DPDS Dental Postgraduate Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Awards available DPDS, MSc, PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)
Course length MSc: Three to five years part-time
DPDS: Two to three years part-time
PG Certificate: One year part-time
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Open to international students Yes
This part-time programme does not meet government requirements for student visas. Internationals holding non-student visas may be eligible for study.
Number of places 200
Start date September 2015

Programme overview

This distance-learning programme is a unique form of dental postgraduate education, designed to be attractive to busy dental practitioners.

From a choice of eleven four-month units, you must successfully complete three units to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate (CPDS) or six units to achieve the Postgraduate Diploma (DPDS). Each unit provides a structured programme involving reading, writing and educational participation, totalling 200 hours' academic work, including study days and assessment.

This method of study is not led by teachers in a classroom but is supported by tutors and administration at a distance, offering the flexibility to suit your personal needs. The units are specially written for the programme and are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to think and learn for yourself. Following successful completion of the DPDS, you may carry out a research project and prepare a dissertation to achieve the MSc.

Entry requirements

DPDS: BDS or other approved dental qualification and, ideally, you will have been qualified for at least three years.

MSc: DPDS or equivalent. Students must be eligible for, or registered with, the General Dental Council.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Selection process Online application form
English language requirements Profile B - Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Programme structure

Programme material is posted as modules via the internet in an Online Learning Environment. There are between one and four elements per unit and they contain assignments to be completed by the student. The units normally available are:

  • Anxiety Managment
  • Business Management Skills 1 and 2
  • Law and Ethics
  • Local Anaesthesia
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Surgical Skills 1 and 2
  • Full Denture Prosthetics
  • Conscious Sedation

There are normally two compulsory study days per unit, usually held on Fridays or Satrudays. These cover areas that do not lend themselves well to distant study, such as 'hands-on' sessions.

Careers after an DPDS in Dental Postgraduate Studies

The aim of BUOLD is to inform and enhance the current practice of busy dental practitioners. However, in future some of the units may be helpful in gaining a contract with the NHS to provide clinical services as a Dentist with Special Interests (DwSI) or Dentists with Extended Services which may be introduced in England.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 August 2015

Fees for 2015/16


£1,050 per 20 credit unit

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2015/16

Students may be employer-sponsored.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

Get in touch

BUOLD Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 342 2405 Email: buold-office@bristol.ac.uk

School of Oral and Dental Sciences
Bristol Dental Hospital
Lower Maudlin Street
Bristol BS1 2LY http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental/

Open days and visits

There is no University-wide open day for postgraduates, but there are other opportunities for you to visit the University.