 credits.

Assessed through a case report (1,000 words) and an oral examination on log book of non-surgical periodontal therapy.

Investigation Leading to MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation 1

15 credits.

Assessed through a written assessment (1,000-3,000 word literature review) and an oral examination.

Year Two

Periodontal Therapy 2: Advanced Periodontal Therapy (b)

30 credits.

Assessed through an unseen two-hour written examination and two essays (1,200 words each).

Periodontal Clinical Care 2

60 credits.

Assessed through an unseen two-hour written examination, an oral examination and a case report (2,000 words).

Periodontal Clinical Care 3

60 credits.

Assessed through case report and log book (1,000 word report) and oral examination.

Investigation Leading to MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation 2

15 credits.

Assessed through dissertation protocol (1,000-3,000 words) and oral examination.

Year Three

Periodontal Therapy 3: Implants and Restorative Dentistry

60 credits.

Assessed through log book and an unseen three-hour written examination.

Periodontal Clinical Care 4

60 credits.

Assessed through oral examination on four case reports, oral examination following the examination of an unseen patient, oral examination following the examination of a seen patient, and an unseen three-hour written examination.

MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation

60 credits.

Assessed through the 13,000-15,000 word dissertation, an oral examination, and an unseen two-hour examination.

Application deadline

The application period has now closed for the September 2015 programme. This page will be updated for the September 2016 programme later in the year.

To be alerted when the new application period opens, you can sign up for emails, follow @ucleastman on Twitter, or check back here in Autumn 2015.

UK/EU Specialty Training applicants are subject to different (non-UCL) deadlines, see below.


Tuition fees are set each year, so subsequent years will be subject to increases. Payment is taken each year in two parts. Current fees are:


Three years full-time.

  UK/EU students Overseas students
Year One
£24,410 £41,410
Year Two
£24,410 £41,410
Year Three £24,410 £41,410

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 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.
Specialty Training and Advanced Training

UK/EU Specialty Training applicants should submit two parallel applications – one to UCL Eastman Dental Institute (for the full-time MClinDent programme) through UCL's online application system, and one to Health Education England.

Overseas Advanced Training applicants should also apply for the full-time MClinDent programme.

The application period will open in Autumn 2015.

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.


Shirley Goodey
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.