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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Child Dentistry

Course type


Course Summary

Our Paediatric Dentistry MSc offers you teaching in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Our course includes diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and for those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.


This is a modern course that aims to facilitate reflective learning, clinical judgments, critical analysis, evidence-based practice and excellent, empathetic clinical care. The didactic course is predominantly seminar based. A tutor will facilitate the seminars but they are student led with approximately 50 seminars over the two years of the course. This means that the students will be expected to present the topic and to critically appraise the literature in the subject area and present this both in writing and verbally. This approach supports the development of inquisitive thinking, deep learning and helps develop judgment.

There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics.

Year 1 students will benefit from a programme of required lectures and seminars where they will join postgraduate students from other disciplines.

Year 2 students will have a lecture programme focused on the management of medically compromised children and the clinical aspects of dental anomalies.

Students will have an average of six clinical sessions each week throughout the two year course. Three or four of these will be for personal patient treatment. The other sessions will include trauma clinics/A&E/multidisciplinary clinics, operative treatment under sedation and general anaesthesia, and weekly consultant clinics.

Students are expected to undertake a research project. This can be laboratory or clinically based. The dissertation accounts for 33.3% of the course and it is hoped that the projects will be presented at national and international conferences and be suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Overseas students may have the opportunity to undertake supervised clinical practice for a further (third) year by taking a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dental Practice (60 credits). Details are available on request. This will typically involve 900 hours of clinical practice and 600 hours of non-clinical academic training. Candidates will be invited to apply and will only be eligible on passing the MSc Paediatric Dentistry at first attempt and achieving at least a Merit in the Paediatric Dentistry Clinical module (Part 3).

Course purpose

Our course is one of the best established in the UK. You will work hard, and we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.

Our aim is to develop you to the forefront of Paediatric Dentistry, as clinicians, teachers and future leaders. The clinical activity is predominantly based at St Thomas’ Hospital, Waterloo, with seminars and clinics at Guy’s Hospital, London Bridge and at King’s College Hospital, located in Denmark Hill. We will develop your: Proficiency in the clinical skills required of a paediatric dentist; Knowledge and understanding of relevant communication skills; Self-motivation and capacity to learn and think critically and analytically; ability to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence; knowledge and understanding of paediatric dentistry at a high level; Understanding of a broad range of research methods; Dental research skills.

Different course options

Full time | Guy's Campus | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



This 30 credit module aims to produce a highly knowledgeable professional in Paediatric Dentistry at masters level. At the end of the module you will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and deep understanding of the following areas which are relevant to the study of Paediatric Dentistry: Biomedical sciences; Radiological science; Neuroscience; Pathology; Statistics; Scientific basis of Paediatric Dentistry; Human disease; Research methodology. You will also be able to form concepts of oral health, devise and support arguments for oral health and reflect critically on your own academic work. Assessment is by written examination.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

All applicants: a dental qualification plus at least two years post-qualification experience. EU applicants will normally need to satisfy any additional specialist training requirements before the programme commences. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable.