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.
The programme is 3 years full time, leading to the award of the Professional Doctorate in Dental Surgery degree (D.Ch.Dent.) by Trinity College. This consists of core academic courses, specialist training in orthodontics and a research thesis. The ‘core courses’ are common to all D.Ch.Dent. programmes and relate the specialist training to the wider background of biology, clinical management, and science. Overall, students will spend approximately 60% of the programme in clinical training; 20% of the course is devoted to didactic learning and teaching, and 20% consists of the research project.
Prospective students must meet the entry requirements for Trinity College and the Orthodontics programme. Applicants are required to:
hold a recognised degree in dentistry for at least 2 years and have documented evidence of general professional training—this would normally include the MFD/MFDS, or equivalent. Normally, up to 12 months should have been spent working in hospital practice.
have excellent communication skills, including written and conversational English. 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.
attend for interview and information session, normally during January in the year for which they have applied