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Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy

For more information and to apply please visit the QMUL undergraduate course information website

A900 Diploma of Higher Education 2 years

The Dental Hygiene and Therapy programme at Barts and The London was established in 1983. This accredited 28 month programme leads to a Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Students are guided in the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for positions of responsibility in the oral health care system through laboratory, clinical, and class room experiences.


At Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, our aim is to assist students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are necessary to practice as a dental care professional in the 21st century. At the same time we want our students to engage in a programme of higher education that will enrich every individual.

Career prospects

The programme has links with employers during the programme to ensure high quality employment at graduation:

Clinical experience gained within the Dental Hospital and outreach centres, supervised by a variety of clinical lecturers, who may be General Dental Practitioners
Outreach experience provides students with the opportunity to work in a Community Dental Service environment, which may lead to employment in this area of dentistry
Career-wise, dental hygienists and therapists have many options open to them. They can work in general practice, both for the NHS or privately, in the community or in the armed forces, at home or overseas. There are also opportunities to be involved in dental research and education. Historically, our graduates easily acquire employment in general dental practice or in speciality practices upon graduation.

Reasons to study with us

  • We have an established reputation of educating dental hygienists and therapists for 30 years so we are considered pioneers of the combined dental hygiene and therapy programme, which other education providers have since followed.
  • Our dental hygiene and therapy students are integrated with dental undergraduates from the beginning of the programme; this fosters team-working for patient benefit, in addition to dental professionals developing an understanding of each other’s roles.
  • We have a team of lecturers who have a national profile, which enables our students to be at the forefront of dental education and matters that concern the practicing dental hygienist and therapist
  • Our unique location between the City of London and Docklands provides a broad diversity of patients from all cultures and social backgrounds.
  • We are a small dental school so provide exceptional pastoral support throughout the programme, and as students commence employment.
  • We are a research-led institution which ensures that we are at the forefront of the provision of dental education and excellent patient care
  • Our student group size is small enabling us to provide an excellent student: staff ratio and a nurturing approach with feedback after each and every patient encounter
  • We provide outreach opportunities in our outreach centres – the award-winning clinic at Southend, Barkantine on the Isle of Dogs and the Guttmann Centre at Stratford, both in East London – that offer unique training opportunities for students to utilise the skills they have acquired at the Institute, preparing them for the responsibilities of general practice whilst providing excellent and efficient dental care for local communities.
  • The Dental Institute and Hospital relocated to the Alexandra Wing on the Whitechapel site in 2014, where there are state-of-the-art clinical and academic facilities.

For more information and to apply please visit the QMUL undergraduate course information website

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