This full-time one-year, or part-time two-year Master's programme provides relevant education and training to meet the oral health care requirements of patients with special needs.
Modes and duration
Attendance from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm is required in order to attend lectures, seminars, clinics, and for self-guided learning. Some clinics may run before 9am and after 5pm.
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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.
All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and normally 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
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.
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 provides a detailed understanding of the common systemic disorders likely to be of implication for routine dental care, alongside an understanding of the appropriate management and the ability to undertake clinical investigations for patients with systemic disease likely to complicate dental treatment.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Special Care 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.
- Clinical Science & Research Methods
- Principles of Therapeutics and Treatment Core Course (Special Care Dentistry)
- Clinical Care Core Course (Special Care Dentistry)
- Applied Biology, Systemic Disease and Behavioural Sciences of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry
- Ethics, Governance and Public Health of Relevance to Special Care Dentistry
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in the submission of a dissertation (10,000-12,000 words).
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs and clinics organised by many of the scientists and clinicians of the institute and its allied hospital.
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students are equipped with the skills to provide better services to patients and ensure career progression in special care dentistry.
Students establish important working collaborations with staff at the institute and other parts of UCL. They are able to present aspects of their work at international conferences which, in turn, provides them with further opportunities to collaborate with specialists from across the globe.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme’s students benefit from a friendly, welcoming staff and a comprehensive education portfolio. First-class facilities for both education and research provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry, and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques which ensures experience of managing complex clinical problems.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
What our students and staff say
"My work concentrates on finding better ways of diagnosing mouth cancer that ensures patients are identified as early as possible. We work on developing simple methods for easy diagnosis of such disease in the primary health care setting. If oral cancer is identified early affected individuals will not require complex treatment and are likely to survive a disorder that still kills about 50% of affected persons."
Professor Stephen PorterOral Medicine MSc, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MSc, Oral Surgery MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
"UCL has a global reputation as a centre of excellence in education and research. As a UCL alumni myself, it is a great privilege to work at UCL and to have the opportunity to help inspire, teach and mentor the next generation of researchers and academic clinicians from around the world."
Dr Rachel LeesonOral Surgery MClinDent, Special Care Dentistry MSc, Endodontics MSc, Prosthodontics MClinDent, Restorative Dental Practice MClin Dent
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, UCL 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 directed towards dentally qualified clinicians who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in special care dentistry to become a competent practitioner in the field within and outside the United Kingdom.
- All applicants
- 1 June 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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 special care dentistry at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- what is your source of funding and is this something you have applied for already
- what is your previous experience of special care dentistry
- what are your plans after completion of this Master’s degree and how do you expect this qualification to help you.
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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