About the School of Clinical Dentistry

The Dental School in Sheffield was first established in the early 1897 and Sheffield University has been awarding a degree in Dental Surgery since 1922, although the teaching of dentistry in Sheffield dates back even earlier to the 1850s.

Professor Chris Deery, Dean of the School of Clinical Dentistry

Welcome from the Dean, Professor Chris Deery

The School enjoys a national and international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Ninety two percent of our research was graded as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. Sheffield staff and students regularly win prizes National and International conferences 16 this year, including the Junior Colgate, Senior Colgate and Presidents Prize at the British Society for Oral and Dental Research 2019.

Award winners in the School of Clinical Dentistry

The School also rates highly in student satisfaction surveys. The 2019 National Student Survey returned an overall satisfaction score of 100% for Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course, placing us first in the UK.

Exciting challenges face dental professionals and demand the most of their abilities. In Sheffield we train the whole dental team together and provide unique opportunities for our students to learn and gain experience in community settings. We strive to help the whole dental team attain their full academic and clinical potential and at the same time develop, within the University, a broad range of interests. To achieve this we provide up-to-date, research-led teaching delivered by modern methods and with the support of excellent facilities. The School and Hospital have recently completed a £14,500,000 redevelopment programme that includes new clinical teaching facilities. The School has just opened a new state of the art haptic teaching laboratory

The School is the first in the UK to offer a BSc in Bio-dental Science and Technology. This innovative research-led programme covers disciplines at the forefront of healthcare research such as anatomy, oral microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, tissue engineering, medical sociology and materials science.

We have an integrated BDS curriculum, which was positively reviewed by General Dental Council in 2019. Basic sciences and clinical skills teaching are integrated throughout the course and students learn clinical skills from the very first semester. We are proud of our outreach programme for twenty weeks during their senior years, our students train in dental practices and dental access centres throughout South Yorkshire. We have 10 outreach centres, training our students in real primary care settings. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by an elective period which can be taken in either the UK or abroad. The DH&DT Course was also reviewed very positively by the GDC in 2017.

We are particularly proud of our teaching quality, our student support mechanisms, and our systems for involving students in their educational process. This ethos of team working and unity of purpose contributes to our standing as a school of international calibre.

We also have a portfolio of postgraduate taught programmes, which draw students from across the globe, as we do PhD students.

The School is situated within the University campus to the West of Sheffield. The city has the reputation of being student-friendly and having a vibrant nightlife. Sheffield lies beside the Peak District National Park.

As Dean it is a privilege to lead a School with highly motivated, dedicated and internationally recognised staff and such bright and enthusiastic undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Academic Units

The School of Clinical Dentistry is divided into five academic units:

  • Academic Unit of Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • Academic Unit of Restorative Dentistry
  • Academic Unit of Oral Health Dentistry and Society
  • Academic Unit of Oral Surgery
  • Academic Unit of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

A world top-100 university

We're a world top-100 university renowned for the excellence, impact and distinctiveness of our research-led learning and teaching.