Endodontic Practice PG Dip

London, Bloomsbury

This Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists wishing to enhance their endodontic knowledge and clinical skills, whilst continuing to work in practice, and runs part-time over two years. Graduates are well-regarded and recognised for their performance; and enjoy high employment and employer satisfaction rates.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
£11,700
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
£29,400
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
Not applicable
2 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and be registered with the General Dental Council in the UK, with a minimum of two years' post-qualification clinical experience.

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

The programme enables participants to improve their knowledge and refine their practical and clinical skills. Subjects covered include the biological basis of disease management, as well as the clinical and technical aspects of treatment. The programme is delivered by leading clinicians, providing close support, coaching and mentoring to aid improvement in technical, clinical and cognitive domains. Outcomes are distinguished by confident clinical performance.

Who this course is for

The programme is specifically designed for the general dental practitioner keen to follow a structured programme but unable to undertake full-time postgraduate study, and who wishes to work at a higher, more satisfying level and gain enhanced skills in endodontics.

What this course will give you

The first year of the programme is delivered in a new state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory under the direct coaching and mentoring of experienced and highly regarded teaching staff. This year lays the foundation of knowledge and integrates it with technical skill development. Both facets are integrated into the students' own clinical practices through mentored support and reflective case-log.

The second year includes 15 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the Eastman Dental Institute/Hospital. Staff-to-student ratios are optimal allowing maximum opportunity for clinical application of knowledge and technical skills development. A clinical log-book is maintained throughout with student and tutor reflections to ensure tangible and systematic growth in knowledge and skills.

The foundation of your career

Our graduates find fulfilling and satisfying job placements to pursue their interests and consolidate their newly developed skills. Employers rate our graduates highly.

Employability

Graduates often decide to focus a main part of their practice on endodontics, whilst others prefer to maintain a broad-based practice with a special interest. A number have gone on to undertake the MSc in Endodontics or Specialist Training, a proportion of whom have taken up teaching. A recently opened and suitable workstream is a contract to act as a GDP with enhanced skills in Endodontics in primary care.  

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, tutorials, hands-on practical sessions, reflective clinical and technical work log-books and case conferences on practice-managed patients in the first year, supported by direct clinical supervision of patient management during the second year.

A range of different assessment techniques are used including essays, short answer questions, oral examinations, multiple choice questions, as well as assessed pieces of work including practical work log-book, clinical work log-book, clinical audit project, and technical and clinical case presentations.

The first year consists of 17 days of attendance for technical/practical skills training (130 contact hours), live, online academic synchronous and asynchronous teaching (125 hrs) and 6 days of assessments (online or onsite) with the student undertaking 345 hrs of non-contact study/learning and formative clinical practice (log-book monitored) in preparation. 

The second year consists of 15 days of attendance for supervised clinical practice (120 hrs), 3 didactic days (25 hrs), plus 2 assessment days (15 hrs); the student undertaking 440 hours of non-contact but mentored study/learning and log-monitored reflective clinical practice, including a practice-based clinical audit and 40 hours of on-line generalist skills courses.

Modules

Full-time

You will undertake 7 modules on this programme.

All modules are compulsory and integral to the programme

You will undertake the four compulsory modules in the first year:

Modules coverring clinical sciences involves patient management in your own clinical practice, maintenance of a log-book of all endodontic cases treated from the start of the programme, case log reflections (by you and a member of staff) and clinical case conferences, where you present treated cases to your peers and teachers. It also involves demonstration of application of learnt knowledge, skills and evidence of reflective comments form an important part of the assessment. Instructions are provided on how to maintain a clinical log-book. You must maintain these contemporaneously and submit for review to the designated staff member in timely fashion. You would be expected to treat at least 30 endodontic cases during this year. Engagement in reflective practice must be evident.

 
Modules covering generalist skills are undertaken as an online course. It pertains to general aspects of working in and running a practice and assesses knowledge of the rules and regulations, thereof. It includes an audit project, which is undertaken by you within your own practice and must comply with the quality measures stipulated by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons. You identify an audit project at the beginning of the second year and are mentored in design and execution.
 
Modules covering special interest skills in trauma management and pulp therapy are clinically-based, incorporating theoretical and applied knowledge on the designated subject matter. You are required to seek out patients with traumatic injuries in your own practices; these are distance-monitored through case-logs. You will maintain a contemporaneous clinical log-book. Engagement in reflective practice must be evident.
 
Modules covering special interest skills in primary root canal treatment and the management of treatment failure are clinically-based, incorporating theoretical and applied knowledge on the designated subject matter. The nature of cases allocated at EDI will be those meeting the remit of GDPs with enhanced skills (tier 2 – moderate complexity). Surgery cases fall within the complex tier 3 level and will not be allocated at EDI. You may seek out simple surgical cases in your own practice, which will be distance-monitored through case-logs. Engagement in reflective practice must be evident.
 

This is a part time programme, with all modules as compulsory. Students can choose to study this on a part time basis, where modes are completed in a 2 year period. Alternatively students can opt to complete this on a “modular flexible” basis; students complete all modules in the same order as the part time students but are able to take a break from study at the end of a year of study without Extenuating Circumstances, students must complete the programme within five years of the start date.

 

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.

The programme consists of seven compulsory modules (120 credits); four are taken in year 1 (15 credits each), and three are taken in year 2 (total 60 credits). Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Endodontic Practice.

Fieldwork

Candidates will need to be employed in a general dental practice, where they would be able to receive and manage patients requiring endodontic care on a regular basis, using contemporary equipment (microscope beneficial but not essential) and materials as specified for practitioners with enhanced skills by Health Education England. Patient-management logs will form part of a contemporaneously maintained portfolio to facilitate distance-mentoring.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £11,700
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £29,400

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

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

There are no specified additional costs but students should ensure that they either already use or will have the facility of appropriate Level 2 NHS practitioner equipment for provision of endodontic care as specified by NHS England.

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

Note on mode of study: Selecting the part-time mode allows you access to study loans, but students must complete their studies in consecutive years and may not take any time away from study without authorised Extenuating Circumstances. Those selecting the flexible mode of study cannot access loans. They are able to take a break from the end of a year of study but must complete the programme within five years.

It is not possible to transfer between modes of study so students need to select the option that suits their personal circumstances. Students will be taught together irrespective of their mode of study.

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 this 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.

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.

Applicants should have sound skills and suitable experience as a general dentist.

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

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021