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Dentistry BDS (Hons) - CK702

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Course Title: Dentistry

College: Medicine and Health

Dentistry

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 2014/15 the Student Contribution Charge will be €2,750 and the Capitation Fee will be €165.

Entry Requirements: HC3 in chemistry and either physics or biology and passes at H or O level in the Leaving Certificate from Irish, English, another language and mathematics.

Entry Points: 2013: 575. Points may vary from year to year.

Course Code: CK702

Overview

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 in terms 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. 

Course Details

The dental course evolves and is modularised over five years to reflect modern advances in dentistry. Initially the main focus is on basic sciences delivered through lectures, tutorials and laboratories.

Year 1
You will be given an introduction to the Dental School and Hospital. Modules include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of Dentistry
  • Physiology

Year 2
You will cover a broad range of scientific, clinical and dental topics. Modules include:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Restorative Dentistry

Year 3
You will combine clinical contact with dental laboratory courses. Modules include:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Year 4
Modules include:

  • Dental Surgery
  • Oral Health and Development
  • Restorative Dentistry

Year 5
Your final year is spent exclusively engaged with clinical care for patients. Modules include: 

  • Dental Surgery
  • Oral Health and Development
  • Restorative Dentistry

See the College Calendar for more detailed information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate entry requirements: HC3 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and passes at H or O level from Irish, English, another language and mathematics.

Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and attend an interview. Five places available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here 

Garda Clearance
All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Application Procedure

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. 

Non-EU Applicants

Course Practicalities

Equipment and instruments: Each third-year Dentistry student and each first-year graduate entry to Dentistry student is required to make a payment of  €4,000 in the first week of September for the use of Dental Hospital equipment and instruments

You will need to order scrubs in Year 2.

Assessment

Throughout the course, a broad range of assessment modalities are used. 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. Assessment methods include essay-type examination, literature review, competency testing, clinical examination and an ePortfolio of reflective practice. 

Who Teaches This Course

The School and Hospital is an 80-chair facility on the campus of Cork University Hospital. Along with facilities on the nearby UCC campus, the Dental School is equipped to deliver each stage of the dental curriculum and to deliver specialised patient care.

The clinical course is delivered by dentists who bring their experience of working in clinical practice and research to inform their teaching. The sciences, human diseases, communication and law and ethics are taught by experienced practitioners in these fields. The key staff who deliver the course include: 

 

Teaching Staff for Dentistry Modules 

Academic Teaching Staff in Dentistry  

Clinical Teaching Staff in Dentistry 

 

Teaching Staff for Science Modules 

Biochemistry –  Dr Sinead Kerins & Dr Eoin Flemming 

Pharmacology – Dr Orla Barry 

Anatomy – Dr Andre Toulouse, Dr Eric  Downer, Dr Aideen O'Sullivan 

Physiology – Dr F Markos, Dr Fionnuala Ní Chiarda

Medicine – Dr Collette Hand 

Further Contact Information

Mary Wade

Dental School Office

T:+353 (0)21 490 1163 

E: dentalschooloffice@ucc.ie

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