Restorative Dentistry MSc/Diploma/Certificate Part-Time (Distance Learning)

Start date
Two years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Distance learning, Taught

MSc: £26,280 (over 2 years)

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The University of Birmingham School of Dentistry is an acknowledged world leader in innovative online dental education. This new blended learning MSc in Restorative Dentistry has been designed and developed by a large team of experts, with an awareness of the needs of contemporary dentists.

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The course will deliver progressive study through Certificate, Diploma and MSc levels providing you with detailed understanding and clinical skills for successful, predictable and enjoyable advanced restorative dentistry.

Teaching during the two-year course is delivered online and in two face-to-face residential courses in a highly accessible format designed by the School of Dentistry’s professional e-learning team. This two-year distance learning MSc programme will provide advanced training in the subjects most commonly carried out in clinical practice:

  • Direct restorations
  • Periodontics
  • Endodontics
  • Fixed and removable prosthodontics

While the primary aim of this course is to enhance the quality and predictability of patient care, study for the MSc is expected to significantly increase dentist’s professional satisfaction and confidence when carrying out a wide range of restorative procedures.

The high level of practical content will take you through a unique programme of structured simulation and clinical exercises carried out both in practice and on the residential courses.

You will be provided with your own specialised models. By following the innovative series of step-by-step practical exercises, you will be able to optimise the latest restorative materials and equipment, and master advanced clinical techniques for a comprehensive range of treatments.

We expect the development of Masters level clinical skills to significantly increase your employability options, increase your potential for private income and access to prospective NHS advanced care pathways. Professional enhancement resulting from your MSc may also increase the potential for referrals of patients requiring advanced restorative management.

You will be supported at all stages by friendly, engaged tutors and will take part in the highly popular social programme based at the University’s outstanding campus. Finally, with no traditional written examinations,  you can expect an enjoyable period of study, which will bring career-long rewards. 

Study materials are divided into seven interlinked modules over two years (for details on individual module content please see the module tab below):

  • Modules 1 and 2 focus on theoretical aspects covering the fundamental principles of restorative dentistry
  • Modules 3 – 6 are predominantly practical and are designed to help you master a comprehensive range of restorative procedures. The practical modules will provide advanced training in the four subject areas most commonly carried out in clinical practice:
    • Direct restorative techniques
    • Periodontics
    • Endodontics
    • Fixed and removable prosthodontics
  • Module 7 - Over the two-year programme you will carry out clinical work on your own patients and compile a comprehensive portfolio of procedures demonstrating advanced skill in all aspects of world-class, evidence-based, restorative dentistry. Module 7 will also provide the opportunity for focused study on a restorative subject of personal interest.

Why study this course?

  • Designed by world renowned experts to help you master procedures most commonly carried out in clinical practice to an advanced level
  • Unique MSc programme design combines evidence-based theory with a high percentage of practical simulation and clinical exercises
  • Programme is designed to provide enjoyable, easy-to-follow, clinically relevant study resources
  • Accessible distance learning programme, designed to fit the schedule of busy GDPs, can be completed in two years
  • Personal 24/7 access to one of the world's most advanced online dental education platforms
  • Free online access to journals and text books from the University of Birmingham's dental and medical libraries
  • 24/7 access to online lectures and resources from renowned experts in every dental speciality
  • One-to-one online advice and guidance in dental photography via
  • The opportunity to interact online with peers from around the world.




MSc - £26,280 (over 2 years)

60% of the fee to be charged in year one (£15,768) and 40% in year two (10,512).

Fee includes:

  • All study resources and materials
  • Accommodation and tuition fees for the two residential courses
  • Your own Kavo™ phantom head jaws to produce a portfolio of practical work.

Learn more about fees and funding.


Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan

How To Apply

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught programme, you will need to submit your application and supporting documents online. We have put together some helpful information on the taught programme application process and supporting documents on our how to apply page. Please read this information carefully before completing your application.

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Our Standard Requirements

The course is designed for dentists at all stages of their careers, anywhere in the world.

For the duration of course you must be employed in suitable clinical setting that will provide patients requiring a range of restorative treatments, on which case report exercises are based.

International Students - English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 6 to 42 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

Please note: foreign nationals who are registered with the UK General Dental Council do not have to undertake English tests.

International Requirements

The programme’s flexible design allows you to study independently, 24/7, and at times suitable to you. The programme will contain two residential weeks based in Birmingham (one week per year), and will allow you to receive direct hands-on tuition from some of the world's most experienced dental educators. You will use the simulation suite at the £50 million School of Dentistry.

Accommodation on the University's campus and a full programme of social activities are included in the price of your Master’s Degree course.

In addition to clinical studies, you will carry out a series of chair-side simulated practical procedures, using the latest contemporary materials and equipment and following online step-by-step technique guides unique to this programme.

You will have direct access to your personal tutor throughout all stages of the programme. As a fully enrolled student at the University of Birmingham your general requirements will be managed by highly experienced and qualified members of the distance learning team from the School of Dentistry.

Using email, telephone, Skype, and web-based discussions you will be able to communicate directly with your teachers, course administrators, and your fellow students.

Assessment Methods

Module 1

  • Clinical photography exercise
  • SWOT analysis
  • Practice newsletter
  • Critical appraisal
  • Practical dental anatomy exercises

Module 2

  • Periodontal assessment exercises
  • Treatment planning exercises
  • Bleaching case report / treatment planning exercises
  • Removable partial denture design exercise

Module 3

  • Practical simulation exercises
  • Structured clinical case exercises

Module 4

  • Practical simulation exercises
  • Structured clinical case exercises
  • Treatment planning exercises

Module 5

  • Practical simulation exercises
  • Periodontal clinical case exercise
  • Treatment planning exercise

Module 6

  • Practical simulation exercises
  • Endodontics short answer questions
  • Endodontic clinical case exercises
  • Treatment planning exercises

Module 7

  • Structured clinical case portfolio
  • Literature review
  • Viva voce examination

The MSc in Restorative Dentistry is a Masters degree taught and accredited by the University of Birmingham, and is an excellent addition to your curriculum vitae when seeking new job opportunities.

It proves that you have an advanced level of knowledge and skill in your chosen profession and that you have a commitment to improving the quality of your patient care, These are all important qualities to potential employers.

Please note that the MSc Restorative Dentistry programme in itself does not give you a licence to work in the UK. For enquiries about working in the UK, please consult the UK General Dental Council

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We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website.