Restorative Dental Practice MSc

A flexible, part-time, five year Master’s programme that enhances students’ ability to provide high-quality and comprehensive restorative management for the majority of patients. Students are able to assess, plan and provide quality treatment at an advanced level, forming a sound foundation for the restoration or rehabilitation of a compromised dentition in their own clinical practice.

Mode of study

  • Flexible up to 5 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Part-time: £15,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £22,100

Application date

  • All applicants: 18 October 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to enhance the students’ knowledge and clinical applications of restorative dentistry, develop the skill of critical reading of published literature, and develop skills in research methodology and presentation. In addition, a working knowledge of dental materials will be developed in order to enable graduates to relate the use of modern materials to their clinical application.

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 is taught by eminent specialists on the Institute’s staff and complemented by respected visiting clinicians and teachers. Students benefit from first-class facilities and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques.

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

Core Modules

  • The Foundations of Restorative Dentistry
  • The Restoration and Replacement of Teeth
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry I
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry II
  • Extramural Patient Logbook I
  • Extramural Patient Logbook II
  • Dissertation and Oral Examination


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


Each student undertakes a research project culminating in a 10,000–12,000 word report. Other options include the writing up of a systematic/critical review of the literature or a critical appraisal of a comprehensive patient treatment case.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures and practical sessions in state-of-the-art skills laboratories, providing a highly supportive learning experience. Assessment is through practical, clinical and oral examinations including written papers, presentation of clinical cases and a dissertation.

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.

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

In addition, all applicants must be in clinical practice in the UK or EU while they undertake the programme and must hold registration with the General Dental Council (or EU equivalent).

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The application deadline for this programme is 18 October 2014.

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

Who can apply?

The programme is ideal for the general dental practitioner wishing to develop their practice in restorative dentistry in order to improve job-satisfaction and to be able to offer patients a higher level of care.

What are we looking for?

  • When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study restorative dental practice at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • 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.


Most graduates return to enhanced careers in general dental practice. A small number progress to full-time Master's programmes, sometimes with specialist training. One recent graduate progressed to a part-time PhD. Others develop a part-time career in teaching.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Essex Local Dental Network and Colchester Postgraduate Medical Centre, Chair and Postgraduate Dental Tutor, 2009
  • UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Further academic study (PhD), 2009
  • UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Further academic study (MSc), 2010
  • Self-employed (Ayelsbury, Buckinghamshire), Private dental practitioner, 2011
  • University of Warwick, Clinical Teacher in Endodontics, 2010


Graduates use the qualification to improve their prospects of moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time Master's programmes and specialist training, progressing to PhD level, and developing careers in teaching.

Next steps


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Staff View

"Working at UCL Eastman means I can meet with colleagues from other specialities to discuss complex cases, innovative treatments and multi-disciplinary care. Watching my graduate students present their research at international conferences is incredibly rewarding and a highlight of my job."

Susan Parekh

Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry

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