Special Care Dentistry PG Cert

A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme that aims to bring dentists up to date with the latest knowledge relevant to the clinical practice of special care dentistry. Students have the opportunity to discuss the care of patients with complex disease and to learn of the latest appropriate dental health care methods.


The Special Care Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time degree programme taken over one year.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules.

Contact days

There are 25 contact days over the year, plus a compulsory registration and induction day.

View the 2015/16 timetable.

Teaching and assessment

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) review of logbook, presentation of case studies and internal graduate appraisal.

Professor Stephen Porter is the Programme Director.

Career enhancement

As well as enhancing their clinical skill and knowledge and increasing their opportunities for promotion, students are able to network with the senior UK specialists who teach on the programme. The interactions of graduates with staff has also lead to our staff being invited to lecture to the colleagues of graduates.


Year One

Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences

30 credits.

Assessed through two two-hour departmental tests and an oral examination.

Ethics, Governance and Public Health Policy in Special Needs Dentistry

30 credits.

Assessed through two unseen two-hour written examinations and an oral presentation.

Application deadline

Applications for the 2016/17 programme have now closed. You can apply for the 2017/18 programme from October (date to be confirmed).


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

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.

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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 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.


Institute Admissions edi-admissions@ucl.ac.uk
+44(0)20 3456 1092
For help with the application process, including entry requirements.
University Admissions admissions@ucl.ac.uk For queries about visas, immigration and fees.