Orofacial Pain (P. Grad. Cert.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year part-time


Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Orofacial Pain is in one of the most attractive clinical areas for dental practitioners and its format will facilitate those in dental practice. In order to ensure its professional and academic quality, the School of Dental Science and the Dublin Dental University Hospital have teamed up with the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California which is already delivering a similar certificate course in Orofacial Pain specifically designed for the practicing dental professional who wants to improve skills and gain a world leading expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex conditions.

Is This Course For Me?

This course is aimed at students with a primary degree in Dental Science and at least one year of professional experience in the field of general dental practice within the past two years.

Career Opportunities

This course is designed for general dental practitioners or dental specialists to enable them to develop their skills set, through learning and research, in order to work at an advanced level within dental practice.

Course Content

The course is grouped into three modules: Neuropathic Orofacial Pain, Headache Disorders and Temporomandibular Dysfunction.
The majority of the programme is delivered online, with attendance at Dublin Dental Univeristy hospital required for completion of hands-on training design to reinforce didatic teaching.

The course uses a range of assessments, which give students the opportunity to produce assessed work which is highly relevant to the clinical environment, and which develops independent life-long skills.

Course Structure

The course is taught by the School of Dental Science using a blended learning approach through the College Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate in addition to attendance at the Dublin Dental University Hospital for didactic and hands on portions of the modules. The course duration is one-year part-time.

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Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Next Intake

March 2024

Course Coordinator

Dr Dermot Canavan

Course Director

Dr Michael O’Sullivan

Closing Date

28th February 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate must hold an Honours primary degree in Dental Science. A minimum of one year’s professional experience in the field of general dental practice within the last two years is also required.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

00 353 1 6127354



www.tcd.ie/dental/postgraduate/certificate/ orofacial-pain

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