Diploma in Restorative Dentistry





Are you a general dental practitioner looking to enhance your restorative dental skills and deliver a recognised standard in restorative dentistry in primary dental care?

Our two-year restorative dentistry course will ensure that you are fully equipped to offer the highest standards of restorative dentistry to your dental patients.

A Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the FGDP(UK) is a highly regarded addition to your list of academic achievements. Successful completion of the course will publicly demonstrate your commitment to your patient’s safety and best interests. Holders of the Diploma are able to progress onto the final year of the MSc programme at Plymouth University.

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

  • Accepting restorative referrals
  • Complex endodontics
  • Implant rehabilitation
  • Occlue reorganisation
  • Thermal oburation of root canals
  • Splint therapy

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

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6766 or by email at fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk

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


This module sets the context for the Restorative Diploma programme and provides valuable information which forms an integral base for the programme.  This module will include record keeping, treatment planning, use of images specifically radiographs and photographs, and the use of the risk benefit equation as a tool to assist in treatment planning.

A minimally interventive approach to restorative dentistry will be the theme of the module which is an underpinning core theme for the programme.


This practically based module provides a detailed insight into the articulatory system, in health [anatomy and physiology] and dysfunction [TMD]. This study will include the clinical and laboratory aspects involved in occlusal analysis. The limitations of available articulators in reproducing the articulatory system will form the basis for a practical exercise where students undertake a clinical examination of a patient and take a facebow along with appropriate occlusal records. The models and records obtained will then be mounted on a semi-adjustable articulator prior to a seminar and laboratory demonstration of occlusal analysis, adjustment and incisal guidance table construction. The principles of splint therapy and their applications will be discussed followed by the production and fitting of a stabilisation splint.


This module will enable the participant to; adequately document a patients’ periodontal health and access risk factors for periodontal disease on an individual patient basis, understand the pathogenesis of periodontal disease and its management and the role of the patient in disease control and how to motivate patients. Effectively treatment plan patients presenting with periodontal disease within the context of a comprehensive restorative treatment plan. Use contemporary non-surgical techniques in disease control. Recognise presenting conditions that require the use of antimicrobials and diagnose and effectively treat periodontic /endodontic lesions.


This module is designed to build upon knowledge of the pathology of pulpal and periradicular diseases to underpin an understanding of the rationale behind canal preparation, medication and obturation techniques and the factors that may influence or limit successful endodontic treatment. The complex and varied anatomy of the root canal system will be considered and communication between pulpal and periodontal disease processes will be recognised. The role of micro-organisms in the disease process will be revised as a basis for the understanding of the aims and objectives of canal preparation, cleansing and obturation with appropriate use of intra-canal medication and temporary seals. The importance of clinical follow-up and assessment of success will be emphasised and the role of retreatment and surgical endodontic methods will conclude the module.  Trauma and the subsequent incidence of root resorption will be discussed.

Operative Dentistry:

This practically based module considers the subject of operative dentistry, specifically techniques as they apply to single unit direct and indirect restorations will be considered along with restoration longevity and use and selection of appropriate techniques.  Areas covered will include all single unit indirect restorations along with restoration of the endodontically treated tooth with some basic aesthetic techniques considered.  The module is very practically based with a series of assessed practical exercises coupled with a demonstration of various techniques and materials.


The module will include principles of treatment planning, restoration design and the effects of fixed and removable prostheses upon the soft and hard dental and oral tissues. The mechanical requirements for successful prostheses will be discussed as will the use of implants in fixed and removable prosthodontics. Factors that influence aesthetics will be considered, describing the relative contribution of shape, surface and shade to the overall aesthetic result. The variety of materials used to construct fixed and removable prostheses will also be described including how the various materials impose requirements upon tooth reduction. Assessment of occlusion, the forces applied to prostheses and their contribution to failure will be considered in detail. Stages involved in the laboratory construction of fixed and removable protheses will also be demonstrated.


There will also be a choice between 2 Special Interest units:

SI Endodontics:

This module builds upon students experience in the core endodontic module completed in Year 1. This module allows for development of specific skills in relation to endodontics and will include management of the more challenging endodontic case.  This will include using the diagnosis of an endodontic case in the decision-making process, in the context of a restorative treatment plan.  Specific clinical aspects of non-surgical and surgical re-treatment will be considered: viz.  removal of intracanal blockages (e.g. separated instruments, fractured posts), contemporary concepts of apical microsurgery.  There will be practical exercises that will allow the student to develop endodontic skills of non-surgical re-treatment under magnification, and also observe a live surgical re-treatment of a failed endodontic case.

SI Periodontics:

This module builds upon the core periodontics module in Year 1 and allows the students to develop their skills in periodontology.  The module will include management of the more challenging periodontal case and will allow students to observe more difficult periodontal patients being treated by specialists in the field.  There will be an opportunity to engage in more advanced practical exercises undertake respective and regenerative periodontal surgical procedures, and surgical crown lengthening.

Participants will have the option to take both SI modules at an extra charge subject to demand.

Work Based Training:

During their time on the Restorative Diploma programme students will be expected to see a wide range of patients with a variety of treatment needs. Cases should reflect the student’s stage of the course and special interests within the field of restorative dentistry and may include endodontics, periodontics, fixed and removable prosthodontics and aesthetic dentistry or a combination of these. The emphasis will be on the delivery of appropriate and evidence based treatment in a competent manner, based on careful diagnosis and treatment planning. All clinical work will be mentored and there will be feedback on a sessional basis through the use of a student clinical log. This work based clinical training is a unique aspect of this diploma course.

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To be eligible, you will need to:

  • Hold current registration with the UK General Dental Council or equivalent in another country.
  • Have been qualified for at least two years.
  • Be practising in an appropriate environment where there is sufficient demand for restorative dentistry, so that you have access to a broad range of restorative cases, sufficient to meet the needs of the qualification.
  • Hold indemnity or insurance cover at an appropriate level.
  • Be trained and competent in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) prior to the clinical component, with documentary evidence of this.
  • Have a high level of competence in listening, reading, speaking and writing in English.
  • Provide the required evidence of your qualifications.
  • Pay the fees as set out in the financial agreement.
  • Have an email address and internet access.
  • If you are coming to study from abroad you should 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
  • Be confident the care you offer patients will be safe and predictable.

How are participants selected?

Applications are sent to a selection panel where they are scored against the following criteria;

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience post-graduation.
  • Evidence of postgraduate education and any diplomas awarded.
  • Evidence of directed CPD in restorative dentistry.
  • Evidence of training in enhanced practical skills/hospital post in restorative dentistry.
  • Referral profile both to and from.
  • Practice Quality Assurance (CQC) Healthcare provider etc…
  • Publication/ involvement in training.

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  • "Very relevant to everyday practice; good to have lecturers who have been on the course and are in general practice."
  • "If you wish to think more deeply / roundly / widely about the dentistry you practice and be able to justify what you do against the current evidence base, then do this course!"
  • "Very refreshing to have speakers with some controversial ideas as this really got me thinking."
  • "Perio could not have been any more dynaminc and exciting."
  • "Clinical relevance was excellent. You managed to pack a lot into the course."

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Professor Mike Mulcahy


Mike Mulcahy is a previous dean of the FGDP(UK), and has been awarded a chair in primary dental care from the University of Kent. He has been a general dental practitioner for most of his professional career, combining this with educational, training and consultancy roles for many dental organisations.


Nicholas Lewis

BDS(Hons.), MSc, MFDS RCSEd., FDS(Rest Dent) RCS Eng.

Consultant in Restorative Dentistry,

Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

Nick graduated with honours in Newcastle before commencing General Professional Training in the North-East. After completion of house jobs and time in general practice he then went onto to SHO posts in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at University College London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital before completing his higher specialist training in Restorative Dentistry at the Eastman. He completed an MSc in conservative dentistry with distinction in 2006 and passed the intercollegiate speciality fellowship examination in Restorative Dentistry in 2008. He is currently a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry based in Prosthodontics at the Eastman and he is also the Educational Supervisor for DF2’s and CDT’s in Restorative Dentistry.

Nick’s clinical interests are centred around fixed and removable prosthodontics and the placement and dental implants with a sub-specialty interest into the management of dental oncology patients. He also maintains a private practice in Hampshire with his wife Jane. Nick is registered as a specialist in Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Endodontics.




Mr James Wise

James has owned his private practice for 30 years and splits his time between practice and teaching. He has been involved with the Faculty for more than 15 years, previously as a board member and External Examiner, a long-time Course Tutor and Assessor for the Fellowship of the Faculty. He has been involved in education for many years, lecturing for many Deaneries with a particular interest in removable prosthodontics, clinical governance and care of the elderly/medically compromised patients.


Mr. P Dawson
BSc (Hons) BDS MSc Dip Rest Dent (RCSEng) PGCE

Phil qualified from Liverpool University (BDS) in 1991 having previously gained a BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology. He was awarded the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons in December 2007 and this was followed by an MSc in Restorative Dentistry from the University of Leeds in 2010. He recently gained a PGCE in postgraduate medical education from Edge Hill University. Phil has worked in general practice since qualifying - both privately and on the NHS. He has been appointed as a Vocational Trainer/Educational Supervisor on 14 occasions in the North Western Deanery, mentoring 16 Foundation Dentists.

As well as working in general practice, Phil is a Specialty Dentist/Hon Teaching Fellow in the Restorative Clinic at the University of Manchester Dental Hospital. To fill in the rest of his working week (!), he is a Clinical Support Manager for IDH, helping and supporting over 60 fellow clinicians. He is an examiner for the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) in London, and at Manchester Dental Hospital. Phil is interested in all aspects of restorative dentistry from single crown provision to full mouth rehabilitation.

Whilst studying for his Diploma, Phil undertook the specialty module in endodontics, as primary root canal treatments and non-surgical retreatments are of great interest to him. His MSc thesis was on tooth whitening and he has a great interest in this area in particular, and in aesthetic dentistry in general.Phil is a member of, amongst other societies, the British Endodontic Society, the British Society for Restorative Dentistry, BSGDS, BSSPD and the BDA.

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Applications are now closed. If you would like to be contacted for 2018 intake please email; fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk quoting DRD2018 in the subject heading.


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'How many Units are there?'

The course runs over 13 (14 if taking both SI modules) two day units approximately once every 6 weeks. In London the units usually run on a Friday evening and all day Saturday, in Manchester Thursday evening and all day Friday.

There will be an extra tutorial at the end of the contact learning days to discuss exam preparation.

Students are expected to complete 20 mini-cases, 6 learning cases, a treatment record log and 2 exam cases outside of contact learning hours.


‘What are the current costings for the course?’

2018 fees are TBC

The fee does not include the cost of personal travel or accommodation.

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


‘Can this course be completed through distance learning?’

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


'How is the course assessed?'

There are typically 12 written assignments, most of 2500 words and one of 5000. Assignments are set at each contact unit and must be submitted by the next unit. A multiple short answer (MSA) paper is taken at each unit. You will be sent designated reading materials two weeks prior to sitting the paper. You will be expected to submit 20 mini cases, 6 learning cases, a treatment record log and 2 exam cases in order to complete the diploma.


‘I am an international student; can I apply for Diploma in Restorative Dentistry?’

At present, for a candidate to be eligible for the course, they have to have full registration with either the GDC in the UK or your regions equivalent.

In order to complete the course it is mandatory to attend all modules, any participant applying from abroad should take the extra monetary and time investment in to 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.


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If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the FGDP’s Education Department on 0207 869 6766 or by email at fgdp-education@fgdp.org.uk


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