Postgraduate study

Endodontology DClinDent

Awards: DClinDent

Study modes: Full-time

Accreditation

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Endodontology

This three-year full time (540 credits) programme will enrol nationally and internationally based general dental practitioners who are seeking to become specialist practitioners within the discipline of endodontology.

The programme will take the form of lectures and seminars along with a component of supervised clinical work. Upon completion of three years of full-time training, students will be eligible to sit the specialist exit examination (MEndo) in that discipline at the Royal College of Surgeons. The successful sitting of this examination is an integral component for General Dental Council (GDC) registration process to be entered on to the specialist list within the discipline by the GDC.

Accreditation

As per the European Society of Endodontology’s 2010 document outlining standards for accreditation in specialty training in endodontics in a European setting:

Endodontics represents a developing clinical discipline embracing scholarly academic activities in microbiology, oral biology, pathology, epidemiology, radiology, biomaterials science, and prevention and management of pulp and periapical disease as well as the emerging fields of tissue engineering and molecular and genetic investigation. More specifically, the clinical discipline is made distinct by its unique multi-skill dependent nature that relies heavily on tactile skill development. The flourishing need for expertise in both clinical and academic components will need to be met through a coordinated effort in development of basic educational programmes at undergraduate level and more sophisticated, but complementary, programmes at postgraduate levels, as well basic and translational clinical research to develop more effective and efficient methods of management of the diseases involved. These processes should integrate with effective clinical service provision to serve the community

Accreditation of postgraduate specialty training programmes in Endodontology. Minimum criteria for training specialists in Endodontology within Europe. International Endodontic Journal, 43, 725-737, 2010.

The programme will have a mixed format of specialist and consultant-led seminars, along with a large component of self-directed learning. Many of the resources will be available through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) and can be accessed throughout the year. Students will also have access to supervisors within the dental institute.

Assessments will take different forms and will include single best answer (SBA) type written examinations, written submission of research work and viva voce examinations.

The aim of the DClinDent in Endodontology is to equip students to work as specialists in the field as private practitioners or academics (or a mix of both). The course will focus on the biological underpinning of the discipline and the amalgamation of this with clinical skills. At the end of the course, students will have developed the ability to work independently.

All teaching and clinical supervision will be provided by specialists or consultants in their various disciplines. Students will gain a large amount of clinical experience, with the primary focus being on ensuring a wide case mix to ensure the development of decision-making and clinical skills.

There is a large demand for specialists in endodontology both nationally and internationally. Graduates would be employable in three main areas:

  1. academia (lecturers and visiting specialists)
  2. private practice
  3. public funded healthcare settings

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of two years' post-qualification experience.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7 with at least 6.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 with at least 20 in each section
  • PTE Academic: total 61 with at least 56 in each of the Communicative Skills scores
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • Edinburgh Dental Institute
  • Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA

Decisions on applications for entry in September 2019 will be made by Friday 29 March 2019.

To register your interest in applying for this programme please contact jackie.mcgurk@ed.ac.uk

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Further information

  • Edinburgh Dental Institute
  • Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA