UCL Graduate degrees


Dental Hygiene MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Part time: 3 years

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.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 18 October 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£5,255 (PT)
£7,050 (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.

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



Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

Select your country:

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.

Compulsory modules

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
Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.


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

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. 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.


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

Student view

"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 Galer

Dental 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.

Application deadlines

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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

Page last modified on 27 August 2020