Dentistry provides a rewarding career in the provision of oral healthcare and is satisfying not only in terms of performing high-standard clinical procedures but also interms of social interaction. The dentist also fulfils an important function in educating patients regarding their oral care.
Dentistry will appeal to students who have empathy for people, who are interested in their welfare and who like carrying out precision work with their hands. The University Dental School and Hospital encourages applications from mature students and from qualifying students with special educational backgrounds.
This five-year course incorporates the vertical integration of traditional pre-clinical and clinical subjects to deliver an educational experience and training which follows contemporary best practice teaching methodologies.
Year 1 Modules:
AN1005Principles of Human Structure for Dentistry (5 credits);
AN1006Topographical Anatomy (10 credits);
BC1024Introduction to Biomolecules and Metabolic Pathways (10 credits);
PL1001 & PL1002Introduction to Physiology for Dentistry I & II (5 & 10 credits);
DS1003 & DS1004 Fundamentals of Dentistry I & II 915 & 5 credits)
Year 2 Modules:
Neuroanatomy and Embryology for Dental Students; Mammalian Cell and Tissue Structure; Dental Morphology, Histology and Embryology; Molecular Biology; The Nervous System; Physiology for Dental Students; Foundations of Medicine; Mechanisms of Disease; Principles of Pharmacology; Introduction to Clinical Dentistry
Year 3 Modules:
Dental Pharmacology; Manifestations of Systemic and Oral Disease; Practical Restorative Dentistry; Development of Clinical Skills; Theoretical Basis for Clinical Dentistry; Behavioural and Ethical Dental Practice
Year 4 Modules:
Clinical Medical Sciences in Dentistry; Introduction to Dental Surgery; Introduction to Oral Health and Development I; Clinical Adult Oral Health; Theoretical Adult Oral Health I
Year 5 Modules:
Dental Surgery; Oral Health and Development; Clinical Restorative Dentistry; Theoretical Dentistry
See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modulesfor a more detailed description of programme modules.
Course Code: CK702
Course Title: Dentistry
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 5 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BDS (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: H4 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language, and Mathematics.
Entry Points: 2016: 585. Points may vary from year to year.
Equipment and instruments: Each third-year Dentistry student is required to make a payment of EUR 4,000 in the first week of September for the use of Dental Hospital equipment and instruments. You will also need to order scrubs in Year 2.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment includingessay-type examination, literature review, competency testing, clinical examination and an ePortfolio of reflective practice. This reflects the theoretical, clinical, manual dexterity, social and problem-solving skills which you are expected to have developed on graduation from this course.
Each module is assessed separately and, depending on the content, the assessment may take the form of an end-of-module examination or continuous assessment.
EU Applicants: Application to Year 1 of the degree programme is made directly through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Applicants should apply online at www.cao.ie. The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry.
Mature Applicants: Application is made through theCAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.
Further Contact Information
Dental School Office
T:+353 (0)21 490 1163