Dental Hygiene MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The programme will enable you to make evidence based assessments to facilitate clinical decision-making. It will serve to enhance your level of professional confidence and leadership skills through individual study, group project work, teamwork and organisational skills. This in turn may equip you to consider alternate employment settings such as allied healthcare leadership or teaching posts.

UK students International students
Study mode
Part-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£8,000
Duration
3 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 29 Jul 2022

Applications closed

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental hygiene qualification (diploma or bachelors) and be currently working as dental hygienist in practice with at least three 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

Subject Specific Knowledge:

  • Oral condition management including periodontal diseases, dentition and other oral conditions
  • Principles of health behaviour change
  • Oral health promotion and prevention
  • Clinical governance
  • Research design and conduct

Intellectual, Academic and Research Skills

  • Review and critique clinical practice and outcomes
  • Review and critique current thinking and evidence related to dental hygiene clinical practice

Practical and Transferable Skills

  • Improve verbal and written self expression
  • Practice appropriate self management skills

Who this course is for

This programme is for qualified, practicing dental hygienists (3 years post qualification) wishing to enhance their knowledge, professional confidence and leadership skills.

What this course will give you

Gain further in depth understanding of theoretical, physiological and pathological aspects of oral health management within a variety of diverse patient profiles.

This degree is designed as a blended learning programme delivered via online teaching platforms and residential weeks based at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Residential weeks include practical skills sessions and group exercises.

There are multiple exit points (Certificate/ Diploma) for qualifying students who are not able to complete the MSc qualification.

The foundation of your career

Studying on this MSc programme will enable students to make evidence based assessments and apply them to clinical decision making. It will develop their ability to analyse or synthesise ideas and to organise complex materials in a lucid manner.  It will enhance their professional confidence, leadership skills, encourage teamwork and management skills.

Employability

This degree will enhance your knowledge and understanding of Dental Hygiene which can be applied in a clinical setting. The completion of the dissertation in year 3 will provide students with research and management skills enabling them to consider alternate employment pathways.

Teaching and learning

The modules will primarily be delivered online with block teaching at UCL Eastman* of practical skills, lab work, group seminars and discussions. Learning methods will be through flip teaching, exercises based on reading material, discussion sessions, and didactic lectures. Assessment takes place through clinical cases, written assessments, online quizzes, discussion forums and oral examinations.

While most of the programme is delivered online, students will be required to attend the UCL Eastman for two weeks in their first year, one week in their second and third years and attend for all exam dates. 

*N.B. For the academic year 2022/23 the residential weeks are as follows:

Year 1: 24th October 2022 - 28th October 2022 and 20th February 2023 - 24th February 2023

Year 2: 23rd January 2023 - 27th January 2023

 

If you have any questions about this please contact us, as attendance at the residential weeks is compulsory.

Modules

Full-time

Year 1

The first year is made up of four modules, with each module constructed by blocks. Each block will start on a specific date and has specific learning activities and deadlines.

The modules will primarily be delivered online. In addition there are two sessions of contact days that take place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, normally one week in autumn and one week in winter, that are a combination of practical skills lab work, group seminars and discussions. Final assessment normally takes place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute one day in June. Consideration may be given to online oral examinations for overseas students if travel is a limiting factor. Should you wish to exit after this year having successfully completed the first four modules you would still qualify for a Certificate in Dental Hygiene. This is the certificate exit point.

Year 2

The second year is made up of four modules, with each module constructed by blocks. Each block will start on a specific date and has specific learning activities and deadlines.

The modules will primarily be delivered online. In addition, there is a session, normally held one week in autumn, of contact days that take place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute with a combination of practical skills, lab work, group seminars, presentations and discussions. Final assessment normally takes place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute one day in June. Consideration may be given to online oral examinations for overseas students if travel is a limiting factor. Should you wish to exit after this year, and you have successfully completed eight modules to date, you would still qualify for a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. This is the diploma exit point.

Year 3

The third year is based upon a thesis project, which will be supervised by a primary and secondary supervisor. In addition, there is a session which normally takes place during a week in autumn contact days that will take place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Final defence of the dissertation will normally take place at UCL Eastman Dental Institute one day in June. Consideration may be given to online oral examinations for overseas students if travel is a limiting factor. Successful completion of all modules to this point qualify for a MSc in Dental Hygiene.

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 take modules to the value of 60 credits for each year of study totalling 180 credits for the three years.. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Dental Hygiene.

Accessibility

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Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £8,000

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

In addition to tuition fees, students will be responsible for costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals associated with attendance of the residential weeks and examinations held at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.  The student will also be responsible for costs associated with access to or purchase of suitable oral photography equipment to enable documentation of clinical cases in their own practice setting.

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:

  • why you want to study Dental Hygiene at graduate level
  • why you want to study Dental Hygiene at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • 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.

All applicants must hold an approved dental hygiene qualification and a minimum of 3 years clinical experience post qualification as a dental hygienist.

English language requirements:

If previous education has not been conducted in English Language, applicants will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. English language level for this programme is: Good (IELTS Academic Version grade 7.0)

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

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