The School of Dentistry, Cardiff University is the only dental school in Wales and it provides significant leadership in dental teaching, research and patient care. Dental research and teaching is centred within the University Dental Hospital on the Heath Park site.
The hospital completed an extensive 5 year refurbishment in 2003 - the new facilities being re-opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. In 2007 the research infrastructure has benefit from a further £2million support from SRIF 3 and institutional support in order to expand and enhance both wet and dry laboratory facilities to create a new Translational Research Facility which includes a dedicated Clinical Trials Suite.
The Dental School is divided into three main Groups:
• Applied Clinical Research & Public Health
• Learning & Scholarship
• Tissue Engineering & Reparative Dentistry.
In the latest Teaching Quality Assurance exercise, the provision of teaching within the School was rated as excellent. A variety of teaching methods are utilised to ensure that our Dental students are well-equipped to face the challenges of clinical practise in the 21st century.
The School is actively involved in the Erasmus Exchange Programme at undergraduate and postgraduate level and has formal links with institutions in Sweden, the Netherlands, the Baltic States and Italy amongst others. There is an extensive outreach programme of community clinical training in Wales.
Programmes of Study
The School offers the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS Hons), Intercalated BSc (Hons) in Oral Diseases and trains Professionals Complementary to Dentistry at undergraduate level. There are also taught postgraduate masters courses on offer in Orthodontics, Implantology, Conscious Sedation and Tissue Engineering. The school also offers MPhil and PhD degrees across all academic disciplines.
Since 2001, the Dental School in collaboration with other partners has attracted over £15 million of research grant funding in its pursuit of research excellence at international levels. It has had 500 articles published in refereed journals and has won numerous internationally recognised prizes and awards. In addition, during his tenure at the Dental School, a senior member of staff was elected President of the International Association for Dental Research.
Research within the Dental School is managed in the following two themes: Tissue Repair & Reparative Dentistry, and Applied Clinical Research & Public Health.
The School pursues collaborative research at National, European and International levels with supportive funding being attracted in all of these areas through Research Councils and through links with industry. Research activity in the School has expanded significantly in the past few years and it is now our aim to consolidate and enhance the national and international levels of excellence in our research base.
Staff and Students
The Dental School has approximately 110 Staff, over 290 BDS students, 40 DCPs and 50 registered postgraduate (taught & research) students.