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Special Care Dentistry - MSc

Course Description

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.

Degree information

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). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-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

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 allied hospital.


As well as being provided with the skills to provide better services to patients and ensure career progression, students establish important working collaborations with staff at the institute and other parts of UCL. Students 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, a comprehensive education portfolio, 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 which ensures experience of managing complex clinical problems.

Visit the Special Care Dentistry - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

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