This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students' knowledge and skills, theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. Simulation training in management of medical emergencies is an important component of the programme. It is compliant with UK sedation guidelines.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £N/A (FT) £6,980 (PT)
- £N/A (FT) £13,630 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.
Fee deposit: All students on this programme on a part-time or flexible basis are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
UK/EU applicants must be registered with the GDC or GMA and have a minimum of one year clinical experience post-qualification. International students without the above registration are welcome to undertake the theoretical elements of the programme as a CPD course. Contact UCL Eastman for more information.
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.
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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About this degree
Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments with a programme mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients using standard sedation techniques, and observe the criteria set for recovery and discharge of patients after sedation. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies during sedation.
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules worth 15 credits each.
- Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I
- Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
- Conscious Sedation Clinical I
- Conscious Sedation Clinical II
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
Each student writes a 3,000-word referenced essay on a sedation-related topic as part of formal assessment. Topics can include research studies, case studies, or any topic related to an interesting area in sedation and pain control.The topic must be approved by the Programme Director.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, clinical skills seminars, problem-based learning and directly supervised clinical sessions sedating patients. Students also receive simulation training in the management of medical emergencies.
No specific funding available for programme
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme prepares graduates to practise as:
- Operator sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation
- Dedicated sedation practitioners: delivering the relief of pain and anxiety through conscious sedation while conducting dental procedures (this form of sedation practice is becoming very popular and the demand is increasing)
- Sedation trainers
- Various graduates are now offering conscious sedation for the first time in their practices, and one graduate is now running airway certification courses.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL
- Paediatric Dentist, The Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)
- Dental Officer, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
- Speciality Doctor, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
There is a huge demand for sedation practitioners and this is lilkely to grow in future, not only as private practitioners but also sedation trainers.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is available to both doctors and dentists, which is unique in the UK. The programme invites guest speakers from other institutions and the Programme Director himself is a visiting professor from UWC, Cape Town, providing connections with the international sedation community.
You can find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.
This programme trains students in standard sedation techniques. We would like to present short courses in advanced sedation techniques in the future.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
Student / staff numbers
› 106 staff
including 6 postdocs
› 369 taught students
› 107 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Eastman Dental Institute
85% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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?
This limited attendance programme is open to both dental and medical practitioners.
- All applicants
- 11 March 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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 the programme 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
- what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
- whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries.
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.