Restorative Dental Practice MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This part-time, three-year MSc programme is for practitioners looking to provide high quality, comprehensive restorative management for patients in primary care dentistry. You will benefit from a contemporary, co-operative, and collaborative teaching environment, work with UCL's eminent restorative dentists, and go away with valuable skills to support your career progression.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
3 academic years
5 academic years
Programme starts
January 2023
January 2024
Applications accepted
January 2023 entry: 13 Jun – 30 Nov 2022

Applications closed

January 2024 entry: 01 Mar – 31 Oct 2023

Applications not yet open

For January 2023 applications: Please use this link to apply!

Entry requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate dental qualification (i.e. BDS, or equivalent from a recognised institution) and have a minimum of one year experience post-qualification. Applicants must have full and current registration with the UK General Dental Council (or equivalent) and to be in practice with access to patients for the duration of the programme.

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: Level 2

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

Restorative dentistry forms the backbone of contemporary primary care dentistry. It covers a wide range of specialties encompassing prosthodontics, aesthetics, endodontics and periodontics.

The ability to predict and restore a patient’s dental health using evidence-based approaches is satisfying and fulfilling. The field is constantly evolving with new techniques and materials, and the requirement for dentists to keep up to date becomes progressively more challenging.

This programme is ideal for general dental practitioners wishing to develop their practice in restorative dentistry. You will enhance your knowledge of the clinical applications and limitations of this field, develop your critical reading of published literature, and build your research methodology and presentation skills.

The course covers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry topics, giving you the chance to increase your depth of knowledge progressively and systematically. You will also build your skills as a researcher, while undertaking a year-long, original, supervised research project.

The programme is delivered through seminars, lectures, and practical sessions in state-of-the-art skills laboratories, providing a highly supportive and relevant learning experience for those wishing to develop their skills in this area of dentistry.

The programme academic year runs from January to December, with the next intake beginning in January 2024.

Who this course is for

The programme is well suited to general dental practitioners wanting to develop their practice in restorative dentistry. The skills you gain can help with career progression and job satisfaction and enable you to offer your patients a higher standard of care.

What this course will give you

  • The chance to work with UCL’s eminent restorative dentists at UCL’s Eastman Dental Institute and respected visiting clinicians and teachers.
  • First-class teaching facilities and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques. Facilities include:
    • Two dedicated laboratories to produce patient devices such as fixed and removable prosthetic devices.
    • Five clinical skills laboratories containing 90 clinical skills stations equipped with dental manikins, allowing trainees to refine skills and work practically and safely in conditions that mimic real-life practice.
    • Two suites that are also equipped with dental microscopes to aid identification of anatomical imperfections and the quick detection of enamel and dentine fractures.

The foundation of your career

Graduates can use this qualification to improve their prospects by moving to better dental practices, setting up their own dental practices, progressing to full-time master's programmes and specialist training, progressing to PhD level and developing careers in teaching.


Most graduates return to enhanced careers in primary care dentistry in the UK, EU and beyond.

The ability to deliver high-quality restorative dental services is an important building block in a successful dental practice. The skills developed on the course have helped students improve their prospects and build fulfilling careers, whether they move to a better dental practice or choose to set up their own.

Some graduates also progress to other full-time master’s programmes, sometimes with specialist training incorporated. Recent graduates have also progressed to undertake PhDs in related disciplines. Others develop special interests in aspects of restorative dentistry, engage in teaching or progress to key management and examining roles.

Teaching and learning

Assessments include:

  • Reflective portfolios
  • Clinical case presentations
  • Coursework (essays)
  • Written and MCQ examinations
  • A dissertation and
  • Oral examinations.

You can apply to study flexibly, which gives you a maximum of five years to complete the programme. On this mode, each year can be taken followed by a break, for instance:

  1. Certificate (one year), one-year break, Diploma (one year), one-year break, MSc (one year)
  2. Certificate (one year), Diploma (one year), two-year break, MSc (one year)
  3. Certificate (one year), one-year break, Diploma (one year), MSc (one year).

We encourage students to complete the three-year course consecutively, as per the part-time route.


On this part-time programme, you will complete the six compulsory modules and dissertation over three years. The programme is delivered through a mix of online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory and clinical suites.

Year one (Certificate)

  • The Scientific Basis of Restorative Dentistry 1
  • The Scientific Basis of Restorative Dentistry 2

You will have 29 contact days during this year of the programme.

Year two (Diploma)

  • Advanced Clinical Restorative Dentistry I
  • Advanced Clinical Restorative Dentistry II

You will have 26 contact days during this year of the programme.

Year three (MSc)

  • MSc Dissertation

You will have eight contact days during this year of the programme.

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. 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 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Restorative Dental Practice.


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

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £16,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed £32,100

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

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

We advise students to purchase certain items during the certificate and diploma years, such as a camera and an articulator, but there is no obligation.

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:

  • your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • why you want to study restorative dental practice 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.

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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