The aim of the D.Ch.Dent. in Orthodontics is to educate dentists to become specialists in orthodontics with a broad academic background and sufficient clinical experience. MFD or equivalent is a requirement for entry to this course. The course follows the guidelines developed by the School of Dental Science, in conjunction with Advisory Committee (AC) in Orthodontics of the Irish Committee for Specialist Training in Dentistry. 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 leads to the award of Doctorate in Dental Surgery (D.Ch.Dent) and fulfils the criteria for specialist recognition by the Dental Council of Ireland.