This three year part-time programme is for dental practitioners who would like to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience of treatment planning, surgical placement, restoration and maintenance of dental implants.

The programme's design allows you to gain experience of using dental implants and prosthodontic elements related to dental implants within a supervised environment, while treating patients. You will build your knowledge through distance learning modules and study days which include a series of hands-on exercises. You will also have the opportunity to carry out a dissertation.

We aim to produce caring, knowledgeable and skilful practitioners who are competent in the provision of the planning, surgical, restorative and maintenance aspects of dental implant treatment, within the limits of the individual clinician.

Programme structure

The first two years contain six units each, five theory modules with hands-on sessions and one clinical module, spread over the academic year (September-July). They are designed to suit a working dentist by offering part-time studies.

Year 1

Approximately 24 attendance days, plus distance learning and assessments. Units include:

  • Biomaterials, Biomedical science, Anatomy Biomechanics
  • Patient assessment, Treatment planning
  • Implant surgery 1: Consent, Basic surgical protocols, Complications
  • Radiographic assessment and interpretation, Guided bone regeneration, Ridge Expansion, Narrow implants
  • Prosthodontics 1: Restorative stages for single implants and short span implant borne restorations
  • Clinical implant placement 1: Assessment, planning, placement and restoration of an implant for a pre-selected patient

Year 2

Approximately 23 attendance days, plus distance learning and assessments. Units include:

  • Treatment planning of more complex cases
  • Implant surgery 2: Prevention and management of peri implant disease
  • Prosthodontics 2: Planning and construction of removable and fixed large-span implant retained/supported prostheses
  • Teams and Marketing: Making a business case and marketing plan to introduce implants into your work flow
  • Advanced Techniques: Sinus grafts, Block grafts, Distraction and other complex grafts
  • Clinical Implant Placement 2: Plan place and restore a more complex implant case

Year 3 (approximately 2 distance learning days)

You will work with a supervisor to complete a dissertation in a subject of your choice related to dental implants.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details.

Entry requirements

BDS or equivalent United Kingdom General Dental Council registrable dental qualification. Two years' experience after completion of an undergraduate degree. Preference will be given to applicants whose postgraduate activity demonstrates a clear interest in Dental Implantology.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time (three years)
£6,067 per year
Overseas: part-time (three years)
£8,933 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Bench fees

£7,125 (year 1); £7,125 (year 2); £1,700 (year3).

Further information about bench fees can be found on our webpages. Confirmation of bench fees will be stated in the offer letter sent to applicants.


£2,000 for both home and overseas students.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

The Grundy Educational Trust provides funding for UK citizens or residents looking to complete a postgraduate programme in a STEM subject (sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics).

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

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at experienced dental practitioners who would like to develop their skills in providing dental implants for their patients in practice.