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Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation PG Cert

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Our postgraduate certificate in Dental Cone Beam CT Radiological Interpretation is a part-time distance-learning course to train dentists to be able to use CBCT imaging appropriately to help diagnose clinical problems of the dento-alveolar areas of the jaws, correctly interpret the radiological signs and write structured radiological reports.

This course is mostly delivered online, so you can study with minimum disruption to your professional and personal life while benefitting from world-class teaching.

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Key benefits

  • The first university-based training of its kind.
  • Enables students to understand and interpret the relatively new x-ray imaging modality of cone beam CT, enabling 3-dimensional cross-sectional imaging.
  • Curriculum delivered by expert teaching staff, all at consultant level and GDC-registered specialists in this subject.
  • Largest dental radiology department in UK, equipped with state-of-the-art CBCT machines.
  • Delivered primarily online, the course also includes a block of face-to-face lectures and hands-on training at Guy’s Hospital.
  • Curriculum based on the recently adopted pan-European guidelines for CB scanner use, lead authored by Dr Jackie Brown.*

*Brown, Jacobs, Levring Jaghagen et al (2014). Basic training requirements for the use of dental CBCT by dentists: a position paper prepared by the European Academy of DentoMaxilloFacial Radiology (EADMFR). Dentomaxillofacial Radiology 43, 20130291.

Key information

Application status Closed

Duration One year registration - January to September study and attendance time, with examination board in December.

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value UK 60/ECTS 30

Course leaders

Dr Suk Ng

Further details

Course contact for further information Postgraduate Distance Learning:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7188 6444

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences



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Course detail


The course provides knowledge and understanding of:

  • Legislation, guidelines and radiation safety in relation to the use of CBCT in dentistry.
  • Justification and selection criteria for CBCT and dental radiography: the value and role of each technique.
  • CBCT appearance of normal anatomy, artifacts and pathological conditions of the dentoalveolar region.
  • Understanding of radiological signs of disease. 

Students will acquire skills in:

  • The process of making a differential diagnosis using radiological evidence.
  • Image manipulation (anonymised scans and viewing software provided).
  • Understanding which clinical problems may or may not be investigated using modern dental X-ray techniques.
  • Viewing strategies for certain clinical applications.
  • Understanding variations in normal anatomy in dental and maxillofacial regions.
  • Critical awareness of limitations of CBCT and dental radiography and the impact of imaging artefacts on radiological interpretation.
  • Writing radiological reports using a structured approach and concise description.


The course is a blended learning course taught primarily online through the King’s College London’s online learning environment, KEATS (King’s E-learning and Teaching Service) which provides information, interactive questions, assignments, use of bibliographic databases and reading material. Content is supplemented by online seminars and tutorials delivered by teaching staff.
Face-to-face lectures and hands-on training and mock oral exams take place in the September of the teaching year. 

The following table will give you an idea of the typical hours you will spend as you progress through your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Year Online lectures, seminars
and tutor feedback (hours) 
Self-study, practice and
assignments (hours) 
Face-to-face training and
lectures (hours)  
1   20 540 40

The face-to-face component takes place for nine consecutive days at King’s College London, Guy’s Campus in the September of the teaching year. This component will consist of five days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams. This is followed by two days of self-directed learning on the sixth and seventh day (Saturday and Sunday) and the final exams taking place on the eighth and ninth day. The length of the face-to-face component may be subject to change so please double check before making arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Notes for applicants

The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery and is not intended to train a dentist to become a radiologist.

In the UK, a radiologist is trained within a scheme approved by the regional LETB/Deanery, in a hospital setting, which requires minimum of 4 years full-time training and is examined by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Course format and assessment

  • Module 1 Physics & Regulations (15 credits) – 100% summative unseen short-answer examination; formative assessment via one unseen written assignment and one unseen short-answer examination.
  • Module 2 Anatomy (15 credits) – 100% summative unseen short-answer examination; formative assessment via two unseen MCQ/short-answer examinations.
  • Module 3 Interpretation (30 credits) - 30% practical examination and 70% oral examination; formative assessment via two unseen assignments.


Year 1


Required Modules

•              Module 1 Physics & Regulations (15 credits)

•              Module 2 Anatomy (15 credits)

•              Module 3 Interpretation (30 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. Please check here for updates, or contact the faculty for further advice.

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Dental Cone Beam entry requirements
Minimum requirement   Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) or equivalent.
International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Students are required to have access to adequate clinical facilities and to patients requiring treatment relevant to the subject area. Candidates must be working as registered dental practitioners. They should have access to a CBCT scanner within their practice and/or the ability to refer their own patients to another dentist for CBCT scanning.

Access to the following equipment:

  • Headset, microphone and webcam.

  • High quality internet connection for tutorials with minimum speeds of 2Mbps down and 3Mbps up.

  • Javascript must be enabled.

  • Cookies must be enabled.

  • Popup windows must be enabled.

*In order to view and manipulate CT scans during your online self-study activities, you will be required to use free software that runs only on Windows operating systems. You may need to review and modify the settings in your anti-virus software. More details will be given at the start of the course.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

To apply for most of our postgraduate programmes at King's you will need to complete our postgraduate online application form. A minority of programmes have a different application procedure which will be outlined below. 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 postgraduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online postgraduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.

If you have already applied to King's through our online application form you can check the status of your application by logging into myApplication.



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 will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Dental Cone Beam CT checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). 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 in the entry requirements section, 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; an appropriate dental library.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application.


Application closing date

Our first deadline for applications is 23 October 2020 for January 2021 entry. After this date, the programme will remain open if places are available, and will be closed as soon as it is full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. 

Please note you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline and places are filled before the final deadline above and we are unable to process more offers.

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home fees: Part time tuition fees apply - see below
  • Full time overseas fees: Part time tuition fees apply - see below
  • Part time Home fees: £12,750 p.a. (2020/21)
  • Part time overseas fees: £12,750 p.a. (2020/21)

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

•             If you receive an offer before September, payment is due by 30th September.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st September and 30th September, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st to 31st October, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer between 1st November and 30th November, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

•             If you receive an offer in December, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for the face-to-face training in London
  • Internet access
  • Computer equipment detailed above
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course materials
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Graduation costs 
  • Stationery

Students will also be expected to bear any costs relating to providing clinical treatment for the clinical cases required for the course. Access to reasonable and compliant equipment and materials will be expected.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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