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Dental Programme

A dentist works very close to his or her patients. The professional practice also takes place in close cooperation with dental nurses, dental hygienists and dental technicians. To prevent, alleviate and cure diseases of the oral cavity, not only extensive scientific knowledge is necessary, but rather also the ability to meet other people. This demands an extensive education to become knowledgeable in the profession. Five years of full-time studies lead to the Master of Science in Dental Surgery.

How the body functions

The programme begins with basic medical training that provides theoretical knowledge on how the body is built and how it works. In the first years, the students study biomedical subjects such as anatomy, cell biology, physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology.

In the beginning, the programme is focused on health and disease in the oral cavity and the maxillofacial system. The students learn what causes oral diseases, how the conditions can develop and what significance dental and oral diseases have in society.

The practical tasks are dominant in the latter part of the programme. Through courses in psychology and patient care, the students learn to convey security and confidence. At the odontology adult clinic and children's clinic, the students have the chance at diagnosing and treating patients under supervision. During the programme, the students also do a degree project.

Theory and practice

The students are scheduled around six hours every weekday. Teaching comprises lectures, demonstrations, seminars and practical exercises. The students get to apply their theoretical knowledge in the clinical training under the supervision of experienced teachers.

Most of the courses are examined with a written or oral examination. In some cases, the students are asked to demonstrate that they have learned a certain component. After completing the programme, a licence is issued by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Dentists can then choose to specialise, but only after they have worked in general dentistry for a minimum of two years. The specialist education takes three to four years, depending on what specialist expertise the dentist chooses.


Many of the students in the dental programme want to conduct research. The Sahlgrenska Academy is considered to be one of the world's leading odontological research centres and the programme provides a broad base for clinical and experimental research.

Conducting research during ongoing studies can be difficult in terms of time, but it is somewhat common that students work with various research projects at the university during the summer. Some choose to conduct research directly after they have become graduate dentists, others do so after or during their specialist education.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every year, 93 students are admitted to the dental programme in Gothenburg. Admissions take place in both the autumn and spring semesters. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

General entry requirements are:

  • Swedish 3 or Swedish course B or Swedish as second language 3, with at least a Pass grade, or the Test i svenska för universitetsstudier, Tisus (Test in Swedish for higher education). For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is necessary to have at least Swedish B.
  • English course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge.
  • Mathematics course A with at least a Pass grade or the equivalent knowledge. For upper-secondary education that was completed before 1 January 2010, it is not necessary to have Mathematics A.

If you have an IB degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades in Swedish B. You can also meet the requirement of Swedish with the Swedish upper secondary school courses: Swedish 3 or Swedish as a second language 3. Swedish B or Swedish as Second Language B issued before 2013-07-01 or Test in Swedish for University Studies (Tisus).
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010 mathematics is not required for general admission.

And the specific entry requirements:

  • Biology B, Physics B, Chemistry B, Mathematics D or Biology 2, Physics 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements 13/A13).

Selection: grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Page Manager: Anette Nilsson|Last update: 9/28/2016

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