Regenerative Dentistry




Full Time

| Admissions status: Closed
Academic, practical and research teaching covering all aspects of the latest developments in regenerative dentistry including dental stem cell culture, iPS and ES cells, tooth bioengineering, the role of stem cells in tooth repair and regeneration. A major feature of the course is a research project carried out in one of our research labs and supported by practical demonstrations and evaluation of research publication.

  • Training in research methodologies and the critical evaluation of data.
  • Taught course on the very latest advances of stem cell research.
  • World renowned department.
  • Original research project.
Student destinations
Students use this programme for career development
Programme leader/s
Professor Paul Sharpe
Awarding Institution
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year, October to September
Dental Institute, Tower Wing, Guy's Campus.
Year of entry 2016
Offered by
Dental Institute
Closing date
The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 01 July 2016 to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
2 UK/EEA, 6 overseas students.
FT Home: £9,000 (2016)
FT Overseas: £21,750 (2016)
Contact information
Ms Rebecca Wiltshire
tel +44 (0)20 7188 1795
fax +44 (0)20 7188 1674


Regenerative dentistry is for both dentists and biological scientists who desire to learn more about the latest advances in cell and molecule-based dentistry and also gain experience in carrying out laboratory-based, cutting-edge research in dental stem cell biology.


Taught course elements include: Introduction to stem cells, ES and iPS, Dental stem cells, Endogenous dentine repair, Endodontic applications of stem cells, Whole tooth regeneration, Scaffolds and bone regeneration, Salivary gland regeneration, Periodontal ligament restoration, GMP cell culture.

Research and practical elements include a research project, practical demonstrations of dental pulp stem cell culture combined with critical evaluation of research methods and approaches in dental stem cell biology.

Examples of research projects:

  • Salivary gland stem cells
  • Stem cells in the middle ear and their role in homeostasis and repair
  • Development of replacement teeth: location of stem cell niches in a range of species
  • A chemical genetics screen for regulators of cranial muscle stem cells
  • Dental pulp stem cells in tooth repair
  • Exploring the relationship between surface free energy and osseointegration with modifiable ceramic coatings
  • Human Embryonic tooth mesenchymal cells and bio-tooth engineering
  • Periodontal tissue regeneration - evaluating different human dental stem cell populations
  • Neural crest stem cells and ossification of the mandible

Core programme content
  • Module 1: Lectures in Regenerative Dentistry. Written exam.
  • Module 2: Laboratory skills in Regenerative Dentistry. Practical tests and written report.
  • Module 3: Experimental approaches and project design in craniofacial sciences. Written report and seminar presentation.
  • Module 4: Laboratory Research Project in Regenerative Dentistry. Written report and seminar presentation.

Indicative non-core content
All modules are compulsory

Written exam, practical tests and written reports, seminar presentation.

General entry advice
All applicants: a dental, medical or biological sciences qualification.
Enhanced criminal conviction check
Required for successful applicants
Occupational Health clearance required?

To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). Completed applications for September entry (which will normally consist of an online application form, both references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) will not be considered until after the deadline date (31st March).


Applicants must demonstrate a focused interest in regenerative dentistry and a strong academic background. Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.


Student profiles

Regenerative Dentistry MSc
After I finished my internship in the dental school, I wanted to find a course where I can learn and develop more skills deep enough to engage in cutting-edge research related to my field. Fortunately, I found the master degree program in Regenerative Dentistry, at King’s College London, which I joined last year. The regenerative dentistry program at King’s College London is an intensive and well-focused program with multiple modules. We had one module for developing laboratory skills such as managing stem cell culture line and cell differentiation induction. We had lectures modules in experimental design in craniofacial biology, which helped me a lot to understand the different approaches in designing a proper experiment; Moreover, I was able to critically read research articles with the help of the article critique classes we have done. Another interesting part of this module is the tutorials on how to write a grant proposal. Finally, the last module was a Lab Project conducted in one of the research labs in the department doing real research with a view to generate publication-quality data. My project was concerned about tooth replacement and stem cells niches under the supervision of Dr. Abigail Tucker. We managed to find some interesting results and hopefully we will be able to publish our data at some point. Now as the program has ended, I believe that I am well prepared to continue my career into the academic path and join PhD program where I can further develop my experiences.
Regenerative Dentistry MSc

DDS, MSc from Portugal
(Student of MSc in Regenerative Dentistry 2013/14)

During my undergraduate studies I became attracted to the idea of a research career in Dentistry, however I found it difficult to find the right avenue to pursue. King's College London Division of Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology came to disrupt this weak point in modern Dentistry by establishing the first MSc degree in Regenerative Dentistry. This course finally offered an approach where there is a link between clinical dentistry and experimental molecular science. I strongly believe that the advancement of health research relies on this translational character.

Taught by world experts, this MSc certainly gave me a deep understanding of modern molecular and stem cell biology, and how to use this knowledge in research. Modules such as experimental approaches and project design, stem cell biology, and developmental biology further developed my critical thinking and ability to pose practical research questions. I had the privileged opportunity to work on the tooth bioengineering project that further developed a comprehensive understanding of the molecular control of tooth development, dental stem cells and tissue engineering and aimed to find a reliable contributive source of adult stem cells to tooth development in vitro. Not only have I learned state-of-the-art laboratory techniques, but I have also encountered an interdisciplinary environment that has allowed me to explore new, exciting leads outside the centre of traditional Dentistry.

I am now working full time in clinical practice with the prospect of pursuing further studies either in research at a doctoral level, or in a clinical specialty.

Regenerative Dentistry MSc
Choosing to leave my country, stop working and go back to student life was quite a big decision. I am really happy I decided to do it though. I feel it was the best investment I have ever done in my life. King’s College London has shown itself to be a marvelous university and the Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology Department is more than a working environment, it is a big family. I chose to do the MSc in Regenerative Dentistry because it is a unique course in the whole world. Professor Paul Sharpe nailed the program filling it with the most current subjects in Regenerative Dentistry and provided us with all the attention and material we needed to understand the content of the course. I can guarantee it is a course for both people with science background and for clinicians trying to enter in the research environment. I am a clinician and I have experienced this change. During the MSc I had the honor and opportunity to work along side Professor Sharpe on a fantastic project about the understanding of genetic regulation of dentinal repair. It was very intense and interesting. Further, I had the chance to develop this research in one of the best laboratories I have ever been in my life. Not only the professors provide you with everything you need, but the technicians are also very attentive. Everything worked together to provide me with great support and make me feel at home. When I finished my MSc I wanted to continue research so Professor Paul gave me a chance to stay and I applied for a Brazilian Scholarship. Luckily I was awarded with it, so now I have started my PhD here at the Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology Division under supervision of Professor Paul Sharpe. I want to keep studying stem cells the field because I see the future of dentistry as a collaboration between the laboratory and the clinics, which I want to be part of.
Regenerative Dentistry MSc
KCL is a great university for research so it was always somewhere I wanted to consider for my MSc. I became interested in regenerative dentistry and stem cell biology during my BDS, and the 1 year MSc programme at its craniofacial department seemed perfect for what I wanted to do. the research project that I selected during this programme involved exploring the effect of a novel coating for biomaterials on bone-forming stem cells' behaviour. I also had a hands on experience on a wide range of scientific projects including tooth bioengineering.

I am convinced that this degree programme will give me a set of research skills and a way of thinking that will enable me to apply myself in a wide range of career opportunities including PhD anywhere in the world. I also loved living in London during my degree and really enjoy residing in a culturally diverse city where there are so many great things to do during my free time.