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Contact details

Ms Marianne Dang

Email: m.dang@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)20 3456 1092

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£5,750 (PT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£11,500 (PT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

Eastman Dental Institute

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Dental Sedation and Pain Management Postgraduate Certificate

This programme offers the opportunity to develop theoretical and practical competencies in the fast developing world of sedation and pain management, with an emphasis on providing safe, effective sedation as an operator-sedationist or a dedicated sedation practitioner, in keeping with current best practice and in line with contemporary UK and international guidelines.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Apart from theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments to a UCL/EDI course mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Participants receive training in pre-sedation assessment, how to administer sedation to patients for standard sedation techniques under the guidance of the mentors, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The Eastman is a major centre of excellence, at the forefront of evidence-based clinical service, research and development, and education in the oral health care sciences. It is the largest academic postgraduate dental centre in Europe, and has a world-wide reputation for its specialist training delivered through clinically intensive postgraduate programmes.

Students on this programme benefit from 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.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each.

Core Modules

  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical (theoretical) I
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical (theoretical) II
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical (practical) I
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical (practical) II


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Not Applicable

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies at UCLH. Assessment is through log books, problem-based learning, written examination papers, oral examination and a 3,000 word-referenced essay. In addition, assessment of the participants' clinical skills and attitudes will be undertaken during the clinical attachments.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental or medical qualification and have a minimum of three years' clinical experience. In addition they must be currently in practice and hold current General Dental Council or General Medical Council registration.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 21 March 2014. To obtain further information about applying for this programme, please contact Miss Nisha Gosai (n.gosai@ucl.ac.uk), Registry Officer, EDI Registry Office, First Floor Victoria Wing, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD.

Who can apply?

This limited attendance programme is offered in May of each year and is open to both dental and medical practitioners.

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 Dental Sedation and Pain Management at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme at the EDI
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
  • what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
  • whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries
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.


First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS: Associate Specialist Oral Surgery
  • Huddersfield Dental Implants and Cosmetics: Dentist
  • UCLH NHS Foundation Trust: Consultant
  • University of the Western Cape: Diploma in Conscious Sedation
  • NHS Islington: Clinical Director
  • Islington Primary Care Trust: Senior Dental Officer
  • Special Care Dentistry: Dentist
  • University of Leeds: Clinical Tutor
  • MP Dental Practice: Practice Principal
  • Nightingale Clinic: Sedationist
  • Whalebone Clinic: Sedationist

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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