Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry PG Cert

A part-time, one year PGCert programme that thoroughly explores the most important topics in dental aesthetics, covering scientific documentation as well as clinical applications. Biological and practical components are presented at a specialist level by UCL Eastman Dental Institute staff and invited international experts.

Mode of study

  • Part-time 1 year (24+ non-consecutive days)

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £15,450
  • Overseas Part-time: £22,100

Application date

  • All applicants: 4 July 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme is designed for dental practitioners who wish to remain at the cutting edge of contemporary dentistry and to be able to meet and deliver with confidence the restorative needs of patients with high aesthetic expectations. The programme provides the clinical skills and the theoretical background to incorporate aesthetic elements into their daily patient care, within traditionally sound restorative principles.

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 department of Continuing Professional Development. The department is located separate to the main Institute site, with dedicated facilities including high-specification skills laboratories.

The programme places emphasis on acquiring knowledge, understanding and skills in the areas of aesthetic restorations, contemporary biomaterials, and evidence based clinical procedures and techniques.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of two core modules worth 30 credits each.

Core Modules

  • Science and Properties of Dental Composites and Ceramics
  • Interdisciplinary Clinical Dental Aesthetics


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Not Applicable.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of 50% lectures, interactive seminars and treatment planning, and 50% skills laboratory and clinic hands-on training. There is ample phantom head practice of clinical procedures, video demonstrations of live patient treatment, current literature review and a dedicated textbook given.

Further details available on subject website:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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. for full details.

Overseas applicants must ensure they have appropriate immigration status to attend the required contact days in London.

In addition, all applicants must have access to clinical practice for the completion of a patient case prior to the final examinations of the programme.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The application deadline for this programme is 4 July 2014. Late applications may be considered after this date but early application is advisable.

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

Who can apply?

The programme is directed towards dentists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in Aesthetic 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:
  • about your academic background in basic restorative procedures and occlusionwhy you want to study this programme at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • what important elements are you looking for in the programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.
  • 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.


Aesthetic dentistry is one of the fastest growing areas of contemporary dental practice, and successful graduates of this programme gain the clinical and theoretical skills and techniques necessary to incorporate aspects of aesthetic dentistry into their daily practice and meet realistic expectations of patients with high aesthetic demands.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Private dental practice (Ireland), Dentist (Associate), 2010
  • NYU College of Dentistry, Implant Fellow, 2011
  • Private dental practice (Ireland), Dentist (owner), 2012
  • Mozambique Military Hospital, Military dentist, 2011
  • University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Further study (Orthodontics), 2012


The degree can improve graduates’ prospects of moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time Master’s and specialty training programmes, or developing a career in teaching.

Next steps


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