Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology is a clinical dental specialty undertaken in a laboratory.

It's described by the General Dental Council (GDC) as the "diagnosis and assessment made from tissue changes characteristic of disease of the oral cavity, jaws and salivary glands".

This guidance refers to the application process for an individual specialty. You should read this guidance alongside the dental specialty training recruitment applicant information.


View the dental specialty training recruitment applicant information.

Eligibility for specialty training

Most dentists will have completed at least 1 year of Dental Core Training (DCT) before applying to specialty training. By the time you're appointed to a specialty training post, you must have completed DCT2 or equivalent (as demonstrated by National Certificate of Dental Core Equivalence (NCDCE)).

Applicants must be registered with the GDC before training begins.


For more information visit the dental specialty training eligibility page.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology curriculum

The content of the curriculum was developed by Specialty Advisory Committees who report to the relevant Dental Faculties of the Royal Colleges. 

View the Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology curriculum on the GDC’s website.

Page last reviewed: 2 October 2023

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