Primary Dental Care, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
This Masters in Primary Dental Care at The University of Edinburgh is aimed at dentists throughout the world who want to advance their career and clinical practice skills. By studying online you will be able to gain a postgraduate qualification by a prestigious institution without leaving your clinic or your home environment.


This Primary Dental Care Masters degree programme at The University of Edinburgh gives you the chance to improve the care your provide at your practice by developing your clinical practice skills, while interacting with colleagues from all over the world.

The qualification you obtain will help to differentiate you from other general dentists and signal to the world that you are a forward thinking and highly motivated general dentist.

We offer a wide variety of course choices in both adult and the child and adolescent dentistry care.

This programme is part-time and very flexible, allowing you to exit with a Certificate, a Diploma or a Masters, depending on your needs and availability. By choosing sufficient credits in second and third year you can exit with an MSc in Primary Dental Care (paediatric dentistry).

Although the design is asynchronous to facilitate participation from different time zones, the timetable progresses in real time. There is a summer break and a winter break but otherwise participation is expected throughout the academic year.

This degree is part-time but please don't underestimate the time commitment. Students should expect to require 10 – 15 hours per week to fully participate. This includes time in your clinic recording cases and study time.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect critically on the relationships between theory and practice.
  • To develop an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.
  • To develop an understanding of how to assess the quality of primary dental care.
  • To be able to provide the highest quality of primary dental care.
  • 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
Conjoint award with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh(RCSEd)

Students who complete the full three year MSc in Primary Dental care will be eligible to be elected for Membership in Primary Dental Care (MPDC) at the RCSEd without further examination.

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • Introduction to clinical evidence
  • Introduction to dental clinical photography
  • Oral Health Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Treatment planning
  • Prevention and management of dental caries
  • Assessment and management of occlusion
Year 2

Select from: 

  • Endodontics in primary dental care
  • Periodontal management in primary dental care
  • Indirect restorations
  • Restoration of the edentulous space
  • Dental clinic management
  • Treatment planning 2

Select from: 

  • Dental trauma
  • Paediatric orthodontic interface
  • Developmental disorders of the teeth and their operative management
  • Management of medically physically and emotionally compromised child and adolescent patients

Year 3

  • Clinical case reports
  • Systematic review of the literature or Extended clinical audit


This course is suitable for any dentist (with the correct entry requirements) who wishes to advance their dental knowledge and clinical care.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity 15 hrs/week
    • Duration part-time 36 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C): 185

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of two years' postgraduate experience in primary dental care.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the 'Enabling Skills' sections are not considered)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 6135 International
  • GBP 6135 National


  • There is no specific scholarship for our programme or for any Edinburgh Dental Institute degree programme but there are a number that you may be eligible for.
  • In addition to financial assistance provided by UK Government agencies and external funding sources, the University offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes. International students can compete in a variety of funding schemes.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.