Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip

Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip

Part time: 12 months


As a dental practitioner, this course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to use intravenous and inhalational sedation techniques on a wide range of anxious patients, including adults and children.

The Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip aims to provide you 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 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

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 50 for Dentistry - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019


You will undertake substantive self-directed study, including:

  • two written assignments of 2,000 words each
  • an oral presentation
  • a 6,000 word clinical case dissertation

The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a final examination at the end of the course.

Although based at Newcastle University, teaching is provided in academic and clinical facilities throughout the northern region (Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington).

This one year part time course consists of 10 didactic days of lectures and seminars, plus 12 half days of hands-on clinical training in sedation techniques. Didactic and clinical teaching is spaced evenly over a full academic year.

Student Profile

My class is made up of dentists and this course allows me to still practice dentistry in Newcastle alongside my studies. It was highly recommended by colleagues.

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The curriculum consists of 12 sections, each having specific aims and objectives. These are taught in lectures, seminars, clinical instruction and a with self-directed learning.

  • Section 1 - Basis sciences and pharmacology
  • Section 2 - Anxiety and pain
  • Sections 3/4 - Intravenous sedation
  • Sections 5/6 - Inhalational sedation
  • Sections 7/8 - Sedation patient care
  • Section 9 - Medical emergencies
  • Sections 10-12 - Clinical case presentation

Knowledge and skills outcomes

The aim is to expose students to the principles and practicalities of undertaking a clinical audit project. 

This is on a topic relating to anxiety or pain control in dentistry. It culminates in the production of a 6,000 word dissertation.


The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a two-part assessment as follows:-

  • Part I (in-course assessment) consists of: 
    • three written assignments of 2.000 words each
    • two multiple choice question papers
    • one oral presentation. 

Students also have to undertake clinical assessment consisting of 14 clinical sessions. They submit a reflective portfolio of clinical practice and two structured clinical operative tests. 

The in-course assessment is spaced evenly throughout the 12-month period. Students must pass the Part I assessment to be eligible to sit Part II.

  • Part II (final examination) consists of one written and three viva voce components. Each section of the final examination carries an equal weighting of marks. Students have to pass every section to pass the final examination.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per course.



Part time: £7,200


Part time: £7,200


Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

There is a limited number of places on this course. You must have completed a primary dental qualification at least one year before the start of the course. This needs to be recognised by the (UK) General Dental Council.

You must be fully registered with the General Dental Council (UK) by the time the course starts. 

International students

International students must follow a full time degree course to receive a student visa. If you have a working visa you may be eligible for part time study on this course.

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English Language Requirements

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Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Before you apply you should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for further information.

You must be fully registered with the General Dental Council (UK) by the time the course starts. 

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. Please also upload the following mandatory documents with your online application:

  • copy of Bachelor of Dental Surgery Certificate
  • copy of Professional Indemnity Certificate
  • copy of current UK General Dental Council Registration Certificate
  • current CV

The online application plus the above documents must be received by the closing date. Incomplete applications or applications with any of the above documents missing will not be considered.

Start dates

There are two possible start dates:

  • April (programme code 3491P)
  • October (programme code 3493P)

Application deadlines

The application deadline for April 2020 and October 2020 is now closed

The application deadline for April 2021 and October 2021 is 11 December 2020

Applications will considered by a selection panel and will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • the content and quality of the application and the personal statement
  • the reasons for applying to the course
  • experience of sedation
  • the impact of undertaking the course on personal development and clinical service


You will need to pay a £600 within four weeks of the date of the offer letter. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.


Helen Mills
Programme Co-Ordinator (Postgraduate Taught)
School of Dental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8140

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