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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 2021 will be carried out on a UK-wide basis.

Specialty training 2021 national recruitment timetable

Specialty training 2021 national person specifications


Please see a list of posts that are going live in 2021:

ST1 in Orthodontics- Dundee Dental Hospital and School / Aberdeen Dental Hospital and School [PDF]

ST4 in Orthodontics- Glasgow Dental Hospital [PDF]

ST4 in Orthodontics - Edinburgh Dental Institute [PDF]

ST1 in Oral Surgery - Glasgow Dental Hospital [PDF]

ST1 in Oral Surgery - NHS Lothian and NHS Borders

Pre CCST Paediatrics - Dundee

Pre CCST Paediatrics - Glasgow

Please note that the above is subject to change.

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 2021

The application window is now closed.


ST1 Restorative Dentistry 

National Person Specification

Restorative Dentistry self-assessment form

1 x Glasgow Dental Hospital    

1 x Aberdeen Dental Hospital and Institute of Dentistry


ST1 Oral Medicine 

National Person Specification

Oral Medicine self-assessment form

1 x Glasgow Dental Hospital

1 x Glasgow Dental Hospital and Dundee Dental Hospital

Please note that the above is subject to change.

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.

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Last updated: 30/09/2020

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