Conservative Dentistry MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The MSc in Conservative Dentistry is an intensive clinical, academic and research programme across the disciplines of fixed prosthodontics, implant dentistry, operative dentistry and endodontics. It is offered as a one-year, full-time course (or two-year, part time programme for specialist registrars (StRs)).

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 academic year
2 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 14 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

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

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

Students will gain theoretical and practical experience in the conservative restoration of cases ranging from a single missing tooth to full mouth rehabilitation, utilising either tooth or implant-supported restorations.

Graduates can confidently manage the treatment needs of patients in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Graduates have the ability to critically think and appraise literature, be capable of problem solving and develop an attitude of life-long learning.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for dentists who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in fixed prosthodontics, operative and implant dentistry.  Graduates have the necessary foundations to either provide more complex treatment in practice, progress into speciality training or develop an academic career.  Applications are welcome from both UK/EU and overseas students. 

What this course will give you

The MSc in Conservative Dentistry is an intensive programme which maintains a good balance between theoretical knowledge, practical experience and research.

Students are exposed to complex clinical cases to develop their treatment planning skills and enhance their clinical skill set.  Students also undertake laboratory work to appreciate its role in successful clinical outcomes. In our new teaching facilities, students will be exposed to both analogue and digital workflows. Research projects are innovative and clinically relevant.

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

The MSc in Conservative Dentistry at UCL Eastman Dental Institute will help you see your dental practice and patient management in a whole new holistic way.  By the end of the programme you will have developed confidence for managing patients with complex restorative needs. You will also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in implant dentistry and digital workflows.

Our programmes are supported by a number of full-time and part-time staff, including Clinical Academics, Consultants, Technical Instructors, Specialist clinicians and guest lecturers. You will interact and experience teaching through a small and focused international cohort, as places are limited. Learning is accomplished through seminars, advanced diagnosis and treatment planning sessions, supervised clinical patient treatment, as well as supervised laboratory work. The programme has been running for over 20 years and enjoys a worldwide reputation.

The foundation of your career

The programme is highly regarded with an excellent reputation for producing graduates with enhanced clinical skills and solid theoretical knowledge.


The programme is recommended for dental professionals wanting to extend their knowledge and develop their clinical skills in advanced and complex restorative treatment.  Career trajectories of recent graduates include private practice, continuation onto specialty training (in Prosthodontics), specialty doctor (in hospital-based positions) and specialist registrar training. 

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, small group teaching, journal clubs, and one-to-one teaching in clinical and laboratory settings. Assessment is through written papers (MCQ, MSA, and essays), mock written, oral and patient examination, supervised clinical work, internal graduate appraisal, logbooks, and the dissertation. Assessments are a mixture of face-to-face and online.

During weekdays, approximately 30% of the time is spent in lectures/tutorials, 40% for clinical-related activity (direct supervised patient treatment, labwork, treatment planning), while 30% is dedicated to administrative, research and self-directed learning.  The first 10 weeks of the programme are followed in full-time mode, even for PT students as they set the stage for the rest of the year.



You will undertake 5 taught modules and the research dissertation.

All modules are compulsory and integral to the programme.

Conservative dentistry encompasses the areas of prosthodontics, operative & implant dentistry and endodontics. This programme is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge in the theory that underpins conservative dentistry.  This is complemented by clinical experience in patient treatment sessions. The clinical sessions are supported with laboratory sessions to deliver the required fixed prostheses. The goal is to produce graduates who will be able to manage the treatment needs of patients in a holistic and comprehensive yet conservative manner. 

The research dissertation promotes problems solving and critical thinking.

Modules are studied concurrently over the length of the programme and time allocated to each module is not defined by academic terms.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. All modules are compulsory Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Conservative Dentistry.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £32,100 £16,050
Tuition fees (2022/23) £52,900 £26,450

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

Fee deposits for this programme are as follows: UK full-time and part time students £2,500; Overseas full-time and part-time students £5,000.

Additional costs may include the purchase of a dental photography camera set-up (DSLR with Macro lens and special ring flash set-up), magnification loupes, personal computer and some costs involved in attending Conferences (Prices for all of the above can vary but usually student discounts are provided).

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

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

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:

  • 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 at the EDI
  • 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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