2022 start September 


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

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

Course description

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’ll foster your ability to make sound judgements in complex and unpredictable situations, so you can plan and implement tasks at a professional level. You’ll 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 multidisciplinary 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: prosthodontics. 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 prosthodontics.


    The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.

    Core modules

    Year 1

    • Principles of Periodontal Treatment
    • Principles of Endodontic Treatment
    • Principles of Conservative Dentistry
    • Management of the Partially Dentate Patient
    • 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 Prosthodontics

    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 Prosthodontics

    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


    • 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.

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

    We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    Fees and funding

    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


    You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

    Apply now


    +44 114 215 9318 or +44 114 215 9319

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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