Basic degree studies in dentistry take 5.5 years (330 ECTS credits) and lead to a Licentiate degree in dentistry. From the onset, the studies emphasise the role of the dental health care system and dentists as part of holistic health care. The graduates will work as experts of the masticatory system, oral health promotion, disease prevention, diagnostics, and care, who also direct patients to other health care professionals as needed.
The education includes both the preclinical and clinical stages. During the first two years the emphasis of the preclinical stage is on basic knowledge, skills and proficiencies consisting mainly of theoretical medical studies. In the clinical stage from the third year onward, clinical work is learnt in a simulation environment. After that, students move on to the clinical stage working in the Teaching clinic under specialists.
After completing their fifth year, students have a compulsory six month practical placement at a health centre before graduating.