This Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills whilst continuing to work in practice, and runs part-time over two years.
Modes and duration
Students would expect to attend 28 days (every other week) in year one; and 20 days (in three blocks of five days + ad hoc days) in year two.
Tuition fees (2019/20)
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 Students website. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.
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 be registered with the General Dental Council in the UK, with a minimum of two years' post-qualification clinical experience.
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
The programme enables participants to improve their knowledge and refine their practical and clinical skills. Subjects covered include the biological basis of disease management, as well as the clinical and technical aspects of treatment. The programme is delivered by leading clinicians, providing close support, coaching and mentoring to aid improvement in technical, clinical and cognitive domains.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits).
The PG Diploma programme has four core modules in year one (15 credits each) and three core modules in year two (two of 15 credits and one of 30 credits).
- Clinical Endodontics
- Endodontic Sciences
- Level 1 Practical Endodontics
- Level 2 Practical Endodontics
- Generalist Skills
- Special Interest Skills - Trauma Management and pulp therapy
- Special Interest Skills - Primary Root Canal Treatment and the management of treatment failure
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, hands-on practical sessions and case conferences on practice-managed patients in the first year, followed by direct clinical supervision of patient management in the second year.
In year one, 28 contact days are required (including one induction day); in year two, 20 contact days are required.
Candidates will need to be employed in a general dental practice, where they would be able to receive and manage patients requiring endodontic care on a regular basis, using contemporary equipment (microscope beneficial but not essential) and materials. Such patients will form part of a contemporaneously maintained log-book to facilitate distance-mentoring.
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.
Graduates often decide to focus a main part of their practice on endodontics, whilst others prefer to maintain a broad-based practice with a special interest. A number have gone on to undertake the MSc in Endodontics or Specialist Training. A number have since taken up teaching.
All graduates, without exception, find fulfilling and satisfying job placements to pursue their interests and consolidate their newly developed skills. Employers rate our graduates highly.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The first year of the programme is delivered in a state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory under the direct coaching and mentoring of experienced teaching staff. This year lays the foundation of knowledge and integrates it with technical skill development, whilst clinical mentoring is provided on endodontic cases being treated in your own practice. The second year includes 18 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the institute with a staff:student ratio of 1:4, allowing maximum opportunity for clinical application of knowledge and technical skills developed in the first year. A clinical log-book is maintained throughout with reflections to ensure development.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
What our students and staff say
"I took up the position as a Clinical Lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in 1997 due to its reputation for graduate dental education and the close working relationship between clinical and research departments. My research focused on the clinical efficacy of endodontic treatment which generated further exploration in the laboratory to develop novel approaches to control root canal infections. I most enjoy coaching and mentoring students and junior staff to reach their full potential."
Dr Yuan-Ling NgEndodontic Practice PG Dip, Endodontics MSc, Endodontology MClinDent
Eastman Dental Institute
Application and next steps
Please note that due to the competition for places, applications will not be accepted after the deadline. You must also submit a portfolio. Details for portfolio submission will be sent to you once you have submitted your UCL application. Applicants will be considered for Slade scholarships as part of the admissions process.
There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £110 for online applications and £135 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is specifically designed for the general dental practitioner keen to follow a structured programme but unable to undertake full-time postgraduate study, and who wishes to work at a higher, more satisfying level and gain enhanced skills in endodontics.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
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.
Applicants should have sound skills as a general dentist.