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Masters Degrees in Dentistry in Ireland

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Dental Science MDentSci

Trinity College Dublin Ireland

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Study a Dentistry Masters in Ireland in 2024

Dentistry is the branch of medicine that is focused on the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and conditions involving the mouth, and associated structures, and how these conditions can impact the human body. Dental care and health is extremely important, and it is imperative that dentists and dental assistants are prepared for their career in dentistry through education and training.

An undergraduate degree in dentistry will give a foundation knowledge of dental science, as well providing experience for students. You will study modules on anatomy, physiology, biology, patient care, and pharmacology.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as technical and practical sessions. You may also be required to take part in a work placement, in order to develop your clinical skills. Clinical teaching will be a large part of your course, to ensure that you have practical knowledge as well as theory.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence where you choose to work after you have gained your dentistry degree. For example, you may choose to become a dental surgeon, which will require further training. Common specialisations include:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral Surgery
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

If your course requires you to write a dissertation or pass a clinical module/exam in a certain area, this will give you the opportunity to further explore a favoured area of dentistry.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Typically, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), or a Bachelor of Science (BSc).

As well as gaining your degree, you will also need to gain professional qualifications. These will differ depending on your country, but your institution will be able to provide you with more information about any required professional qualifications. For example, you may need to be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC).

Generally, a degree in Dental Surgery will take 5 to 6 years to complete. If you choose to study for a BSc degree in Oral and Dental Health Sciences or Dental Hygiene and Therapy, this is likely to take three to four years, but will not permit you to work as a dental surgeon. A foundation degree, diploma or certificate can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your dentistry course, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could come in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

The most popular destination for graduates of dental surgery, as well as other related dental degrees, is to work as a dentist in some capacity. This may be in a private dental practice, a hospital, or an NHS clinic. There will also be employment opportunities in specialist practice, research and teaching.

A dentistry degree will provide dental students with a high level of communication skills, as you are expected to interact with a wide variety of people. You will also be able to work independently, managing your time to ensure you are providing good care to your patients.

Study in Ireland

With a reputation for being one of the worlds friendliest countries, Ireland would be a great choice for an international student. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in Ireland, who are welcoming more and more international students into their communities each year. Several of the universities in Ireland are ranked in the QS World University rankings, which displays the country's ability to offer a top quality university education to students from all over the world.

See our detailed guide to studying in Ireland for international students.

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