Dentistry BDS (Hons)

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Course Code: CK702

Course Title: Dentistry

College: Medicine and Health


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 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: H4 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language, and Mathematics

2017 Entry Requirements: .

Entry Points: 2017: 578


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

Year 1 Modules:

AN1005 Principles of Human Structure for Dentistry (5 credits);

AN1006 Topographical Anatomy (10 credits);

BC1024 Introduction to Biomolecules and Metabolic Pathways (10 credits);

PL1001 & PL1002 Introduction to Physiology for Dentistry I & II (5 & 10 credits);

DS1003 & DS1004 Fundamentals of Dentistry I & II 915 & 5 credits)

Year 2 Modules:

Neuroanatomy and Embryology for Dental Students;  Mammalian Cell and Tissue Structure; Dental Morphology, Histology and Embryology;  Molecular Biology;  The Nervous System; Physiology for Dental Students;  Foundations of Medicine;  Mechanisms of Disease;  Principles of Pharmacology;  Introduction to Clinical Dentistry

Year 3 Modules:

Dental Pharmacology;  Manifestations of Systemic and Oral Disease;  Practical Restorative Dentistry;  Development of Clinical Skills;  Theoretical Basis for Clinical Dentistry;  Behavioural and Ethical Dental Practice

Year 4 Modules:

Clinical Medical Sciences in Dentistry;  Introduction to Dental Surgery;  Introduction to Oral Health and Development I;  Clinical Adult Oral Health;  Theoretical Adult Oral Health I

Year 5 Modules:

Dental Surgery;  Oral Health and Development;  Clinical Restorative Dentistry;  Theoretical 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: 

H4 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology and O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate in Irish, English, another language and Mathematics.

Students presenting with a 2016 (or previous) Leaving Certificate must present with a HC2 in Chemistry and either Physics or Biology.


Mature students: Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (, include a statement of interest and some will be shortlisted for interview.  A H4 in Leaving Certificate Chemistry and either Physics or Biology or equivalent is required (A HC2 if presenting a pre-2017 Leaving Certificate).  Approximately two places are available for mature students.

International Students should visit the International Education website.

Fitness to Practise
This programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here 

Student Vetting
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.

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 of 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 The normal closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of entry. 

Non-EU Applicants

Mature Applicants:  Application is made through the CAO ( and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.


Course Practicalities

Equipment and instruments: Each third-year 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 also need to order scrubs in Year 2.


Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment including essay-type examination, literature review, competency testing, clinical examination and an ePortfolio of reflective practice. 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. 

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 ToulouseDr Aideen O'Sullivan 

Physiology – Dr F Markos, Dr Fionnuala Ní Chiarda

Medicine – Dr Collette Hand 

Further Contact Information

Ann-Marie Doran

Dental School Office

T:+353 (0)21 490 1163 


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