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Br Dent J. 2007 Sep;203(5 Suppl):9-14.

Undergraduate requirements in restorative dentistry in the UK and Ireland.

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Division of Dentistry, Restorative Dentisry, School of Dental Sciences, The University of Liverpool, Pembroke Place, Liverpool, L3 5PS.



To ascertain the requirements in restorative dentistry that undergraduate dental students have to fulfil in order to sit the finals examinations in dental schools in the UK and Ireland and to compare those requirements with the competencies stipulated by the GDC in The first five years.


Fifteen anonymised questionnaires, of open and closed question design, were sent by post to academics in the university departments of restorative dentistry in each of the undergraduate dental schools in the UK and Ireland. The first section concerned numerical information regarding total numbers of procedures that were required to be completed in undergraduate restorative dentistry. The second section was designed to ascertain information as to how decisions are made with respect to an undergraduate's readiness to sit the finals examination in restorative dentistry (such as continual assessment and/or competency assessments).


A total of 15 replies were received for analysis, a 100% response rate. Several institutions emphasised that they do not have 'requirements', but provide guidelines as to what should be achieved. Six institutions did not have set numerical requirements for direct placement restorations or bridges. The number of direct placement restorations required at the other nine institutions ranged from 50 to 160. Five institutions did not have numerical requirements for dentures; four institutions did not set numerical targets for crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays or endodontics. In institutions where numerical requirements were not used, forms of competency assessments were completed. The requirements across all institutions for periodontology, integrated treatment planning and completed cases were ill-defined.


This study shows that there is a wide disparity amongst institutions in the UK and Ireland with regards to finals requirements in restorative dentistry. Ideally, such requirements should be similar between institutions and should be closely mapped to the GDC's required learning outcomes (The first five years) for the UK institutions.

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