Postgraduate study

Dental Sedation & Anxiety Management (Online Learning)

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding available

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

Find out more about the benefits and practicalities of studying for an online degree:

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

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS Academic: total 7 with at least 6.5 in each component

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

  • PTE(A): 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your degree programme. IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson Test of English and Trinity ISE must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.*

(*Revised 8/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates.)

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Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1500 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

UK government postgraduate loans

UK nationals, those with settled status, and some EU nationals not resident in the UK, could be eligible for a postgraduate loan towards fees - and in some cases living costs. Full guidance and information can be found on our Scholarships & Student Funding website:

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:

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

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

You must submit a reference with your application.

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

Further information

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