University of Portsmouth Dental Academy

School of Dental Medicine
William Beatty Building
Hampshire Terrace Portsmouth PO1 2QG

The Dental Academy is a modern, primary-care based school that trains General Dental Council-registered and qualified dental care professionals, and offers comprehensive oral and dental healthcare to the public.

We offer three degree-based programmes – in Advanced Dental Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy – and there is a strong emphasis on team training within the Dental Academy.

Students train in practice teams using modern clinical facilities that replicate those found in real NHS dental practices. Our evidence-based approach to education is further enhanced by our involvement with various areas of research.

We've received an Athena Swan Bronze award for our commitment to gender equality in the dental profession. The Dental Academy is supported through our partnership with the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences at King's College London, whose dental students are also trained within our school.

Teaching There is an emphasis on practical teaching within the Dental Academy, and our students start treating patients – under the close supervision of qualified staff – early in their studies. Our students start on simulation models known as 'phantom heads', before putting their learning into action with real patients.

Our live teaching clinics have treatment bays replicating the set-up of a dental surgery, and students work together in small teams to replicate the conditions of general dental practices – giving them valuable experience in building intra-professional working relationships. Our students also spend time on placements, observing dentistry in a variety of settings.

We support our students through a personal tutor system and use an app-based longitudinal assessment method to track students clinical progress and provide continuous feedback. In 2018 we achieved a 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey with 100% of our graduates placed in either further education or work within 6 months.

We also offer a variety of dental short courses and continuing professional development (CPD) courses – including (but not limited to) minor oral surgery, laser use in dentistry and various implant dentistry courses.

We’re proud to be a breath of fresh air in the academic world – a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best.

We’re always discovering. We don’t fit the mould, we break it. Just as the world keeps moving, so do we.

We’re closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to set the course for a better future. And we educate and transform the lives of our students to help them achieve their potential.

We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world. We excel in research areas from cosmology and astrophysics to cyber security, forensics and sport science.

Since the first day we opened our doors, we've looked towards the future. And we're here to help you shape it.

Map of University of Portsmouth Dental Academy School of Dental Medicine, William Beatty Building, Hampshire Terrace Portsmouth PO1 2QG

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