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Special Care Dentistry MSc



Special Care Dentistry provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. Also covers training in research methods and their practical application.

Key benefits

  • Internationally renowned academics.

  • Excellent reputation for treating adults who are dentally anxious with both pharmacological methods and using psychological treatments.

  • Students will receive training and teaching in a range of settings including hospital and community clinics.

  • Opportunity to become a specialist in special care (subject to status).

  • Hands on experience in providing dental care for special care patients.

  • The course encompasses all dental disciplines providing a holistic approach to patient care.

  • Close academic contact throughout the programme due to small teaching numbers (intake capped at six students).

  • There are opportunities to visit external specialist clinics offering experience in other clinical areas Located in the heart of London.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Two years, three days per week, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations For selected candidates the two year MSc programme is recognised by the Specialist Advisory Committee for Special Care Dentistry as partially contributing towards the three year specialist training programme in Special Care Dentistry.

Course intake Please contact for details.

Course leaders Dr Samalie Koburunga

Course contact for further information Dr Samalie Koburunga, tel +44 0207 188 7188, ext 54473/+44 0207188 6077 Senior Specialist Clinical Teacher Programme Leader, MSc Special Care Dentistry

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Awarding institution King's College London


Entry requirements & how to apply

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

General entry advice

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 an NTN before programme commences. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable.

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 be considered after the closing date.

Applications will be initially considered by two academic members of staff. It is expected that applicants will be required to attend an interview.


Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants should demonstrate a focused interest in special care dentistry and/or conscious sedation. 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


Provides a theoretical foundation and develops appropriate clinical skills for the care of patients needing special care with particular emphasis on the use of behaviour management techniques, analgesia, sedation and general anaesthesia. It also covers training in research methods and their practical application. You will also undertake a research project. Research focus is on the management of individuals requiring special care and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course purpose

For clinicians working in general practice, community, hospital and/or university departments who wish to become specialists and leaders in this area of dental care. To increase knowledge about dental care for individuals with special needs and the impact of providing this service for the community.

Course format and assessment

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, as follows: 

  1. Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of sedation and special care dentistry, assessed by written examination;

  2. A clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients;

  3. A research module, involving the submission of a research project including a literature review, with an oral defence of the research.

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

Graduates have continued their chosen career pathway at senior level posts. Some have combined this with part-time work in the hospital service, academic and teaching posts.



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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£12,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU


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*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.


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