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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    3 years full-time

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website.

  • Last Updated

    29 October 2018

Programme description

The DClinDent in Paediatric Dentistry is a three-year, full-time programme which enables students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in Paediatric Dentistry.

Successful completion of the DClinDent will stand students in good stead if considering applying to the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry administered by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Programme structure

The programme consists of 14 courses. All courses are compulsory, assessed and credit-bearing. Attendance is required on weekdays for 42 weeks each year. All students are required to successfully complete occupational health clearance to undergo exposure prone procedures prior to being allowed to treat patients.

The programme commences with an initial module of four to six weeks based in the clinical skills laboratory to allow the postgraduate to become familiar with the rationale and clinical techniques used in the Department of Paediatric Dentistry at the Edinburgh Dental Institute. During the initial months, there is an introduction to the dental literature and to research methodology. The remainder of the programme follows a consistent pattern where six sessions each week are spent in the clinical care of patients. The remaining four sessions each week are dedicated to the academic and research programmes as well as personal study.

The clinical component is taught mainly on clinic where students undertake supervised management of patients. In the first two years, the academic content of the programme will be delivered in the form of lectures and seminars with critical appraisal and discussion of the relevant literature. In the final year, students will be undertaking research and clinical projects independently with minimal amount of lectures/seminars.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to:

  • critically understand both the clinical and research practice for the discipline of Paediatric Dentistry which will include the scientific basis and evidence-base that supports the speciality
  • analyse and manage complex problems within their discipline
  • demonstrate the scientific principles of critical evaluation and analytical thinking for a range of clinical problems
  • interact and work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team amongst dental, medical and surgical specialties
  • apply transferable knowledge, skills and values from previous clinical practice for application in novel situations
  • design and organise a Systematic Review
  • exhibit clinical competence at the level of a specialist for an appropriate range of treatment techniques
  • show competence in the selection, planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of clinical audit

Career opportunities

The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in Paediatric Dentistry to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the Tri-Collegiate Specialty Membership Examination in Paediatric Dentistry.

The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in Paediatric Dentistry, allowing an individual to practice as a specialist and with further training, appointment as a substantive/honorary NHS Consultant.

Likewise, for overseas students attainment of both a Professional Doctorate and a College Speciality Membership normally allows appointment within their own country at the Specialist/Consultant level. Candidates are strongly encouraged to confirm with the regulatory bodies of their country of origin as to how the DClinDent and MPaedDent are recognised.


Visit the Paediatric Dentistry (DClinDent) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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