Welcome to the Cardiff School of Dentistry Student Life Web Pages, designed to give you an insight into each year of the Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) undergraduate degree, and about student life in the School and University in general. The content has been provided by our current students, with the sole intention of giving you an honest and open account of their educational, clinical and social experiences in Cardiff.
University Dental Hospital
The School is based at the University Dental Hospital on the Heath Park campus. Progressive healthcare education and patient care are successfully integrated with outstanding research in this major teaching and research centre. Much of the building has been subject to multi-million pound refurbishments in recent years in order to provide students with some of the best educational, clinical and research facilities in the UK.
St David’s Primary Dental Care Unit
The School has been at the forefront of ‘outreach’ teaching since opening the St David’s Primary Dental Care Unit in 2002. Located a few miles away from the University Dental Hospital, this facility provides students in the later years of their course with a wide range of clinical experience by providing primary dental care for those in the local population without a dentist.
Cynon Valley Primary Dental Care Unit
The School’s second Primary Care Dental Unit opened in Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley in 2012. Expanding upon the principles and success of the St David’s Unit, this state-of-the-art facility provides an exceptional clinical and educational experience for our students whilst providing vital community dental services in an area of long-term, high dental need.
Year 1 of the course is primarily located at the School of Biosciences in the heart of the main University campus. Located close to the civic centre and a short walk from the Students Union and the City Centre, dental students study the basic sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry which are the foundation for the practice of Dentistry. The School has recently undergone a major refurbishment, adding to the modern facilities it offers.
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