Applicants must hold a registerable dental qualification and have been qualified for at least one year. Students must be eligible for, or registered with, the General Dental Council or other recognised registration. Registered dental hygienists and therapists will be accepted on to units that cover areas within their scope of practice.
For the Postgraduate Diploma, applicants must hold the Postgraduate Certificate in Postgraduate Dental Studies and be eligible for, or registered with, the General Dental Council or other recognised registration. Recognition of Prior (certified/experiential) Learning would be considered.
For the MSc, applicants must hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies and be eligible for, or registered with, the General Dental Council or other recognised registration. Recognition of Prior (certified/experiential) Learning would be considered.
Months of entry
January, September, April
Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists (BUOLD21C) is a popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. It provides a unique form of dental postgraduate education, designed for busy dental practitioners.
You will complete three units (60 credits) from a choice of units to achieve the certificate, or six units (120 credits) to achieve the diploma. Each unit provides a structured programme that involves reading, study days and assessments.
This method of study is not led by teachers in a classroom but is supported by tutors and administration at a distance, offering the flexibility to suit your personal needs. Units are written specifically for this programme and are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to think and learn for yourself. Following successful completion of the diploma, you may carry out a research project and prepare a dissertation to achieve an MSc.
All students applying for Postgraduate Dental Studies will initially be enrolled on to the certificate, and on satisfactory completion will be transferred to the diploma.
Occasional route of study
The occasional route of study is an option for students who do not want a formal postgraduate qualification but still want to register for individual units. After successfully completing a unit, you will be awarded a transcript confirming that you have attained 20 credits; this could later be used in an application for Recognition of Prior Learning. CPD hours are also awarded. Students who have completed a unit via the occasional route may transfer to the certificate programme, subject to availability of places.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team