Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry PG Cert

London, Bloomsbury

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 scientific documentation, clinical applications, treatment planning, modern materials, and step-by-step clinical procedures. This one-year course is available part-time with regular attendance or by distance-learning with three condensed week-long sessions in London.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification.

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: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This programme is for dental practitioners who want to work at the cutting edge of contemporary dentistry and extend their knowledge and skills into aesthetic dentistry. It gives busy professionals the ability to complete their training while studying at their convenience.

Applicants can study part-time or by flexible mixed mode. UK or London-based applicants are encouraged to choose the part-time mode and attend campus most Thursdays between October and July. Applicants based overseas and those less able to travel to London each week will benefit from the mixed-mode option.

Part-time students will attend lectures in the morning and then hands-on training for the rest of the day. The lectures and interactive discussions are livestreamed for mixed-mode delegates and then made available on-demand. For mixed-mode students, the hands-on training is condensed into week-long sessions in December, March, and June.

UCL's aesthetic dentistry programme offers the most hands-on training in Europe. You will receive extensive small-group training in lab and clinic, honing your skills in state-of-the-art facilities and learning from UCL’s internationally acclaimed dental specialists. 

The programme places particular emphasis on developing your skills in aesthetic restorations, contemporary biomaterials and evidence-based clinical procedures and techniques.

Who this course is for

The programme is best suited for dentists who want to extend their knowledge and skills in aesthetic dentistry to become a competent practitioner in the field, either within or outside the UK. It is ideal for practitioners looking to incorporate aesthetic dentistry into their daily practice and work confidently with patients with high aesthetic demands.

Dentists can apply from any country. GDC registration is not a requirement to join the course.

What this course will give you

  • Develop your knowledge, understanding and skills in aesthetic restorations, contemporary biomaterials and evidence-based clinical procedures and techniques. 
  • Material is delivered through lectures in seminars, with hands-on training, interactive case studies, treatment planning of complex patient cases, and video patient demonstrations. 
  • State-of-the-art facilities in skills labs and clinics.
  • Teaching from internationally recognised specialists.
  • The opportunity to explore topics in depth, with extensive practical teaching in small groups.
  • Step by step, interdisciplinary patient case treatment planning sessions and case mentoring.
  • Password protected portal with teaching materials and videos.
  • Free textbook.

The foundation of your career

The programme can improve graduates' prospects of moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time master’s and specialty training programmes, or developing a career in teaching.


Successful graduates gain the clinical and theoretical skills and techniques necessary to incorporate aspects of aesthetic dentistry into their daily practice and meet realistic expectations of patients with high aesthetic demands.

Teaching and learning

To be awarded this UCL PGCert degree, you will need to complete:

  • A written exam of 50 multiple-choice questions in June
  • A written exam of 50 multiple-choice questions in early September
  • A 2,500-word essay on a topic we assign to you in February (deadline for submission of topic is 1 August)
  • A viva exam in early September on a patient case you will present to the examiners.

There are 24 core contact teaching days. Each day has a lecture in the morning and hands-on training in the afternoon, attended by the part-time cohort.

In addition to the contact days, there are treatment planning sessions most Thursdays on Zoom.

The hands-on training for mixed-mode students is delivered during three residential training weeks.


For the part-time mode, you will come in for 24 separate Thursdays between October and July. Interactive lectures take place in the morning. Afternoons are for hands-on training.

The lectures and interactive discussions are also livestreamed and then stored in our secure portal for students to access on-demand.

We are happy to mentor students on cases they would like to work on with help, but the graduation case you show us at the end of the year as a viva exam needs to be developed independently.

For the flexible mode, the hands-on training will be condensed into three intense week-long sessions in December, March, and June.

The lectures and interactive discussions will be livestreamed, usually on Thursdays. Recordings will be made available on-demand for delegates who are unable to attend live.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £24,200
Tuition fees (2023/24) £32,100

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

All students on this programme on a part-time or flexible basis are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.

Textbook and study materials are provided for free, and all equipment and materials for the hands-on exercises are available on site to be used during the exercises.

We advise delegates to get access to an SLR camera and face bow with semi-adjustable articulator so that they can develop the patient case presentation required for the viva exam at the end.

The deposit fee upon successful application and acceptance of the offer to enrol forms part of the tuition fee and is not an additional cost.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

No internal scholarships are available for this programme.

Fees are paid in three instalments. Delegates can self-fund or seek external scholarship funding or professional loans.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

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.

There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £120 for online applications and £145 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • about your academic background in basic restorative procedures and occlusion
  • why you want to study this programme at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • what important elements are you looking for in the 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.

Dentistry enthusiasts who would like to provide bespoke contemporary evidence based treatment plans to their patients and who would like to remain in the cutting edge of dental technology.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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