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PGCert Advanced Dental Practice

Key facts

Start date September 2019

Duration/mode Various - refer to course description

UK fees To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in every skill.

This course is available to UK residents only


This flexible variant is open to Home/EU applicants only, as some elements of clinical practise are undertaken in individual’s own dental practices.

This unique course will advance your skills and clinical development in general dental practice providing core skills in oral health, patient challenges and dealing with complex dental cases. The course has a heavily clinically-based nature and is the only course in the UK that provides an integrated postgraduate clinical education.

The course has been designed in collaboration with General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) to provide flexible, tailored support and will equip you with advanced knowledge and skills to provide more complex, appropriate care for patients, whilst still in the general dental practice setting.

Aimed at experienced dental surgeons who are seeking personal, professional and clinical progression, the course will develop your problem solving skills within a patient-focused setting.

The flexible pathway will run alongside the full Masters course, where students may take up to five years to attain the full award. Students may exit after completing year one to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate.

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Course content

The course includes:

  • Content across the disciplines of General Dental Practice
  • High quality and supervised clinical practice
  • Innovative Case-Based Learning materials
  • Teaching in small groups
  • World-leading virtual experience in our clinical rehearsal suite
  • Access to advanced haptic training simulations
  • Teaching by tutors who understand the needs of general dental practitioners
  • Mentoring from an experienced, practising general dental practitioner

Modules total 120 credits, of which 40-60 credits will be from clinical practice.

Each Clinical Practice module requires a commitment to one full day a week at Leeds Dental Institute, supported by consolidating experience undertaken at your own practice. Each of the academic modules will require additional study, taking the equivalent a further day per week.

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 Advanced Dental Practice PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Enhanced clinical education will be gained under expert supervision at the Leeds Dental Institute, combined with experience undertaken in your own practice (documented through case presentations and assessed by clinical observational assessments in Leeds).

Learning will be tailored to General Dental Practitioners.

You will have access to our world-leading virtual learning platform which includes the use of one of the largest clinical rehearsal suite in Europe.


You will be assessed on your ability to apply your knowledge of advanced dental practice alongside competency of performing clinical procedures.

Assessment of professional standards is a key feature and includes the submission of a “living” portfolio covering a professional development plan, 360° feedback, results of patient surveys and personal reflection.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

Primary Clinical Dental qualification that is acceptable to the University of Leeds: BDS, BChD or equivalent

Three years’ full-time (or equivalent) post-graduation clinical experience in General Dental Practice.

Letter of recommendation from two registered, senior, dentally-qualified clinicians who are able to verify the details of the application

Applicants will provide evidence of a satisfactory, recent CQC evaluation of the dental practice where they are principally based, will confirm that the case mix is balanced and that it will demonstrate sufficient flexibility of presentation.

The University of Leeds will undertake a telephone interview (criteria will be published) to validate this statement.

English language requirements

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

How to apply

Application deadline: 29th June 2019
Late applications may be considered on an ad hoc basis.


This link 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.

Admissions policy

Link to admissions policy document


UK/EU fees: To be confirmed
International fees: To be confirmed

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees 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.

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.

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Career opportunities

This unique course includes extensive clinical experience and assessment of skills and will support your clinical development to an Advanced level.

These higher level skills will be invaluable to future employers in your home country and will allow you to upskill in core competences in dentistry.

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