Dean's Welcome

Professor Chris Peck, Dean

Welcome to the Faculty of Dentistry at The University of Sydney.

We have been providing oral health education and training since 1901 and form part of Australia’s most comprehensive cluster of health faculties – which includes Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, and Pharmacy. This breadth and depth in health education and research at Sydney provides our students with outstanding opportunities in research and learning which ultimately provide gains in sustainable, innovative and excellent health care. This underscores our purpose of an absolute commitment to the community’s health through oral health education, training and intellectual discovery.

We provide a suite of coursework and research training programmes that maximise the potential of our students. We are privileged to have the most promising students enrol in our faculty and we strive to enhance and maximise their potential.

Research training is available at the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy levels across basic and life sciences, population oral health and educational research. Our aim and endeavour is to integrate our research activities to ultimately improve health in the community. The majority of our research is competitively funded through the NHMRC, ARC, Australian Dental Research Foundation and NSW Dental Board, and we have strong links with the Institute for Dental Research at Westmead Centre for Oral Health. I encourage you to have a look at the research area of our website and contact our research units for more information. We are always on the lookout for active minds interested in a research career.

Our coursework programmes cover the majority of general and specialist dental practice and public dental health. In these courses, the common goal is to develop graduates who are life-long learners committed to the highest professional and ethical standards. We work closely with the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences in the delivery of our Oral Health and Dentistry degrees. Although our postgraduate education has a major focus on advancing skills for dentists, we also offer a unique opportunity for those interested in population oral health to enrol in a Public Health degree. Here we work closely with the School of Public Health and the NSW Health Department to develop graduates for a career in public health. For those looking for short courses, our continuing education programme has a broad range of courses to meet every enquiring mind.

Whilst our most important assets and focus are our students, we could not achieve our purpose without our staff and university, government, industry and dental profession collaborations. We have enormous talent in our academic and administrative staff and this explains why we are able to provide the large range of courses on offer. We are part of one of Australia’s leading universities that is committed to the pursuit of excellence and where the health faculties work closely together to meet the needs of Australia and beyond. We could not do what we do without our strong partnerships in the NSW Health Department, the Australian Dental Association and the dental industry. These partners provide us with expertise and practical insight for our academic activities.

We look forward to you joining us whether it is as a student or staff member to help us achieve our purpose.

Professor Chris Peck