UCL Graduate degrees


Periodontology MClinDent

This full-time, three-year Master's programme 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) or Membership in Restorative Dentistry (MRD) - Periodontology examination.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 19 October 2020
Close: 31 January 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£31,200 (FT)
£51,370 (FT)

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: 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.


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

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

The programme offers training to achieve a specialist level in periodontology.  Students will attend seminars and tutorials, whilst spending considerable clinical time in the management and treatment of patients with a variety of periodontal and implant dentistry needs.  Training in research within the field of periodontology is also part of the programme, culminating in a manuscript (thesis) suitable for publication.

Students undertake modules to the value of 540 credits.

The programme consists of ten compulsory modules (540 credits).

Year one consists of four compulsory modules (180 credits). Year two consists of three compulsory modules (180 credits). Year three consists of two compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

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

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

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods (Year 1)
  • Scientific Basis of Periodontology (Year 1)
  • Periodontal Therapy 1: Non-Surgical and Basic Surgical Therapy (Year 1)
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 1: Non-Surgical and Basic Surgical Therapy (Year 1)
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 2: Surgical Therapy (Year 2)
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 3: Regenerative Therapy (Year 2)
  • Periodontal Therapy 2: Advanced Surgical Therapy (Year 2)
  • Periodontal Therapy 3: Complex Multidisciplinary Care (Year 3)
  • Periodontal Clinical Care 4: Complex Multidisciplinary Care (Year 3)
  • MClinDent in Periodontology Dissertation (Year 3)

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

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

Additional costs

A suitable digital SLR camera for intra-oral photography (along with intra-oral mirrors and cheek retractors) will be required to document clinical cases.  A laptop computer is strongly recommended also. If not already using, students will be required to use suitable magnification aids (surgical loupes 3x or 4x) to achieve finer clinical and surgical skills.

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, accommodation etc).

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 £12.75. 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 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.


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.


The programme is recommended for dentists aiming to practise periodontics at a specialist level.  Career paths of recent graduates include private practice, hospital positions and academic roles including international societies and federations.


Following completion of the programme, graduates have joined or started dental practices in the UK, EU and overseas, working in the field of periodontics and implant dentistry. Some graduates have followed clinically related PhD programmes and have been appointed to academic positions in dental schools in the UK and overseas. A number of international graduates have been appointed to prestigious governmental or specialist societies positions in their countries and at international level.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from a comprehensive curriculum, access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques, as well as small group interactions with internationally renowned speakers and honorary staff members.  The course provides opportunities for self-directed learning with emphasis on evidence-based practice within the field.  Additionally, there are multiple opportunities to attend and participate in local and international conferences and ad-hoc workshops related to periodontology and implant dentistry.


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

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 suitable for dental practitioners whom have gained some experience in general dental practice and wish to develop greater clinical skills and depth of knowledge necessary to practise periodontology and implant dentistry at a specialist level.  This programme will also provide the foundation for further training adn research.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 January 2021

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.  Further information can be found at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/application-guidelines

Find out more about the Specialty Training application process.

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:

  • 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.

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