Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert

London, Bloomsbury

This one-year, part-time programme provides medical and dental practitioners the with the necessary knowledge and skills required to deliver conscious sedation safely with an emphasis on the primary dental care setting.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 19 Aug 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

UK/EU applicants must be registered with the UK GDC or GMA and have a minimum of one year clinical experience post-qualification. International students without the above registration are welcome to undertake the theoretical elements of the programme as a CPD course. Contact UCL Eastman for more information.

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

Safe sedation practice requires the combination of applied basic science and clinical theory, practiced clinical skills, and experience managing risk. Students undertake an intensive programme of online and classroom activities in October before undertaking a clinical placement at our partner dental centre. Further online teaching develops key themes before students return to campus in April for consolidation of their learning and preparation for assessment. In addition to exams, students must complete a logbook of cases and undertake a quality improvement project related to sedation in their own practice. Students are supported by a personal tutor throughout the year.

Who this course is for

The blended delivery of this programme that concentrates on-campus activities into two blocks is intended to meet the needs of medical and dental practitioners who hope to complete their studies alongside normal clinical work and/or in addition to non-workplace considerations (e.g. childcare, caring responsibilities, personal health needs, etc.). 

What this course will give you

This is the only dental sedation programme in the UK open to both doctors and dentists. The teaching faculty comprises anaesthetists and dentists to give a multi-professional teaching programme that emphasises safety and quality throughout.

You can find out more about the programme on the institute's Dental Sedation and Pain Management PG Cert page.

This programme prepares students for standard sedation techniques. We are currently developing an expanded programme with advanced sedation techniques.

The foundation of your career

Dental sedation is an increasingly in-demand service whether in your own practice or contracting your services to other practices.


Graduates of this programme will be qualified to expand their practice as operator sedationists and/or dedicated sedation practitioners. Being able to assure a comfortable dental experience has obvious benefits for patients and opens opportunities for practice with a wider variety of patient groups.

In addition to the benefits for patients and revenue, previous graduates have expanded their careers into sedation training and education, and research into sedation in dental practice. 


The programme is compliant to the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD) standards of practice.

Teaching and learning

This programme blends online and classroom learning to deliver a selection of live online interactive sessions, interactive classroom lectures, pre-recorded online presentations, classroom clinical skills sessions, and high-fidelity simulation at the UCLH Learning Hospital. Additionally, students undertake a short clinical placement in order to meet the caseload required of a new provider of sedation.


There are 4 compulsory modules in this Postgraduate certificate in Dental Sedation and Pain Management. The programme, which is part time, extends over 12 months. It consists of a formal taught component, directed self-study, clinical practice, simulation and a research project.


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 undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Dental Sedation and Pain Management.


Students undertake a 5-day clinical placement in a partner dental centre where they are supervised providing inhalational and intravenous sedation. The opportunity to pre-assess a small number of patients is also available and strongly encouraged.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £8,800
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,000

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:

Additional costs

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

Students are responsible for their own transport, accommodation and subsistence while attending campus or clinical placement. 

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

No specific funding available for programme

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:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study the programme at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
  • what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme
  • whether you think you would be able to offer conscious sedation as an option for patient treatment in your surgeries.

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 in any application cycle.

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