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Dental Implant Reconstructive Surgery

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Dental Implant Reconstructive Surgery

Key facts


Part-time: 2 years 

Eligible applicants: UK, international

Start Date: September

Due to visa restrictions, international students requiring a student visa (including EU/EEA who require a student visa) are eligible to apply for BSMS full-time Masters courses only. Part-time Masters courses, all PGDip and all PGCert courses are open to UK and Irish students and international students (including EU/EEA) who have an alternative visa/immigration permission to stay in the UK (such as settled/pre-settled status, Tier 2/work visa, indefinite leave to remain etc).

Location: University of Sussex, Falmer campus; Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead; Specialist practices in Kent, Sussex and Surrey; Delegates practices; online via university portal.

Course Principal: Professor Gordon Ferns 

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Course Principal: Professor Jag Dhanda

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Course Leader: Sami Stagnell

Course Co-Ordinator: Skye Madgwick-Miller

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General enquiries:

This course is jointly validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex. Applications for 2024/25 entry are now open.

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Download the course application handbook for further information on this course.

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Course overview

This new course, and the first dental postgraduate programme at BSMS, draws upon the experience of senior and established dental implant surgeons and restorative specialists in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

The course adopts an individualised approach in surgical training, with mentoring, utilising work-based assessments (WBAs) and direct observed procedural skills (DOPS) so that delegates will be able to rapidly progress to more advanced techniques after successfully completing their competency-based assessments.

The main emphasis on assignments will be on clinical case presentations and short essays. Students who do not have access to their own patients will be invited to observe clinical sessions and all modules will have live surgery components, with hands-on experience in simulation settings and cadaveric training.

The course will be delivered over one to two days per month.


Who is it for?

The course is aimed at postgraduate level dentists who are interested in developing their dental implant experience: from early-stage dental implant surgeons to more experienced clinicians who want to consolidate their knowledge with a PGDip in implant dentistry.

Key areas of study

  • Patient assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Principles of surgery and implant surgery
  • Occlusion and restorative perspectives of implant dentistry
  • Bone preservation, bone grafting and soft tissue techniques
  • Managing partially dentate and edentulous cases
  • Emerging techniques in implant dentistry
  • Setting up and maintaining your own personalised dental implant practice


Dr Aisha Asghar, a general dental practitioner and student on the PGDip, discusses her experiences on the course and why she would recommend it to others looking for a postgraduate dentistry qualification.


Dr Mike Field, who was new to implant dentistry at the start of the course, discusses his experiences as a postgraduate student on the PGDip.


"This new postgraduate qualification in dentistry, and the first offered at BSMS, offers dentists the opportunity to develop their skills in implant dentistry and showcases new and emerging techniques. The focus is on clinical skills, with a unique adoption of work-based assessments to provide an individualised approach in the training of implant dentistry and mentoring of clinical cases.”
Professor Jag Dhanda, Course Principal


Course benefits

This programme will be uniquely individualised and focused on student needs.

Mentoring will be available to enable rapid progression, if appropriate, to more advanced techniques for the established dental implant surgeon. A more focused approach on basics in implant dentistry will also be available for the early-stage dental implant surgeon.

The programme also includes emerging techniques with digital workflow and immediate load full arch techniques; hands on surgery with dry-bone/stereolithographic model workshops in phantom head facility; live surgery; cadaveric hands-on training and mentoring.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a dental degree (or international equivalent) and be registered with the General Dental Council (or international equivalent). Normally, applicants will have a minimum of two years’ experience as a General Dental practitioner.

Applications are welcomed from International students with appropriate qualifications and experience. Students for whom English is not a first language must demonstrate an acceptable standard of comprehension and communication in the English Language (IELTS; minimum overall score of 7.0 and 7.0 in the writing element).

Fees and funding 

The fees listed are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2024/25. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  

With effect from 2021/22 onwards, EU nationals starting new postgraduate courses will pay international fees and will not be eligible for student funding from the UK government. However, there are exceptions to this for Irish nationals and EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. For the latest information, please see If you do not have settled status in the UK and require a work visa, then you will be fee assessed as Overseas and will therefore be subject to the International fee rate.

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