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Course overview

  • Study advanced restorative techniques on a first blended learning postgraduate course.
  • Benefit from the combined expertise of the University's dentistry staff and other invited knowledge leaders.
  • Gain practical experience of techniques such as advanced anterior/posterior restorations and aesthetics, bonding and cementation, occlusion and clinical photography through residential sessions.
  • Earn your qualification from a university ranked 4th in the UK and among the top 25 in the world for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2018).

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £10,250, Year 2 £13,250 
  • International students (per annum): Year 1 £12,000, Year 2 £15,000
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): Year 1 £10,250, Year 2 £10,250 
  • International students (per annum): Year 1 £12,000, Year 2 £12,000


The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2019.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2018 or are graduating in 2019;
  • hold a first class honours degree;
  • have home or overseas fee status;
  • are applying for full- or part-time study;
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.

The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a primary dental qualification from a recognised institution and at least two years' experience in general dental practice.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening 18; Writing 20; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)
  • Pearson: 59-65 (with no less than 51 in each component

See further information about requirements for your country .


Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as noted above, at the time of application, will NOT be considered. Overseas candidates who hold a degree from a country officially recognised as majority English-speaking by the Home Office are not required to provide proof of English certification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents that we require with your form.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Successful applicants will begin their studies in April 2019 (subject to approval).

Advice to applicants

You must provide the following with your application form:

  • two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months;
  • copies (not originals) of degree certificates;
  • official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained (if these are in a language other than English please provide official translations). If you hold a BDS from a UK university, you need not provide a transcript of results, but you must provide a copy of the certificate;
  • personal statement;
  • full CV;
  • copies (not originals) of English Language certification if you are an EU/international applicant from a country not officially recognised as majority English-speaking.

Only applications with all required supporting documentation (above) will be processed. Offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course.

EU/international students: you must upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status.

There is no application fee.

Teaching and learning

The majority of the learning resources will be online. The course uses recorded lectures to create an integrated learning programme, using the best of new media and technology.

The course is designed to encourage you to take responsibility for your own learning. The emphasis of the MSc is on a self-directed learning approach.

In addition, your online learning will be supplemented by attendance at two residential courses to complete the hands-on portion of the course.

Coursework and assessment

The majority of course unit assessments will be completed online, including the MCQ examination, and will include the preparation and presentation of clinical and written work, and competency case assessments.

For the Research Methods component, formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments.

Read more about methods of assessment .

Course unit details

The MSc comprises five course units and a dissertation (180 credits):

  • Fundamentals in Restorative Dentistry [30 credits]
  • Issues in patient management [30 credits]
  • Research Methods [15 credits]
  • Operative Dentistry [15 credits]
  • Complex Treatment [30 credits]
  • Dissertation [60 credits]

The PGDip comprises five course units (120 credits):

  • Fundamentals in Restorative Dentistry [30 credits]
  • Issues in patient management [30 credits]
  • Research Methods [15 credits]
  • Operative Dentistry [15 credits]
  • Complex Treatment [30 credits]

Students who wish to continue to an MSc on successful completion of the mandatory PGDip course units [120 credits] must complete:

  • Dissertation [60 credits]

The PGDip runs for 18 months and finishes at the end of July.

Visit the MSc Advanced Restorative Dentistry page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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