The School provides a growing portfolio of flexible, part-time, postgraduate degrees, along with the graduate entry Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme and a number of courses designed for dental care professionals. The focus is on promoting a culture of continuing professional development, allowing the future and present general dental practitioners the opportunity to further their skills and education in their chosen area of interest, whilst maintaining their clinical practice.
Many years of experience and quality provision have informed the establishment of the BDS graduate entry dental programme within our School of Dentistry. With just 29 students in each year, there is a high staff to student ratio and 100% success rate in gaining employment on this popular course.
The School has also launched a BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene/ Dental Therapy course which is unique in that the clinical element of the first two years, is fully integrated with that of the BDS students to develop a full understanding of inter-professional working from the beginning of both courses. The clinical element of both of these courses is delivered at our state-of-the-art Dental Education Centres which ensure that our students are training in exactly the primary care environment they will be joining once qualified. This has contributed to our success as a School in the competitive Foundation Dental Selection process.
In addition, we have developed a broad portfolio of educational events and opportunities for members of the primary care dental team. These include two very popular and successful courses that allow students to prepare for the Royal College Diplomas in Clinical Dental Technology and Orthodontic Therapy.
The core postgraduate activity is a suite of part-time clinical master's courses, with exit awards available from most courses at Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma levels.
As one of only a few universities nationally to boast its own on-campus dental clinic, we are fully equipped to give all dental students direct access to practical experience in high-end dental work, within the institution.
The aim of the School of Dentistry is to provide high-quality research evidence to inform and guide clinical practice and health policy and make a difference to the experience of patients and the public. There are three main streams of research: oral and dental translational research, applied public health and epidemiology and clinical education and training.