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Programme Aims and Features
The faculty aims to educate and train students on the BDS curriculum to become dentists, as part of its mission of providing oral healthcare for individuals and the community in Hong Kong. The integrated Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) curriculum is outcomes- and competency-based and adopts a problem-based learning approach. The dental degree curriculum lasts six years.
Learning mainly takes place in the Prince Philip Dental Hospital, the only dental teaching hospital in Hong Kong, but some also takes place in the general medical wards and surgical wards and theatres of the University Departments of Medicine and Surgery, and with oral and maxillofacial patients in the Queen Mary Hospital. Learning occurs at a variety of other dental clinics and centres of oral-health education throughout Hong Kong.
The Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at The University of Hong Kong is recognised as a registrable primary qualification by the Dental Council of Hong Kong (DCHK). The BDS degree has been accredited by the DCHK, which has affirmed the specified status of The University of Hong Kong in section 8(1)(b) of the Dentists Registration Ordinance.
A degree in dentistry can open various career paths. More information about dentistry in Hong Kong is available on the faculty's website at facdent.hku.hk, and on those of the Hong Kong Dental Association (http://www.hkda.org) and the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong (http://www.cdshk.org).
Graduates can pursue any of the following careers:
- Private general dental practice
- Hospital dentistry
- Government dental practice
- Institutional general practice
- Further studies
- Specialist practice
- University teaching and research