Cardiff University Dentistry

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Cardiff University Dentistry

We are the only dental school in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care.

We are located at the University Dental Hospital on Cardiff University’s Heath Park campus, a 53 acre site shared with the University Hospital of Wales.

Progressive healthcare education and patient care are successfully integrated with our research facilities in this major teaching and research centre. Our academic and clinical staff are recognised as being world-leading experts in their fields. They provide valuable clinical services to the people of Wales in addition to their academic responsibilities.

Rankings and reputation

The sizeable investment in staff and facilities in recent years has helped us achieve unprecedented levels of success:

  • We were ranked 1st among UK dental schools by both the Guardian and the Times Good University Guide 2016
  • Our 2015 National Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) indicated 92% overall student satisfaction. Whilst 100% indicated that our supervisors have the knowledge to support their research.
  • Our world renowned research ensured we were ranked the top UK dental school in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
  • In 2009 our Violence and Society Research Group won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education



We offer undergraduate training opportunities for home and overseas students in dentistry, dental hygiene and dental therapy.

We offer undergraduate training opportunities for students in dentistry, dental hygiene and dental therapy, and a learning experience designed to best prepare you for your future career.

We offer the following courses:

Dental Surgery (BDS) A200
Dental Surgery with a preliminary year (BDS) A204
Dental Therapy and Hygiene (BSc) B752
Dental Hygiene (Diploma) B750

Postgraduate taught

We offer five taught Master’s degrees, including Clinical Dentistry, Orthodontics and Tissue Engineering.

Postgraduate research

Our research programmes are individually structured to provide the opportunity to undertake original and independent research.

Postgraduate taught

We provide a broad range of taught Master’s courses that offer pathways for clinical specialisation and for developing research training in the biomedical and life sciences.

Our Masters courses are delivered by internationally recognised clinicians and research academics who provide a friendly, supportive and professional environment for both clinical and biomedical science focused study programmes.

Our clinical course can provide eligibility to sit relevant national clinical specialist examinations.

Non-clinical courses are designed to provide the basic research training often now expected for entering into a PhD programme of study and may be used to permit entry into a 3 year PhD programme of study within the School of Dentistry.

Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent)

A full-time, three year specialist training programme in either Endodontology or Prosthetics, leading to eligibility to sit the Royal College of Surgeons Conjoint M Endodontology and M Prosthetics Examinations.

Implantology (MSc/PgDip)

One Year, full time or two years part-time modular programme designed to provide students with an extensive understanding of the science and practice of implantology. Students have the opportunity to participate in the full spectrum of contemporary implant practice where all forms of bone and soft tissue grafting are undertaken.

Orthodontics (MScD)

Established over 40 years ago, this programme is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in Clinical Orthodontics. In addition to the award of a MScD, the course provides eligibility to sit the Royal College of Surgeons Membership in Orthodontics.

Tissue Engineering (MSc)

Full-time, one year course, designed to provide extensive academic research training in the biomedical sciences and clinical translation pertaining to tissue engineering. Students have opportunity to attend many different clinical attachments and visit local companies developing stem cell and other relevant therapies for clinical use.

Oral Biology (MSc)

This one year full-time course provides in-depth academic understanding of the structure and biology of the oral tissues, their interaction with the oral microflora and scientific research methodologies to enable translational advancement.