Endodontology (Advanced Training) MClinDent

London, Bloomsbury

This three-year master's programme is for students who want to specialise in endodontology. You will undertake training mapped to the UK GDC-approved specialty training curriculum. The programme is only available full time.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
3 academic years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 29 Feb 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of three years' clinical experience post-qualification.

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.

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 clinically relevant MClinDent allows you to gain a broad and deep understanding of endodontology. You will develop the skills to apply appropriate clinical strategies based on first principles and be well prepared for a future as a specialist.

The programme is built on the principle of systematic deliberate practice. Our novel approach builds your cognitive, technical, and clinical skills and sets the foundation for you to develop your expertise. Following these processes will empower you towards a level of mastery, both during and beyond the programme.

Students take 13 core modules including a dissertation in the first two years. The third year is non-credit bearing and includes clinical training, instructive teaching, completion of clinical audit, supervised teaching, and preparing for the Royal Colleges' professional examinations including the MEndo. The programme generally requires attendance five days a week throughout the year when the university is open.

Graduates are highly sought after in specialist practice and most secure posts before completing the programme.

Who this course is for

The programme is designed for dental practitioners wanting to take their skills and knowledge of endodontology to a specialist level. The supervised research project provides a baseline experience for further work in the field. The training also provides a platform for careers in teaching the discipline to students and fellow dentists.

What this course will give you

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • A comprehensive curriculum.
  • Opportunities for self-directed learning and growth in insight about how to learn independently using a broad-based approach with prioritised reading recommendations.
  • Regular opportunities to develop your clinical laboratory techniques and enhance your technical and practical skills in the discipline through the principles of deliberate practice.
  • Strong emphasis on integration of theoretical, technical and clinical aspects as well as multidisciplinary case management.
  • A broad flexible approach that allows scope for pursuing individual academic interests in state-of-art facilities. 
  • Access to teachers who have developed a unique and successful coaching approach to enhancing practice skills.

The foundation of your career

Graduates of this programme are prepared for the Royal Colleges' professional examinations including the MEndo. The most recent graduates passed the MEndo (RCS England or RCS Edinburgh) examinations at their first attempt.

I was seeing a lot of patients who needed root canal treatments and I felt that I couldn't do it to a high standard. I wanted to improve on that and become the best that I can be.

Dr Mahya Farmani

Dr Mahya Farmani

Endodontology, MClinDent


The programme prepares students for a future as a specialist. It also forms a springboard for academic, clinical or research careers in endodontics within academic and hospital departments.

Recent graduates have gone onto work as:

  • Specialists in government hospitals
  • University lecturers and deputy programme directors at UCL
  • Specialist endodontic practice principals
  • Specialty doctors at UCLH.

Our graduates are highly sought after in specialist practice and most secure posts before completing this programme, enjoying fulfilling career progression. Employer rating of our graduates is high. Over 80% have taken up teaching posts or been inspired to do further training and development in clinical or academic settings.


There are regular networking opportunities, including events where you can hear from expert speakers. We encourage students to broaden their skills and expand their networks by attending and participating at conferences.


This programme has been accredited by General Dental Council, the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and the London Deanery in conjunction with the Specialist Advisory Committee in Restorative Dentistry (as part of specialist training), and European Society of Endodontology (as part of specialist training).

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through specifically designed interactive lectures and seminars, self-directed seminars, and a study and journal club.

Skills laboratory simulation courses are geared towards developing specific cognitive and technical skills, while diagnostic clinics facilitate the development of diagnostic and treatment planning skills.

Students also get involved in:

  • The supervised treatment of patients
  • Multi-disciplinary clinics including a trauma clinic rota
  • Case conferences
  • Reflective logbooks to develop clinical skills
  • Courses on use of rotary instruments, use of microscope and surgical treatment
  • A self-directed endodontic techniques course
  • Presentations at conferences and clinical and research meetings
  • A supervised research project leading to a dissertation.

We use a variety of assessment methods.

Subject-specific knowledge is assessed through unseen written examinations (short answer questions, essays, MCQs), and oral examinations. 

Intellectual, academic and research skills are assessed through unseen written essays, academic and clinical oral examinations, a presented dissertation, and oral examination.

Practical and clinical skills are assessed through continuous assessment of simulated laboratory course work, simulated practical tests, clinical case-logs, oral examination of unseen simulated cases, and oral examination of submitted case reports.

You will also undergo formative assessments to help you achieve your learning outcomes, such as:

  • Continual monitoring of simulation laboratory, clinical, and research activities
  • Continual monitoring of seminar performance
  • Mock written papers
  • Mock oral examinations
  • Scheduled quarterly academic and research progress assessments through an internal graduate appraisal process.

As part of the programme, we prepare you for the Royal Colleges' professional examinations including the MEndo. This exam is administered, examined and awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, or the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The programme generally requires attendance five days a week throughout the year whenever the university is open.

The contact time for year one is 1,800 hrs, made up of 20% lectures, tutorials, and seminars, 30% simulated skills laboratory courses, and 35% clinical training. The remainder of the time is for research (the dissertation) and independent study.

The contact time for year two is 1,800 hrs, made up of 20% lectures, tutorials, and seminars, and 50% clinical training. The remainder of the time is for research (the dissertation) and independent study.

The contact time for year three is 1,800 hrs, made up of 10% lectures, tutorials, and seminars, and 50% clinical training. The remainder of the time is for completing the audit project and independent study.


You take 13 compulsory modules worth 360 credits during the first two years.

There are six core modules and part one of the research dissertation in year one, and five core modules and part two of the research dissertation in year two.

Year one

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Development of Endodontic Skills
  • Scientific Foundation for Endodontic Practice (basic level) Part 1
  • Scientific Foundation for Endodontic Practice (basic level) Part 2
  • Consolidation of Clinical Endodontic Skills
  • Operative & Advance Endodontic Technical Skills
  • MClinDent in Endodontology Dissertation Part 1

Year two

  • Advanced Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice 1
  • Advanced Scientific Foundation of Endodontic Practice 2
  • Endodontic Relationship with other Dental Disciplines
  • Advanced clinical endodontic skills 1
  • Advanced clinical endodontic skills 2
  • MClinDent in Endodontology Dissertation Part 2

Modules are studied concurrently over the length of the programme and time allocated to each module is not divided into conventional UCL academic term times because of the clinical nature of training.

The third year is non-credit bearing and includes clinical training, supervised peer teaching, inter-disciplinary restorative learning and case management, completion of a clinical audit and preparation for the exit examination. It consists of seven curricular components without a modular structure.

  • Component 1: Consolidation of clinical judgement and skills in restorative dentistry with an emphasis on endodontics
  • Component 2: Development of teaching skills
  • Component 3: Management and running of a study club
  • Component 4: Development of specialist practice management skills
  • Component 5: Clinical Audit, quality assurance and Clinical Governance
  • Component 6: Ethical and Medico-legal aspects of Specialist Practice
  • Component 7: Preparation for the MEndo (RCS England or RCS Edinburgh) examination. The RCS guidelines require specific approval by the programme director and trainers based on satisfactory completion of the training requirements and meeting the required competences. These are measured by passing the relevant year one and two modules, satisfactory completion of the year three components, and fulfilment of the Royal College requirements.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. The third year of study is non-credit bearing and will include clinical training, didactic teaching and completion of clinical audit. Upon successful completion of 540 credits, you will be awarded an MClinDent in Endodontology (Advanced Training).


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Where you'll study

Welcome to UCL Eastman Dental Institute

We are a world-leading, academic centre for postgraduate dentistry and translational research. We offer high-quality postgraduate education, including Master's degrees, speciality training, certificates, diplomas, research degrees and CPD courses. Our clinically-intensive programmes are led by international specialists. As a world-class research centre, we are continually improving systemic and oral health by developing novel treatments, therapies, diagnostics and smart materials. Our new state-of-the-art facilities at Bloomsbury campus ensure that our students, researchers and academics have exceptional access to patients and opportunities for education and research. The UCLH Eastman Dental Hospital is part of the largest hospital in Europe specialising in complex oral health care and advanced ear, nose and throat treatments.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500
Tuition fees (2024/25) £61,800

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

Fee deposits for this programme are as follows: UK full-time and part-time students £2,500; Overseas full-time and part-time students £5,000.

Students may incur additional costs related to the following:

  • Recommended reading books before start of course (est. £200)
  • Laboratory Coat (est. £15)
  • Clinical Camera (est. £400)
  • Clinical Photographic Mirrors and retractors (est. £30)
  • Conference fees (est. £100-£500).

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £15.00. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

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 applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines. Shortlisted applicants must submit a portfolio for interview. Details will be sent to you when you are invited for interview.

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:

  • why you want to study Endodontology (Advanced Training) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Endodontology (Advanced Training) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme
  • how your academic, professional and personal background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • 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.

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: 2024-2025

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