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Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This programme is intended for dental practitioners wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in the treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants. The programme has been designed to allow you to gain experience of the use of dental implants in prosthodontic treatment within a supervised environment. Knowledge is developed using distance learning modules and study days. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a research project or literature review and prepare a dissertation.

We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners, who are competent in the provision of the surgical and restorative dental aspects of dental implant treatment, within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

This modular programme is divided in to three sections - certificate, diploma and MSc levels. All students are admitted to the MSc in the first instance and can choose to exit the programme at certificate or diploma level.

Year One
Five theoretical and practical modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days during the year, as well as through distance-learning material and self-directed study. You will also attend clinical practice placements at the Bristol Dental Hospital, Bristol Royal Infirmary and the Dental Implant Clinic in Bath. During the clinical practice placements you will diagnose, plan treatment and carry out implant placement under supervision in pre-selected patients who are provided for you. After completing year one, candidates can exit the programme at certificate level or carry on to year two.

Year Two
A further five modules are delivered over a minimum of six study days, through distance-learning material, self-directed work and work-based study. In addition, you will again attend clinical practice placements. After successfully completing years one and two, candidates may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Implantology.

Year Three
After a further year, an MSc will be awarded on the successful completion of a dissertation.


This programme is aimed at experienced dental practitioners who wish to develop their skills in providing dental implants for their patients in practice.

Visit the Dental Implantology MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

BDS or equivalent United Kingdom General Dental Council registerable dental qualification. At least one year's demonstrable postgraduate clinical experience. Evidence of registration with the General Dental Council at the start of the programme. Acceptance of accredited prior (experiential/certified) Learning (AP(E/C)L) credit will be in line with the University's guidance. All cases will require prior approval by the Programme Director and Graduate Education Director. The maximum credit for which Recognised Prior Learning can be accepted is one third of a programme, ie 60 credit points APL for the 180 credit point Master's programme.

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