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Aesthetic Dentistry MSc



An innovative programme offering dental practitioners with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide high quality functional dental restorations with optimal aesthetic value. Focused on providing dental care where there is a clinical need to restore oral health and function, the course also covers cosmetic and facial techniques.

The face-to-face training takes place in London.

Key benefits

  • Renowned centre of international excellence for teaching and research, part of the Russell Group

  • Pioneers of teaching dentistry through a blended learning approach, with over 20 years experience

  • 19 days of intensive, Face to face tuition in Years One and Two where students will learn and practice contemporary clinical techniques, with an emphasis on hands-on, practical training, delivered using world class training facilities

  • Course material, (text and practical) delivered by a team of highly experienced clinical tutors and academics, many of whom are world-leaders in their respective field

  • Multi-authored course text material key delivered online in a comprehensive modular format, supported by copious references and access to institutional library facilities

  • Online support by the means of regular webinars and tutorials presented by core staff and subject based expert tutors

  • Contributes towards continuing professional development (CPD, with over 70 verifiable hours per year), allowing learning with reduced disruption to daily practicing routines

  • Opportunity to network with other Distance Learning students and Core Academic Staff.


Key information

Application status Closed

Duration Three years, flexible learning, January start.

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 24 distance learning students per year

Course leaders Prof Brian Millar & Dr Subir Banerji

Course contact for further information Unit of Distance Learning, tel +44 (0)20 7188 6444

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Qualification and employment status

  • A dental qualification acceptable to the College.

  • Employment as a dentist in a dental practice, dental school, hospital, or community dental services environment.

Access to facilities and equipment

  • Adequate clinical facilities and access to patients requiring treatment relevant to your subject area.

  • Approved video equipment, as part of the monitoring process (advice on this will be given in the first Intensive Face-to-Face course).

Other requirements:

  • USB headset with a microphone (or separate headphones and microphone).

  • Webcam.

  • Internet connection - broadband is preferable. Ideally with minimum speeds of 2Mbps down and 3Mbps up.

  • A wired internet connection is preferable, so if you have wireless internet access, you may need to be able to connect your computer by cable to maintain a high-quality connection during tutorials.

  • Javascript must be enabled.

  • Cookies must be enabled.

  • Popup windows must be enabled.

Application procedure

Completed applications (consisting of an online application form, both references, transcripts of previous qualifications and evidence of English Language score where required) will be considered on a first-come first-served basis according to the date of completion of the application. Early applications are strongly advised.

The initial decision will be to either confirm the offer of a place without an interview, invite you for an interview, hold your application for further consideration following the official closing date for applications, or to reject the application.

You should be expect to receive this initial decision within six weeks of the date of completion of the completed application, although this may be slightly longer at peak periods near to the closing date. Applicants who are offered a place will have to provide original documentary evidence of their previous qualifications, and pay a non-refundable deposit, before access to the online virtual learning environment will be given at the start of your course.

Personal statement and supporting information

You should describe how the degree will fit into your career plan and demonstrate a focused interest in the programme. You should also confirm that you have read and can comply with the computing specification required to commence the programme, which can be viewed at http: and provide details of your access to: Adequate clinical facilities and an appropriate selection of patients; Approved video equipment, as part of the monitoring process (advice on this will be given in the first intensive face-to-face course); An appropriate dental library.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2016 for 2017 entry. 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, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


This course is suited to dentists who have an established dental practice and are seeking to gain knowledge of an evidence-based approach to aesthetic treatment. The programme Director, Dr. Subir Banerji, has helped many dental graduates, both nationally and internationally, to achieve their postgraduate goals, broadening their horizons and delivery of dental care. 

The mode of delivery of Distance Learning, which combines online and face-to-face components, enables dentists to remain in dental practice while training, ensuring no loss of income or work experience and establishes a dental practice using skills learnt on the programme. The course has been designed to provide theory, support and discussion groups by online training using a dedicated virtual learning environment, to provide access to content wherever students are in the world. 

The Unit of Distance Learning consists of a team of highly experienced administrative and support staff dedicated to providing support to students. Combined with the use of a comprehensive online educational delivery system, this allows students to continually interact with staff and colleagues, to further enhance their learning experience. Partial completion or early exit may result in the award of a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma.

Intensive Face-to-Face Course

To supplement your online teaching you will also receive hands-on clinical training at our training centres in the UK. Designated tutors are present to offer expert guidance to students on complex dental procedures. 

LonDEC, the recently opened post-graduate teaching facility, provides delegates with some of the finest hands-on dental teaching facilities available in the UK and Europe. The teaching sessions provide the supporting face-to-face tuition in clinical skills. Designated tutors are present to supply expert guidance to students on complex dental procedures.


Course purpose

This programme is aimed at dental practitioners wishing to enhance their knowledge and develop advanced skills in aesthetic dentistry.

Further literature

Departmental website

Course format and assessment

This masters programme is assessed through a combination of assignments, written examinations, clinical case presentations and a dissertation. In the first two years, most modules within the programme are assessed by a combination of 60 per cent written examination and 40 per cent written assignments.

For each module, you must complete a self-assessment exercise, a formative assignment and a final summative essay/assignment, to be entered into the end of year written examination. Exams can be taken in London or, for overseas students, at centres in the student's country of residence. If you fail an examination at the first sitting, you will be permitted one further attempt.

During years one and two, years clinical work is also undertaken which is assessed by submission of clinical case presentations. In the final year, you will be allocated a supervisor and undertake a dissertation or project between January and September. The dissertation provides the mark for Year 3.


  • Required Modules

    Year 1

    • Introduction to Aesthetic Restorative Practice
    • Pre-treatment considerations for Aesthetic Dentistry
    • Aesthetic Techniques 1
    • Intensive Face-to-Face Course

    Year 2 

    • Aesthetic Techniques 2
    • Soft and Hard Tissue Considerations
    • Intensive Face-to-Face Course
    • Completion of Clinical practice module

    Year 3 

    • Dissertation


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Career prospects

It is expected that graduates will continue in general practice offering a higher standard of clinical care with an increased confidence and ability. They might also use the programme to enter independent practice.



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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

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£10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

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