Dental Technology DipHE

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What is special about this course?

The innovative Higher Education Diploma in Dental Technology is designed to educate and train dental technicians and prepare them for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and to practice as a dental technician.

The diploma is delivered in collaboration between the University of the Highlands and Islands and the University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital, supported by NHS Grampian and NHS Education for Scotland. Like all new courses within dentistry, the diploma will have provisional approval from the GDC until the first students have completed the entire programme.

Dental technicians focus on the manufacture and repair of custom-made dental appliances under prescription of a dentist. Most Dental technicians work in independent private sector dental laboratories and with NHS Health Boards in hospitals.

Special features

  • New approach to dental technology training, using a mixture of face-to-face and online learning
  • Successful students receive a university diploma which is recognised by GDC (subject to GDC approval)
  • Teaching delivered by dental professionals
  • Flexible study in the workplace under the supervision of a GDC registrant (registered dental technician), with participation in online tutorials and directed study.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above, normally including a science subject
  • If you don't have English Higher at C or above, Standard Grade Credit pass is required.
  • All students must be employed as a trainee dental technician in an MHRA registered laboratory.

Year 1 - CertHE

Modules include:

  • Professionalism, safe working practices, communication and learning skills
  • Primary dental laboratory skills
  • Oral anatomy and physiology
  • Removable prosthodontics: partial and complete dentures
  • Removable prosthodontics: complex partial and complete dentures
  • Dental alloy techniques

Year 2 - DipHE

Modules include:

  • Dental public health and leadership and management
  • Fixed dental prosthodontics: single metallic restorations, substructures and temporary crowns
  • Fixed prosthodontics: single tooth coloured restorations
  • Orthodontic technology: protective and removable appliances
  • Orthodontic technology: fixed appliances Fixed prosthodontics: bridgework

How will I study my course?

Part Time (Structured)

Learning takes place within the University of Aberdeen Dental School and Hospital and at the your place of employment. You will be required to attend the University of Aberdeen on two consecutive days per month. Teaching is delivered face-to-face and enhanced through the online study via the UHI Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

3 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The Higher Education Diploma in Dental Technology will prepare you for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) and to practice as a dental technician.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Dental Technology DipHE

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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