The university degree attained here has a high market value: in the field of Dentistry and Oral Sciences, the university has been ranked among the top 200 according to the Shanghai Ranking. In addition, the faculty is ranked 58th in citations relative to the departmental average, neck and neck with Yale University.
In Hungary, university level dental education has a tradition of more than 150 years. The Faculty of Dentistry at Semmelweis was founded in 1955, making it the first and largest one in the field. It boasts with a high percentage of educators with academic rank, and not only does it offer world-renowned quality of training, but also provides patients with modern equipment and highly trained professionals.
Dental training lasts five years, and candidates receive a doctorate degree in dental medicine (D.M.D.) on completion, gaining the right to practice independently. Afterwards, they can train as specialists.
In the first two years, the curriculum is similar to that of the medical students however dental propedeutic courses are already present in the programm. From the third year onwards, dental subjects play an increasingly important role and the number of specialized practices increase significantly. In total, students are assisted in their learning by 100 full and part time professors and tutors.
The faculty’s Education Centre, which opened in 2007, is one of the largest and most modern dental training and patient care centers in Europe. Its clinics and departments teach dental students in Hungarian, English and German, coming from more than 35 countries.
Since its foundation, over 5,000 dentists have graduated from the Faculty altogether, out of which nearly 1,000 were international students. The Faculty of Dentistry also has anaccredited PhD program called Research in the Dental Sciences.
The clinics of the Faculty of Dentistry provide high quality patient care in all areas of dentistry, including oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, restorative dentistry, prosthodontics paediatric dentistry and orthodontics. The Dental and Oral Surgery Training Institute provides 24-hour care. With up to several thousand patients per weekend, there are plenty of opportunities for students to participate in and learn about the process of emergency medicine.
Today, research integrating clinical and theoretical/experimental backgrounds, involving several departments, universities and other professional partners is increasingly common in all fields, and dentistry is no exception. Examples of this include the development of stem cells, tissue engineering and reconstruction, genomics, state-of-the-art imaging techniques, and more recently, the development of biocompatible filling materials, polymers and metals for dental prostheses and implants.