Periodontology MClinDent

London, Bloomsbury

This full-time, three-year Periodontology MClinDent provides intensive knowledge of the basic principles of periodontal diseases, the management of advanced periodontal cases and the surgical components of implant dentistry. This programme satisfies the training requirements to sit for the Membership in Periodontics (M Perio) at the Royal Colleges of England / Edinburgh.

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 – 31 Jan 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two 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 MClinDent provides you with comprehensive clinical and academic training in Periodontology, at UCL's state-of-the-art facilities in the heart of Bloomsbury, London.

You will attend a mix of face-to-face and online seminars and tutorials and have considerable clinical time to manage and treat patients with a variety of periodontal and implant dentistry needs.

Training in research is an integral part of the programme. You will have the chance to collaborate on inspiring clinical or laboratory projects, both within the department and across the larger UCL community, culminating in a thesis suitable for publication.

You will also attend national and international periodontal small group seminars and workshops with world-renowned external speakers in the field. 

Staying up-to-date with modern practice, we recognise the need to embrace new evidence-based techniques, materials and technologies. This contemporary focus and the programme’s strong academic foundation give you transferable skills to help you succeed in the field.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for dental practitioners who have gained some experience in general dental practice and are keen to develop greater clinical skills and depth of knowledge to practise Periodontology and implant dentistry at a specialist level. The programme also provides the foundation for further training and research.

What this course will give you

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • A comprehensive curriculum giving you access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques.
  • The chance to interact with, and learn from, internationally renowned speakers and honorary staff members.
  • Opportunities for self-directed learning with emphasis on evidence-based practice within the field.
  • Lots of opportunities to attend and participate in local and international conferences and ad-hoc workshops related to periodontology and implant dentistry.

The foundation of your career

This course gives you the necessary skills to excel in a multitude of areas within the field of Periodontology. Graduates of the programme have joined or started successful dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas, working in Periodontics and implant dentistry.

We have had the opportunity to perform advanced surgical procedures, hear from speakers who are leaders in their field, and take an active leading role in a research project.

Dr Richard Horwitz

Dr Richard Horwitz

Periodontology, MClinDent


The pathways open to you after this programme are diverse and exciting. You will develop and refine your skills to be able to pursue careers at a specialist level in clinical Periodontics and/or research.

While most of our graduates move into private practice in the UK and abroad, others have taken up hospital and academic positions, while pursuing further study such as PhDs. Several UCL alumni have been appointed to senior academic positions in London and as far afield as Australia.

UCL MClinDent Periodontology graduates have held executive roles with the European Federation of Periodontology and been integral in influencing and developing vital guidelines that are helping to shape Periodontology in Europe and across the world.

UCL graduates have also become actively involved with societies such as the British Society of Periodontology, the European Federation of Periodontology and the Royal College of Surgeons (England and Edinburgh).


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.


The MClinDent has been an accredited postgraduate training programme from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) for over 15 years.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through seminars, tutorials, individual and small-group teaching, self-directed learning, and practical clinical and experiential learning. You will benefit from maximum exposure to clinical methodologies and management of patients with periodontal diseases. Additionally, a supervised research project is an essential component of the course.

Students will be assessed by:

  • Coursework essays
  • Participation in literature seminars / workshops/ lectures
  • Presentation of clinical cases and oral examination based on these cases
  • Oral examination based on unseen clinical cases
  • Direct observation of clinical skills
  • A research project dissertation
  • Written essays.

The assessments may take place either face-to-face or online, depending on the nature of the examination. Written examinations will be conducted in person.

Typically, approximately 70% of the week will be contact hours involving patient-facing activity (and associated necessary administration) and 30% will be devoted to independent study or research.

This is approximate and may vary according to the time of year and the academic year of the programme. Clinical modules (Periodontal Clinical Care modules) typically require the greatest contact hours, ranging from 22-30 hours a week.


You will take 10 compulsory modules, including the research and dissertation module.

Year one

In the first year, you will take four modules:

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Scientific Basis of Periodontology
  • Periodontal Therapy 1: Non-surgical and Basic Surgical Therapy
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 1: Non-surgical and Basic Surgical Therapy

This year gives you the essential knowledge and skills which form the foundation of Periodontology.  The modules encompass basic dental sciences and research skills appropriate in the health sciences, progressing to more in-depth knowledge in periodontal anatomy, histology, aetiology, pathogenesis and classification of periodontal diseases and related conditions. At the same time, the clinical module gives you the opportunity to develop skills in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning and to develop your practical skills.

Year two

In the second year you take three modules:

  • Periodontal Therapy 2: Advanced Periodontal Therapy
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 2: Surgical Therapy
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 3: Regenerative Therapy

The focus of the second year is to build on the knowledge and skills you gained in the first year and applying these to more advanced cases, including treatment planning and carrying out complex surgical and regenerative procedures, whilst synthesising the vast body of scientific evidence.  Mucogingival and implant (surgical and restorative) procedures are also introduced during this year.  Additionally, you will carry out your master’s research project, learning essential research methods as your project develops.

Year three

The final year of the programme includes three modules:

  • Periodontal Therapy 3: Complex Multidisciplinary Care
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 4: Complex Multidisciplinary Care
  • MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation

In your third year, you will focus on complex multidisciplinary care involving implant cases, complex mucogingival procedures and interactions with Orthodontics, Prosthodontics and Endodontics. You may also be able to experience complex procedures such as sinus augmentation and vertical ridge augmentation.

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 540 credits. Upon successful completion of 540 credits, you will be awarded an MClinDent in Periodontology.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

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:

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.

A suitable digital SLR camera for intra-oral photography including appropriate lens and ring-flash (along with intra-oral mirrors and cheek retractors) will be required to document clinical cases (approx. £2,000). 

A laptop computer is also strongly recommended (approximately £1,000). If not already using them, students will be required to use suitable magnification aids (surgical loupes 3x or 4x) to achieve finer clinical and surgical skills (approx. £2,000).

Attendance and participation at both local and international conferences is strongly encouraged, and students will be expected to meet some of the associated costs (i.e. registration, travel, shared accommodation for 2-3 nights, etc.) (approx. £300, dependent on destination).

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 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 and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study periodontology 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.

Potential applicants 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.

An application processing fee applies for Eastman Dental Institute programmes.

Find out more about the Specialty Training application process.

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.

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Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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