Paediatric Dentistry DDent

The programme provides comprehensive training in paediatric dentistry and is taught through both specialist-level clinical practice and doctorate-level research.

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The programme is delivered by the institute's unit of Paediatric Dentistry and students benefit from the high proportion of sessions with direct patient contact, a favourable staff-to-student ratio and the excellent facilities offered by the unit, which has unique expertise in caring for young patients with behaviour problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions.

Specialist services include the management of anxious patients (including inhalation sedation, intravenous sedation and general anaesthesia services); management of dental trauma; and the management of dental anomalies such as hypodontia or enamel and dentine defects.

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IRIS department: Eastman Dental Institute

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification. In addition, they must currently be treating children.

English level expected: Good


  • All applicants: 10 January 2014
Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,600
  • Overseas Full-time: £36,100

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


Recent graduates have either continued on an academic career pathway by obtaining research or academic positions at leading universities, or have entered managerial or research positions in the health service, government or industry. Some graduates have secured prestigious specialist training posts.


Being a part of UCL improves graduates' employability with industrial companies from the pharmaceutical sector in particular, and due to the reputation of the institute graduates are sought after in the field of dentistry worldwide.

The Paediatric Dentistry DDent offers the combination of doctorate level research and specialist level clinical skills needed for future leaders of the paediatric dentistry profession.


Students are encouraged to attend and contribute to conferences in the UK and internationally. Each year, the institute allocates a sum of money for the purpose of supporting those who wish to travel to a conference or comparable event, either in the UK or overseas, in order to present a paper or poster based on their work. The institute also hosts a variety of speakers throughout the year and all our students are encouraged to attend these talks and network with their peers.

Next steps


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Student View

"Attending a prestigious dental graduate institute, being part of a world-class research project and performing at the Olympic Opening Ceremony can only happen here at UCL!"

Polly Pok-Lam Fung

Degree: PhD

Staff View

"When you meet new contacts nationally and internationally they have nearly always heard of UCL and the Eastman Dental Institute, so its strong reputation and well-known ‘brand’ is a definite benefit."

Professor Susan Cunningham

Professor/Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics