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Special Care Dentistry MSc

This full-time one-year, or part-time two-year Master’s programme provides relevant education and training to meet the oral health care requirements of patients with special needs.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£24,400 (FT) £12,200 (PT)
£39,570 (FT) £19,940 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 15 July 2015
Close: 8 January 2016

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 Special Care 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

The programme provides a detailed understanding of the common systemic disorders likely to be of implication for routine dental care, alongside an understanding of the appropriate management and the ability to undertake clinical investigations for patients with systemic disease likely to complicate dental treatment.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Clinical Science & Research Methods
  • Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment Core Course (Special Care Dentistry)
  • Clinical Care Core Course (Special Care Dentistry)
  • Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry
  • Ethics, Governance and Public Health of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in the submission of a dissertation (10,000 - 12,000 words).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and clinics organised by many of the scientists and clinicians of the Institute and allied hospital.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Special Care Dentistry MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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

  • Oral Medicine Teacher, Ziauddin College of Dentistry (2013)
  • Dentist, Solihull PCT Practice (2012)
  • Special Care Dentistry, Whittington House (2012)
  • Dentist, Hospital Clinico (2011)


As well as being provided with the skills to provide better services to patients and ensure career progression, students establish important working collaborations with staff at the institute and other parts of UCL. Students are able to present aspects of their work at international conferences which, in turn, provides them with further opportunities to collaborate with specialists from across the globe.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme’s students benefit from a friendly, welcoming staff, a comprehensive education portfolio, 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 which ensures experience of managing complex clinical problems.

Find out more about the programme on the the institute's Special Care Dentistry MSc page.

Student / staff ratios › 63 staff including 6 postdocs › 390 taught students › 66 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Degree reviews

Staff review

"My work concentrates on finding better ways of diagnosing mouth cancer that ensures patients are identified as early as possible. We work on developing simple methods for easy diagnosis of such disease in the primary health care setting. If oral cancer is identified early affected individuals will not require complex treatment and are likely to survive a disorder that still kills about 50% of affected persons."

Professor Stephen Porter

Oral Medicine MSc, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc, Oral Surgery MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
Staff review

"UCL has a global reputation as a centre of excellence in education and research. As a UCL alumni myself, it is a great privilege to work at UCL and to have the opportunity to help inspire, teach and mentor the next generation of researchers and academic clinicians from around the world."

Rachel Leeson

Oral Surgery MClinDent, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Endodontics MSc, Prosthodontics MClinDent, Restorative Dental Practice MClin Dent
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCL 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?

The programme is directed towards dentally qualified clinicians who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in special care dentistry to become a competent practitioner in the field within and outside the United Kingdom.

Application deadlines

All applicants
8 January 2016
For full details of the application process please refer to the institute's Special Care 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:
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study special care dentistry at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
  • what is your previous experience of special care dentistry
  • what are your plans after completion of this Master’s degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you.
  • 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.


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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