The undergraduate course in Dentistry at Queen’s was rated number one in UK by the influential Times Good University Guide in 2008. The undergraduate dental curriculum at QUB is based on the requirements of the UK General Dental Council. In the first 2 years of the course, dental students spend a proportion of their time in the Medical Biology Centre on the main QUB campus where there are state of the art facilities including a dissection suite, lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, laboratories, a clinical skills centre, a library, and an open access ‘e’ centre. Dental clinical attachments are in the Dental Hospital on the Royal Hospitals site and also in community dental clinics in Belfast.
In the 3rd, 4th and 5th years of the dental course, clinical experience and teaching is concentrated within the Dental Hospital as well as “outreach” teaching within the NHS community dental service clinics in Belfast. Other clinical attachments are spread throughout Northern Ireland in NHS partner teaching hospitals including Belfast City Hospital, and the Ulster Hospital.
Dentists and dental students are expected to make the care of their patients their first concern, to listen to patients, respect their views, treat them politely and considerately, respect their dignity, privacy, and personal beliefs. The aim of the dentistry course at QUB is to produce ‘ a caring, knowledgeable competent and skilful dentist who is able on graduation to accept professional responsibility for the effective and safe care of patients’. QUB dental graduates are expected to have a sound knowledge of dentistry and its scientific basis and to be clinically competent in the core skills required of a practicing dentist in the 21st century.
Student life at Queen’s University is exciting and enjoyable. There are a wide range of social and educational activities organized by the dental students themselves creating a close knit and mutually supportive student community. The university also provides a wider social, cultural sporting and educational context for undergraduates in a wide range of disciplines.