UCC Undergraduate courses


About This Course

Fact File

  • Title


  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    5 years

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications

    BDS (Hons)

  • Fees

    Student Contribution + Capitation: €3,165 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    2 x H5, 4 x O6/H7, Maths, other language, H4 Chemistry, H4 Physics/Biology. See Requirements for full details.

  • CAO Points

    2017: 578

Course Outline

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. 


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);
  • OH1001 & OH1002 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.

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.

Why Choose This Course

Dentistry is a highly satisfying and rewarding career. It affords you the opportunity to provide a high standard of clinical care for patients. Coupled with this is the potential to alter the patient’s lifestyle to enhance their oral health.

The course marries a high degree of technical knowledge with clinical expertise and patient interaction. As the course progresses, you undertake clinical care for your patients which is progressively more complex, challenging and rewarding.

Small-group teaching is provided which gives you the opportunity to share learning experiences with fellow students and experienced staff.

Skills and Careers Information

On graduating from this course, you will have developed an ability to listen to and engage with your patients. You will also be able to deliver clinical care for your patients to a high technical level. This clinical care is grounded in a deep theoretical knowledge base reinforced by key problem-solving skills. The undergraduate degree will serve as a solid foundation to pursue further career options on graduation.

The NUI offers, through the University Dental School and Hospital, Cork, the postgraduate degrees of MDS, MDPH, DClinDent and PhD.

Qualified dentists may enter general practice, may enter the community dental service, or may undertake further study with a view to specialising in a number of disciplines or becoming university academics.

Our dental graduates may work in EU countries, Australia, Singapore or Canada.


Leaving Certificate entry requirements

At Least six subjects must be presented. Minimum grade requirement of 2*H5 and 4*O6/H7. Applicants will need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:




Other Language


Physics or Biology







Mature students

Applicants should apply directly through the CAO (www.cao.ie), 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.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.

Mature Students Requirements

Please refer to the mature student entry requirements for details. 

Fees and Costs

The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge was €3,000 and the Capitation Fee was €165. Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Non-EU Fees

The 2017/2018 Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.

How Do I Apply

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. 

Mature Applicants  

Application is made through the CAO (www.cao.ie) and the closing date for receipt of completed applications is 1st February of the year of proposed entry.

Non-EU applicants

Non-EU applicants should visit the UCC International Education website


Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can apply online.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure visit our how to apply pages for international students.


**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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