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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    3 years FT

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Details of up to date course fee can be found here: website

  • Last Updated

    20 November 2019

Course description

The course is suited to all dentists that wish to pursue specialist training in one of the restorative monospecialties and wish to prepare for the Specialty Membership Examinations in Endodontics, Periodontology and Prosthodontics of The Faculty of Dental Surgery of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This course will develop to a specialist level, knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis and practical skills to enable the competent management and treatment of endodontics and general restorative inter-disciplinary cases to a specialist level in accordance with the requirements of the GDC’s Specialist Curricula.

Candidates have the opportunity to acquire an in-depth knowledge and a critical awareness of the issues that determine successful outcomes, informed by the forefront of knowledge in restorative dentistry; in accordance with the requirements of the UK’s GDC Specialist Curricula. You will gain a comprehensive range of additional key skills that are indispensable to a specialist: Development of critical thinking; mental visualisation; specialist knowledge; technical and manual dexterity; and communication, inter-personal, investigative and management skills. We will foster your ability for autonomous decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations resulting in sound judgements, planning and implementing tasks at a professional level. You will learn how to communicate clearly and professionally to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Doctorate students will have the unique opportunity to develop their progression of skills in a multi-disciplinary environment with distinct and carefully mapped opportunities to interact and work alongside colleagues in the other two restorative disciplines and with other hospital trainees. You will learn how to answer a research question through a systematic programme of scientific investigation to culminate in a Doctoral Thesis and a manuscript for a peer-reviewed international research journal.

Over the three years, you will learn sophisticated research methods relevant to clinical dentistry and you will undertake a scientific research investigation, with specific outcomes for each year of study. The first year of the course gives you a solid grounding in endodontic, periodontal and prosthodontic treatments. You’ll develop your clinical skills in our first-rate facilities and attend treatment planning clinics with course tutors. You’ll also carry out the literature review component of the research project.

In the second and third years you’ll treat patients and focus on your specialism: endodontics. You’ll carry out the experimental component of the research project and complete a thesis of publication standard.

Final-year students (year 3) can choose to sit a conjoint examination. Successful candidates will be awarded the degree of DClinDent and specialty membership (RCSEd) in periodontics.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Demonstrations
  • Clinical skills laboratory sessions
  • Case-based discussion
  • Extensive practical clinical experience


  • Competency-based continuous clinical assessments
  • Formal examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Research project

Please see the website for a full Programme Outline.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Visit the DClinDent Periodontics page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!





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