Entry requirements

All applicants must hold an approved dental hygiene qualification (diploma or bachelors) and be currently working as dental hygienist in practice with at least three years’ clinical experience post qualification.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme will enable you to make evidence based assessments to facilitate clinical decision-making. It will serve to enhance your level of professional confidence and leadership skills through individual study, group project work, teamwork and organisational activities. This in turn may enhance job opportunities and satisfaction or equip you to consider alternate employment settings such as allied healthcare leadership or teaching posts.

It will help students gain further in depth understanding of theoretical, physiological and pathological aspects of oral health management within a variety of diverse patient profiles. 

This degree is designed as a blended learning programme delivered via online teaching platforms and residential weeks based at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Residential weeks include practical skills sessions and group exercises.  This structure enables students to continue with regular employment while also participating in postgraduate study. 

There are multiple exit points (Certificate/ Diploma) for qualifying students who are not able to complete the MSc qualification.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification


The modules will primarily be delivered online with block teaching at UCL Eastman* of practical skills, lab work, group seminars and discussions. Learning methods will be through flip teaching, exercises based on reading material, discussion sessions, and didactic lectures. Assessment takes place through clinical cases, written assessments, online quizzes, discussion forums and oral examinations.

While most of the programme is delivered online, students will be required to attend the UCL Eastman for two weeks in their first year, one week in their second and third years and attend for all exam dates.

*Nb.For those starting in September 2020, the residential weeks are likely to be held 19-23 October 2020 and 22-26 February 2021 (Please confirm with course administrator prior to application as attendance in compulsory). These dates may be altered to accommodate student travel aligned with government regulations pertaining to COVID-19

Course contact details

+44(0) 20 34 561 022