Eastman Dental Institute


Specialty training application processes


Recruitment to Orthodontic specialty registrar training posts will be undertaken by London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and full details will be published on their website as soon as they become available. Interviews are likely to be around June 2020.

The Postgraduate Dental Dean has approved the Orthodontic programmes for training to become a specialist on the GDC list. Recommendation to the GDC for the issuing of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCST) will only be made for trainees who:

  • are issued with a National Training Number (NTN) at the commencement of the programme
  • have satisfactorily completed a three-year full time (or part-time equivalent) training programme and met all of the mandatory training requirements
  • have passed the RCS Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) examination.

Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics

Previously, in addition to submitting an application to UCL Eastman, applicants for the Specialty Training programmes in Endodontology, Periodontology and Prosthodontics had to make a separate and parallel application to Health Education England (HEE). For these programmes, this is no longer the case. 
We have a long and famous tradition of Masters (50 years) and Specialty Training programmes (20 years), all approved by the relevant national recognition bodies. 
Since June 2018, Health Education England (HEE) has limited provision of National Training Numbers (NTNs) in Endodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics to academic trainees (NIHR Academic Clinical Fellows - ACFs) only.
Nevertheless, we will continue to provide the same high quality programmes mapped to the General Dental Council (GDC) Specialty Curricula. These same programmes are undertaken by trainees with NTNs in their second / third years and ACFs and are therefore suitable for preparation and eligibility for the relevant Royal College Specialty Exit Examinations (e.g. MEndo, MRD).
UCL Eastman trainee pass rate at the Royal College of Surgeons in England for MRD in September 2018 was 100%; and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh 86% (compared to an overall pass-rate of 46%). 
Those without an NTN do not apply to the GDC specialist list via Certificate of Completion of Specialty Training (CCST)  but rather by mediated entry or portfolio assessment, currently designated route 2. Details of the routes for submission for recognition by the General Dental Council (GDC) as a specialist are provided on the GDC website. We have experience of supporting portfolio development for such submissions.