Dental Hygiene MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This pioneering, flexible and inclusive MSc Dental Hygiene is for dental hygienists who are keen to learn the latest evidence and optimal approaches to patient management. It combines online learning with a compressed residential component in London. You will develop the skills to enhance your clinical practice opportunities or consider areas such as allied healthcare leadership or teaching.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
3 academic years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 30 Jun 2023

Applications open

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.

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: 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. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

The full-time and part-time versions of this programme are taught primarily online with some teaching taking place on campus in London. As such, international students who apply to this programme are not eligible to apply for a regular Student visa for full-time study in the UK.

To attend the on-campus teaching sessions for this course, international students will ordinarily use a UK Standard Visitor visa for study.

Please note that UK immigration rules are subject to change by the UK Government, as such, there is no guarantee that the current rules referred to here will be in place for the duration of your study with UCL.

Should you have any questions regarding visa compliance, please contact the UCL Student Immigration Compliance Team.

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

The role of dental hygienists as an allied healthcare professional is becoming an increasingly integral part of oral and general health promotion. More than ever, dental hygienists play a key role in an evidence-based holistic approach to patient care, including screening and assessment, lifestyle behaviour change and clinical interventions.

This novel Dental Hygiene MSc will enhance your depth of knowledge as a dental hygiene clinician, enabling you to facilitate evidence-based assessments and clinical decision-making.

Combining online learning with a residential element in London, the course gives busy professionals the ability to plan their lives around their studies and apply content to their clinical practice. New learning content is made available each week. Clinical skills training is delivered during residential days, and clinical progress is monitored through submission of clinical cases and a clinical logbook.

Unique features of the programme are its position within UCL Eastman Dental Institute, the only dental institute focused solely on postgraduate training, and its integration within the Unit of Periodontology. This will enable students to interact with other members of the dental team from across the globe.

The mix of theory, latest scientific evidence and technical skills provides an exciting opportunity to advance your dental hygiene knowledge, skills and research-based clinical decision making.

Who this course is for

This programme is well suited for busy dental hygiene clinicians or teachers who are keen to expand their knowledge, professional confidence, and leadership skills. The programme is designed to expand your academic skills to focus on areas of existing and emerging dental hygiene practice. It will be of particular benefit to those who would benefit from easy access to high-quality learning based on the latest evidence.

Students do not treat patients clinically at UCL Eastman Dental Institute but rather, apply learning within their own practice setting. Therefore, applicants should have access to patients they can treat for the duration of the course.

What this course will give you

  • Access to UCL's highly advanced simulation facilities for non-surgical instrumentation training.
  • Opportunities to learn directly from experienced academics and develop in areas that are clinically relevant to your future career.
  • Engagement with key opinion leaders in dental hygiene and periodontology.
  • In-depth exploration of theoretical, physiological, and pathological aspects of oral health management, applicable to a variety of diverse patient profiles.
  • Access to UCL's expansive library resources.
  • The ability to tailor your practice to apply learning and be at the forefront of modern periodontology.

The foundation of your career

Dental hygiene graduates gain transferable skills in research, clinical and medical science, as well as up-to-date perspectives on trends in causality, diagnosis, management and approaches of oral diseases or conditions. Graduates are well-equipped to advance their career to a more specialised level or become more established within the field of dental hygiene.


This degree will enhance your knowledge depth and understanding of dental hygiene which can be applied in a clinical setting. The dissertation in year three develops your research and project management skills, opening the door to alternate employment pathways.

Whatever your career direction, this MSc will help you take your career to a more specialised level or help you become more established within the field. The programme supports the unique combination of theory, practice, and innovation that you will need in this fast-moving, competitive, and evolving discipline.

You will enhance your professional confidence, leadership, teamwork, and management skills, be well equipped to analyse and synthesise information, and learn to organise complex materials effectively.

Graduates who wish to pursue further academic or research study, such as a PhD, will be able to seek guidance on this progression of their studies.

Teaching and learning

Students will be assessed via:

  • Coursework
  • Essays
  • Clinical case submissions
  • A case scenario viva
  • Oral presentations
  • A research project dissertation.

20-25% of your time will be spent participating in e-lectures, tutorials, and skills training. Approximately 25% will be in your own clinical environment, depending on your educational and practical requirements. The rest of your allocated time is for independent study.


On this part-time programme, the eight compulsory modules and dissertation are completed over three years. The programme is delivered through a mix of online learning and hands-on sessions in state-of-the-art skills laboratory and clinical suites at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

Contact days

  • Year one: one week in October, one week in February
  • Year two: one week in January
  • Year three: three days in September, three days in February


Year one

  • Periodontal Management I

This module provides knowledge and fundamental understanding of scientific basis of periodontology. Topics include development and anatomy of the periodontium, aetiology and pathogenesis of periodontal diseases, role of host response and risk factors, classification of periodontal diseases, periodontal prognosis, periodontal wound healing, supragingival plaque control, aims and expected outcomes of NSPT, treatment modalities for NSPT, clinical assessment and treatment strategies based on case discussions.

  • Dentition Management

This module reviews and enhances understanding of conditions affecting the dentition providing graduates with skills to manage more complex dentition patients and know their limitations in providing treatment. Topics include: aetiology, pathogenesis management from assessment, diagnosis, and epidemiology of disorders of teeth through treatment and maintenance. 

  • Health Behaviour Change

This module provides the tools to enhance student understanding and skills in implementing health behaviour change as a treatment. Topics include: complexity of behaviour change, importance of communication techniques in facilitating patient behaviours, skills to empower patients, goal setting as a part of behaviour change, application of behaviour change techniques to various lifestyle behaviours. 

  • Management of Other Oral Conditions and Special Care Dentistry

This module focuses on enhancing student understanding and skills of diagnosis and management of other oral conditions. Topics include: identify oral pathologies, assessing and treating or referral of oral conditions, identifying patients with special needs, skills to management patients presenting with oral pathologies or special needs, how to refer for specialist care.

Year two (Diploma)

  • Periodontal Management II

This module focuses and builds on understanding of periodontal surgical therapies and differences between periodontal tissues/diseases and peri-implant tissue/diseases. Topics include: associations between periodontitis and systemic diseases, managing and caring for patients before during and after periodontal or implant surgery to enhance favorable outcomes, adjunctive periodontal therapies including locally and systemically administered therapies.

  • Evidence Based Healthcare 

This module focuses on understanding research methods and developing academic writing skills and literature search tools through the application of evidence to case examples coursework. Topics include: how do I find the evidence, levels of research evidence, systematic reviews and critical appraisal of reviews and primary research, application of evidence to practice.

  • Leadership, Teaching and Clinical Governance

This module provides graduates with the principles and practice underpinning leadership, teaching, and good clinical governance. Topics include: concepts of leadership behaviour, styles, philosophies, definition of leadership beyond traditional stereotypes and looking at individual leadership qualities and strengths, exploration of communication by behavior and how it works, how to get people committed to projects, impact of attitude, empowering others and mentoring teaching or education methodologies.

  • Oral Health Promotion and Patient Reported Outcomes

This module focuses on epidemiology and strategies for oral disease prevention and promotion. Topics include: importance of public and community programmes in influencing oral disease in specific population groups and how monitoring and outcomes are evaluated, Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), areas of oral health influenced by diet, nutrition, tobacco, HIV/AIDS and fluoride, patient reported outcome assessment.

Year three (MSc)

  • Dental Hygiene MSc Dissertation

This module is designed to develop research skills relevant to the delivery of high-quality patient care through developing a practice-based project and/or by evaluating published studies and guidelines. Learn the principals behind clinical research conduct, study design and methods, including statistical analyses.

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. 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 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.


Students will complete patient treatment in their own clinics. Through discussion with peers, staff, and others, you will synthesise your knowledge and practice skills to improve your clinical practice and effectiveness.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £8,750

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

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

Students are responsible for all costs of travel, accommodation and meals when attending the residential weeks and examinations held at UCL Eastman Dental Institute.

You are also responsible for costs to access or purchase suitable oral photography equipment to enable documentation of clinical cases in your 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 take this postgraduate course 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.

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: 2023-2024

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