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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Dental Specialty Training

Specialty training in Scotland is recruited both Nationally, by NHS HEE, and locally, by NHS Education for Scotland.

National recruitment to specialty training

For information including timetables, recruitment documents and how to apply, please go to the COPDEND website.

More information on national recruitment.

Recruitment to Speciality Training in Orthodontics, Paediatrics and Oral Surgery in 2020 will be carried out on a UK-wide basis.

Specialty training 2020 national recruitment timetable [PDF].

Applications are now closed for National Recruitment 2020.

Please find specialty training 2020 national person specifications.

Local recruitment to specialty training

Specialty training leads to inclusion on one of the GDC’s specialist lists. The training period depends on the specialty and varies from three to five years.

Scotland offers programmes in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology, Dental Public Health, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Special Care Dentistry.

Recruitment 2020

Recruitment to Specialty Training and/or academic posts in Radiology, Restorative Dentistry, Special Care Dentistry, and Dental Public Health are recruited within Scotland by NES or by the Universities.


*ST1 Restorative x 2 - Glasgow and Edinburgh, Academic post in Dundee.

Due to COVID-19 Applications are not yet open for our Restorative Dentistry posts, details will be provided in due course.

Contact us

Should you have any queries about specialty training in Scotland, please contact

Study leave

Go to the Scotland Deanery website for study leave policy and advice on how to apply.

Useful links

Last updated: 30/09/2020

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