About the school

Bristol Dental School is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Bristol.

The School is wholly integrated with University of Bristol Dental Hospital, part of University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, with which it shares its premises.

We have been training Dental Surgeons since 1906 and Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) since 1949. Our strengths are in equipping students with a core of appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to clinical dental practice in the 21st century.

Proportionately more of our undergraduates proceed to formal postgraduate training and education than any other UK Dental School, which confirms one of our aims of producing dentists equipped for life-long learning.

We are also the largest provider of DCP training in the United Kingdom, which enables us to enhance all our teaching and learning with emphasis on the dental team.

Following the introduction of a revised BDS programme in 2006 and a £15 million refurbishment project in 2007, we were rated as the top Dental School in the UK in the 2009 and 2010 National Student Survey.

Our research themes are diverse and receive international recognition. We continue to successfully secure grant funding from research councils, charitable organisations and industry, as well as NIHR and the Wellcome Trust. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Bristol was rated as the 5th of all Dental Schools in the UK.

Athena SWAN awards

Bristol Dental School holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, and has a strong commitment to Equality of Opportunity.

The Athena SWAN Charter is a scheme which recognises excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education.

Did you know

  • In April 2013, Bristol Dental School became one of only two dental schools in the UK to be awarded a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Award, recognising the school's positive working environment
  • Our newest clinical teaching facilities are in South Bristol Community Hospital. Based in the Hengrove area of Bristol, the facility enhances dental undergraduates' exposure and experience to a diverse patient base
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