Postgraduate study

Restorative Dentistry (Online Learning) PgProfDev

Awards: PgProfDev

Study modes: Part-time Intermittent Study

Online learning

Funding opportunities

I've had the pleasure of meeting great colleagues, fantastic tutors, and I think the Restorative Dentistry programme has made me a better clinician and a better dentist.

Denis MSc Restorative Dentistry graduate 2019
Denis               MSc Restorative Dentistry graduate 2019

Who is this programme for?

This part-time, online modular programme provides masters-level education for 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 restorative dentistry.

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.


Resources include:

  • reading lists
  • recorded lectures
  • case based discussions
  • group projects

All learning material is available 24/7 and live sessions are always recorded to allow those who could not attend to watch at a more convenient time.

Online community

Interaction with other students is an important part of the learning community and this is facilitated through discussion boards, live sessions and group work.

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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are submitted at the end of each semester and include:

  • assessed coursework and participation
  • written assignments
  • case based projects

Routes of study

You may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level. There is also the opportunity to register for Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) for individual courses.

Time commitment

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.


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. You are strongly encouraged to include a reflective element and to maintain a personal journal.


Each course will run over a period of five or ten weeks (depending on the credits).

Participation in online discussions and completion of timed tasks is a compulsory part of the process.

The programme is supported by a virtual learning environment (VLE) and all the educational material is available online.

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
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry Part 1
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry Part 2

Year 3 (Masters)

You will:

  • Complete a research dissertation or clinical management project
  • Carry out clinical case reports


Courses available are:

  • Introduction to Clinical Evidence
  • Introduction to Dental Clinical Photography
  • Oral Health Assessment and Diagnosis

These courses are available for consecutive study only.

Summer school

An annual summer school will be run in the Edinburgh Dental Institute (when government guidance allows) to reinforce the clinical-skills coaching element of the teaching.

This is only available for those students who are registered for the PgCert, PgDip or MSc programmes.

Semester dates for the academic year 2022-2023

These are key dates in the academic year, which vary slightly year to year. For your programme these are:

  • Welcome Week: 12 – 18 September 2022
  • Term 1: 19 September - 4 December 2022
  • Term 2: 9 January – 26 March 2023
  • Term 3: 10 April - 25 June 2023

Each course has its own specific learning outcomes. However, the general learning outcomes reflect those of all of the postgraduate degrees offered within Edinburgh Dental Institute.

On graduating, you will be able:

  • to reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice
  • to develop an evidence-based approach to your clinical practice
  • to develop an understanding of how to assess the quality of restorative dentistry in general practice
  • to provide the highest quality of restorative dentistry within general practice
  • to establish principles that promote self-criticism and monitoring
  • to contribute to professional development at both a personal and local level
  • to have an understanding of the relevant literature and of the methods for its assessment
  • to gather relevant data through the application of appropriate methods of enquiry

This masters degree develops enhanced practitioners that can undertake and critically reflect on treatments and procedures in order to produce better patient outcomes. The course additionally develops a clinical portfolio record that can be used as evidence of well-planned clinical treatments and procedures.

This additional level of practice will aid career progression within the NHS, military, corporate and private dentistry.

Practitioners who also wish to be involved with teaching or research will also find the MSc an important clinical and professional career marker as well as those undertaking various Royal College membership examinations.

These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.

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.

Students from China

This degree is Band D.

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 with at least 6.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 62 in each component.

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, Trinity ISE or PTE, 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 (non-MESC).

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:


Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit before an unconditional offer can be made.

  • £1,500 (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
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
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Edinburgh 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.

You must submit one reference with your application.

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

Further information

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