Oriel is the UK-wide portal and recruitment system for postgraduate dental training vacancies.

Important: Important

The Dental Core Training National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO) strongly recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer throughout the recruitment process, as opposed to a mobile or tablet device.

Oriel is only supported by these browsers:

  • Chrome v77+
  • Edge v79+
  • Firefox v68+
  • Safari v12+

You will use Oriel to apply for vacancies and, later in the process, place posts in order of preference.

Registering for an Oriel account

To register, visit the Oriel homepage, choose a staff group from the options and choose the Register option. Use an email address you have regular access to.

Completing all your personal details at this stage means you will not need to fill them in for every separate application you submit.

Email will be the main way you’ll be contacted during recruitment, so it’s important to check you receive a confirmation email after registering. This email should arrive within 15 minutes.

Your email address

Oriel will notify you about deadlines, interviews and offers using your registered email address. Make sure [email protected] is on your safe senders list and check the junk or spam folders of your email account regularly.

You should not rely solely on email alerts during the recruitment process. Check the messages section in your Oriel account regularly to make sure you do not miss any important alerts about your application.

Applying for Dental Core Training (DCT)


A vacancy represents the type of training programme available. One vacancy may contain several or many posts, but all applicants interested in that programme will apply for that single vacancy.

In this recruitment round, DCT will be advertised as 2 separate vacancies in Oriel.

  • One vacancy for DCT1.
  • One vacancy for DCT2 and 3.

You must only apply to 1 vacancy.

Applying for a DCT vacancy

From 10:00am on Thursday 11 January 2024, applications for DCT posts will open.

To apply, follow these steps.

  1. Log in to Oriel.
  2. Choose Vacancies in the left-hand navigation.
  3. In the I am applying for field, choose Dental.
  4. In the Training programme field, choose Dental Core Training.
  5. Choose the vacancy you wish to apply to.

When you’ve selected the vacancy, in the right-hand pane, you’ll be able to:

  • see more information about the training programme
  • view the application form
  • apply

Choose Apply to fill in the application form. If you’ve entered your personal details as part of your Oriel profile, some of them will be pre-filled on the application.

When you go to the next page in your application, the information you’ve entered will be saved. You can return to the application at any time, as long as the submission deadline of 4:00pm on Thursday 1 Feburary 2024 has not passed.

Make sure you do not submit your application unless it is complete and accurate. Once you've submitted it, you will not be able to make any changes, except to update your own contact and referee details.

Communications during the recruitment process

During the recruitment process we'll mainly contact you through direct messaging in Oriel. We may also contact you by direct email or telephone.

If you've opted in to receive text messages, we'll use these to alert you if you've received a new offer. 

Preferencing DCT posts in Oriel

From Thursday 11 April 2024, you’ll be invited to preference your DCT posts in Oriel.

This means ranking them according to which posts you’d most like to be appointed to.


Find out more information about posts and preferencing.

Page last reviewed: 16 December 2021

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