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 activities. This in turn may enhance job opportunities and satisfaction or equip you to consider alternate employment settings such as allied healthcare leadership or teaching posts.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Part time: 3 years mixed-mode distance. This consists of online learning, attendance for practical lab based learning and clinical cases managed in the student’s workplace plus a dissertation project.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
Fee deposit: All part-time students on this programme are required to pay a fee deposit of £500.
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
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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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
Students take modules to the value of 60 credits for each year of study totalling 180 credits for the three years..
The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). All modules are compulsory.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded 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.
All modules are compulsory and completed primarily online but there will be some compulsory residential weeks at the institute. In the first year, there will be two non-consecutive residential weeks. In the second and third year, there will be one residential week. Students must be physically present at UCL Eastman during these times. Note: Costs of accommodation and board are not covered.
Year 1: Modules 1-4
Year 2: Modules 5-8
Year 3: Module 9
- Periodontal Management 1
- Dentition Management
- Health Behaviour Change
- Management of Other Oral Conditions and Special Care Dentistry
- Periodontal Management 2
- Evidence Based Healthcare
- Leadership, Teaching and Clinical Governance
- Oral Health Promotion and Patient Reported Outcomes
- MSc in Dental Hygiene Dissertation
In the third year of study all students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words (60 credits).
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.
*Nb.For those starting in September 2020, the residential weeks are likely to be held 19-23 October 2020 and 22-26 February 2021 (Please confirm with course administrator prior to application as attendance in compulsory). These dates may be altered to accommodate student travel aligned with government regulations pertaining to COVID-19
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 a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 leadership skills equipping them to consider alternate employment pathways.
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, and encourage teamwork skills.
Why study this degree at UCL?
It will help students 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. This structure enables students to continue with regular employment while also participating in postgraduate study.
There are multiple exit points (Certificate/ Diploma) for qualifying students who are not able to complete the MSc qualification.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
What our students and staff say
"I have thoroughly enjoyed the [second residential] week and have found every part interesting and very relevant to improving my clinical skills. I feel more confident with regards to case presentations and am very excited to start implementing health behaviour change with my patients. I think the library skills will definitely ensure I am more efficient when researching articles. This is a brilliant course and I cannot believe how much I have already gained from it."
Stella GalerDental Hygiene MSc
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.
There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £110 for online applications and £135 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is for qualified, practicing dental hygienists (3 years post qualification) wishing to enhance their knowledge, professional confidence and leadership skills.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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)
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
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.
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