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 there is currently an expected clinical commitment where you will gain clinical experience in providing conscious sedation for patients. For 2021/22 the clinical practice days will be running longitudinally and students are required to attend EDI for a minimum of 6 to 8 days throughout the year*.

*(Revised 18 February 2021 to include updated information on how clinical practice days will work.)

Who this programme is for

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 have the opportunity to build 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 formative assessment throughout. You are strongly encouraged to maintain a reflective personal journal of your clinical experience alongside a sedation logbook as you progress through the programme.

There is significant time commitment not only to the clinical days but also to the online learning material and tasks which are estimated to take at least 10 hours per week. For 2021/22 the clinical practice days will be running longitudinally and students are required to attend EDI for a minimum of 6 to 8 days throughout the year*.

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

*(Revised 18 February 2021 to include updated information on how clinical practice days will work.)

Assessment

Academic assessment takes the form of academic writing (for example, 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.

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

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

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module).
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.

(*Revised 29 October to correct errors in the stated TOEFL-iBT, Trinity ISE, CAE and CPE requirements.)

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, 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.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Tuition fee deposit

You will need to pay this deposit before an unconditional offer can be made.

  • £2,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)

Find out more about tuition fee deposits:

Tuition fee deposits can be paid using the University's online payment facility, ePay:

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
PgCert1 YearPart-timeTuition fees

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  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • 4th Floor, Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 27 May 2021

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