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Special Care Dentistry MSc

A full-time, one year, or part-time, two year Master’s programme that provides relevant education and training to meet the oral health care requirements of patients with special needs. A key feature of the programme is the opportunity to discuss the care of patients with complex disease and learn of the latest appropriate dental health care methods.

Mode of study

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2015/16)

  • UK/EU Full-time: £23,690
  • UK/EU Part-time: £11,845
  • Overseas Full-time: £38,420
  • Overseas Part-time: £19,360

Application date

  • All applicants: 9 January 2015

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme provides a detailed understanding of the common systemic disorders likely to be of implication for routine dental care, alongside an understanding of the appropriate management and the ability to undertake clinical investigations (phlebotomy, biopsy, cranial nerve assessment) for patients with systemic disease likely to complicate dental treatment.

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.

This programme is delivered by the Institute’s unit of Oral Medicine & Special Care Dentistry. The unit has the longest established UK postgraduate programme in Oral Medicine and was the first to offer postgraduate teaching at different levels in Special Care Dentistry.

The programme’s students benefit from a friendly, welcoming staff, a comprehensive education portfolio, first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry, and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques which ensures experience of managing complex clinical problems.

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

Core Modules

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment
  • Clinical Care
  • Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences
  • Ethics, Governance and Public Health


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in the submission of a dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and clinics organised by many of the scientists and clinicians of the Institute and allied hospital. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations, written papers (MCQ, MSA and essays), internal graduate appraisal and the dissertation.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

Late applications may be considered, but applicants are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

Who can apply?

The programme is directed towards dentally qualified clinicians who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in special care dentistry to become a competent practitioner in the field within and outside the United Kingdom.

What are we looking for?

  • When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study special care dentistry at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
  • what is your previous experience of special care dentistry
  • what are your plans after completion of this Master’s degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you.
  • 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.


Successful graduates of this programme have progressed to:

  • Entry to the GDC specialist list in Special Care Dentistry
  • Senior Academic appointments in Special Care Dentistry in Europe, South America and New Zealand
  • Senior clinicians within UK Special Care Dental services
  • The establishment of special care dentistry services and educational programmes around the world

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Wiltshire PCT, Senior Dental Officer, 2010
  • Islington Primary Care Trust, Denstist, 2010
  • Universidad de Chile, Assistant Teacher at University, 2010
  • UCL, Special Care Dentistry, 2010
  • Hospital Clinico, Dentist, 2011


As well as being provided with the skills to provide better services to patients and ensure career progression, students establish important working collaborations with staff of the Institute and other parts of UCL. Students are able to present aspects of their work at international conferences which, in turn, provides them with further opportunities to collaborate with specialists from across the globe.

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