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Course overview

  • Receive specialist clinical training in paediatric dentistry and build up your knowledge of literature in this field.
  • Learn from consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and develop clinical skills at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester.
  • Pave the way for a research or clinical academic career in this area of dentistry.
  • Become eligible for the Membership in Paediatric Dentistry tri-collegiate specialty membership examination.
  • Study at a university ranked 4th in the UK and among the top 25 in the world for dentistry (QS World University Rankings 2018).


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

  • MSc (full-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £46,000 
  • International students (per annum): £46,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.


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.

Entry requirements

English language

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

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

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

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.

Other international entry requirements

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 16 September 2019, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 16 June 2019.

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 we require.

Advice to applicants

Applicants should provide two academic references. Both must be on headed paper, and signed and dated and within the last 12 months.

You must also provide copies (not originals) of degree certificates and 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 do not need to provide a transcript of results, but you must provide a copy of the certificate.

We also require copies (not originals) of English language certification.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

See the HEOPS standards of medical fitness to train guidance (PDF, 84KB) for more information.

Teaching and learning

We employ a diverse range of teaching methods, including clinical teaching both in the labs and on clinic, didactic lectures, and seminars to help you understand key course concepts.

Additional self-directed learning enables you to reflect upon your clinical work, skills and key concepts introduced within seminars.

Seminars are supervised by consultants and specialists in paediatric dentistry and will enable you to develop communication and presentation skills, as well as appreciate the relevance of scientific study to clinical practice.

Coursework and assessment

Formal assessment for the Research Methods, Biostatistics, and Guideline Development and Implementation units will be undertaken via marked written assignments.

The CPD unit will be assessed via a combination of written and practical examinations.

For the clinical skills component, assessment is through examination of a variety of skills procedures carried out in the skills facility.

For the clinical component, case write-up and presentation, assessment is through marking of both the written component oral presentation of cases and clinical governance projects.

Course unit details

Year 1

  • Research Methods
  • Biostatistics
  • Guidelines Development and Implementation
  • CPD
  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions at University Dental Hospital of Manchester
  • Clinical Skills Teaching
  • Seminars
  • Research Project

Year 2

  • Continued Clinical Training
  • Seminars
  • Research Project

Year 3

  • Seminars
  • Continued Clinical Training
  • Research Project

CPD opportunities

We will strongly encourage you to attend conferences and courses that will provide CPD. Attendance at journal club and selected seminars will also provide you with some CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Paediatric dentistry is a stimulating and rewarding speciality, and offers a number of career opportunities. Paediatric dentists may work in private practice, the community dental setting and in dental hospitals.

In addition to this clinical role, many paediatric dentists participate in teaching and research. These interests can be combined with part-time clinical work or undertaken on a full-time basis.

In the UK, consultants in paediatric dentistry may work in a community or hospital setting and concentrate on the management of complex, multidisciplinary cases. They also play an important role in the management of the unit in which they work.

Visit the MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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