Endodontic Practice PG Dip

London, Bloomsbury

Enhance your endodontic knowledge and clinical skills while continuing to work in practice on this specialist PGDip that puts you at the forefront of this field. You will study part-time over two years through a mix of online learning and hands-on training at the Eastman Dental Hospital. Graduates are well-regarded for their performance and highly sought-after by employers.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
£12,750
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
£32,100
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
Not applicable
2 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 3

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


This part-time, flexible PG Diploma provides general dental practitioners with a solid foundation in endodontic practice.

Over the course of the programme, you will expand your knowledge and refine your practical and clinical skills, taking your competency up to the level of an NHS level 2 general dental practitioner with enhanced skills in endodontics.  

Subjects covered include the biological and biomechanical basis of endodontic disease management, as well as the technical and clinical skills required for predictable treatment. The programme is delivered by UCL’s leading clinicians, providing you with close support, coaching and mentoring to improve your technical, clinical, and cognitive skills.

This programme is designed to be studied part time over two years. This is ideal for students who are keen to follow a structured programme but unable to undertake full-time, immersive postgraduate study.

Graduates are highly sought-after by employers, who rate our students highly for their clinical performance skills, general abilities and attitude.

Who this course is for

The programme is specifically designed for general dental practitioners based in a busy general dental practice with a steady flow of endodontic patients.

It is ideal if you are keen to follow a structured programme but not able to commit to full-time, immersive postgraduate study. It is particularly relevant if you are looking to gain enhanced skills in endodontics that will enable you to work at a higher, more fulfilling level of practice.

What this course will give you

  • A flexible way to study, with online seminars and case conferences, alongside hands-on technical skills training in endodontics.
  • The chance to develop your skills in a new state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory under the direct coaching and mentoring of experienced and highly regarded teaching staff.
  • The opportunity to integrate the training into your own clinical practice through mentored support and a reflective case-log portfolio.
  • The chance to undertake directly supervised clinical work on patients at the Eastman Dental Hospital, as well as endodontic cases in your own practice.
  • Staff-to-student ratios are optimal allowing maximum opportunity for clinical consolidation of knowledge and technical skills founded in the first year.
  • Support to continually grow your knowledge and skills using a clinical logbook with student and tutor reflections.
  • Opportunities to build your generalist practice skills and knowledge in management and to carry out a practice audit.

The foundation of your career

Our graduates find fulfilling and satisfying job placements to pursue their interests and consolidate their newly developed skills. Graduates often focus a main part of their practice on endodontics, while others prefer to maintain a broad-based practice with a special interest.

Employability

The programme has helped dentists decide on the direction of their future careers - whether to remain broad-based with a special interest or to embark on further training and development to reach higher specialised levels.

Several former students have gone onto the MSc in Endodontics or Specialist Training, some of whom have taken up teaching. You could also choose to work as a general dental practitioner, with enhanced skills in endodontics in primary care.

Our graduates are sought-after by employers, who rate them highly because of their clinical performance skills, general abilities and attitudes.

Teaching and learning

A range of assessment methods are used to check your progress, including:

  • Essays
  • Short answer questions
  • Oral examinations
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Logbooks of practical work
  • Logbooks of clinical work
  • A clinical audit project.

The first year involves four 15-credit modules (150 hours of learning), amounting to 600 learning hours. There are 21 scheduled days (five introductory course days, 12 practical endodontic techniques, hands-on learning days, and four exam days of scheduled attendance).

In addition, online remote teaching consists of one online endo introductory weekday, 14 online half-days of seminars plus case conferences, and an online chat forum for clinical problem-solving and sharing clinical knowledge. This amounts to about 200 contact hours, and students are expected to spend another 400 hours of non-contact study and learning to prepare for the contact hours.

The second year involves three modules, two bearing 15 credits (or 150 hours of learning) and one bearing 30 credits, amounting to a total of 600 learning hours.

There are 20 scheduled attendance days (13 days of supervised clinical treatment, two days of supervised new patient clinics, two days of didactic teaching and three exam days). This amounts to about 180 contact hours, and students are expected to undertake 420 hours of non-contact study and learning, to prepare for the contact hours.

Modules

The first year lays the foundation of knowledge (basic, applied and clinical sciences) and integrates it with technical and clinical skill development.

It is delivered in a mixed-mode format, with online seminars and case conferences alongside hands-on technical skills training in endodontics.

The second year includes 15 days of directly supervised clinical work on patients at the Eastman Dental Hospital. Staff-to-student ratios are optimal allowing maximum opportunity for clinical consolidation of knowledge and technical skills developed in the first year.

You maintain a clinical logbook throughout both years, drawing on endodontic cases managed in your own practice with student and tutor reflections to ensure tangible and systematic growth in your knowledge and skills. You will also acquire generalist practice skills and knowledge in management and carry out a practice audit.

The programme includes seven compulsory modules. You will take four modules in year one. You must pass each of these to progress to year two.

  1. 'Endodontic Sciences': delivered as a series of online lectures and seminars, delivered by expert speakers. You will need to read the scientific literature in advance to develop your knowledge and understanding.
  2. 'Practical Endodontics 1': taught face-to-face in our state-of-the-art skills laboratory by expert endodontists. The module teaches essential and basic skills of root canal treatment up to moderate complexity.
  3. 'Practical Endodontics 2': delivered face-to-face in our laboratory by expert endodontists. The module builds on the first practical module to consolidate and enhance your skills in root canal treatment, extending to root canal retreatment and endodontic surgery of moderate complexity.
  4. 'Clinical Sciences': delivered through clinical mentoring in your own practice. You will keep a clinical logbook, logging the endodontic cases you treat in your practice, with reflective notes from you and your mentor. You will learn to apply your knowledge and technical skills in clinical practice. This module is facilitated by case conferences and a chat forum with lecturers and clinical mentors. You will typically work on at least 30 cases a year.

You then undertake three modules in your second year.

  1. 'Generalist Skills': delivered through a series of individually certified online courses covering general aspects of working in, and running, a practice. You will be assessed on your knowledge of the rules and regulations and carry out a practice-based audit complying with the quality measures stipulated by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners of the Royal College of Surgeons.
  2. 'Special Interest Skills in Trauma and Pulp Therapy': a clinical module consisting of mentored management of patients in your own practice. You will apply your knowledge and skills to management of trauma and pulp therapy, with reflective comments from you and your mentor. The cases are logged as they happen, throughout the course.
  3. 'Special Interest Skills in Primary Root Canal Treatment and the Management of Treatment Failure': is a clinical module consisting of mentored management of patients in your own practice. You will apply your knowledge and skills to management of root canal treatment and its failure, with reflective comments from you and your mentor. The cases are as they happen, throughout the course.

This programme is designed and recommended to be taken on a two-year, part-time basis.

In exceptional circumstances, it can be studied flexibly over a maximum of five years, although this can make continuity and consolidation of learning more challenging. If this mode is required, we may be able to design a personal course structure based on your circumstances.

Selecting the part-time mode allows you access to study loans, but you must complete the programme in consecutive years and not take any time away from study without authorised extenuating circumstances.

If you select the flexible mode of study, you will not have access to loans. You can take a break from the end of a year of study, but you must complete the programme within five years.

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

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

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 need to be working in a general dental practice, where they can receive and manage patients requiring endodontic care on a regular basis. You will need to have access to contemporary equipment (a microscope is beneficial but not essential) and materials specified for practitioners with enhanced skills by Health Education England. Patient management logs will form part of a continually maintained portfolio to facilitate distance-mentoring.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, London, WC1E 6DE - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Restorative Dental Practice MSc Taster Session

This event aims to provide you with an overview of the MSc Restorative Dental Practice programmes available at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Learning Outcomes: consider how aspects of contemporary Restorative Dental Practice might be an essential integral element of patient care; learn about contemporaneous techniques of anterior composite restorations and also occlusion; become familiar with aspects of the RDP programme and how this could be related to the clinical practice of dentistry.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £12,750
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £32,100

Programme also available 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.

Students must 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.

Students may also incur additional personal costs related to the following:

  • Recommended reading books (est. £200)
  • Laboratory Coat (est. £15)
  • Clinical Camera (est. £400)
  • Clinical Photographic Mirrors and retractors (est. £30)

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

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, professional and personal 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 (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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