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Paediatric Dentistry - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This flexible, three-year Master's programme blends online, distance learning with hands-on clinical training and aims to support students' ongoing clinical work at the same time as developing their abilities.

Degree information

Year One provides students with the basic knowledge required in paediatric dentistry and teaches some of the clinical techniques needed in a laboratory setting. Year Two encourages more advanced and complex treatment planning and looks at other aspects of good patient care such as clinical governance. Year Three consolidates the learning to date and provides the theoretical experience required for graduates to understand, critically appraise and potentially carry out research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (120 credits), and a research project/dissertation (60 credits). The PG Diploma consists of seven core modules (120 credits); two years part-time. The PG Certificate consists of four core modules (60 credits); one year part-time. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Management of Oral Disease
-Behaviour Management
-Planning Treatment in the Developing Child
-Clinical Governance
-Advanced Paediatric Dentistry
-Structured Extramural Clinical Practice

Dissertation/research project
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of seminars, online learning and hands-on sessions in our skills laboratory. Assessment will be through written and practical tests, logbook of patients treated in practice, case presentations, essay, and vivas throughout the programme.


The first cohort of students on the Paediatric Dentistry MSc are due to graduate in 2016, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

However, destinations of recent graduates of the institute’s Paediatric Dentistry Postgraduate Certificate (which this new programme supersedes) include: specialist registrar; senior dental officer, community dentistry; and clinical lead for dental salaried services.

As well as enhancing your clinical skills, this programme also supports the development of transferable skills such as the use of electronic resources, giving presentations and academic writing.

This is the only blended learning MSc programme to provide further training in paediatric dentistry, designed to support working dentists. The programme allows students to learn from expert teaching staff including: the BSPD editor for the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry; a committee member for Paediatric Dental Care Pathways and Level II Practitioners in Paediatric Dentistry; MPaedDent examiners; BSPD representative for Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry (IACSD); a member of The Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).

[Why study this degree at UCL?]]
The programme offers excellent skills laboratory facilities including practical experience of inhalation sedation. The unit’s staff have expertise in caring for young patients with behavioural problems, dental trauma, craniofacial anomalies and severe medical conditions. Students will be offered help in the management of their own patients.

Visit the Paediatric Dentistry - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Michelle Rip

"The practical phantom-head sessions offered by Eastman Dental Institute have been incredibly valuable, where I have been able to practise techniques supported by consultants. I'd like to progress in my career, perhaps by taking up a senior position at work, and in the future I would like to teach and have a mentoring role. My studies and time at UCL have built my confidence to achieve this."


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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