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Clinical Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.) It is the intention of the courses to develop clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge.  Students are required to attend a course of study and to pass written and clinical examinations throughout the course. There is a significant academic component including design and completion of a research project with the submission of a thesis at Doctorate level at the end of the third year.  The thesis will be the subject of a viva voce examination. The first year of the programme is designed to develop basic skills within the chosen speciality.  A background in relevant sciences is also provided through the Advanced Dental Science Course, which is common to all strands of the DChDent programme. The emphasis during the 2nd and 3rd years is on the development of high levels of diagnostic ability, treatment planning, operative skills and patient management. The three year clinical training programme is recognised as meeting the entry criteria for the speciality FFD examinations held by the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Applicants will be considered only if they have held a primary dental qualification for at least two years. The MFD/MFDS or equivalent is desirable, and mandatory for some courses.   Normally, up to 12 months should have been spent working in hospital practice.  Good communication skills in English are essential.  Minimum requirements are an IELTS (academic version) score of 7 (with no individual band below 7) or TOEFL score of 230 computer based, 570 paper based, 88 internet based. The fee for the course is currently €23,211 per year for EU students and €44,820 per year for non-EU students (September 2016).   We advertise in October each year.  Applications to be made online 1st October – 31st October each year.  Applications for all taught postgradute courses must be made online through www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/how-to-apply.  Information on this is available from Trinity College Dublin’s Graduate Studies website: http://www.tcd.ie/Graduate_Studies/prospectivestudents/howtoapply/apply/index.php.  For further information please contact Catherine Creagh Postgraduate Administrator email address catherine.creagh@dental.tcd.ie Below is a brief description of each strand:-

1.   Orthodontics  – Course Director Dr. Therese Garvey

The aim of the course is to educate dentists to become specialists in orthodontics with a broad academic background and sufficient clinical experience.  MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course. The course follows the guidelines developed by the University of Dublin (TCD), School of Dental Science, in conjunction with Advisory Committee (AC) in Orthodontics of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry.

2.    Oral Surgery – Course Director Professor Leo Stassen MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry on this course.  Experience in a hospital setting and in oral surgery is advisable.  Publications in peer review journals are an advantage.  The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of Oral Surgery (dentoalveolar surgery, implants, intra-oral soft tissue surgery and bone grafting).  There are strong links with oral medicine, oral pathology and other dental specialties, especially periodontology, prosthodontics and special needs.  There is a very strong component of Conscious Dental Sedation and students undertake the ACLS Course. Oral Surgery is a recognised Dental Speciality in Ireland.   There are strict criteria for entry on the Oral Surgery Specialist Register in Ireland and advice on this is available on the Dental Council website.

3.    Paediatric Dentistry – Course Director Dr. Anne O’Connell The Paediatric Dentistry Training Programme prepares the student both didactically and clinically to manage the child patient (0-16 years) at specialist level in a variety of settings (clinic, hospital, private practice).  Clinical experience is provided under consultant supervision in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and in two Paediatric Hospitals.  The volume and variety of patients includes healthy children, children with traumatic injuries, children with challenging behaviour, medically compromised children, children with dental anomalies/ syndromes etc. Treatment is provided under local anaesthesia, relative analgesia or general anaesthesia.  Interdisciplinary care is co-ordinated with the other specialty programmes. The programme has six modules.  In addition, the student is required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings.  Publication of clinical and research work is encouraged.

4.    ProsthodonticsProsthodontics – Course Director Dr. Michael O’Sullivan

This programme prepares the student for the clinical practice of prosthodontics at specialist level and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme.  Students will thoroughly explore the prosthodontic literature and become competent in the clinical/laboratory aspects of fixed and removable prosthodontics, including dental implantology. Students will learn how to diagnose, plan and execute high quality prosthodontic treatment for a range of patients. They will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art materials and equipment, including CAD-CAM restorations, computer-aided implant placement and fully adjustable articulators. The course explores the use of high strength ceramics and high-aesthetic situations. The Prosthodontic programme works closely with periodontics, especially in treatment planning for implant patients. In addition, students attend multidisciplinary clinics for the treatment of dental trauma, developmental disorders (including hypodontia) and cancer surgery defects.

5.    PeriodontologyPeriodontics – Course Director Dr. Ioannis Polyzois 

The Graduate programme in Periodontology is one of the 11 Graduate programs in Europe currently approved by the European Federation of Periodontology. Click here to visit their website.

The Periodontics training prepares the student for specialty membership examinations and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme. The training includes didactic and clinical components and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme.. The student is required to complete one or more research projects and to be involved in clinical and didactic undergraduate teaching activities.

This course in Periodontology focuses on the management of periodontal conditions and the planning and execution of oral Implant therapy.   Students will be instructed in clinical periodontics and Implant Dentistry with emphasis on the scientific basis for treatment. The course has been developed with the intent that it should be recognised for speciality training by the Dental Council of Ireland under the auspices of the relevant advisory committee of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry.

6.    Special Care Dentistry – Course Director Dr. Alison Dougall  The professional doctorate in Special Care Dentistry runs over three years, full time. It is possible for the course to be offered part-time, over five years. In their first year, in addition to modules in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, students follow selected modules as part of the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, in the School of Psychology in University College Dublin. Clinical rotations take place in the Dublin Dental University Hospital and partner hospitals in Dublin.

The teaching and learning will be apportioned broadly as follows: 60% clinical, 40% didactic. The didactic component will include a research dissertation. The total ECTS to be applied to this course is 270 credits of which 90 will be attributed to the research dissertation.