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 current scientific documentation, clinical applications, treatment planning, modern materials, and step-by-step clinical procedures. This one-year course is available either part-time with regular on-site attendance, or by distance learning / mixed-mode with regular online lectures and three week-long hands-on training sessions in London.

UK students International students
Study mode
Part-time
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£25,900
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£34,400
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 31 Jul 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification.

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.

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.

*Should you experience any issues with the drop-down below, try de-selecting the country and re-selecting it. If this doesn't work, then you may refer to this page which may help you find the same equivalencies - check the Entry requirements above beforehand. Please note the table is indicative only, revisiting when the dropdown is working to confirm is recommended.

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 from similar programmes 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

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • 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.

The benefit of this course is that everything we learn here, we can apply straight away in surgery. The supervisors are extremely professional, kind, receptive. They are amazing.

Ana Maria Moldoveanu

Dr Ana Maria Moldoveanu

Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry, PG Cert

Employability

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.

Networking

There are regular networking opportunities, including events where you can hear from expert speakers. We encourage students to broaden their skills and expand their networks by attending and participating at conferences.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a mix of lectures, interactive seminars, treatment planning, a skills laboratory and clinical hands-on training.

The part-time programme has 24 teaching days. Students can complete the teaching one day a week (usually Thursdays) spread out between October and July, or through block teaching of two to three blocks spread across the year.

Students wishing to undertake face-to-face teaching one day a week should select the part-time option. Those wishing to complete the face-to-face teaching in blocks should select the mixed mode option. Overseas students should also select the mixed mode option.

The rest of the time is for independent study from the course textbook (Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry by Terry/Geller, which students receive free of charge), online reading materials, videos, articles etc, and for work in practice (where relevant).

There is ample hands-on training during the programme. Invasive procedures such as preps, composites etc are carried out in skills labs on mannequins, and non-invasive procedures such as occlusal records, digital design and Michigan splints are completed in clinic on each other. Patient cases are treated in each candidate's practice.

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.

Modules

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 treatment planning 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 are 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.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Where you'll study

Welcome to UCL Eastman Dental Institute

We are a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research. We offer high-quality postgraduate education, including Master's degrees, speciality training, certificates, diplomas, research degrees and CPD courses. Our clinically-intensive programmes are led by international specialists. As a world-class research centre, we are continually improving systemic and oral health by developing novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics and smart materials. Our new state-of-the-art facilities at Bloomsbury campus ensure that our students, researchers and academics have exceptional access to patients and opportunities for education and research. The UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital is part of the largest hospital in Europe specialising in complex oral health care and advanced ear, nose and throat treatments.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry PG Cert

This is an opportunity to learn what is taught and how it is taught in the lectures and hands-on training of UCL's flagship Aesthetic Dentistry Degree Programme. This clinical programme is tailored for dentists at any point in their career who would like to confidently treat aesthetic interdisciplinary cases, with the latest techniques and materials and with user-friendly predictable protocols for their daily practice. Speaker: Dr. Konstantina Dina Dedi DipDS, MS, FACP

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Periodontology (distance-learning) MSc

The MSc Periodontology is a three-year blended-learning programme that offers busy dental practitioners the chance to learn the latest techniques in Periodontology. It combines flexible online learning with compressed residential components in London. We will present the programme structure, the virtual environment and examples of learning activities, including some of the practical elements delivered during the residential weeks. Speakers: Prof Jacopo Buti and Dr Inbar Eshkol-Yogev.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £25,900
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

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

Students will be able to use articulators on site or in their dentists' labs, so may not need to purchase the equipment. Some will wish to invest to be able to work at a more precise level in the future. Prices for a new semi-adjustable Denar articulator and face bow can range from approximately £1,300 to £3,000 (based on current discounted prices from local suppliers), but they may also be found second-hand at about 25% of the cost.

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: 2024-2025

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