The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Sydney is Australia's first, and has been involved in the training of dental practitioners for 100 years. The Faculty is one of the largest of the five dental schools in Australia and is housed within the Sydney Dental Hospital (SDH), Surry Hills and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (WCOH), Westmead Hospital.
The Faculty offers two innovative undergraduate programs. It offers Australia's first graduate entry dental program, the four year Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent), which utilises problem-based learning, self-directed learning and self-evaluation in education to instruct students in a similar way that dentists perform their day-to-day work.
The Bachelor of Oral Health, which commenced in 2005, provides training in oral health promotion, dental hygiene and dental therapy. As a three year course taught in conjunction with the Faculty of Health Sciences, it provides students with the required theoretical knowledge and practical experience to deliver oral health promotion, dental hygiene and dental therapy services to patients throughout Australia.
The Faculty also offers a suite of postgraduate programs designed to produce specialist practitioners across a wide range of disciplines, and also offers a rigorous research training program to produce research scholars of international standing. Specialist postgraduate training is available in the disciplines of: community oral health and epidemiology, conscious sedation and pain control, oral medicine and oral pathology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and oral implants.
Research training programs offered via the PhD and MSc (Dentistry) are offered in: biomaterials science, community oral health and epidemiology, conscious sedation and pain control, occlusion, oral biology, oral implants, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral pathology and oral medicine, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics.
The Faculty also supports the University's goal of internationalisation, and has established collaborative links with a number of overseas universities located in China, France, Japan, Lebanon, Thailand and the USA. The Faculty also attracts a sizeable applicant pool from abroad for entry into its undergraduate and postgraduate programs.