Postgraduate study

Restorative Dentistry (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Awards: MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time, Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

This programme was previously advertised as Primary Dental Care.

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for general dentists, with a particular emphasis on restorative dentistry.

The structure of the degree is designed to meet the needs of dental practitioners from all over the world.

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary dental care.

*(Revised 20 February to reflect programme name change)

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Each course will run over a period of five or ten weeks (depending on the credits) with participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks being a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online. Coursework for assessment is uploaded to the site and there is an active student discussion board available alongside tutor-led discussions.

Maintenance of a portfolio of evidence is an essential component of assessment. Students are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.

There is a significant commitment of time required to complete this programme and applicants should be aware that they will be required to take part in weekly tutorials and discussions. It is estimated that between 15-20 hours of clinical time and personal study will be required each week.

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level. There is also the opportunity to register for PPD or CPD for individual courses.

Year 1 (certificate) and Year 2 (diploma) courses include: *

  • Introduction to Clinical Evidence
  • Introduction to Dental Clinical Photography
  • Oral Health Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Assessment and Management of Occlusion
  • Treatment Planning
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontal Management
  • Dental Clinic Management
  • Indirect Restorations
  • Restoration of Missing Teeth

In Year 3 (masters), you will complete a research dissertation or clinical management project and carry out clinical case reports.

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Dental Institute to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

*(Revised 20 February and subsequently 8 April 2019 to update the list of courses).

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRestorative Dentistry3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

This masters degree does not allow entry to any specialist lists, but it will aid promotion in a general dental practice career pathway, particularly within a salaried service.

General Dental Practitioners who wish to be involved with teaching or research will also find this an important qualification.

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of one years' post-qualification experience in general dental practice or equivalent.

*(Revised 20 February 2019 to provide clarification on post-qualification experience.)

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 09/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fee deposit

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScRestorative Dentistry3 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgCertRestorative Dentistry1 YearPart-timeTuition fees
PgDipRestorative Dentistry2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees
PgProfDevRestorative DentistryUp to 2 YearsPart-time Intermittent StudyTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • 4th Floor, Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA
Programme start date Application deadline
9 September 2019 30 June 2019

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • 4th Floor, Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA