Application pack

Before applying, please review the information in the application pack.

Programme Director

Professor Stephen Porter

Contact details

Registry Office


Tel: +44(0)20 3456 1092

Special Care Dentistry PG Cert

A part-time, one year PGCert 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.

Mode of study

  • Part-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £12,096

Application date

  • All applicants: 4 July 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to provide a grounding in basic practical and academic skills necessary for the contemporary practice of special care dentistry, identifying key concepts which underlie successful patient treatment, together with an understanding of the evidence base for special care dentistry and the ability to critically access scientific literature.

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. As part of UCL – London’s Global University – the Institute welcomes UK and international students. 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.

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

Core Modules

  • Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences
  • Ethics, Governance and Public Health Policy in Special Needs Dentistry


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

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

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical 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 previous work or education experience in English. See UCL's English language proficiency requirements.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level:

How to apply

Before applying, read the application pack thoroughly for additional information and requirements.

The application deadline for this programme is 4 July 2014.

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 for Special Care dentistry
  • Senior posts within the Special Care dentistry services


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.

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