Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

A part-time, one year Postgraduate Certificate programme to develop students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£6,075 (PT)
£12,205 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
18 March 2016

Entry Requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved medical or dental qualification and have a minimum of three years' clinical experience post-qualification. For further requirements please refer to the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

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

Alongside theoretical training, the programme provides clinical attachments to a course mentor at accredited sedation clinics in or near London. Students receive training in pre-sedation assessment and how to administer sedation to patients, 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.

Core Modules

  • 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.

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert


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.


Top career destinations for this degree

  • Speciality Doctor in Oral Surgery, King’s College NHS Trust (2011)
  • Sedation Practitioner, Self Employed (2010)
  • Specialist Dental Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital (2010)
  • Dental Consultant, Eastman Dental Hospital (2010)
  • Dentist, Worcestershire Primary Care Trust (2010)


The programme prepares graduates to practice as:

  • Operator Sedationists: as dentists they can conduct dental procedures and administer drugs for relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation.
  • Dedicated sedation practitioners: deliver the relief of pain and anxiety, conscious sedation, as a dentist conducts the 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.

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.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

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?

This limited attendance programme is open to both dental and medical practitioners.

Application deadlines

All applicants
18 March 2016
For full details of the application process please refer to the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

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 Dental Sedation and Pain Management 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
  • 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.


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