Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip

PGDip: 12 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: part time £5,055
International: part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme has been designed in response to the increasing use of conscious sedation in dentistry and a demand by practitioners for formal training, which is directly applicable to their own clinical practice. Application for the 10 available Diploma places is by open competition and advertised in the British Dental Journal.

PGDip: This programme aims to provide dental practitioners with: a systematic understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin conscious sedation and anxiety management in dentistry; a comprehensive practical understanding of clinical skills in techniques of intravenous and inhalational conscious sedation, as applicable to UK practice in dentistry; an ability to critically evaluate the evidence-base and clinical issues involved in the safe independent practice of conscious sedation to the highest standard.


The PGDip comprises taught modules that cover: basic sciences and pharmacology; anxiety and pain; intravenous sedation; inhalational sedation; sedation patient care; medical emergencies. Teaching is through lectures, seminars and hands-on clinical training in intravenous and inhalational sedation techniques. You are expected to undertake substantive self-directed study, including three written assignments (2,000 words each), an oral presentation and an audit project leading to the production of a 6,000-word dissertation. The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a final examination at the end of the programme.

Find out more detailed programme information

+Entrance Requirements

There is a limited number of places on this programme and applicants must have a primary dental qualification, completed at least one year prior to commencement of the programme, which is recognised by the (UK) General Dental Council. The applicant must hold full registration with the (UK) General Dental Council by the commencement of the programme. 

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year.

Candidates are advised to contact the Programme Co-ordinator before applying. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Renata Taylor
Programme Co-Ordinator (Postgraduate Taught)
School of Dental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8140

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Dentistry and Dental Sciences.