University of Bristol

Dental Studies

Bristol University Open Learning for Dentists (BUOLD21C) is a very popular modular distance learning programme for students aiming to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma in Postgraduate Dental Studies. It provides a unique form of dental postgraduate education, designed for busy dental practitioners. Students must complete three units (60 credits) from a choice of units to achieve the certificate or six units (120 credits) to achieve the diploma. Each unit provides a structured programme that involves reading, study days and assessments. This method of study is not led by teachers in a classroom but is supported by tutors and administration at a distance, offering the flexibility to suit your personal needs. The units are specially written for the programme and are designed to be interactive, giving you the opportunity to think and learn for yourself. Following successful completion of the diploma, you may carry out a research project and prepare a dissertation to achieve an MSc. All students applying for Postgraduate Dental Studies will initially be enrolled on to the certificate, and on satisfactory completion will be transferred to the diploma.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold the BDS or other approved dental qualification and have been qualified for at least one year. Students must be eligible for, or registered with, the General Dental Council.

Course modules

The year is divided into three teaching blocks and students may only take one unit per block. Programme material is posted on Blackboard, an online learning environment. There are between one and four elements per unit and they contain assignments to be completed by the student. There are one to two compulsory study days per unit, usually held on Fridays or Saturdays. These cover areas that do not lend themselves well to distance learning, such as hands-on sessions. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content:


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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