This part-time three-year Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists with little or no experience in implant dentistry, to enable them to comprehensively diagnose, treatment plan and treat, within the scope of their ability, patients in need of implant-based surgical and prosthodontic treatment.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
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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. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows: Year 1: £13,334 (UK/EU), £17,296 (Overseas); Year 2: £13,334 (UK/EU), £17,296 (Overseas); Year 3: £6,982 (UK/EU), £8,288 (Overseas). Fees for subsequent years will be higher, in accordance with UCL's fees policy.
Fee deposit: All students on this programme on a part-time or flexible basis are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience. All applicants must be [UK] GDC registered and practicing in the UK.
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
In the first year, students develop a sound evidence-based knowledge of implant dentistry with emphasis on patient selection, diagnosis, planning and basic surgery. They develop further skills in the second and third years with an emphasis on the restorative aspects of implant dentistry, patient care, advanced surgical procedures, management of complications and practice management.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits).
- Implant Science 1
- Implant Planning
- Implant Science 2
- Implant Practical
- Implant Clinical 1
- Implant Clinical 2
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, hands-on training, live surgery and supervised clinical treatment.
The programme consists of approximately 82 contact teaching days, divided approximately as follows: Year 1: 30 days; Year 2: 34 days; Year 3: 18 days.
Note on mode of study: Selecting the part-time mode allows you access to study loans, but students must complete their studies in consecutive years and may not take any time away from study without authorised Extenuating Circumstances. Those selecting the flexible mode of study cannot access loans. They are able to take a break from the end of a year of study but must complete the programme within five years.
It is not possible to transfer between modes of study so students need to select the option that suits their personal circumstances. Students will be taught together irrespective of their mode of study.
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 aim of the programme is to enable dentists to bring implant dentistry into their everyday practice. Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the skills necessary for dental implant case selection and planning, surgery and restoration of straighforward implant cases. This is the foundation of implant treatment in general dental practice. The programme is designed for students to embark on implant treatment in their own practices during the course of the programme.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Speciality Doctor, NHS Kingston Hospital
- Dentist, Edgbaston Dental Care and studying Implantology MSc, University of Lancashire
Gaining the UCL's Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry will provide increased opportunities for working in private dental practice.
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 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Students benefit from first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques ensuring experience of managing complex clinical problems.
The tutors are all registered specialists with particular emphasis in prosthodontics which helps with planning simple and complex restorative cases and the learning extends beyond basic implant dentistry.
All students treat patients on-site with one-on-one supervision and mentoring of planning, surgery and restoration of implants cases. This provides significant support and confidence for students - particularly the less experienced.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £110 for online applications and £135 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is ideally suited to any general dental practitioner or specialist wishing to develop their knowledge of implant dentistry and extend their clinical skills.
- All applicants
- 1 June 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 this 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.
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.