Entry requirements

Practitioners must hold a Bachelors Degree in Dental Science or its equivalent of at least two years and be eligible to register with the Dental Council of Ireland. Students have a responsibility to have valid Basic Life Support (BLS) certification from a certified body for the duration of the course. Furthermore, students must possess their own professional indemnity insurance and present evidence of satisfactory seroconversion against Hepatitis B virus and a recent negative hepatitis C antibody test. Applicants will also be required to undergo Garda (Police) vetting. All applicants must upload a separate statement (no more than 300 words in length) stating why they wish to undertake the Diploma. Any queries regarding the above course may be directed to Catherine Creagh, Dublin Dental University – Hospital +353-1-612 7354 or catherine.creagh@dental.tcd.ie. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma course provides training in clinical
special care dentistry to enable dentists to deliver primary
care both safely and independently to this patient group.
In addition, it aims to deliver a comprehensive education
in the theoretical principles of special care dentistry and
develop an ability to critically analyse professional literature.
The course leads to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in
Special Care Dentistry (P.Grad.Dip. in Special Care Dentistry).
The curriculum is designed to enable postgraduate students,
including dental practitioners who work in general dental
practice as well as community and hospital dental services,
to achieve the intended learning outcomes of the course.
The course consists of seven core (compulsory) modules
as follows: Biological Sciences of Relevance to Special Care
Dentistry; Concepts of Health, Impairment, Functioning and
Disability; Concepts of Oral Health, Impairment and Disability;
Clinical Special Care Dentistry; Oral Healthcare Planning
and Oral Health Promotion for Individuals and Groups;
Professional Literature Appraisal; Legislation, Ethics and
Clinical Governance. In addition to the course of study and
examinations, students must present an essay-based project
on barriers to care, and a related presentation, a dissertation,
clinical competencies and case presentations as well as
submitting a project on service delivery models. Students
must also submit a portfolio including a reflective logbook
of all cases seen as part of the course as well as selected
cases from their own independent practice demonstrating
application of knowledge and practical skills obtained
through this course. Satisfactory attendance at all aspects
of the course is compulsory. A Professional Postgraduate
Diploma in Special Care Dentistry is awarded on passing all
components of the course. The Diploma will be unclassified
but a Distinction will be awarded if a combined mark of at
least 70% is obtained across all modules.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
18 months

Course contact details

Dr. Caoimhin Mac Giolla Phadraig
+353-1-612 7337/7354