Taught course

Advanced General Dental Practice

University of Birmingham · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

You must have a primary degree in dental surgery or equivalent qualification. Two references from professional colleagues. You will need to be currently delivering clinical care for patients that will provide a range of procedures for case reports on which some assessments are based.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Dentistry has been successfully running a part-time campus-based MSc Advanced General Dental Practice course for 11 years, longer than any other.

The demand for this highly popular course has led to the creation of the distance learning option, allowing dentists anywhere to gain a higher degree without interrupting their practice.

The distance Masters is based on the teaching of the campus course to ensure you receive the full benefits of all the University of Birmingham can offer.

This online programme is designed for primary dental care providers who want to advance their clinical skills and knowledge, with the primary objective of enhancing the quality of patient care. In response to demand from dentists around the world from 2013 this course was made available as an online distance learning Masters programme, making it easier to fit in with the lives of busy practitioners in these challenging economic times.

The online course curriculum meets the same objectives as the taught version:

  • To provide you with the opportunity to enhance your clinical knowledge, insight and expertise in areas directly relating to your practice
  • To enhance quality of care provided to your patients
  • To provide a base for enjoyable personal professional development
  • To improve your employability in a highly competitive job market
  • To provide support for achieving other qualifications - ORE, MFDS, FFGDP, MJDF etc

Why study this course

This new distance learning version of our well established campus-based programme of the same name, allows dentists anywhere in the world to gain a higher degree without interrupting their practice while receiving all the benefits that the University of Birmingham can offer. It will enable you to:

  • improve the quality of care provided to patients
  • increase your insight and understanding, resulting in greater awareness of the management of patients
  • provide a base for personal professional development
  • continue working in your practice while studying for your higher degree
  • improve your employability in a highly competitive jobs market

A unique aspect of the Birmingham Masters programme will be to provide you with your own phantom head jaws, equipment and teaching materials to allow you to refine your practical skills and learn new techniques across a wide range of operative procedures in conservative dentistry, endodontics and periodontology.

Additional Benefits

  • Personal access to one of the world's most advanced online dental education platforms
  • 24/7 access to online lectures and resources from renowned experts in every dental speciality
  • Free access to www.dentaljuce.com, the 24/7 verifiable e-learning library
  • Free access to School of Dentistry's award-winning ecourse www.dentistry.bham.ac.uk/ecourse
  • Free online access to journals from the University of Birmingham's dental and medical libraries
  • One-to-one online advice and guidance in dental photography via www.dentalphotographyinpractice.com
  • The opportunity to interact online with peers from around the world

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component) or TOEFL Internet based 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is also offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes, providing £2,000 toward tuition fees. Find out more about the MDS Scholarships of Excellence.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
distance learning
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005