Restorative Dentistry course details


The course is predominantly based in specialist and well equipped facilities in  King's College London, London (Londec) 


FGDP Postgraduate Certificate in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry.

FGDP Postgraduate Diploma in Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry.

MSc through a partner University.

The course qualifies for 191 verifiable hours of CPD.

These qualifications are awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. This means that they are of a high standard, and are recognised internationally.

Entry requirements

  • Current registration with the UK General Dental Council or equivalent in another country*.
  • Successfully completed Foundation Training (or international equivalent).
  • Be practising in an appropriate environment where there is sufficient demand for restorative dentistry (in order to develop cases for assessment).
  • Hold an indemnity or insurance cover at an appropriate level.
  • High level of competence in English (IELTS Level 7 or equivalent).
  • Current certificate of immunisation.
  • Training in basic CPR.

*‘international students will not be able to work on patients in the UK without being GDC registered.'

Course content and structure

To minimise time away from practice all the units take place as Friday evening tutorials, with Saturday study days in year one and Saturday hands-on days in year two.

The Certificate year comprises seven units covering foundation learning elements as follows:

  •  Induction
  •  Periodontics 1 (covering periodontal diagnosis, periodontal classification, epidemiology, treatment planning principles, self- care)
  •  Periodontics 2 (covering prognosis, non-surgical periodontal therapy, antimicrobials, management of furcations and perio-endo lesions)
  •  Occlusion 1 (covering occlusal and TMJ examination, demonstration of facebow, articulator selection and taking occlusal records for advanced cases)
  •  Occlusion 2 (covering casts, Michigan (stabilisation) splints, practical application of occlusion in clinical practice, (Dahl approach)
  •  Endodontics
  •  Prosthodontics - operative dentistry 

The Diploma year comprises six units covering in-depth clinical blended-learning to provide advanced skills in the following units:

  •  Periodontics 
  •  Endodontics 
  •  Fixed prosthodontics 
  •  Direct restorative placement
  •  Removable prosthodontics 
  •  Restoring implants 

Both the awards teach the latest techniques in restorative surgery while embracing the importance of aesthetics and a minimally invasive approach. As with all FGDP courses, firm emphasis is placed on evidence- based practice.


The Certificate year will comprise a range of formative assessments that will complement your work- based practice. These include mini case studies, assignments, regular journal clubs and learning cases. This will build progressively towards two substantive exam case studies.  

Year one will build the foundation for the Diploma assessments. We use a broad range of approaches to enable you to demonstrate deeper knowledge and skills acquisition across the disciplines underpinning restorative surgery.

Our network of astute tutors provide continuous support and guidance as you work towards meeting the assessment requirements for completing the programme. The small group tutor sessions are a central part of the course to ensure that the candidates have regular treatment planning of cases in a small group environment with an experienced restorative tutor.

For Certificate year, candidates are required to complete:

  • 10 prescribed ‘mini’ cases demonstrating a range of restorative procedure
  • Attendance at all of all modules and successful completion of 5 assignments
  • 2 full clinical cases (Learning case standard)


For Diploma year, candidates are required to complete:

  • 4 full clinical cases (Learning case standard) in addition to submission of 2 Exam Cases. (6 learning cases in total)
  • Attendance to 4 modules out of 6 and successful completion of 4 assignments
  • 10 prescribed ‘mini cases’ demonstrating a range of restorative procedures


Teaching Faculty 

Chair of the Course Management Board

Prof Mike Mulcahy FFGDP(UK)

Course Leads

Prof Mike Mulcahy FFGDP(UK)

Nick Lewis FFGDP(UK)


Nick Lewis FFGDP(UK)

Philip Dawson MFGDP(UK)

Diarmuid O'Croinin FFGDP(UK)

Jennifer Spurrett MFGDP(UK)


Progression to Masters qualification

Should you wish to undertake further study, successful completion of the programme will count towards an MSc run by the following university dental schools:

University of Plymouth 

University of Kent

In addition, both programmes can form part of your credentials when applying to Masters programmes elsewhere.

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