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Dental Science - Research

School Description:

The School of Dental Science comprises some 28 full-time and 60 part-time academic staff, 20 research students and 60 students following taught courses. Dental Science is based in, and is closely linked with, the Dublin Dental University Hospital (DDUH). The Hospital completed a programme of extensive refurbishment and expansion in 1998 with the addition of a state-of-the-art research laboratory in 2004.

The School recently expanded its research, postgraduate and office facilities. It has modern clinical facilities and a wide-ranging programme of dental education at postgraduate level, as well as an innovative programme of continuing education for dental practitioners. There are specialist training programmes in Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry, supported by consultant training programmes in many areas of dentistry, and research degrees at Masters and Ph.D. level. As part of the team approach, there are training programmes for dental hygienists, dental nurses and dental technicians, a Postgraduate Diploma course in Clinical Dentistry aimed at general dental practitioners, a Postgraduate Diploma in Conscious Sedation, a Postgraduate Diploma In Clinical Dental Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma In Special Care Dentistry as well as hands-on courses for dentists in the public service. The School is pleased to announce a new Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy, with it's first intake in January 2014.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Postgraduate work in Trinity College Dublin is very academically challenging and as a result the University has high academic entry requirements.

Applicants will need to hold:

•at least a 2.1 honors degree from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country

•a fluent command of the English language

Some courses may require higher standards or require you to take further tests or attend an interview.

Postgraduate Research Degrees

All students undertaking a research degree are assigned to a single principal supervisor. The supervisor’s role is essentially that of an academic guide and mentor.

If you plan to carry out your degree by research, you are advised to contact the appropriate School with your research proposal and arrange a suitable supervisor before submitting your application. You should initially consult the School website for further information.

Research students are placed either directly on the Ph.D. register or on the Masters register. Research students on the Masters register may then transfer to the Ph.D. register if their progress has been satisfactory. Such transfers usually occur during the second year of full-time study.

Further enquiries

Head of School: Professor Brian O'Connell
Director of Teaching & Learning (Postgraduate):
Professor Michael OSullivan

Telephone: +353-1-612 7354/7316
Fax: +353-1-612 7298
Email: info@dental.tcd.ie

Application date

Research Applications

No closing dates apply for application for higher degrees by research but there are only two registration periods (September and March). Applicants are advised to apply as early as possible prior to their chosen registration period as supervisory capacity may be limited.

In exceptional circumstances it may be possible to register retrospectively. Applicants wishing to be considered for retrospective admission should contact the Graduate Studies Office by emailing research.admissions@tcd.ie

Research areas

Research Programmes

There is an active research output in all divisions: Oral Biosciences; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology; Public and Child Dental Health; Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology. In recent years, focus has been increasingly on infections associated with HIV and AIDS patients, on fungal diseases, salivary disorders, oral cancer and biofilms – sources of infection in dental water lines, and dental implants.

Staff have developed collaborative research projects with the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (T.C.B.E.) and have initiated a very strong educational development and research base in collaboration with dental schools in European countries and the USA.

Enrolment and start dates

March 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Biosciences (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Biosciences (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Public And Child Dental Health (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Public And Child Dental Health (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Dental Science (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Dental Science (Full-Time)

September 2017 Entry

Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Biosciences (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Biosciences (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Public And Child Dental Health (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy, Public And Child Dental Health (Full-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology (Part-Time)
Doctor in Philosophy in Restorative Dentistry and Periodontology (Full-Time)
Master in Science, Dental Science (Part-Time)
Master in Science, Dental Science (Full-Time)

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