A number of UK universities have begun to provide or are planning to provide postgraduate masters level courses for clinical dental subjects that partly fulfil the curriculum requirements for dental specialty programmes. There are also some indications that private companies (e.g. Dental Bodies Corporate) may wish to become Local Education Providers and in partnership with universities provide programmes that fully meet GDC curriculum requirements.
The usual route for entry to a GDC specialist list is via an NHS /University funded programme that is quality managed by a Postgraduate Dental Dean and accessed by national (UK) open competition. Such posts are allocated a National Training Number (NTN).
Universities have requested that students applying to specific masters level programmes are also allocated a National Training Number and that these programmes are considered equivalent to those funded by the NHS/Universities.