The 2 year full time degree is approved as part of the training programme in paediatric dentistry by the SAC (Specialist Advisory Committee) in Paediatric Dentistry for those in possession of a training number awarded by the Postgraduate Dental Dean for Scotland.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree or equivalent primary dental qualification is required.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ postgraduate experience.
  • Attainment of the University of Edinburgh language requirements.
  • Provide evidence of funding for the course.
  • All successful applicants to the programme must undergo a criminal record check prior to commencing studies.
  • Completion of occupational health clearance to undergo exposure prone procedures prior to being allowed to treat patients.

 This programme is designed to provide education, clinical training and research experience in the discipline of paediatric dentistry.

Orthodontics and Paediatrics building

The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • Behavioural science and behaviour management including local anaesthesia, sedation and general anaesthesia
  • Pathogenesis, epidemiology and prevention of oro-dental diseases
  • Restorative treatment of dental caries and pulp therapy
  • Developmental disorders of the teeth, mouth and jaws
  • Advanced restorative dentistry for children and young adults
  • Diagnosis, management and treatment for children and young adults
  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Management of medically, physically and educationally comprised patients, including manifestations of systemic disorders
  • Principles and practice of dento-alveolar surgery for children and adolescents
  • Audit, research and introduction to statistics

Learning outcomes

Students will develop their knowledge and skills in all aspects of paediatric dentistry, including diagnosis, treatment planning, clinical skills and all aspects of patient management. The postgraduate will be able to complete a supervised piece of research and will show an understanding of research methodology and data analysis with the ability to reflect on the outcome and report results appropriately.

How you will be taught

The degree course commences with an introductory programme of lectures, seminars and rehearsal or procedures in the clinical skills laboratory. This is followed by five structured terms in Year 1 and Year 2, encompassing the clinical care of patients, seminars, journal clubs and trauma discussion groups.

A supervised research dissertation is completed during the degree course. The research investigation enables the student to demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem which is of relevance to paediatric dentistry.  The research report will typically be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.  Current and past research interests include material science, efficiency of light curing units, fissure sealants, caries epidemiology and diagnosis and cleft care.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is a two-stage process.  The taught component is assessed at the end of the semester in which the course is held or at the end of the taught component of the programme.  There are examinations at the end of each term and in addition, regular essay and critical appraisal exercises.

Progress to the dissertation component is conditional on a good performance in continuous assessment and examinations at the first attempt. The Assessment Regulations set minimum requirements and standards for students and staff, expressing in practical form the academic goals and policies of the University.

Core teaching staff

Ms Sinead McDonnell
Senior Clinical Lecturer and Hon. Consultant

Ms Antoniella Busuttil-Naudi
Senior Clinical Lecturer and Hon. Consultant

Miss Patricia Baxter
Honorary Consultant/Specialist Practitioner & Hon. Senior Clinical Lecturer

Dr Barry Corkey
Specialist Practitioner and Hon. Senior Clinical Lecturer

Miss Kathryn Harley
Consultant and Hon. Senior Clinical Lecturer

Mrs Elizabeth Roebuck
Consultant and Hon. Senior Clinical Lecturer


Applications for MClinDent Paediatric Dentistry can be made online