Paediatric Dentistry MSc

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Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
24 months full time
36 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree in dentistry and professional experience.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in each component
UK fees
£43,000 (total)
International fees
£106,000 (total)

Course overview

Paediatric Dentistry

Applications for this course are open from 1 September 2022.

The Master of Science in Paediatric Dentistry is for dental graduates wanting to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.

Paediatric dentistry encompasses many aspects of general dentistry and specialist skills in the care of infants, children and adolescents. The broad nature of the work requires a combination of medical, dental and communications skills.

As part of the clinical training, you will be treating patients in personal treatment, consultant, trauma and sedation clinics. You will plan care for children with multiple oral health needs within the context of their social and medical background. You will deliver treatment under local anaesthetic, sedation and general anaesthesia. You will liaise with a wide range of other dental and medical specialties in determining and delivering best treatment options. At the School of Dentistry, we have an international reputation for our specialist areas of postgraduate study. As a result, our Paediatric Dentistry postgraduate courses attract high-quality home and overseas applicants, including large numbers of non-publicly funded overseas students.

Please note: Overseas students who wish to be eligible to sit the MPaedDent Royal College examination, are advised to apply for the three year Professional Doctorate programme which combines all the taught elements of the MSc with an in depth research project and clinical experience in the third year.

Find out further information on the Professional Doctorate.

You can apply for the Professional Doctorate in Paediatric Dentistry here.

The part-time course is open only to UK applicants. International students should apply to the full-time course.


The School has some of the most up to date clinical and teaching facilities in the country and an excellent health sciences library. The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care.

Course details

You’ll study modules totalling 240 credits. Modules cover paediatric-specific, general and research topics, reflecting the range of skills and knowledge the specialty demands.

If you study this course part-time, you will study fewer modules in each year.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Paediatric Dentistry MSc Full Time in the course catalogue

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Paediatric Dentistry MSc Part Time in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Research Methods Ethics and Statistics 30
Transferable Skills 1 10
Service Related Research 10
Dental Radiology 10
Medical Emergencies 10
Paediatric Dentistry 1 60

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Transferable Skills 2 10
Researched Case Studies 10
Research Project 40
Paediatric Dentistry 2 50
Paediatric Dentistry 3 40
Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Cases 20

Learning and teaching

The course is delivered as a series of modules containing a mix of clinics, lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals; complemented by e-learning and case based discussion.

Learning on the course enables you to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth and specialist knowledge of concepts and information, and master techniques relevant to clinical paediatric dentistry

  • Exhibit a mastery in the exercise of generic dental and paediatrics-specific intellectual abilities

  • Apply a comprehensive understanding of techniques to your research or advanced scholarship

  • Proactively formulate, develop, implement and evaluate ideas and hypotheses

  • Evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in dentistry with an emphasis on paediatric dentistry.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Entry requirements

  • Recognised bachelor dentistry degree (BChD or BDS equivalent)

  • Postgraduate experience equivalent to at least two years full-time clinical practice for all new graduates, and at least 1 year immediately prior to the commencement of the course for graduates of 3 years or more. Ideally, experience also working with children in a dentistry context.

  • 2 x written academic or employer references.

Health and disclosure and barring screening

All successful applicants will also need to pass health and disclosure and barring screening.

The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. For the vast majority of students who are residents in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For international students

The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, then a criminal record check from your home country is required in addition to the UK DBS check. This may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.

To ensure a safe and professional environment for patients, you’ll also need to meet other requirements, including screening for communicable disease - read the section below.

Occupational health

Any offer of a place to study Paediatric Dentistry is conditional upon a satisfactory confidential occupational health assessment, which will include a health questionnaire, and if necessary further telephone consultation and/or an appointment with an occupational health clinician. Screening for serious communicable disease, (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and a review of immunisation status and needs, which includes COVID-19, will also be arranged before beginning your studies.

Graduates seeking a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST), to be eligible to register on the General Dental Council's (GDC) Specialist Lists, must be accepted onto the course as a Specialist Registrar (StR) aith an NTN (Nationa Training Number), this only applied to home students who are registered with GDC. Providing all necessary requirements are met, they are then eligible to undertake the Royal College Memberships examination (Mpaeds Dent). The overseas students who wish to be eligible to sit the MPaed Dent examination, are advised to apply for the three year Professional doctorate programme. You can apply here.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in each component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Application deadline: To be confirmed.

Interviews for this course are panel interviews, conducted by video call and we aim to follow this schedule where possible.

Interview dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 27 September AM

  • Tuesday 1 November AM

  • Tuesday 6 December PM

  • Tuesday 31 January PM

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Dentistry Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2023

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UK: £43,000 (total)

International: £106,000 (total)

Students may incur a direct cost for the following items:

Padlock for locker (deposit)
£25 payable at registration (deposit will be returned to you on completion of your degree)

Student Uniforms
If you lose or damage an item of uniform you will be charged for a replacement £10 per item.

Student name badges
If you lose your name badge you will be charged £5 for a replacement.

Occupational Health Checks
Non-attendance at an occupational health appointment - £50 per missed appointment.

Loss or damage to clinical skills models
Costs will vary, students will be informed of replacement costs for any items damaged through negligence or lost.

Clinical skills locker key
You will not be charged for a key but if you fail to return the key to the clinical skills department you will be charged £10.

Disclosure and Barring Service
You will be charged if you lose your DBS certificate and you require a replacement.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Our graduates go on to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry in a primary or secondary care setting or in academia.

Some graduates choose the path of academic research and subsequently undertake a PhD.