2020 start


School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

In your second and third years you'll specialise in periodontics and gain extensive practical experience as you work with patients. This course prepares you for the specialty membership examinations in periodontics of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).
Dentist training: mouth and teeth

Course description

Apply now for September 2021 entry

Apply now for our 2021 course. The application window closes on 30 November 2020.

The DClinDent is suited to all dentists who wish to pursue specialist training in one of the restorative monospecialties and wish to prepare for the specialty membership examinations in endodontics, periodontology and prosthodontics of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

You’ll have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and critical awareness of the issues that determine successful outcomes, informed by the latest research in restorative dentistry, in accordance with the requirements of the UK’s GDC specialist curricula. We will foster your ability to make sound judgements in complex and unpredictable situations, so you can plan and implement tasks at a professional level. You will learn how to communicate clearly and professionally to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Distinct and carefully mapped opportunities to work and interact with colleagues in the other two restorative disciplines and other hospital trainees will give doctorate students the opportunity to develop their skills in a multi-disciplinary environment.

The first year of the course gives you a solid grounding in endodontic, periodontal and prosthodontic treatments. You’ll develop your clinical skills in our first-rate facilities and attend treatment planning clinics with course tutors. You’ll also carry out the literature review component of the research project.

In the second and third years you’ll treat patients and focus on your specialism: endodontics. You’ll carry out the experimental component of the research project and complete a thesis of publication standard.

Final-year students (year 3) can choose to sit a conjoint examination. Successful candidates will be awarded the degree of DClinDent and specialty membership (RCSEd) in periodontics.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

Additional costs

The following costs aren't included in your course fees:

  • dissertation binding
  • registration, travel and accommodation expenses for external conferences and meetings
  • examination fees and related expenses for the conjoint examination (if you decide to sit this) and any other external examinations such as the MRD, MFDS or ORE


Core modules

Year 1

  • Principles of Periodontal Treatment
  • Principles of Endodontic Treatment
  • Principles of Conservative Dentistry
  • Management of the Partially Dentate Patient I
  • Research Project: Literature Review
  • Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient I

Year 2

  • Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry
  • Principles of Clinical Management
  • Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient II
  • Research Project: Experimental Work Data Collection
  • Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients
  • Speciality Programme in periodontics

Year 3

  • Clinical Practice Programme: New Patient 3
  • Research Project: Completion and and Write Up
  • Clinical Practice Programme: Treatment of Own Patients
  • Speciality Programme in periodontics


  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Demonstrations
  • Clinical skills laboratory sessions
  • Case-based discussion
  • Extensive practical clinical experience


  • Competency-based continuous clinical assessments
  • Formal examinations
  • Oral presentations
  • Written assignments
  • Research project


3 years full-time

Entry requirements

You must have a university-accredited degree in dental surgery that enables the practice of dentistry and a minimum of two years’ post-qualification experience in any sphere of restorative dentistry, including general dental practice.

You must also meet our health and Disclosure and Barring Service requirements for clinical courses.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


This course is not running in 2020. If you have have any questions, please contact the department.


+44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.