Diploma in Implant Dentistry (DipImpDent)






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Start dates: Early 2019

CPD: 265 verifiable hours

Duration: 2 years part time (11 taught units taking place approximately every 6-8 weeks)

Fees: £21,350(non-members), £20,350(FGDP members) Payment plan options are available. Tuition fees is subject to change for 2019.

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.

Early Bird Discount: Apply before September 2018

Entry requirements:

  • Hold current registration with the UK General Dental Council or equivalent in another country.
  • High demand for Implant Dentistry in your current line of work.
  • Hold indemnity or insurance cover at an appropriate level.
  • Have a high level of competence in English. (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent)

Applications will be opening later in the year. If you have any further questions, please contact us on 0207 869 6755 or by emailing: fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk



Have you previously been a part of DID but did not complete? You can now attend a Two Day Update Course to be eligible to sit the new exam format.

Entry requirements:

  • Previous participant of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry
  • No longer eligble to sit the exam as the completetion deadline has passed
    Please contact Barbara Fornoni on fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk to find out more information


Examination June 2017 onwards

Frequently Asked Questions




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.

The Units are taught within top of the range facilities at multiple venues, including The Royal College of Surgeons of England. There are Units held in Tübingen (Germany) and Como (Italy), allowing you to appreciate continental methodologies and learn alternative techniques first-hand. 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.

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.

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Contact learning (30 credits)

  • 11 units and a Case Presentation Day spread over the two years
  • Each unit consists of interactive seminars and practical sessions
  • 2 units 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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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 ever 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).

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 year courses in implantology.

Marco Esposito - Academic Adviser

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 (UK). His wealth of experience has led him to become Associate Professor at Göteborg University and Chief of the European Journal of Oral Implantology.

Prof Dr Heiner Weber - International Tutor
DDS, PhD, Fellowship ad Eundem (RCS,Eng), Senator Honoris Causa (University of Szeged, Hungary)

Heiner is the Chairman of the department of Prosthodontics at Tubingen University (Germany). Previously Heiner has been the President of the European Prosthodontic Association and the Association of Dental Technologies. Between 1990 and 1992 Heiner was the Dean for the Faculty of Medicine at Tubingen University. He has received the Golden Badge of Honour from the German Dental Association and also the German Society of Dental Oral and Craniomandibular Science. Heiner is a guest professor at both the University of Beijing (China) and the University of Kyung-Hee (Korea).

Prof Tiziano Testori - International Tutor

Tiziano graduated from the University of Milan (Italy) and has since become a Fellow at several institutions, including the Department of Oral Maxillo-Facial Surgery School of Dentistry (Loma Linda University, USA) and the Division of Ora Maxillo-Facial Surgery School of Medicine (University of Miami, USA). Tiziano was a visiting Professor at New York University (USA), an active member of the European Board of Oral Surgery and Head of the Section of Implant Dentistry and Oral Rehabilitation at the University of Milan.

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Msc Opportunities

Edge Hill University

Graduates of this Diploma can apply to complete the MSc Dental Implantology qualification at Edge Hill University. For more information, please contact the Faculty of Health and Social Care Enterprise and Partnerships Team at Edge Hill directly on 01695 657249 or cpdenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk
The website is https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/dental-implantology/

University Rey Juan Carlos - Madrid

Graduates of this Diploma can apply to complete for a MSc in Dental Implantology, specifically designed for FGDP graduates, at University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid. Details of the programme here.

For further information, please contact Dr David Madruga at david.madruga@clinica.urjc.es


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“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
Former participant and now Cohort 16 Tutor

"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
Co-founder of the Diploma in Implant Dentistry and International Tutor

“I have attended several course to enhance my dental implant knowledge, this course was by far the best course I have attended.

The course caters for all candidates, those who are beginning placing dental implants as well as those who are seeking advanced knowledge of their existing skills in implant dentistry. This course was structured, taught, delivered and assessed in a very thought provoking and simulating way. I recommend this course to anybody, form beginners to those who are advanced, from those who have placed a very few implants to those who have placed lots of implants, and would like to fill the gaps in their knowledge.

All aspects of the course including taught modules, unit assignments, tutor group sessions, tutor mentoring sessions, advanced practical sessions overseas, clinic observations and practical assessments have been extremely helpful and planned to oversee continuous development of dental implant skills in a periodic growth of our knowledge and skills.

The tutors offered continuous, progressive and dedicated support and encouragement throughout the journey of this course, and they provide one of the greatest positivity of this course.

The syllabus of this Diploma was planned and balanced so well with contact learning through taught units, distance learning with periodic assessment of knowledge in the form of assignments and reading lists, clinical skills with practical sessions and overall performance with clinical cases in the most intelligent way. I most certainly would miss this level of delivery of education, which is at its best.

I do not have any hesitation in recommending this course to anybody who seriously would like to improve their dental implant knowledge and skills. I have never encountered any course with such overall satisfaction before being a part of this course.”

Ahmed Najeeb Hussain
Diploma Participant, Cohort 15

“Being based in Denmark has only given a few challenges whilst on the Diploma, such as travel and adapting to differences in requirements and protocols in the UK. With communication gone digital with regard to assignments, case work and contact with Tutors it has been no problem to follow the course from abroad.

If you want to approach implant dentistry and are willing to spend quite some time learning and raising your academic level I would definitely recommend this course.”

Henrik Hedegaard
Diploma Participant, Cohort 16

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‘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.

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

‘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 sourcing 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 4 cases (6 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 . 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 the UK. 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.

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).


'Upon completion of the Diploma are there any opprtunities for further study?'

Edge Hill University

Graduates of this Diploma can apply to complete the MSc Dental Implantology qualification at Edge Hill University. The website is: https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/courses/dental-implantology/. For further information, please contact the Faculty of Health and Social Care Enterprise and Partnerships Team at Edge Hill directly on 01695 657249 or cpdenquiries@edgehill.ac.uk.

University Rey Juan Carlos - Madrid

Graduates of this Diploma can apply to complete for a MSc in Dental Implantology, specifically designed for FGDP graduates, at University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid.. The website is: https://www.urjc.es/en/academics/master For further information, please contact Dr David Madruga at david.madruga@clinica.urjc.es



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@fgdp.org.uk

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