Diploma in Implant Dentistry


Diploma in Implant Dentistry


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Cohort 18

For relevant information regarding the next Diploma in Implant Dentistry Cohort please click here.

To register an interest please contact fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk or telephone 0207 869 6755.

Applications for Cohort 18 are expected to open in Summer 2016.




Why choose this course?

The Diploma in Implant Dentistry, run by the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), teaches implant primary dental care to general dental practitioners. On this 2 year, part-time, postgraduate course you will learn from experts in the field.

The course will significantly expand your armamentarium through both practical and theoretical teaching. At each contact Unit you will embark upon a "hands-on" session whilst also learning the theory behind the medicine, allowing you to justify treatments to patients.

Many of the Units are taught within the top of the range facilities at The Royal College of Surgeons of England. The remaining Units are taught internationally in Germany and Italy. The qualification is awarded by the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of England.

An FGDP(UK)  Diploma in Implant Dentistry publicly demonstrates your commitment to your patients and to your career. The additional skills you will develop throughout this highly regarded postgraduate dentistry course will allow you to increase the breadth and quality of the services you offer in your community.

Previous FGDP(UK) students have been able to offer a range of additional patient services post course, including:

  • Block bone grafts
  • Sinus lifts
  • Autogenous bone grafting
  • Same day full arch restorations
  • Nerve repositioning

This is by no means an exhaustive list. The Diploma in Implant Dentistry will give you an opportunity to broaden your services in a way to suit you, your team , and your practice.

This highly regarded, two-year postgraduate dental course offers a practical­ based training pathway, ensuring that you can provide patients with high quality treatment, both aesthetically and functionally.

The FGDP(UK) Diploma in Implant Dentistry has been designed with busy practitioners in mind, allowing you to develop enhanced skills with minimal time away from your practice.



“The Diploma in Implant Dentistry gives you a framework for assessing patients - to provide predictable implant dentistry from the most basic form to more advanced procedures.  It’s well worth it.”

Matt Dilworth

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6755 or by email at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk

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Course syllabus

Contact learning (30 credits)

  • 11 units over two years consisting of interactive seminars and practical sessions
  • 9 two to five day units at RCS in London plus  2 two or three day units which take place in Europe

Clinical component (45 credits)

  • Observation of clinical procedures being carried out at accredited training practices
  • Eight to ten clinical case reports under the peer support system, carried out under the guidance of local course tutors

Self-directed distance learning (45 credits)

  • Critical reading and completion of 13 assignment topics
  • Critical review of reading lists

Completing the course will give you the equivalent of 120 postgraduate credits.

The syllabus is a modern approach to all of the relevant subjects including;

Scientific and didactic content:

  • Physiology
  • Bio-materials
  • Medical evaluation (including bio-chemical analysis, microbial analysis, blood analysis, urine analysis, anti-microbial prescription and pharmacology)

Documentation and record keeping:

  • Medico-legal aspects
  • Informed consent
  • Treatment plans
  • Clinical records
  • Communication with other specialists

Patient assessment and treatment planning:

  • Conventional radiographic imaging
  • Interactive CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • Bone densitometry


  • Soft tissue management
  • Hard tissue management
  • Bone expansion
  • Ridge expansion

Asepsis theory and practice:

  • Training of surgical assistants and dental care professionals
  • Timescales:
  • Delayed placement, hard tissue management
  • Soft tissue management
  • Immediate placement, delayed loading
  • Immediate loading


  • Guided bone regeneration,
  • Autogeneous bone grafts, sinus augmentation and use of bone substitutes
  • Interdisciplinary treatment:
  • Interfacing with ENT surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery,
    orthodontics, periodontics, anaesthesia, and other disciplines

Restorative phases:

  • Provisional restorations
  • Transitional restorations
  • Definitive restoration

Impression techniques:

  • Open tray
  • Closed tray
  • Conventional
  • Impressions at first stage surgery

Fixed restorations:

  • Single teeth
  • Short span bridges
  • Full arch restorations
  • Cement retained
  • Screw retained
  • Lateral fixation screw retained

Removable prosthesis:

  • Ball attachments
  • Balls and clips
  • Precision attachments
  • Telescopic crowns (konus)

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Application criteria

Are you a Suitable applicant?

  • Do you have a GDC number, or an international equivalent?

  • Are you at postgraduate level?

  • Is there a high demand for implant dentistry in your current line of work?

  • Do you want to treat many of your implant surgery patients "in-house" rather than referring them?

  • If you are coming to study from abroad, do you feel confident in your proficiency in the English language at a level suitable for a postgraduate medical subject as delineated here: http://www.uefap.com/assess/ielts/ielts.htm?

  • Can you provide a personal statement and an up to date CV?

If the answer to all of the above is yes then you are a suitable applicant.

With the FGDP (UK)’s Diploma in Implant Dentistry enjoy learning and improving your skills with specialist oral surgeons. Be confident the care you offer patients will be safe and predictable.

The FGDP (UK) welcomes international applications; please see the Frequently Asked Questions page, here, or contact the Education team directly for more information.

If this has sparked your interest, please click here for a prospectus.

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Quotes and recommendations

“I had been placing implants for a while and accepting referrals for implant restoration for several years. I felt I needed to give the referring dentists and patients some reassurance as to my training in Implantology, and I also wanted to extend the range of procedures I felt confident carrying out to include bone block grafting. So I began to look at relevant courses both in the UK and abroad.

I came to the conclusion that the Diploma in Implant Dentistry covered all the aspects of teaching that I was looking for as well the option to extend the Diploma to an Msc if I wanted to study further. It was also a qualification that was looked upon favourably amongst the profession.

The application process was very straightforward and was done over a couple of evenings on my laptop at home.

Once I had started the course, my tutor was able to guide me through my studies as well as help with the cases. This improved my provision and understanding of implant dentistry. In fact, the fantastic tutor support was one of the reasons why I enjoyed the course so much.

The hands on training allowed me to refine and improve some of the techniques that we learnt which was very different to listening to a lecture and then trying to repeat what had been learnt in practice. The peer mentoring and case preparations were also great tools for learning from other course delegates.

I would say to anyone thinking about this course that it has been worth the money and time. My patients, my practice and my referral colleagues have all benefitted this experience. It does require a reasonable  amount  of commitment during the 2 years and also for preparation for the final assessment, but once you get used to the level of commitment it can be comfortably done while working in practice.

Since taking the course I have met and made contacts with a group of peers, and I have learnt from some of the best people in the field of Implantology. I have also learnt to look objectively at new products and procedures and this has simplified my approach to what can be a very complex commercially driven marketplace.”

Martin Wanendeya

"I have no hesitation in recommending the course. It has changed my life and my practice for the better."

Noel Perkins   

"The Diploma in Implant Dentistry embeds unique theoretical and practical training and its sophisticated clinical foundation sets unsurpassed standards for postgraduate courses worldwide. The programme, consisting of 12 Units, encompasses implant-related anatomy and surgical theory as well as robust hands-on exercises.  Its state of the art diagnostics including advanced 3D dental imaging, and advanced restorative therapies including sophisticated modern prosthetic technologies, position this course as an outstanding investment for the private practitioner.

As Professor and Chairman of Prosthodontics at the University of Tübingen and a founding board member of the German Association of Oral Implantology (DGI), I have been responsible for the development of programmes of international interest. Together with Dr. Ashok Sethi, we established the Diploma in Implant Dentistry course at the Royal College of Surgeons.

I have had involvement in the Diploma course since its development and foundation, and am confident of its reputation for shaping international educational and training standards within Dental Implantology. Patients will certainly benefit from the qualified practitioners’ associated knowledge and capabilities gained within this valuable course."

Prof. Dr. H. Weber

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Lecturers and Course Tutors


Peter Sanders – Course Lead

FFGDP RCS (Eng), MSc ImpDent (Lond), DipImpDent RCS (Eng) (Advanced certificate), MFGDP, BDS, LDSRCS

Peter gained his BDS in 1981 from Guy’s Hospital London. He then started his formal implant training in 1987 and has been placing and restoring implants since. He has served as Head of Dentistry and Dental Advisor to Marks and Spencer, and as BUPA Dental Cover’s Dental Director he set up and managed BUPA’s quality assurance programme. He was founding president of the Dentists Media Group and is a fellow of the Pierre Fouchard Academy, Fellow of the International College of Dentists and holds the Fellowship of FGDP (UK), Royal College of Surgeons (Eng). Peter is the Programme Director and is also examiner on the Implantology Diploma Programme (FGDP) RCS (Eng).


Dermot McNulty – Course Lead

BDS DipImpDent RCS (Eng) (Advanced certificate), Clinical Director Bath Spa Dentistry

Dermot has a reputation as one of the most experienced and respected Implant Dentists in the UK. He has been practicing Implant dentistry since 1987 and has been accepting referrals for implant dentistry since 1995. He completed the Implant Diploma at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2005 and has been involved in the delivery of the programme as lecturer, examiner and Programme Director since 2007. Dermot has a practice limited to implant dentistry in Bath, where he runs both advanced and introductory and year courses in implantology.


Marco Esposito


Marco graduated in dentistry at the University of Pavia, Italy in 1990 and was later awarded a PhD from Göteborg University, Sweden. Marco is senior lecturer in oral and maxillofacial surgery and also director of postgraduate dental specialities courses at the University of Manchester. His wealth of experience has led him to become Associate Professor at Göteborg University and Chief of the European Journal of Oral Implantology as well as the academic adviser to his diploma programme.

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Important course information


Please click here for our most up-to-date prospectus.


Applications have now CLOSED for Cohort 17 of Diploma in Implant Dentistry.

To register an interest in the next cohort of Diploma in Implant Dentistry, please contact us at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk, or by phone on 0207 869 6755.

Applications for Cohort 18 are expected to open in Summer 2016.

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Frequently asked questions


‘How many Units are there?’


The Diploma in Implant Dentistry is a 2 year, part-time, postgraduate qualification. Over the 2 years there are 11 Units and 1 Case Presentation Day.

9 Units will be held in London, 1 in Germany and 1 in Italy. The Case Presentation Day will also be held in London.

The Units are between 2 and 5 days in length. The last day of each Unit will always be held on a Saturday.


 ‘When is the application deadline?’


Applications have now CLOSED for Diploma in Implant Dentistry Cohort 17.

Applications for Cohort 18 are expected to open in Summer 2016.

To register an interest in the next cohort of Diploma in Implant Dentistry, please contact us at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk, or by phone on 0207 869 6755.


‘What are the current costings for the course?'


The fees for Cohort 18 cannot be confirmed at this stage. 

The total fees for the particpants of Cohort 17 are as follows:

  • FGDP (UK) members - £19,700
  • Non-members - £20,700

A registration fee of £5,600 and first instalment (£3,020 for non-members; £2,820 for members) are taken prior to the start of the course.

The remaining fees are taken over instalments within the first 12 months of the course.

The fee covers contact and distance learning components (tuition, course notes, assignments and materials for practical sessions); it does not include the cost of personal travel or accommodation, including the Units held overseas.

For information about FGDP (UK) Membership, please click here.


 ‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’


At present, we do not offer the Diploma in Implant Dentistry as a distance learning course; this part-time course must be attended in person.

However the Diploma in Implant Dentistry is open to international applicants.


 ‘What is the role of the Tutor?’


The Tutors support the participants at Units, observe procedures in practice and mark cases.

Arranging to meet a Tutor, or organising a practice visit, can occur face-to-face at the Units.

International students have the option of independently organising a Tutor who is based in their home country. All arrangements, including financial, are devised between yourself and the Tutor but must have the approval of the FGDP (UK). For further assistance please contact the Education Team.


 ‘What are cases?’


Cases are in-depth treatment plans which you will create in your practice throughout the qualification.

You will need to submit 8 cases (10 for the Advanced Certificate) before you are able to sit the final examination.

The topics of cases vary with each Cohort.

Neither the FGDP nor The Royal College of Surgeons provide cases for particpants. Each particpant must find and complete their own cases. Consequently implant exposure in your current workplace is a crucial aspect of your application.


 'I am an international student; can I apply for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry?’


International students are eligible for the Diploma in Implant Dentistry course. To apply you will have to have full registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) or an equivalent body in your country.

In order to complete the course it is mandatory to attend all Units, the majority of which are held in London. Any participant applying from abroad should take the extra monetary and time investment into account before signing on to the course.

Unfortunately, the Diploma does not meet the GDC’s requirements for temporary registration; however, we are happy to answer any questions surrounding the admission of international students on to any of our courses, please see the contact details below.

If you are accepted on to the course your course fees include the services of one of our UK based Tutors. Alternatively you can approach someone in your home country to undertake the role of a Tutor. This individual must have the same qualifications expected of the UK based Tutors and any financial arrangements between yourself and the Tutor must be approved by the FGDP (UK).

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6755 or by email at fgdp-education@rcseng.ac.uk

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