Postgraduate study

Dental Sedation and Anxiety Management (Online Learning) PgCert

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

This part-time programme is predominantly online distance learning but potential applicants should note that there is an expected clinical commitment of one day a month hosted by the Edinburgh Dental Institute where they will gain clinical experience in providing conscious sedation for patients.

It is aimed at dental practitioners either in primary or secondary care who wish to introduce this invaluable skill into their practice or formalise their existing training and experience. It is the only university-based programme in dental sedation in Scotland.

The online component is based on a virtual learning environment or VLE and is fully interactive, easy to navigate and allows you to complete the academic aspect of the course from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Not only do our students have access to the University’s excellent resources such as the library and get to know each other on their clinical attachment days, but they become part of a supportive online community.

Studying online at Edinburgh

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This programme will provide dental practitioners with the skills and knowledge required to provide a conscious sedation service within their practice. The online courses run over a period of 5 weeks, with participation in online discussion boards and journal club expected. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain a reflective personal journal of their clinical experience alongside a sedation logbook as they progress through the programme.

Applicants should be aware that there is significant time commitment not only to the clinical days which are once a month hosted at the Edinburgh Dental Institute, but also to the online learning material and tasks which are estimated to take at least 10 hours per week.

The course is taught and run by dental staff experienced in dental sedation, with some visiting guest lecturers.

The programme has an online component alongside clinical attachment days at the Edinburgh Dental Institute where our students gain experience in providing sedation for patients.

Academic assessment takes the form of academic writing (e.g. literature review) and written examinations. Clinical assessment is undertaken using workplace-based assessments such as direct observation of procedural skills or DOPS. Formative assessment (which does not count towards final grades) is used throughout the programme to consolidate understanding.

Completion of this programme will allow a dental practitioner to fulfil the training requirements as set out by the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee in Dental Sedation (IACSD) and therefore provide independent, unsupervised practice in conscious sedation.

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

  • All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.
  • All successful applicants will be required to gain Occupational Health clearance prior to commencing any clinical work.
  • Applications are not accepted from candidates who do not have full registration with the General Dental Council.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

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 with at least 6.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section

  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores

  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions 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 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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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.

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Tuition fees

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  • Programme Administrator, Anna Atluri
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3982
  • Contact: epdi@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • 4th Floor, Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA

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Further information

  • Programme Administrator, Anna Atluri
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 536 3982
  • Contact: epdi@ed.ac.uk
  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • 4th Floor, Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA