Paediatric Dentistry


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:

  • Examination of the child patient
  • Management of Anxious Children and Adolescents
  • Dental Caries and Periodontal Disease in Children and Adolescents
  • Restorative Management of the Primary Dentition;
  • Examination, Diagnosis, Management and Treatment of Oro-Dental Trauma
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry for Children and Adolescents
  • Management of Medically, Physically and Intellectually Compromised Children and Adolescents
  • Paediatric Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Surgery 
  • Basic principles of orthodontics
  • Comprehensive Treatment Planning for Children and Adolescents
  • Research methods, basic statistics, Critical Appraisal, Clinical Governance and Clinical Audit

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

A clinical skills examination will be held at the conclusion of the four week introductory period based in the clinical skills laboratory. This examination must be passed to allow the postgraduate student to treat patients on the paediatric clinic.

Assessments in written and oral formats are held at the end of each module and at the end of the first and second year. The examination must be passed at the end of the first year to allow progression to the second year of study.

There are written and oral examinations in the summer of the second year. Students are required to submit three fully documented cases describing the management of paediatric patients during training.  . The research dissertation is submitted during June/July of the second year and defended at an oral examination in August of that year. Progress to the dissertation component is conditional on a good performance in continuous assessment and examinations at the first attempt.

Core teaching staff

  • Mrs A Busuttil-Naudi

Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant

  • Dr J Foley

Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant

  • Mrs E M Roebuck

Consultant/Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

  • Mr G Wright

Consultant/ Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

  • Mrs J Lopes

Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry


Applications for MClinDent Paediatric Dentistry can be made online