Conservative Dentistry MSc

A full-time, one year (or, for SPRs only, a part-time, two year) Master’s programme that provides advanced knowledge in the areas of fixed prosthodontics, operative and implant dentistry, and endodontics. Balancing theory, practice and research, the programme is recommended for dental professionals wanting to upgrade their knowledge and level of clinical practice.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£24,410 (FT) £11,950 (PT)
£41,410 (FT) £31,520 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
10 January 2015

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

The programme provides theoretical and practical experience in the conservative restoration of cases ranging from a single missing tooth to full mouth rehabilitation, utilising either tooth or implant-supported restorations. This is accomplished through exposure to advanced diagnosis and treatment planning procedures, clinical practice, as well as undertaking the laboratory work for patients – keys to successful clinical treatment.

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Conservative Dentistry MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Dentistry SDS, King's College London (2011)
  • Specialist Registrar- Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (2011)
  • Dentist, Royal Army Dental Corps (2011)
  • Restorative Dentistry Registrar, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (2011)
  • Dentist, Kuala Lumpur International Dental Centre (2011)


Due to the intensive, condensed and comprehensive nature of the programme all of the graduates feel very secure in undertaking roles with responsibilities as highlighted.

The programme has enjoyed a great reputation for producing graduates possessing sound clinical skills based on a solid theoretical knowledge background. Therefore, graduates are highly sought for the positions noted.

Why 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, the institute welcomes UK and international students.

This programme is delivered by the Institute’s unit of Prosthodontics. The unit’s technical work is carried out in a fully-equipped modern laboratory with the support of highly-trained dental technicians. The unit’s clinic cares for one of the largest cohorts of hypodontia patients in the world.

The programme 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.

Student / staff ratios › 80 staff › 420 taught students › 62 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps


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.

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 for an academic career in the field.

Application deadlines

All applicants

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.


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