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Clinical Implant Dentistry (Taught)

Newcastle University
18 months
Graduate diploma / certificate
On campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
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Program description

Our course will suit practitioners with little or no implant dentistry experience. You will develop the skills to plan, treat and maintain implant cases. We provide the patients you treat on the course. The course satisfies the requirements of UK Training Standards in Implant Dentistry.

You will develop your intellectual skills through:
•case study analysis
•problem-based learning
•open discussion

You will develop your practical clinical skills through:
•one-to-one clinical coaching
•supervised clinical work carried out on patients.

You will also gain experience in:
•minimal trauma extractions
•guided bone regeneration
•designing long-term maintenance plans
•how to establish implant dentistry into the practice setting.

The course satisfies the requirements of the Training Standards in Implant Dentistry. This is endorsed by the General Dental Council (UK) at the level of 'straightforward placement of implants'. It also provides good preparation for dentists planning to sit the Diploma in Implant Dentistry, offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


The course is part time over 18 months (approximately one full day per fortnight contact time) commencing in either January or July. We deliver the course through a combination of:
•distance learning
•skills training workshops using plastic, animal and human cadaver materials
•one-to-one teaching whilst treating patients.

We select patients for planning, surgery and restoration of dental implants. As far as possible, you will see the same patients through their whole course of treatment.

We encourage that a dental nurse from your team accompanies you at skills training workshops and on teaching clinics. Nurses receive broad instruction in surgical and restorative implant procedures. They will also become familiar with implant product handling.

We run the course in partnership with Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The vast majority of the course takes place at the School of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Clinical training utilises dental implants supplied by Nobel Biocare.


We provide professional development in an area not taught in detail at undergraduate level. We have had students start this course with no previous experience of implant dentistry. They have then progressed to carry out implant surgery and restoration in their own dental practices.


The course director is Mr Francis Nohl, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and Specialist in Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics. Francis has over 20 years of experience of the surgical and prosthodontic aspects of implant dentistry.

The course is also supported by a motivated team of:
•clinical and academic specialists
•dental technicians
•administrative staff.


The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country. We have a spacious, purpose-built facility in the same building as the Dental Hospital. We're also next to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital. This makes us one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.

Our facilities include:
•a cone beam CT scanner and implant planning software, used extensively for patients treated on our implant programmes
•in-house production laboratories providing excellent learning opportunities around clinician-technician communication
•excellent library and computing facilities on-site.
•research laboratories in Oral Biology, Anthropology and Dental Materials Science
•a dedicated clinical research facility offering clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard.

Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Newcastle University

Newcastle University is a world-class research and teaching university, ranked in the top 200 of the world’s best universities. We are proud to have been awarded Gold status by the UK government in the Teaching Excellence Framework in recognition of our provision of consistently outstanding teaching,...

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