UCL Graduate degrees


Conservative Dentistry MSc

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)).

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time attendance is only offered to StR (Specialist trainees in Restorative Dentistry)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 19 October 2020
Close: 31 January 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£31,200 (FT)
£15,600 (PT)
£51,370 (FT)
£25,685 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Fee deposit: 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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

International students

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.

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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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. All modules are compulsory

The programme consists of five core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation module (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Conservative Dentistry.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Interdisciplinary Aspects of Restorative Treatment
  • Principles of Treatment Core Course (Conservative Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, Prosthodontics)
  • Fundamentals of Fixed and Implant Prosthodontics
  • Clinical and Laboratory Treatment (Conservative Dentistry)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent,  clinically relevant research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words (60 credits). The research dissertation promotes problem solving and critical thinking and significantly enhances deep learning in the field of study. 

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.

Additional costs

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 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.


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 & Wellbeing team.


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


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. 


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

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 for developing 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 successful for over 20 years and enjoys a worldwide reputation.

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Application and 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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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. 

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 January 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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.

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