Conservative Dentistry MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) campus-based MSc Conservative Dentistry is for dental professionals wanting to extend their knowledge and clinical skills in advanced and complex restorative dental treatment. The programme has been running for over 20 years and enjoys a worldwide reputation. Graduates go onto private practice, specialty training (in prosthodontics) or work as specialty doctors or registrars.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
1 academic year
2 academic years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 31 Jan 2024

Applications closed

Entry requirements

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

About this degree

For dentists looking to develop their expertise in restorative dental treatment, 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' treatment needs.

Studying in UCL's advanced teaching facilities, you will gain theoretical and practical experience in the restorative management of cases, ranging from the straightforward to the more complex, using either tooth or implant-supported fixed restorations. You will be exposed to advanced diagnosis and treatment planning procedures, and clinical practice, as well as undertaking laboratory work for patients.

By the end of the programme, you will be confident in managing patients' treatments, able to critically think and appraise literature, be capable of problem solving, and carry an attitude for lifelong learning.

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

Who this course is for

The programme is particularly suited to dentists who want 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 general dental practice, progress into speciality training or develop an academic career. Applications are welcome from UK, EU, and overseas students.

What this course will give you

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • An intensive programme with a good balance of theoretical knowledge, practical experience and research.
  • Exposure to complex clinical cases that will enhance your treatment planning and clinical skills, and develop your knowledge in areas such as implant dentistry.
  • The chance to undertake an innovative and clinically relevant research project.
  • Support and teaching from highly regarded clinical academics, consultants, technical instructors, specialist clinicians and guest lecturers. 
  • The opportunity to be part of a small and focused international cohort, as places are limited. 
  • Learning through seminars, advanced diagnosis and treatment planning sessions, supervised clinical patient treatments and supervised laboratory work. 
  • Lab work in state-of-the-art teaching facilities to give you practical insight into both analogue and digital workflows. Facilities include:
    • Two dedicated laboratories to produce patient devices such as fixed and removable prosthetic devices.
    • Five clinical skills laboratories, containing 90 clinical skills stations, equipped with dental manikins, allowing trainees to refine skills and work practically and safely in conditions that mimic real-life practice.
    • Two suites that are also equipped with dental microscopes to aid identification of anatomical imperfections and the quick detection of enamel and dentine fractures.

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.

This MSc helped me to obtain an excellent job in a well-establish private dental practice where I can provide high-quality dentistry to my patients using all the new skills learnt at the Eastman.

Dr Yanel Bouille

Dr Yanel Bouille

Conservative Dentistry, MSc


The programme is 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.

You will gain advanced knowledge in the theory that underpins restorative dentistry, while also developing your clinical experience in patient treatment sessions.


On this programme, there are many opportunities to network through our cross-disciplinary departments and research centres. We offer regular events where you can meet and hear from expert speakers and 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, small group teaching, journal clubs, and one-to-one teaching in clinical and laboratory settings. Treatment of patients takes place under supervision in the Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospital which opened in 2019.

Academic teaching is delivered in a blended format, with some elements delivered face to face and some online. This is complemented with content on our virtual learning environment Moodle.  Workshops and laboratory work take place in new state-of-the-art pre-clinical and laboratory facilities and across UCL campus.

Research is undertaken in collaboration with UCL and external partners but especially UCL Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

The programme uses both summative and formative assessments, with feedback provided at every opportunity.

Various modes of assessment are used to reflect the diversity of student teaching and learning. 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% on clinical-related activity (direct supervised patient treatment, lab work, treatment planning and attending consultant-led new patient clinics), and 30% on administrative, research and self-directed learning.

The first 12 weeks of the programme are followed in full-time mode, even for part-time students, as these set the stage for the rest of the year. Part-time students will be expected to attend on Tuesday, Thursday (PM) and Friday.


You will complete five compulsory taught modules and a research dissertation.

Conservative dentistry encompasses the areas of prosthodontics, operative and implant dentistry and endodontics. You will gain advanced knowledge in the theory that underpins restorative dentistry, while also developing your clinical experience in patient treatment sessions.

The clinical sessions are supported with laboratory sessions to deliver the required fixed prostheses. By the end of the programme, you will have the skills and confidence to manage the treatment needs of patients in a holistic and comprehensive way. 

The research dissertation promotes problem 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.

Part-time students complete four modules in year one, and one module and the dissertation in year two.

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


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble 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: Conservative Dentistry MSc

This UCL Open Event is to provide an opportunity for prospective postgraduates to meet with the programme director online to discuss the MSc Conservative Dentistry programme. We will answer What, Who and Why.

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 Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500 £18,750
Tuition fees (2024/25) £61,800 £30,900

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 these can vary but student discounts are usually provided.

This programme requires a completed Disclosure and Barring Service (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.

A charge for Post Office ID verification (£15.00) needed for an application to the Disclosure and Barring Service is payable by the student. The cost of the DBS check itself is paid for by UCL.

If you have lived, worked, studied or travelled in any single country outside of the UK for six continuous months or more, in the last five years, you will be required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Check from the relevant country/countries. The cost of this check varies by country and is payable by the student. More information on how to obtain these can be found on

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 (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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