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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.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish.. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.

See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • the student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).

If you have an International Baccalaureate (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, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.

And the specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • 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: 8/8/2018

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