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Paediatric Dentistry MSc

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Our Paediatric Dentistry MSc offers you teaching in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including a hands-on laboratory module in operative dentistry for children. Our course includes diagnosis, treatment planning and delivery of care requiring non-pharmacological behaviour management strategies and for those requiring oral rehabilitation under sedation or general anaesthesia.


Key benefits

  • Opportunities to see and treat a broad spectrum of patients at Guy's, King's College and St. Thomas' hospitals which are the major referral units in London and the south-east of England.

  • Experience at the Evelina Children's Hospital with children who have special medical problems

  • Six clinical sessions per week, including personal patient treatment, trauma clinics, A&E, multidisciplinary and operative treatment

Overseas students may have the opportunity to undertake supervised clinical practice for a further (third) year by taking a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dental Practice (60 credits). Details are available on request. This will typically involve 900 hours of clinical practice and 600 hours of non-clinical academic training. Candidates will be invited to apply and will only be eligible on passing the MSc Paediatric Dentistry at first attempt and achieving at least a Merit in the Paediatric Dentistry Clinical module (Part 3). 

Key information

Application status Closed

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

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 3 to 4 students.

Course leaders

Professor Marie Therese Hosey

Further details

Course contact for further information

Professor Marie Therese Hosey

+44 (0) 20 3299 6165

Course administrator

+44 (0) 20 3299 6165

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences



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Course detail


This is a modern course that aims to facilitate reflective learning, clinical judgments, critical analysis, evidence-based practice and excellent, empathetic clinical care. The didactic course is predominantly seminar based. A tutor will facilitate the seminars but they are student led with approximately 50 seminars over the two years of the course. 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 judgment.

There will be a programme of lectures in selected topics.

Year 1 students will benefit from a programme of required 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.

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

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

Overseas students may have the opportunity to undertake supervised clinical practice for a further (third) year by taking a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dental Practice (60 credits). Details are available on request. This will typically involve 900 hours of clinical practice and 600 hours of non-clinical academic training. Candidates will be invited to apply and will only be eligible on passing the MSc Paediatric Dentistry at first attempt and achieving at least a Merit in the Paediatric Dentistry Clinical module (Part 3). 

Course purpose

Our course is one of the best established in the UK. You will work hard, and we hope you will have fun here as well and have a memorable life experience.

Our aim is to develop you to 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.

We will develop your:

  • Proficiency in the clinical skills required of a paediatric dentist.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant communication skills.
  • Self-motivation and capacity to learn and think critically and analytically.
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate scientific evidence.
  • Knowledge and understanding of paediatric dentistry at a high level.
  • Understanding of a broad range of research methods.
  • Dental research skills.

Course format and assessment


The Science of Paediatric Dentistry and Clinical Paediatric Dentistry modules will both be assessed through unseen written exams. For your Paediatric Dentistry Clinical module, we will assess you through coursework, clinical and oral exams and essays. Your Paediatric Dentistry Research module will be assessed through a dissertation and oral exams.


The following table will give you an idea of what a typical year might look like as you progress through your studies. Standard university term times do not apply to this course. You will receive a leave allowance for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

Lectures, seminars and feedback (hours) 

Self-study/research (hours) 

Supervised clinical practice(hours) 

Year 1




Year 2




Extra information

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.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • Science of Paediatric Dentistry (30 credits)
  • Clinical Paediatric Dentistry (30 credits)
  • Paediatric Dentistry Clinical (60 credits)
  • Paediatric Dentistry Research (60 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. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Required Modules
  • Part 1: Science of Paediatric Dentistry

  • Part 2: Clinical Paediatric Dentistry

  • Part 3: Paediatric Dentistry Clinical

  • Part 4: Paediatric Dentistry Research

continued in year 2

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

Required Modules

continued from year 1

  • Part 1: Science of Paediatric Dentistry

  • Part 2: Clinical Paediatric Dentistry

  • Part 3: Paediatric Dentistry Clinical

  • Part 4: Paediatric Dentistry Research

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Paediatric Dentistry
Minimum 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 before the programme commences. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable. 

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.


Application procedure

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

Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, two references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) will not be considered until after the deadline date of 31 January 2020. 


Personal statement and supporting information

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

Paediatric Dentistry 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 show how the degree will fit into your career plan and demonstrate a focused interest in paediatric dentistry.

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 Yes Please submit a full CV in addition to the application form.


Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2020 entry is 31 January 2020. 

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 deadlines 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.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £15,300 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £48,900 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: n/a
  • Part time overseas fees: n/a

 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 to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, 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: 

  • Additional clinical tunics if required at approximately £15 (one is provided)
  • Costs for local occupational health checks for overseas students prior to course commencement
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks
  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Conference attendance (optional)
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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

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