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Dental science

B.Dent.Sc.; 32 places

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What is Dental Science?

Dental Science is the study of the oral cavity and the diseases associated with oral tissues. This five-year programme is designed to ensure that graduates can safely and effectively deliver the full range of primary dental care, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral and dental diseases. Treatment involves areas such as the restoration of damaged teeth, the correction of irregularities, the replacement of missing teeth and surgical procedures such as the removal of teeth. In recent years there has been an exponential advance in dental science with greater emphasis on preventing disease as well as the development of new, minimally invasive methods and materials for restoring teeth.

Dental Science: The course for you?

If you have an ability to build caring and professional relationships with patients, co-workers and the wider community and if healthcare interests you, specifically oral healthcare and its impact on individuals, then Dental Science is right for you. You should also enjoy undertaking physically and mentally demanding clinical practice, which requires considerable attention to detail with small margins for error. The course is long (five years) and intense, requiring stamina and commitment.

Dental Science @ Trinity

This course is based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital beside Trinity campus. Clinical facilities are of a very high standard, emphasising the use of information technology. Class sizes are small, to ensure that students receive considerable staff input into their progress throughout the programme. The course is very practical throughout with lots of hands-on experience treating patients. Students commence treating their own patients (under supervision) in the second year and by the fifth year are expected to have completed a wide range of treatments similar to those provided in general dental practice. Graduates of the Trinity School of Dental Science and Dublin Dental University Hospital are highly sought after due to the extensive clinical exposure obtained during this programme.

Graduate skills and career opportunities

There are a wide range of career options open to newly qualified dentists, from general dental practice providing both state funded or private dental care, or in the salaried public dental service. Many graduates choose to continue their education, specialising in one area within dentistry. Dentistry gives scope to work and travel worldwide. Citizens of the EU who graduate from an EU dental school may practice anywhere in the EU and there is currently demand for dentists all over Europe.

Your degree and professional practice (B.A., B.Dent.Sc)

The Bachelor of Dental Science (B.Dent.Sc) conferred by Trinity entitles EU citizens to register as a dentist on the Register of the Dental Council of Ireland and they may also register with the regulatory bodies of other countries in the EU such as the UK, France, Germany, etc.

Graduates wishing to practice in countries outside the EU may be required to pass specified examinations. However, there is a mutual recognition agreement between Ireland and Canada whereby Irish dental graduates may practice dentistry in Canada without the necessity to complete additional study.

Your degree and what you’ll study

The curriculum is delivered in a problem-based learning (PBL) format, which aims to provide you with the skills to continuously evaluate and update your knowledge and clinical practice through your professional career. PBL is designed to encourage students to study subjects in an integrated manner and within a context relevant to future clinical situations. Structured problems are set to meet specified learning objectives and students (under supervision) undertake research to find out how to achieve the learning objectives. PBL also encourages students to engage in self-directed learning and aims to provide graduates with the skills necessary for life-long learning which is a requirement for all health care professionals. Lectures, demonstrations, simulations, audio-visual and e-learning opportunities are also provided.

From second year onwards, you will provide patient care in the clinic under the strict supervision of qualified dental staff.


Personal and Professional Development, Human Biology I, Physical Science.


Basic Dental Care, Human Biology II, Oral Biology and Introduction to Pathology, Public Dental Health.

In second year you will develop particular communication skills, learning how to interpret and explain clinical signs and symptoms of systemic and oral disease with particular reference to dental practice, and begin to practice the clinical skills necessary for the treatment of patients. Clinical training begins half way through second year with students learning the vital basic skills of history taking, examination and diagnosis and will start providing very simple treatments for patients.


Clinical Medical Sciences, Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics, Comprehensive Patient Care I.


Comprehensive Patient Care II; Advanced Restorative Dentistry I, Child Dental Health; Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology I; Public Dental Health.


Comprehensive Patient Care III, Advanced Restorative Dentistry II, Public and Child Dental Health, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology II, Evidence-Based Dentistry.

During years 3 to 5, you will be encouraged to undertake the management of oral health and disease which is based on the best available scientific evidence. In tandem with this, you will also need an awareness of general healthcare issues for individuals and communities. In these three years you will provide more complex patient care.

In keeping with the PBL-style curriculum, a wide variety of assessment methods are used in all years. There are end-of-term integrated written assessments, practical tests, skills tests of competence, clinical examinations, written reports and oral/verbal presentations. The written assessments include short essays, short answer and multiple choice type questions.

Study abroad

Students in fourth year may participate in English-speaking Erasmus exchange programmes with dental schools in Norway, Sweden or the UK. Between the fourth and fifth year, some students undertake voluntary placements in a wide variety of international locations.



Tel: +353 1 612 7316 / +353 1 896 7301

What our graduates say

Gillian Smith

“As both an undergraduate and postgraduate student in the School of Dental Science, Trinity, I received an education second-to-none along with exceptional support from academic and clinical staff alike. This has enabled me to take great pride and find joy and satisfaction in my day-to-day working life. The quality of teaching opened many doors for me and I have developed an interesting and successful career path that owes much to my training in the School of Dental Science.”
Gillian was awarded the Sensodyne Dentist of the Year in 2012.

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Admission Requirements

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Leaving Certificate H3 + H4 In two of: physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry. If you do not have a qualification in physics you must present mathematics at O5/H6 or better Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade B + Grade C In two of: physics, chemistry or biology If you do not have a qualification in physics you must present GCSE mathematics at grade B or better Leaving Certificate students entering Dental Science from 2016 may not present Agricultural Science as one of the two required science subjects. Students must present two of the following subjects at higher level: physics, chemistry, biology, physics/chemistry. Combinations of subjects not permitted: Physics/chemistry with physics or chemistry Other EU examination systemsSee GARDA VETTING: Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting. See for further details


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EU Applicants

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Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

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Dental Science, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/02/2017

Non-EU Applicants

  • Dental Science, 5 years full-time Closing Date: 01/FEB/2017
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