DClinDent - Endodontics

RCSEd Recognised Training Pathway for award of Specialty Membership in Endodontics.

Conjoint examination for DClinDent (University of Sheffield) and Membership (RCSEd) degrees

Next intake: 

The next available intake is September 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for September 2018 entry.

When to apply:

The application window for September 2019 intake is now open and will close on Friday 30th November 2018.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore you must ensure you have read the entry requirements and application information carefully.

Course Description

Upon completion of this programme, students will demonstrate:

This course will develop to a specialist level, knowledge and understanding of the theoretical basis and practical skills to enable the competent management and treatment of endodontics and general restorative inter-disciplinary cases to a specialist level in accordance with the requirements of the GDC’s Specialist Curricula.
You will develop your learning by using a wide range of complimentary learning modalities and interaction with colleagues and allied specialties in restorative dentistry, including the joint management of patient care.
Over the three years, you will learn sophisticated research methods relevant to clinical dentistry and you will undertake a scientific research investigation, with specific outcomes for each year of study.


Course Modules

Year One

Module Credits
Principles of Endodontic treatment 15
Principles of Periodontal Treatment 15
Principles of Conservative Dentistry 60
Management of the partially dentate patient 30
Clinical practice programme: New patient I 30
Research Project: Literature review 30
Total 180

 Year Two

Module Credits
Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry 15
Principles of Clinical Management 15
Clinical practice programme: New patient II 30
Specialty Programme I: Endodontics 45
Clinical practice programme – Treatment of Patients I 60
Research Project: Experimental work 15
Total 180

 Year Three

Module Credits
Clinical practice programme: New patient III 60
Specialty Programme II: Endodontics 15
Clinical practice programme – Treatment of Patients II 60
Research Project: completion & write up 45
Total 180

Course aims for Year 1

    • Obtain a foundation of basic science knowledge relevant to the understanding of Endodontology, Periodontology and Prosthodontics.
    • Develop knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of endodontic disease.
    • Develop relevant knowledge and clinical skills in the principles of root canal treatment and be able to carry out non-complex treatment.
    • Develop knowledge on how to assess and manage endodontic complications within the context of other dental specialties and so understand treatment options.
    • Develop knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of caries and other conditions that impact negatively on the biological health and structure of teeth.
    • Develop relevant knowledge and clinical skills in the principles of management of compromised teeth and the dentition as a whole using direct and indirect restorative systems.
    • Learn when and how to provide the most appropriate restorative modalities to restore function and aesthetics in a predictable and durable manner with due attention to the achievement of occlusal harmony.
    • Develop knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the effect that loss of teeth has on function, aesthetics and the patient’s psychological well-being.
    • Develop an in-depth and critical understanding of the different restorative methods available for the restoration of function and aesthetics of a partial dentition in a predictable and durable manner.
    • Develop the necessary skills to establish a diagnosis, prognosis and treatment strategy for the management of the partially dentate patient.
    • Develop knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the theoretical background and scientific basis of Periodontology and integration of periodontal treatment in total patient care.
    • Develop knowledge of the aetiology, classification and diagnosis of periodontal diseases and the multifactorial nature of disease susceptibility regarding the role of major risk factors.
    • Develop knowledge of the epidemiology of periodontitis and the interaction between systemic diseases will be considered. Clinical skills training will include management of simple/moderate periodontal disease by non-surgical and surgical means.
    • Attend specialist consultant clinics and case based discussion seminars.
    • Develop the skills required for a multidisciplinary treatment strategy specific to the needs and expectations of an individual patient.
    • Develop the skills to effectively communicate these treatment strategies to the patient and colleagues in primary or secondary care who may be required to execute them.
    • Learn the fundamental principles of clinical management of a patient including, clinical governance, cross-infection control and radiology.
    • Be introduced to patient-centred research methods including evidence-based dentistry, critical appraisal, research governance and ethics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical appraisal of research reports.
    • Carry out the literature review component of your research project.

    Course aims for Year 2

    • Develop knowledge, understanding of the theoretical basis and practical clinical skills in Endodontics.
    • Develop competency, through attendance and participation in specialist consultant clinics, in multidisciplinary treatment strategy specific to the needs and expectations of an individual patient.
    • Attend and participate in case-based discussion seminars which will develop competency in the skills required for restorative dentistry practice at a specialist level.
    • Develop competency at effectively communicating these treatment strategies to the patient and colleagues in primary or secondary care who may be required to execute them.
    • Learn to undertake the competent management and treatment of endodontics and general restorative inter-disciplinary cases to a specialist level.
    • Develop the clinical skills within the monospecialty, through the treatment of your patients.
    • Develop, through the treatment of your patients, a multidisciplinary treatment strategy specific to the needs and expectations of individual patients.
    • Learn the need for effective communication with colleagues, whilst managing patients for shared care.
    • Acquire the required skills so that you can undertake an audit project related to a clinical governance topic within the hospital setting.
    • Learn the methods key to undertaking scientific investigations in clinical dentistry, including patient-centred research methods, evidence-based dentistry, critical appraisal, research governance and ethics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical appraisal of research reports.
    • Carry out the experimental component of your research project, including the analysis of data.

    Course aims for Year 3

    • Develop knowledge and clinical skills to enable the proficient management and treatment of endodontic and general restorative inter-disciplinary cases to a specialist level.
    • Develop proficiency, through attendance and participation in specialist consultant clinics, in multidisciplinary treatment strategy specific to the needs and expectations of an individual patient.
    • Attend and participate in case-based discussion seminars which will develop proficiency in the skills required for restorative dentistry practice at a specialist level.
    • Develop proficiency at effectively communicating these treatment strategies to the patient and colleagues in primary or secondary care who may be required to execute them.
    • Learn to undertake the proficient management and treatment of endodontics and general restorative inter-disciplinary cases to a specialist level.
    • Develop the clinical skills within the monospecialty, through the treatment of your patients.
    • Develop, through the treatment of your patients, a multidisciplinary treatment strategy specific to the needs and expectations of individual patients.
    • Develop a deeper understanding of treatment planning across the dental disciplines and monitoring of treatment outcomes.
    • Seek to become proficient at effective communication with colleagues, whilst managing patients for shared care.
    • Carry out the write up of your thesis and preparation of a manuscript for submission in a peer-reviewed journal.