Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent.)

3 years full-time / 5 years part-time (Special Care Dentistry and Dental Public Health only)


Course Overview

The D.Ch.Dent. in Dental Surgery offers 7 strands: Special Care Dentistry (also available part-time), Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, and Dental Public Health (also available part-time).

Special Care Dentistry – Course Director: Dr Alison Dougall

The professional doctorate in Special Care Dentistry runs full-time over three years or 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 M.Sc. 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.

Periodontics – Course Director: Dr Ioannis Polyzois

This course in Periodontology focuses on the management of periodontal conditions and the planning and execution of oral Implant therapy. The course includes didactic and clinical components and provides the basis for continuing professional development after completion of the programme. 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. Students will undertake a research project leading to a thesis. The Graduate programme in Periodontology is one of the 15 Graduate programs in Europe currently approved by the European Federation of Periodontology.

Prosthodontics – 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 panning for implant patients.  In addition, students attend multidisciplinary clinics for the treatament of dental trauma, developmental disorders (including hypodontia) and cancer surgery defects

Oral Surgery – Course Director: Dermot Pierse

This programme places emphasis 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.

Orthodontics – Course Director: Professor Padhraig Fleming

The aim of the Orthodontics programme is to educate dentists to become specialists in orthodontics with a broad academic background and sufficient clinical experience. It is the intention of this course to develop students’ clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. Students will undertake a research project leading to a thesis. This research activity should also provide the basis for refereed publication. The course fulfils the criteria for specialist recognition by the Dental Council of Ireland.

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. Students are required to complete one or more research projects and present at international meetings.

Dental Public Health – Course Director: Associate Professor Brett Duane

Closing date - 31st March 2024

The Dental Public Health programme runs full time over three years or part-time over five years.  The course has designed to support the development of an experienced dentist into a dental leader, and role model capable of either managing a large, often complex regional or national dental service, or acting as a consultant to provide health service reviews, and to encourage the development of patient centred evidence based, efficient oral health services.  The course is recognised for speciality training by the Dental Council of Ireland.  Students will take modules in biosciences, research and scientific methods and behavioral sciences, as well as modules focused on DPH to better understand its principles, including the ability to complete a needs assessment and health equity audit of a public health funding service, develop an oral health strategy, evaluate an oral health service, etc.  Students will undertake a research project leading to a thesis.

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Course Details

Next Intake

November 2024

Course Director

Course Directors for all strands are highlighted in the Course Overview

Closing Date

30th November 2023 / Dental Public Health, closing date - 31st March 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will be considered only if they have held a primary dental qualification for at least two years. The MFD/MJDF or equivalent is mandatory.   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 score of 7 or TOEFL score of 230 computer based, 570 paper based, 88 internet based across all domains.

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Course Fees

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