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    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 mono-specialities and wish to prepare for the speciality membership examinations in endodontics, periodontology and prosthodontics of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

    This is a three-year full-time clinical taught postgraduate course delivered by specialists.  All three monospecialites run simultaneously with a common first year for all students across the three disciplines.  This enables a strong multi-disciplinary grounding across all aspects of restorative dentistry.

    The second and third years are specialty-specific (Prosthodontics) and you will study and develop your knowledge and skills in close collaboration and interaction with students in the other two specialities. This model fosters a broad learning experience, beyond that of your chosen speciality. A 1:4 clinical tutor-student ratio supports excellent clinical teaching, feedback/reflection and mentoring.

    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 of prosthodontics. You’ll carry out the experimental component of the research project and complete a thesis of publication standard.

    The University of Sheffield has a memorandum of agreement with RCSEd on conjoint examinations in prosthodontics. This memorandum recognises this three-year programme as providing sufficient equivalence that the RCSEd will permit registered candidates to sit the Membership Examination in Prosthodontics. If successful, you'll be granted the RCSEd Membership in Prosthodontics (the “MPros RCSEd”) and the DClinDent (Prosthodontics) from the University of Sheffield.

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      A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

      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.

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      3 years full-time


      • 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

      Entry requirements

      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 a general dental practice.

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

      We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

      Entry requirements for international students

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

      Application process

      Applicants must include the following in their application:

      • Degree certificate and transcript.
      • Two up-to-date references.
      • Curriculum Vitae (CV).
      • Supporting statement outlining why they want to study the course.
      • English Language Qualification.

      See our supporting documents webpage for more information on the documents we require.

      We do not issue conditional offers for this programme, so only applications submitted by the deadline with all the necessary supporting documentation will be considered.

      Application timeline for 2023 entry

      Applications open: 15 September 2022

      Applications close: 15 December 2022

      Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview. These will take place in late January/early February 2023.

      You should expect to receive a decision by mid-February 2023.

      Offer holders must accept their offer and pay a fee deposit within four weeks of receiving their offer letter. Otherwise, the offer will be withdrawn.

      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


      More about the application process

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

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

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