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  • Entry requirements
    Person specification for entry to postgraduate clinical dentistry programmes: Education: * Essential: Primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent. * Desirable: Primary dental qualification registerable with the General Dental Council in the UK; MFDS, MJFD or FDS or equivalent; Other postgraduate diplomas, degrees; Other evidenceof high academic achievement (eg Course grades, award of degree with honours or equivalent. Previous first degree [-BSc]). Experience: * Essential: Two years full time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry. * Desirable: Evidence of experience of practice of a broad range of general dentistry; Completion of formal Vocational Training course, General Professional Training program, or equivalent such as hospital internship. Specific clinical experience in discipline/specialty to which they are applying. English Language: * Essential: English as first language OR Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 ( no less than 6.5 in any part), TOEFL scores as follows : internet based 106, computer based 263, paper based 627 and must have been completed within the last two years. * Desirable: Other equivalent tests will be considered on merit. Career intentions: * Essential: Clear commitment to pursuing postgraduate studies in the one specialty/discipline applied for. * Desirable: Eligible for acceptance to a recognised specialist training program; Evidence of interest in chosen specialty through attendance at previous relevant courses etc; Membership of appropriate professional societies; Experience of clinical photography. Generic skills * Essential: Ability to use a computer and familiar with common programs such as MS Office.
  • Academic Title
    MClin Dent Paediatric Dentistry
  • Course description
    MClin Dent
    Two years full-time, three years part-time

    Programme description

    This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in paediatric dentistry either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting. The programme can contribute the first two years of clinical training leading to Membership in Paediatric Dentistry of The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and full active membership of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. Both of these options are possible following successful completion of an optional third year of training which is available through competitive entry.

    Programme outline

    By entering this programme you will embark on a course which includes extensive clinical training (60 per cent) formal teaching (25 per cent) and a supervised research project (15 per cent). All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core teaching. You will however have considerable choice when selecting a topic for your research project.

    The full programme includes 11 modules

        * Foundation Course and Operative Technique Module
        * Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
        * Growth and Development
        * Prevention of Caries and Periodontal Disease
        * Patient Management including behavioural management
        * Dental Traumatology
        * Children with Special Needs
        * Oral Medicine/Oral Surgery
        * Clinical Dentistry
        * Research
        * Revision.

    You will undertake the care of children and adolescent patients to gain experience and prepare for your case presentations in the final examination. An important feature of the programme is that you will also participate in paediatric and haematology clinics held in the main hospital; you will also attend specialist clinics such as cleft lip and palate, and developmental disorders.


    You will be assessed at the end of Year 1 by a single written examination paper and a short clinical viva voce examination. At the end of the second year there are 2 written papers, case presentations, a clinical diagnostic and treatment planning exercise. You will also be assessed (viva voce exam) on your research report. In-course assessment marks gained during the programme may comprise up to 40 per cent of the total marks awarded for the clinical or practical aspects of the programme.

    At the moment all 3 major components of the second year exams (written, clinical, research) are equally weighted.

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