UCL Graduate degrees


Periodontology (Distance Learning) MSc

This programme will offer the busy General Dental Practitioner the opportunity to acquire intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal and peri-implant diseases, the ability to assess the periodontal needs of a patient, the skills for non-surgical therapy, the understanding of surgical management of advanced periodontal cases and the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment planning in implant dentistry.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 3 years
Distance learning: available

The programme is designed with time at UCL EDI divided into blocks – 2 weeks in the first year, one week in the second and third years respectively.

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 19 October 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 19 October 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£11,650 (PT)
£22,730 (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 part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £500 for this programme.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental degree qualification and a minimum of two years clinical experience post qualification and currently be working as a dentist.

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

The programme offers you the ability to assess and manage the periodontal needs of a patient and to become competent in the presentation, diagnosis and management of all known diseases and disorders of the periodontium.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Students will undertake 3 compulsory modules in the first year totalling 60 credits, 4 compulsory modules in the second year totalling 60 credits and in the third year a compulsory dissertation of 60 credits.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Periodontology (Distance Learning).

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

All modules are compulsory.

  • Scientific Basis of Periodontology
  • Periodontal Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Non-surgical Periodontal Therapy
  • Complicating Factors and Other Oral Conditions
  • Evidenced Based Healthcare
  • Surgical Periodontal Therapy
  • Implant Therapy and Peri-implant Diseases
  • MSc in Periodontology dissertation

Optional modules


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10-000 - 12,000 words (60 credits) with a 30 minute viva exam.


Students will complete patient treatment in their own clinics and through discussion with peers, staff and others will synthesise knowledge and practice skills, improving clinical practice and effectiveness.

Teaching and learning

Teaching  is delivered and assessed in a variety of ways including: lectures, seminars, problem based learning, on line tutorials and practical work, group discussion, case presentations, videos and discussion forums and work-based learning.

For those starting in September 2021, the residential weeks at the Institute in London will be in October 2021 and February 2022 - exact dates tbc.

Exams will be conducted either at the Eastman Dental Institute in London or in an online format when possible to minimise unnecessary travelling.

Additional costs

Students will be expected to meet the costs of travel, accommodation and meals to attend residential teaching sessions and exams in London.

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


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.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme offers you the flexibility of a part-time blended learning educational route

With a focus on research, postgraduate education and training, the Institute is uniquely placed to offer this new Master's degree in Periodontology to dentists across the world.

There are multiple exit points (Certificate/ Diploma) for qualifying students who are not able to complete the whole MSc qualification.

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?

All applicants must hold an approved dental degree qualification and have a minimum of two years clinical experience post qualification and currently be working as a dentist.

English Language Level for this programme is : Good (IELTS Academic Version grade 7.0) within 6.5 in all subtests.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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 Periodontology (Distance Learning) at graduate level
  • why you want to study Periodontology (Distance Learning) at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your 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.

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