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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:

£20,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£39,000 (FT)

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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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Conservative Dentistry MSc

This MSc has a practical emphasis and provides an advanced knowledge in endodontics, crowns, fixed and semi-fixed bridgework and other operative procedures for tooth restoration and replacement. In view of the close relationship between technical laboratory procedures and successful clinical treatment, students undertake the laboratory work for their patients.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain practical experience in advanced conservation, fixed (both conventionally prepared and resin-retained designs) prosthodontics, and implant-supported prostheses for single missing teeth or partially edentulous cases. The programme provides an introduction to occlusal registration techniques and the diagnostic procedures required for effective planning and design of oral reconstructions.

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.

This MSc offers a concentrated orientation period comprising practical classes in the operative technique laboratory, lectures, demonstrations and seminars. Approximately two-thirds of the programme is allocated to clinical and laboratory work for patients and students benefit from access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (for SPRs only)

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

Core Modules

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Principles of Treatment
  • Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
  • Prosthodontic Treatment Planning and Functional Occlusion
  • Prosthodontic Operative Dentistry and Endodontics
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
  • Clinical and Laboratory Treatment (Conservative Dentistry)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, journal clubs, and one-to-one teaching in the clinical and laboratory situation. Assessment is through written papers (MCQ, MSA, and essays), mock written, oral and patient examination, supervised clinical work, internal graduate appraisal, logbooks, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

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

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 English Language Qualification page for full details.

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 for this programme is 14 January for the year of entry. However, late applications may be considered after this date. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for dental professionals who wish to extend their knowledge of Conservative Dentistry in order to prepare for a career in practice, the hospital or community services, industrial dental practice or an academic career in the field.

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 Conservative Dentistry 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
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 of the programme include:

  • Ministry of Defence: Royal Navy Dental Officer
  • Woodlane Dentistry: Dental Surgeon
  • UCLH: Specialist Registrar
  • Renmore Dental Practice: Dentist
  • Downhouse Dental Practice: Locum Dentist
  • NHS: Specialist Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Senior House Officer
  • Eastman Dental Hospital: Registrar Dentist

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

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