UCL Graduate degrees


Paediatric Dentistry MSc

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 3 years
Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Part-time students are expected to attend the Eastman for week blocks for skills lab training (Two in year 1, and one in years 2 & 3 respectively). The exam days at the end of each year will be held online

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 19 October 2020
Close: 1 June 2021
This programme is now closed for applications for September 2021 entry.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

7,000 (PT)
8,600 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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.

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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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Assessment is via written, practical, coursework and oral examination

The programme consists of eight compulsary core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits). There are no optional modules. All modules must be passed to progress. You enrol for the MSc, but can exit at the end of year 1 with Certificate, or year 2 with Diploma if assessments passed successfully.

The PG Diploma consists of eight compulsory core modules (120 credits); two years part-time.

The PG Certificate consists of four compulsory core modules (60 credits); one year part-time.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a 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.

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

Modules 1-4 are in year 1 (Certificate)

Modules 5- 8 are in year 2 (Diploma)

Module 9 is in year 3 (MSc)

  • Management of Oral Disease
  • Trauma
  • Behaviour Management
  • Planning Treatment in the Developing Child
  • Clinical Governance
  • Advanced Paediatric Dentistry
  • Structured Extramural Clinical Practice
  • Managing Children with Special Needs
  • Paediatric Dentistry (MSc Dissertation)

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/research project

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words. The dissertation project follows a structured format, and students produce a 3 minute video as part of their dissertation.

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 portfoilio 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.

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.


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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.


The first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc graduated in 2017, and graduands have successfully attained career posts, including Academic Training Fellow, Specialist Registrar Training Posts, Specialty doctor and Senior Dental Officer posts. 


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 the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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. 

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Application and 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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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). 

Application deadlines

All applicants
1 June 2021

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

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

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).

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