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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 nine month distance-learning programme 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.

  • 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.
  • The Dental Institute is home to the largest dental radiology department in UK, equipped with state-of-the-art CBCT machines.
  • Delivered primarily online, the programme 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 guidelines1 for CB scanner use, lead authored by King’s College London Dental Institute’s Jackie Brown.

1 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 Nine months, flexible learning - January to September

Study mode Distance Learning

Credit value UK 60/ECTS 30

Course leaders

Dr Suk Ng

Further details

Course contact for further information

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute



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Course detail


The programme 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 dento-alveolar region including:
    • Developmental conditions
    • Impacted teeth
    • Cysts and tumours
    • Radiological signs of benign and malignant lesions
    • Bone disease
    • Bone healing and post-surgical change
    • Soft tissue calcifications
  • 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 e.g. impacted lower third molars, implants, endodontics, orthodontics
  • 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 programme 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.

The compulsory face-to-face component takes place for five consecutive days in September at King’s College London, Guy’s campus. This component will consist of four days of lectures, practical exercises, mock oral exams and tutor feedback, which will help to prepare students for the final exams taking place on the fifth day.

*In order to view and manipulate CT scans during your online self study activities, you will be required to use free software that only runs on Windows operating systems. More details will be given at the start of the course.

Notes for applicants

The course does not provide great detail on implant planning or image-guided planning/surgery, for which dedicated software is often required.

We have designed the postgraduate training for dentists who want to understand CBCT imaging and wish to write interpretation reports on CBCT scans of dento-alveolar region.

This course is notintended to train a dentist to become a radiologist. In 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

The course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 60 credits.

You are required to take:

  • Physics and Regulations (20 credits)
  • Anatomy (20 credits)
  • Interpretation (20 credits)

Each module consists of 6 units. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework, written and oral examinations.


Year 1


Required Modules
  • Physics and Regulations (20 credits)
  • Anatomy (20 credits)
  • Interpretation (20 credits)
Optional Modules

Entry requirements & how to apply

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

Academic requirements: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) or equivalent.

Other additional requirements: Candidates must be working as registered dental practitioner. 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:

  • 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.

*In order to view and manipulate CT scans during your online self study activities, you will be required to use free software that only runs on Windows operating systems. More details will be given at the start of the course.

Application procedure

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 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.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 3 December 2017 for January 2018 entry. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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 UK fees: n/a
  • Full time overseas fees: n/a
  • Part time UK fees: £10,500 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £10,500 p.a. (2017/18)*

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*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 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment. The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and Overseas (2017/18)

Additional costs

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

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

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.

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

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