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Paediatric Dentistry

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Doctor of Dental Science

A Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc) is a professional doctorate awarded in dental science.

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Course overview

This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides specialist clinical training in Paediatric Dentistry.


The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. Students who successfully complete the DDSc programme in Paediatric Dentistry will be awarded the DDSc (Paediatric Dentistry) from the University of Liverpool and will be eligible to sit the Tri-collegiate Diploma of Membership in Paediatric Dentistry (MPaedDent) specialty membership examination from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Both the UK Specialist Curriculum in Paediatric Dentistry and the Tri-collegiate Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh blueprints in Paediatric Dentistry are embedded into the programme.

Funded specialist trainee appointments are competitively available to appropriately qualified candidates on this programme with application through the national recruitment process.

Who is this course for?

This course is for graduates who already have a degree in Dental Surgery who are looking to specialise in Paediatric Dentistry.

What you'll learn

  • Research methods
  • Clinical research investigations
  • Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning in paediatric dentistry
  • Knowledge and skills to manage children with appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological behaviour management techniques
  • Understanding of paediatric dentistry practice through holistic management of children with complex medical and dental needs.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

The DDSc is a 3-year full time Doctorate programme comprising 540 credits. The programme has 180 credits in year one mostly at master’s level and 360 credits in years two and three at doctorate level.

All modules are mandatory (i.e. must be passed, and make up the taught, clinical and research components of the programme).

The programme consists of 5 core modules and 4 speciality specific modules.

Compulsory modules


Credits: 15 / Semester: whole session

This module will provide students with insight to the overarching strategy and process involved in the application of research to their professional field. The module will be delivered wholly online and supported by interactive eLectures/audio-visual presentations, quizzes and case based interactive discussion boards. For the final assessment, students will be required to p roduce a plan for a research project. The assessment will be school specific and examples will include: experimental design; research design; grant application; ethics application etc. Each assigment must include a full plan of the research including a discussion of any ethics, propsed data collection and analysis and include a justification of the proposed methodologies including any statistics. ​Successful students will be able to understand and appropriately implement all elements of ‘the research journey’ from conception of an idea, through development/approval, execution, analysis, application and dissemination of such work.


Credits: 15 / Semester: continuing professional development,whole session

To understand Health Service structures and clinical governance and effectively communicate with the dental team.

Research Protocol (CDEN299)

Credits: 60 / Semester: research session

To produce a postgraduate capable of the general ability to design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of professional practice, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems


Credits: 30 / Semester: whole session

​CDEN261 is a 30 credit Paediatric Dentistry pathway module which is part of the DDSc programme. This module provides students with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to practice Paediatric Dentistry at level 7. It is one of two foundation modules required in the Paediatric Dentistry pathway.​

The module will allow the students to gain cognitive, psychomotor and interpersonal skills in the diagnosis, treatment planning and provision of core clinical practice in Paediatric Dentistry. The module is mapped to the GDC learning outcomes for specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry.   

CDEN261 will be taught within the School of Dentistry and supervised clinical teaching will be delivered in the Paediatric Dentistry department of the Liverpool University Dental Hospital. This will involve assessing children with age ranges between 0 to 16 on new patient clinics, leading to formulating a diagnosis, recognising the effect of child physical, behavioural and cognitive development on their ability to accept dental treatment and devising treatment plans including those that may be delivered under sedation and general anaesthesia.

Students are expected to complete independent reading in preparation for regular seminars/tutorials held throughout the module. The students will participate in discussions around the current evidence-base in the literature. It would be expected that supplementary resources found by students would be critically appraised and discussed as appropriate to the module content and best practice in Paediatric Dentistry.

A range of assessment strategies will be used to assess the learning outcomes. The assessment strategies are based on the Paediatric Dentistry GDC curriculum including continuous work based assessment and personal development portfolio and two end of module summative examinations consisting of a written examination and a structured clinical examination.


Credits: 60 / Semester: whole session

This is a 60 credit module that will be available for the DDSc in Dental Science programme Paediatric Dentistry pathway.

The module will provide students with the additional skills, knowledge and training required to manage children with different behavioural and dental needs using both non-pharmacological and pharmacological behaviour management techniques. 

This module will enable the student to acquire cognitive, psychomotor and interpersonal skills to assess, treatment plan and provide core clinical practice using behaviour, cognitive management strategies and conscious sedation to meet the needs of paediatric patients in addition to providing treatment under general anaesthesia.   

The module will be taught within the School of Dentistry with supervised clinical teaching delivered in the Paediatric Dentistry department of the Liverpool University Dental Hospital. This module will involve providing a range of clinical procedures for a wide range of paediatric patients. 

There will be structured teaching, seminars, practical classes, chairside teaching, case based learning and project work in the form of audits, case reports and essays. The students will be undertaking self-directed learning to enhance the module programme and will attend verified external courses provided by specialist society conferences in a variety of Paediatric Dentistry topics. 

The syllabus meets the core requirements for the specialty training programme and the Standards for Conscious Sedation in the Provision of Dental Care by the Report of the Intercollegiate Advisory Committee for Sedation in Dentistry. The dental faculties of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. (IASCD 2015).​

A variety of assessments will be used in the module. These will be mapped to the relevant curricula including continuous work based assessments, use of a personal development portfolio and a logbook. There will be a summative examination at the end of each module consisting of a written examination and a structured clinical examination. Students will record their learning, clinical placements, assessments and reflections using a secure on-line National Portfolio (Intercollegiate Surgical Competence Progression (ISCP)). For students with a National Training Number (NTN), the ISCP portfolio will support assessment through the Annual Review of Competence Programme (ARCP).​​

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Your experience

The School of Dentistry recently saw a £6m investment programme, which has dramatically upgraded our teaching and research facilities and created additional postgraduate places.

The Paediatric Dentistry department in Liverpool is a well-known referral centre in the region for specialist paediatric dentistry. We have a dedicated area to deliver inhalation and intravenous sedation in addition to an in-house general anaesthetic suite.

As a well-recognised national dental trauma centre, we have fully equipped endodontic units with a dental microscope and advanced endodontic equipment, to facilitate endodontic treatment in children. We have strong links with the dental department and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in medical and surgical specialties. We also have close working relationships with other dental specialties within the Royal Liverpool Dental Hospital.

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An exciting place to study

  • One of the largest dental schools in the UK
  • State-of-the-art facilities with £6million recent investment
  • Provides specialist clinical training with taught and research components
  • Internationally recognised qualifications with a wide range of programmes
  • Committed to technologically innovative teaching
  • Active research environment.

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Your future

Potential career pathways include, but are not limited to, the roles of:

  • Specialist in paediatric dental practice
  • Specialist in community dental service
  • Hospital Specialist
  • Hospital Consultant
  • Clinical academic such as Clinical Lecturer, Senior Clinical Lecturer and Professor.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in specialist private practices, as clinical academics or a combination of both.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.

If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.

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Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries that could help pay your tuition and living expenses.

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Postgraduate Global Advancement Scholarship

  • International students

If you’re an international student starting this course with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a discount of up to £5,000 off your master’s tuition fees, if you haven’t studied with us before.

Graduate Loyalty Advancement Scholarship

  • Home and international students

If you’re a University of Liverpool graduate starting this master’s degree with us from September 2024, you could be eligible to receive a loyalty discount of up to £2,500 off your master’s tuition fees.

ANID Chile Scholarship

  • International students
  • Chile

If you’re a Chilean student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with an ANID Chile Scholarship.

Chevening Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re an international student from an eligible country, joining a one-year master’s course, you could apply to have your master’s fees paid, up to a maximum of £18,000, and receive additional help with living costs.


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If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 30% discount on your tuition fees with a CONACYT Award.


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If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FIDERH graduate loan, you could benefit from a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a FIDERH Award.

Fulbright Scholarship

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If you’re a USA student joining a master’s degree, you can apply to be considered for a tuition fee discount of £20,000 with a Fulright Scholarship. One Fulbright Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

FUNED Awards

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If you’re a Mexican student joining a master’s degree and you’re in receipt of a FUNED loan, you can apply to be considered for a 20% tuition fee discount. A total of up to ten awards will be available to master’s and PhD students per academic year.

Graduate Association Hong Kong & Tung Postgraduate Scholarships

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If you’re a master’s student from Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China who can demonstrate academic excellence, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship worth up to £10,000 in partnership with the Tung Foundation.

HRH Princess Sirindhorn University of Liverpool Scholarship (Thailand)

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If you’re a student from Thailand joining a one-year master’s degree, you might be eligible to apply to have your tuition fees paid in full and receive help with living costs. One award is available and only students who are new to the University will be considered.

JuventudEsGto Scholarship

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If you’re a resident of the state of Guanajuato in Mexico joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your tuition fees with a JuventudEsGto Scholarship.

Marshall Scholarship

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If you’re a USA student joining an eligible master’s with us, you could apply to be considered for a Marshall Scholarship. If your application is successful, your master’s tuition fees will be paid in full. One Marshall Scholarship for master’s study is available in each academic year.

Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary

  • Home students

If you’re a UK University of Liverpool graduate joining a master’s degree with us, you could be eligible to receive £3,000 off your tuition fees. You must have graduated in the last two years and received a widening access scholarship during your undergraduate studies.

Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship

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If you’re a Turkish student joining a master’s degree, you could be eligible to apply for a 20% discount on your tuition fees with a Turkish Ministry of Education Scholarship.

Humanitarian Scholarships for Master’s Programmes

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Do you have recognised status as a refugee or person with humanitarian protection outside the UK? Or are you a Ukrainian who’s sought temporary protection in the EU? You could be eligible to apply for the full payment of your master’s fees and additional financial support.

University of Liverpool International College Excellence Scholarship

  • International students

Completed a Pre-Master’s at University of Liverpool International College (UoLIC)? We’re offering a £5,000 fee discount off the first year of master’s study to some of the highest achieving students joining one of our non-clinical master’s courses from UoLIC.

University of Liverpool International College Impact Progression Scholarships

  • International students

If you’re a University of Liverpool International College student awarded a Kaplan Impact Scholarship, we’ll also consider you for an Impact Progression Scholarship. If selected, you’ll receive a fee discount worth £3,000 off the first year of your master’s course.

Vice-Chancellor’s International Attainment Scholarship for Mainland China

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  • China

Are you a high-achieving graduate from the People’s Republic of China with a degree from a Chinese university? You could be eligible to apply for a £5,000 fee discount if you’re joining an eligible master’s course. Up to 15 eligible students will receive this scholarship.

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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Your qualification Requirements

About our typical entry requirements

Postgraduate entry requirements

It is expected that applicants should be one of the following:

  • Graduates in Dental Surgery of this University
  • Graduates with a dental first degree from another approved university, which is recognised by the General Dental Council
  • Graduates with a dental first degree from another approved university, which is not recognised by the General Dental Council.

Other Requirements

  • 2 year post qualification relevant clinical experience
  • MFDS/MJDF or an equivalent

International qualifications

Applications from international students are welcome. International qualifications will be evaluated in line with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) guidelines.

English language qualifications

The School’s programmes are linguistically very demanding, and it is essential that all candidates have a very high level of both spoken and written English. Qualifications accepted by the Faculty include: GCSE English; GCE O level English; AS Level English; IELTS; TOEFL; Cambridge Proficiency.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language need to provide documentary evidence of their competency in English. The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences English Language Requirement is IELTS band E.

We have simplified our IELTS requirements to an A-F band equivalent. View our IELTS academic requirements key here for equivalents. Please see the English Language Unit website for further information

TOEFL iBT 100, with no element lower than 22
International Baccalaureate Higher Level (Grade 6)
Hong Kong use of English AS level B
INDIA Standard XII 75% or above from Central and Metro State Boards

Please be advised that TOEFL is no longer classified by UK Visas and Immigration as a Secure English Language Test (SELT). However, at the current time the university is continuing to accept TOEFL, at the required level, for entry on to Undergraduate and Postgraduate academic programmes.

International qualifications

If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, a Pre-Master’s can help you gain a place. This specialist preparation course for postgraduate study is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. Although there’s no direct Pre-Master’s route to this DDSc, completing a Pre-Master’s pathway can guarantee you a place on many other postgraduate courses at The University of Liverpool.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no component below 6.5
TOEFL iBT 100 overall, with minimum scores of listening 21, reading 21, writing 21 and speaking 23
Duolingo English Test 130 overall, with no component below 120
Pearson PTE Academic 69 overall, with no component below 61
LanguageCert Academic 75 overall, with no skill below 70
PSI Skills for English C1 Pass in all bands
INDIA Standard XII National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
WAEC C6 or above


Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
6.5 overall, with no component below 6.5 6 weeks On campus
6.5 overall, with no component below 6.0 10 weeks On campus and online options available
6.5 overall, with no component below 5.5 12 weeks On campus and online options available
6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5 20 weeks On campus
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.0 30 weeks On campus
5.0 overall, with no more than one component below 5.0, and no component below 4.5 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 7.0, with no component below 6.5, for further details.

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new application cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted on the website.

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