Paediatric Dentistry MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on simulated clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Not applicable
3 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 14 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

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

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

Year one provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.

Who this course is for

The programme is designed for busy dentists working in practice, community services or any other environment who wish to provide a higher standard of care for children. To benefit from the course, you need to be treating children in your clinic for approx. 2 days per week (or part-time equivanent). 

What this course will give you

The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including management of caries, trauma and practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit's staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, paediatric / orthodontic interface, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students are offered day to day help in the management of their own patients, using our online forums.

The foundation of your career

As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports the development of transferable skills such as the use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.

This is a unique blended learning MSc programme which provides further training in paediatric dentistry and is designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: chair of Quality Improvement board of BSPD; chair of the Clinical Effectiveness Committee of EAPD; member of Specialist Advisory Board (SAC); MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); member of Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD), education committee member for IAPD.


Graduates of the Paediatric Dentistry MSc have successfully attained career posts including Academic Training Fellow, Specialist Registrar Training Posts, Specialty doctor and Senior Dental Officer posts. 


Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook and portfolio of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme. Contact days are as follows: Year 1 one week in November, one week in March; Year 2 one week in November and; Year 3 one week in December or January. The exam days in June will be held online

Students can study flexibily to suit their individual needs. Each weekly teaching block indicates the approximate time required to complete the activities.

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight compulsory core modules (120 credits); two years part-time. The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four compulsory core modules (60 credits); one year part-time.


You will undertake 8 taught modules and the research dissertation. All modules are compulsory and integral to the programme

Certificate Year (Year 1)

  •  Management of Oral Disease

Topics include: Aetiology; Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and epidemiology of acquired disorders of teeth and supporting structures; Prevention of common acquired disorders affecting the dentition with a focus on caries and erosion; Restoration of the primary and permanent dentition including both basic and advanced techniques; Endodontics for the primary dentition; Composite restoration of permanent incisor teeth.

  •  Trauma

Topics include: Role of the dentist in child protection; Diagnosis and emergency management of dento-alveolar trauma.

  •  Behaviour Management

Topics include: Non-pharmacological behaviour management techniques; Pharmacological management of behaviour (nitrous oxide sedation); Planning for general anaesthesia.

  • Planning Treatment in the Developing Child

Topics include: Growth and development of the child and adolescent; Treatment planning in the developing child including orthodontic considerations; Genetic disorders and dental anomalies.

Diploma Year (Year 2)

  • Clinical Governance

Topics include: Clinical governance (including audit).

  • Advanced Paediatric Dentistry

Topics include: Managing patients with special needs; Orthodontics; Advanced safeguarding.

  • Structured Extramural Clinical Practice

There is no formal teaching; students learn through treating patients in their own environment with clinical progress being monitored through presentation of a patient portfolio.

  • Managing children with special needs

Explore the role of the paediatric dentist in management of patients with conditions relevant to paediatric dentistry and special needs.

MSc Year (Year 3)

 Paediatric Dentistry (MSc Dissertation)

This module recognises the importance of research skills in the delivery of high quality patient care by requiring students to critically evaluate published studies and guidelines. Introduction to the principals behind clinical research methods with an emphasis on statistics.

The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Contact days are as follows: Year 1 – one week in November, one week in March and an exam day in June Year 2 – one week in November and an exam day in June Year 3 – one week in December or January and an exam day in June.

This is a part time programme, with all modules as compulsory. Students can choose to study this on a part time basis, where modules are completed in a 3 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Assessment is via written, practical, coursework and oral examination Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Paediatric Dentistry. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Paediatric Dentistry. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Paediatric Dentistry.


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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 £7,200
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £8,850

Programme only 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:

Additional costs

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

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:

  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at graduate level
  • why you want to study Paediatric Dentistry at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional 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.

Applicants should demonstrate they are currently treating children for approximately two days per week (or part-time equivalent).

The course is extremely competetive and applications exceed the number of places available each year. Early application before the deadline is encouraged.

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

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