University of Highlands and Islands Dental Technology

University of Highlands and Islands Dental Technology

Dental Technology DipHE

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.

University of Highlands and Islands Dental Technology

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.