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Ms Marianne Dang

Email: m.dang@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3456 1092

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£4,100 (PT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£10,500 (PT)

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

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Prospectus Entry

Eastman Dental Institute

Key facts

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60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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Special Care Dentistry PG Certificate

This programme aims to bring dentists up to date with the latest knowledge relevant to the clinical practice of Special Care Dentistry. Participants have the opportunity to discuss the care of patients with complex disease and learn of the latest methods of dental health care of patients with special needs.

Degree summary

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?

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 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.

Application is made initially for the Certificate programme; those who successfully complete the Certificate may have the opportunity to progress to the Diploma (subject to availability).

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Part-time 1 year

Certificate students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules. Successful students may have the opportunity to upgrade to the Diploma (making 120 credits in total).

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.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and normally 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 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 28 June 2013. However, late applications may be considered after this date. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application is made for the Certificate in the first instance. On completion of the certificate, and subject to availability, students may have the option to continue their studies to Postgraduate Diploma level.

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 at the EDI
  • 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 is your after completion of this masters 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

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

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