UCL Faculty of Medical Sciences


Dentistry degrees

UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers an extensive range of programmes, including master’s degrees, specialty training, certificates, diplomas and CPD courses plus doctoral studies including PhD and DDent. Benefit from scientific, clinical, and educational expertise and access to world-class training, facilities, and equipment.

"The approach is completely unique"

We are a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research in central London. Our clinically intensive programmes are led by international specialists. We are also a world-class research centre that continually improves systemic and oral health through the innovative development of novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics, and smart materials.

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Our programmes

Join UCL's world-leading academic community working at the Eastman Dental Institute. We offer an extensive range of high-quality, postgraduate study options including master’s degrees, specialty training, certificates, diplomas and CPD courses, plus doctorate programmes. Our courses combine theoretical and clinical elements of dentistry to create an enjoyable balance of academic study and patient care.

Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry, PG Cert

This programme explores the most important topics in aesthetic dentistry, making it ideal for practitioners looking to expand into this sought-after field. It covers current scientific documentation, clinical applications, treatment planning, modern materials, and step-by-step clinical procedures. 

  • Part-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Conservative Dentistry, MSc

Our MSc in Conservative Dentistry will help you see your dental practice and patient management in a whole new way. Covering fixed prosthodontics, operative, implant dentistry and endodontics, you will develop up-to-date skills, knowledge and expertise to confidently manage your patients' needs.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Endodontics, MSc

This programme aims to develop the skills required to enable independent practice of endodontics at a level above special interest but below specialist. MSc Endodontics aims to develop a broad understanding of endodontics, including basic principles and how to apply them clinically.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Endodontology (Advanced Training), MClinDent

This three-year master's programme is for students who want to specialise in endodontology. You will undertake training mapped to the UK GDC-approved specialty training curriculum.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry; Medical Technology and Diagnostics

Endodontology, MClinDent

This clinically relevant MClinDent allows you to gain a broad and deep understanding of endodontology. You will develop the skills to apply appropriate clinical strategies based on first principles and be well prepared for a future as a specialist.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry; Medical Technology and Diagnostics

Implant Dentistry, MSc

Modern implant dentistry is constantly evolving and presents challenges that require new skills. Our MSc programme provides the skills for dental implant case selection and planning, and to place and restore straightforward implant cases.

  • Part-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Implant Dentistry, PG Cert

The PG Cert teaches you to describe and perform the surgical steps involved in the guided placement of a dental implant. You will learn how to plan, restore and maintain implants for straightforward, single unit cases. 

  • Part-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, MSc 

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc gives you a broad education in the theory of oral and maxillofacial surgery. It is the ideal foundation for widening your scope of treatment in dental practice, in preparation for hospital training posts or further training.

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Oral Medicine, MSc 

Oral Medicine MSc provides dental professionals with the skills to help manage patients across possibly the widest spectrum of diseases relevant to oral medicine in Europe, if not the globe.

  • Full-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Oral Surgery (Advanced Training), MClinDent

This master's programme gives you access to hands-on training in oral surgery in the heart of London. You will develop a depth of understanding of the theoretical and clinical aspects of this surgical field, applied clinical sciences and research methodology.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Oral Surgery, MClinDent

Oral Surgery MClinDent programme combines theoretical and clinical elements of oral surgery to create an enjoyable balance of academic study and patient care, providing a strong foundation for a future career in this field. 

  • Full-time, 2 years. Part-time, 4 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Orthodontics (Advanced Training), MClinDent

This MClinDent programme opens the door to a fulfilling career in orthodontics. You will develop the skills to understand the principles of normal and abnormal facial growth, diagnose malocclusions and identify aetiological factors.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Paediatric Dentistry, MSc 

this Paediatric Dentistry MSc gives busy dentists the ability to plan their lives around their studies. Our programme provides a mix of theory, latest scientific evidence and technical skills.

  • Part-time, 3 years. Flexible, 5 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Periodontology (Distance Learning), MSc

In this MSc programme, will study peri-implant disease management, non-surgical therapy and the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment planning in implant dentistry.

  • Part-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Periodontology, MClinDent

This full-time, three-year Periodontology MClinDent provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry. 

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Prosthodontics (Advanced Training), MClinDent

In this globally renowned programme at UCL you will develop a high level of clinical skill for diagnosing, treating, and restoratively managing advanced and complex cases with an evidence-based approach.

  • Full-time, 3 years. Part-time, 4 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Restorative Dental Practice, MSc 

Restorative dentistry is the backbone of contemporary primary care dentistry. This programme covers a wide range of specialties encompassing prosthodontics, aesthetics, endodontics and periodontics.

  • Full-time, 3 years. Flexible, 5 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry, MSc 

Special Care Dentistry ensures that all patients are appropriately managed to enhance their function and quality of life. This master's degree provides dentists with the knowledge to enhance their ability to provide care to patients with special needs. 

  • Full-time, 1 year. Part-time, 2 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Special Care Dentistry, PGCert 

This part-time, one-year Postgraduate Certificate aims to provide interested dentists with a basic understanding of the delivery of special care dentistry.

  • Part-time, 1 year.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Eastman Dental Institute, MPhil/PhD

Study an MPhil/PhD programme to develop your scientific knowledge and research skills in a world-leading academic centre, with a focus on oral health, microbial diseases, and biomaterials tissue engineering.

  • Full-time, 3 years. Part-time, 5 years.
  • Subjects: Dentistry

Eastman Dental Institute (Clinical Experience), MPhil/PhD

Carry out doctoral research in the field of oral health, microbial diseases, or biomaterials tissue engineering. Your laboratory or clinically based research-intensive programme will be supervised by international specialists.

  • Full-time, 4 years.
  • ​​​​​​​Subjects: Dentistry

Paediatric Dentistry, DDent

This three-year full-time professional doctorate programme is for dentists wanting to train to specialist level and combines specialist-level clinical practice with doctorate-level research.

  • Full-time, 3 years.
  • ​​​​​​​Subjects: Dentistry

A demonstration of dentistry between instructor and learner, at the Eastman Dental Institute

Why study at UCL Eastman?

We are a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research. We produce accomplished graduates who often go on to become national and international sector leaders and pioneers. As part of UCL, students have the opportunity to work with some of the greatest intellects in the world, access state-of-the-art facilities and collaborate with colleagues across multiple fields and disciplines. 

A dental workshop at the Eastman Dental Institute, with desks and models

State-of-the-art facilities

Our new state-of-the-art facilities in Bloomsbury ensure our students, researchers and academics have exceptional access to patients and opportunities for education and research.

Kevin Henry, UCL Eastman Dental Institute Alumnus

My former lecturers trained here

One of the factors that drew Kevin Henry to study at UCL was that some of his undergraduate lecturers at the University of West Indies also trained at the Eastman Dental Institute.

Student receiving instruction on the Special Care Dentistry programme

Spread valuable skills worldwide

Leticia Sarubbi’s plan was always to return to her home country of Paraguay and work with The National University of Asuncion to incorporate special care to its dentistry curriculum.

"I wanted to experience more"

Reina from the Philippines studied the MSc Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery course at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. She was raised in an environment of patient care and became attached to the idea of service. Reina’s ambition was to gain the skills that could improve the system of oral care in the Philippines and improve quality of life.

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Graduates follow a broad range of career trajectories following graduation, ranging from clinical practice and hospital posts to research and academic careers. Graduates are eligible for a wide range of UK and international career opportunities and are well-equipped for further studies such as a PhD.

If you are inspired by the opportunities of oral surgery and eligible to work in the UK, you may go into NHS or private dental practice. Alternatively, depending on your previous experience, you could apply for competitive NHS clinical training posts, either foundation DCT (Senior House Officer) posts in UK teaching hospitals or specialist registrar training posts to become NHS consultants.

Other graduates of the course have applied directly for specialty doctor/dentist and clinical fellowship posts. Graduates who are already qualified in both dentistry and medicine have successfully obtained competitive specialist registrar training posts, with the aim of becoming hospital consultants.

You just have to look into the academic backgrounds of the most prominent and talented dentists within the UK to realise that many of them trace at least a part of their training to this institute.

I gained a world-class Master’s degree in Endodontology but the greatest achievement was the friends I met during my time here. I feel privileged to be a part of a respected community.

The degree has opened many career doors, which previously did not exist. I share my time in private practice, hospital, and teaching. That has allowed me to fall in love with the profession.

Dr Kunal Patel, MSc Endodontics.

Dr Kunal Patel, MSc Endodontics

Did you know?

  • In 1926, American innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist George Eastman donated £200,000 to fund a dental clinic in London.
  • In 1931, the Eastman Dental Clinic opened as part of the Royal Free Hospital to provide dental care for disadvantaged children from central London.
  • In 1948, the Eastman became independent of the Royal Free and its teaching arm became the Postgraduate Dental Institute of the Postgraduate Medical Federation.
  • The Eastman Dental Hospital and the Institute occupied 256 Gray's Inn Road until 2020, once the barracks of London and Westminster Light Horse Volunteers, a unit formed in response to the threat of French invasion in 1779.

Historic blueprint of the site that became the Eastman

Eastman Dental Institute research

A world-class research centre, UCL Eastman Dental Institute offers you a range of doctorate research opportunities in the fields of oral health and society, microbial diseases, clinical research, biomaterials and tissue engineering. The UCL Eastman Dental Institute undertakes high-quality research that advances knowledge of the causes, treatment and prevention of orofacial and related disease. We then translate those findings into improved clinical care and public policy. You will also benefit from interaction with other UCL research groups and with NHS hospitals close to the university.

Prosthodontics prize for UCL Eastman trainee

UCL alumna, Dr Rosanna Busuttil (Conservative Dentistry), has won the prestigious Shottlander Oral Prize at the British Society of Prosthodontics' annual conference 2023.

Gum disease doubles the risk of high blood pressure

Adults with periodontitis may be twice as likely to have higher blood pressure compared to those with healthy gums, finds a study led by UCL researchers.

Our teaching leads

Paul Ashley

Prof. Paul Ashley

Jacopo Buti

Prof. Jacopo Buti

Susan Cunningham

Prof. Susan Cunningham

Francesco D'Aiuto

Prof. Francesco D'Aiuto

Dena Dedi

Dr Dina Dedi

Stefano Fedele

Prof. Stefano Fedele

Rachel Lesson

Dr Rachel Leeson

Natalie Leow

Dr Natalie Leow

Albert Leung

Prof. Albert Leung

Susan Parekh

Prof. Susan Parekh

Dev Patel

Mr Dev Patel

Lambis Petridis

Prof. Lambis Petridis

Stephen Porter

Prof. Stephen Porter

Raelene Sambrook

Dr Raelene Sambrook

Dave Spratt

Prof. Dave Spratt

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