runs for three years leading to the award of Master in Dental Surgery (M.Dent. Ch.), and fulfils the criteria for specialist
recognition by the Dental Council of Ireland. It is the intention of this course to develop students' clinical skills in the light of currently available scientific knowledge. In addition, students attend a core course common to all of the postgraduate clinical dental disciplines. The core course provides a wide postgraduate background in biology, clinical management, epidemiology and statistics and in science related to dentistry. Students are expected to design, perform and write up a research study leading to a thesis. This research activity should also provide the basis for a refereed publication.