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Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

This Postgraduate Certificate programme develops students’ theoretical and practical competencies in the fast-developing world of sedation and pain management, and is studied part-time over one year. It is compliant with UK sedation guidelines.

Key information

Programme starts

May 2017

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)

N/A (FT) £6,445 (PT)
N/A (FT) £12,950 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 August 2016
Close: 10 March 2017

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved medical or dental qualification and have a minimum of two 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 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.

Core modules

  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical I
  • Conscious Sedation Pre-Clinical II
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical I
  • Conscious Sedation Clinical II

Optional modules

  • 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..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.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert


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

  • Dentist, Walton Park Dental Practice/ Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Dental Officer, George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • Speciality Doctor, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Paediatric Dentist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)


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.

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

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Student / staff numbers › 68 staff including 5 postdocs › 396 taught students › 98 research students

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
75% 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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
10 March 2017

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 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.

How do you think the programme will help you to understand pain and anxiety control better so that you can use your knowledge in your practice.

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