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This part-time three-year Postgraduate Diploma programme is designed for dentists with little or no experience in implant dentistry, to enable them to comprehensively diagnose, treatment plan and treat, within the scope of their ability, patients in need of implant-based surgical and prosthodontic treatment.

About this degree

In the first year, students develop a sound evidence-based knowledge of implant dentistry with emphasis on patient selection, diagnosis, planning and basic surgery. They develop further skills in the second and third years with an emphasis on the restorative aspects of implant dentistry, patient care, advanced surgical procedures, management of complications and practice management.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits).

Core modules

  • Implant Science 1
  • Implant Planning
  • Implant Science 2
  • Implant Practical
  • Implant Clinical 1
  • Implant Clinical 2

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a series of interactive lectures, seminars, hands-on training, live surgery and supervised clinical treatment.

The programme consists of approximately 82 contact teaching days, divided approximately as follows: Year 1: 30 days; Year 2: 34 days; Year 3: 18 days.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Implant Dentistry PG Dip

Careers

The aim of the programme is to enable dentists to bring implant dentistry into their everyday practice. Graduates of the programme will be equipped with the skills necessary for dental implant case selection and planning, surgery and restoration of straighforward implant cases. This is the foundation of implant treatment in general dental practice. The programme is designed for students to embark on implant treatment in their own practices during the course of the programme.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Speciality Doctor, NHS Kingston Hospital
  • Dentist, Edgbaston Dental Care and studying Implantology MSc, University of Lancashire

Employability

Gaining the UCL's Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry will provide increased opportunities for working in private dental practice.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students benefit from first-class facilities for both education and research which provide unique, seamless training in specialist dentistry and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques ensuring experience of managing complex clinical problems.

The tutors are all registered specialists with particular emphasis in prosthodontics which helps with planning simple and complex restorative cases and the learning extends beyond basic implant dentistry.

All students treat patients on-site with one-on-one supervision and mentoring of planning, surgery and restoration of implants cases. This provides significant support and confidence for students - particularly the less experienced.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Eastman Dental Institute

85% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Implant Dentistry (PGDip) page on the University College London website for more details!

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