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Endodontic Practice PG Dip

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.

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: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Students would expect to attend 28 days (approximately every other week) in year one; and 18 days (normally in three consecutive blocks) in year two.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 18 October 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
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)

UK/EU:
£10,450 (PT)
Overseas:
£26,380 (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. This programme may be studied on a part-time basis only; the fee shown here is the part-time tuition fee.

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

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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

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

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits).

Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Endodontic Practice.

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

  • Clinical Endodontics
  • Endodontic Sciences
  • Level 1 Practical Endodontics
  • Level 2 Practical Endodontics
  • Generalist Skills
  • Special Interest Skills - Trauma Management and pulp therapy
  • Special Interest Skills - Primary Root Canal Treatment and the management of treatment failure

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

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.

Dissertation/report

Not applicable.

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.


Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, 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 examination, 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 is covered by four modules, each bearing 15 credits (600 learning hours); 28 days attendance allow 200 contact hours, the student undertaking 400 non-contact study/learning hours in preparation. 

The second year is covered by three modules, two bearing 15 credits and one bearing 30 credits (600 learning hours); 18 days attendance allows 160 contact hours, the student undertaking 440 hours of non-contact but mentored study/learning/reflective clinical practice.

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

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

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.

Funding

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.

Careers

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.  

Employability

All graduates, without exception, find fulfilling and satisfying job placements to pursue their interests and consolidate their newly developed skills. Employers rate our graduates highly.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 their own clinical practice through mentored support.

The second year includes 15 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the Eastman Dental Institute/Hospital. Staff: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.

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"I took up the position as a Clinical Lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in 1997 due to its reputation for graduate dental education and the close working relationship between clinical and research departments. My research focused on the clinical efficacy of endodontic treatment which generated further exploration in the laboratory to develop novel approaches to control root canal infections. I most enjoy coaching and mentoring students and junior staff to reach their full potential."

Dr Yuan-Ling Ng

Endodontic Practice PG Dip, Endodontics MSc, Endodontology MClinDent
Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

Please note that due to the competition for places, applications will not be accepted after the deadline. You must also submit a portfolio. Details for portfolio submission will be sent to you once you have submitted your UCL application. Applicants will be considered for Slade scholarships as part of the admissions process.

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?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now

What are we looking for?

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.

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Page last modified on 21 August 2020