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Postgraduate Certificate in Orofacial Pain

About the programme

The Postgraduate Certificate course in Orofacial Pain 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.

The proposed new postgraduate certificate course 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.

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 University Hospital required for completion of hands-on training designed to reinforce didactic teaching.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the one-year postgraduate certificate in Orofacial Pain are required:

  1. To hold an honours primary degree in Dental Science
  2. To have a minimum of one year’s professional experience in the field of general dental practice within the past two years
  3. In exceptional circumstances, the Admissions Sub-Committee shall make appropriate recommendations to the Dean of Graduate Studies for a candidate who does not fully meet the above criteria but make a reasonable case for admissions otherwise.


Applications for the 2023 intake are not yet open.


1 year, part-time.
A sample timetable may be found here, and overall effort hours are detailed here.

Tuition Fees

€12,875 (EU students), €25,750 (non-EU students).
Note that the above fees pertain to the 2021/2 academic year and as such are subject to change.
Please see here for the most up to date information on postgraduate fees.


Amy Fisher, Postgraduate Administrator, Dublin Dental University Hospital. Tel 00353-1-612 7354

For more information, please see the DDUH website