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Our PGDip Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry course is aimed at dentists who want to develop skills in this area.

Developed in collaboration with healthcare education provider Healthcare Learning , this is the first blended learning postgraduate degree in the subject to be launched in the UK.

You will cover areas such as:

  • aesthetic considerations in restorative practice;
  • current techniques, materials and clinical advances in anterior and posterior aesthetics;
  • patient communication and advanced treatment planning for patients;
  • tooth replacement;
  • current clinical techniques for soft tissue management;
  • working as part of an interdisciplinary team to ensure comprehensive aesthetic restorative care to patients.

You will also gain practical experience of the following through the mandatory hands-on component of the course, which is completed during residentials in both years:

  • advanced anterior/posterior restorations and aesthetics;
  • clinical photography;
  • complex treatment planning;
  • occlusion;
  • bonding and cementation;
  • indirect restorations. 

Find out more about the residentials on the Healthcare Learning website .


This course aims to:

  • provide innovative teaching and learning that enhances current knowledge and clinical skills in aesthetic restorative dentistry;
  • present sound academic theory and high quality practical training in aesthetic concepts by world-class mentors;
  • provide you with the confidence and ability to enhance your current clinic practice by incorporating the latest advances in technology and research, ensuring aesthetic as well as biocompatible, functional and long lasting restorative care;
  • deliver learning using the latest technology, enabling you to access the course regardless of place or timezone while maintaining your dental practice.

Teaching and learning

The majority of the learning resources will be online. The course combines interactive e-learning, webinars, live learning and 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 three 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 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 collaborators

This course has been developed in collaboration with Healthcare Learning Ltd.


You will have access to the University's online library .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service .

Visit the Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry (PGDip) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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