The curriculum

Reflective learning is essential throughout the programme, particularly in areas of clinical practice.

4 dental students at work

The curriculum is broadly split into four themes which form the core of education, and are expanded upon as knowledge and skills progress.

These themes are:

  • Health and Disease
  • Clinical Practice
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Preparation for Practice

Throughout the entire programme, reflective learning is essential, particularly in areas of clinical practice.

You will build a personal portfolio of work which contributes to the continual assessment of your progress.

You will also participate in the individual presentation of case studies in relation to clinical treatment, and in Journal Clubs, where dentally-related literature is discussed in a group context.

Year 1

Areas of study include general histology, anatomy and physiology, oral biology, health informatics, medical emergencies and periodontal oral health and prevention.

You will undertake treatment of patients in the second semester of first year. This provides the foundation on which following years are based.

Year 2

Courses expands on knowledge gained in the first year and introduce subjects such as dental caries, dental biomaterials, pharmacology, oral health promotion and evidence based dentistry.

You will develop further skills in clinical treatment and commence laboratory-based skills in paediatric and adult restorative dentistry.

Year 3

We continue to elaborate upon subjects covered in previous years and introduce oral medicine and pathology, oral surgery, special care dentistry and clinical imaging.

Clinical skills and practice continue to be developed in third year introducing guided biofilm therapy and clinical imaging.

Year 4

You will commence outreach placements in a number of locations and specialities throughout Lothian and Fife. 

You will also undertake a literature based dissertation on a subject of your choice.