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Paediatric Dentistry MSc



Didactic core modules in all aspects of paediatric dentistry including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Includes: diagnosis; treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.

Key benefits

  • Opportunities to see and treat a broad spectrum of patients as the paediatric dentistry departments at both Guy's, King's College (KCH) and St. Thomas' hospitals are the major referral units in London and the south-east of England.

  • The Evelina Children's Hospital for children with special medical problems is part of the Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital Foundation Trust. (GSTT)

  • Supra-regional Cleft Lip and Palate Centre & Liver Unit are based at GSTT and KCH respectively

  • We are located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years FT, five days per week, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 3 to 4.

Course leaders Professor Marie Therese Hosey

Course contact for further information +44 (0) 20 3299 4078 Joanna Wright +44(0)20 3299 2561

Course contact email Professor Marie Therese Hosey

Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language 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 and acquire a NTN before programme commences. 

For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable. 

Non UK applicants will be required to provide evidence ofthe required level of  English Language Proficiency.

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). Completed applications (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 (15 January). Candidates will then be shortlisted for interviews which will be held in February or March. If selected for interview, you should bring to interview a portfolio of clinical dentistry to demonstrate your clinical skills.

Personal statement and supporting information

You should show how the degree will fit into your career plan and demonstrate a focused interest in paediatric dentistry. Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 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


The programme aims to produce paediatric dentists who are thinkers. Proficient and confident in all areas of Clinical Paediatric Dentistry, and capable of literature critique and in the conduct of scientific research. Our students will be able to use their skills and knowledge to set up paediatric dentistry services in both community and hospital settings. 

Objectives of the programme On completion of the programme the postgraduate should be able to demonstrate the following: 

  • Proficiency in the clinical skills required of a paediatric dentist

  • A knowledge and understanding of communication skills relevant to paediatric dentistry

  • Self-motivation and the capacity to learn and think critically and analytically

  • An ability to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence

  • A deep knowledge and understanding of paediatric dentistry

  • An understanding of a broad range of research methods

  • Skills to participate in dental research

Programme Overview

This is a modern course that aims to facilitate reflective learning, clinical judgements, critical analysis, evidence based practice and excellent, empathetic clinical care. The didactic course is predominantly seminar based. A tutor will facilitate the seminars but these will be student led. 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 judgement. 

There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics. 

Year 1 students will benefit from a programme of ‘core’ 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. 

Clinical Skills 

Students will have an average of six clinical sessions each week throughout the two year programme. 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. 

Research Project 

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

Course purpose

The MSc Programme in Paediatric Dentistry at King’s College London is one of the best established in the UK. The course is exacting and only the highest calibre of student is accepted. You will work hard, but we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.

Our aim is to produce students who will be at 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.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, plus an additional 180 credits of non-modular supervised clinical work (360 credits in total) as follows:

  1. Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of Paediatric Dentistry usually assessed by written examination;

  2. One clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical, or oral examinations;

  3. One research module assessed by a written research project report and an oral examination.

Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work. This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment.

If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.



Career prospects

The majority of overseas graduates return to their own country to practice paediatric dentistry. Home students use this programme for career progression in the UK and are only accepted if they already have a UK (NHS) National Training Number and training at either KCH or GSTT. For UK trainees, the MSc counts towards 2 years of their NTN training. For those overseas students who do require a 3 year training, an additional third year is available (the PGCert) following on from MSc.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£12,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£41,250 p.a. (2016/17)*

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*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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