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Paediatric Dentistry MSc

This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Part time: 3 years
Distance learning: available

In addition to online distance learning throughout the year, there are 10 contact days in Year 1 plus an optional induction day, five contact days in Year 2 and a further five contact days in Year 3.

Tuition fees (2017/18)

N/A (FT) £16,610 (PT)
N/A (FT) £19,390 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 1 June 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. The fees indicated above are the full-time Master's fee (2017/18). Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

For further requirements please refer to the institute's Paediatric Dentistry MSc 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

Year one provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits).

The PG Diploma consists of seven core modules (120 credits); two years part-time.

The PG Certificate consists of four core modules (60 credits); one year part-time.

Core modules

  • Management of Oral Disease
  • Trauma
  • Behaviour Management
  • Planning Treatment in the Developing Child
  • Clinical Governance
  • Advanced Paediatric Dentistry
  • Structured Extramural Clinical Practice

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All 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 seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme. Contact days are as follows: Year 1 – one week in November, one week in March and an exam day in June; Year 2 – one week in November and an exam day in June; Year 3 – one week in December or January and an exam day in Jun.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Paediatric Dentistry MSc


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 first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc are due to graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

However, destinations of recent graduates of the institute’s Paediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate (which this new programme supersedes) include: specialist registrar; senior dental officer, community dentistry; and clinical lead for dental salaried services.


As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports the development of transferable skills such as the use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.

This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: the BSPD editor for the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; a committee member for Paediatric Dental Care Pathways and Level II Practitioners in Paediatric Dentistry; MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); a member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit’s staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students will be offered help in the management of their own patients.

Find out more about the programme on the institute's Paediatric Dentistry MSc 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.

What our students and staff say

Student view

"The practical phantom-head sessions offered by Eastman Dental Institute have been incredibly valuable, where I have been able to practise techniques supported by consultants. I'd like to progress in my career, perhaps by taking up a senior position at work, and in the future I would like to teach and have a mentoring role. My studies and time at UCL have built my confidence to achieve this."

Michelle Rip

Paediatric Dentistry MSc

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 designed for busy dentists working in practice, community services or any other environment who wish to provide a higher standard of care for children.

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 June 2017

For further requirements please refer to the institute's Paediatric Dentistry MSc 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:

  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

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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