Study Programme in Dentistry 2008/2009
5 years, 300 ECTS credits, 75 places every autumn semesters.
Dentists of today have an interesting, varied and creative profession, involving stimulating contact with patients. If you decide to become a dentist you will find that it is an interesting, varied and creative job with stimulating contact with patients. If you are interested in working with people, then dentistry is a good choice.
The dental undergraduate course is a 5-year course and comprises both theory and practice. The theoretical basis of the dental undergraduate course comprises knowledge of biological subjects such as chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, microbiology and anatomy and the function of the organs of the body. Tuition is by set course with compulsory attendance and is given in the form of lectures, seminars, laboratory work and practical, clinical training on patients.
Basic training in general medicine requires knowledge of pathology (the science of disease), medicine and pharmacology (the science of pharmaceuticals and their mechanisms of action) In order to be able to read scientific literature and understand the science underlying all factual knowledge, the student undergoes a course in how to read and understand scientific literature during the first semester. During the third year the scientific education continues with independent project in which scientific approach is applied. The student works with the project parallel with the dentistry studies through to the end of the fifth year when the project is presented as a written scientific article and an oral or poster presentation. The topic of the project will be a subject within odontology which the student selects him/herself. A dental student is exposed to clinical dentistry right from first year, through rotations in dental practices/clinics and by spending time in the clinic with more advanced students undergoing clinical training. In the second year the student has his/her first own patients, starting with examination, including taking x-rays, diagnosis, giving oral hygiene instruction etc. Throughout this time the student studies theory alongside the clinical training. More complex treatment procedures are introduced successively. During the third year the student performs uncomplicated fillings, followed in the final years of training by crowns, bridges and prostheses. During the fourth year students train in dental care for children. To support the practical clinical experience, the course also includes training in patient communication and patient care throughout the five years.
The aim of the study programme is to provide students with skills and knowledge enabling them independently to diagnose and treat children and adults with various treatment needs, including the disabled and chronically ill, and elderly patients requiring special care. Students will acquire general skill based not only on knowledge of basic theories, but also on a deeper understanding which will enable them to interpret new information and keep abreast of new developments. This general skill is also a prerequisite for specialisation and in-depth studies in various fields of dentistry. The study programme has a scientific foundation, and students are introduced to scientific methods early on. As well as conveying knowledge and skills, the programme aims to provide students with the ability to make independent critical judgements, solve problems independently, and prepare for life-long learning.
In addition, the study programme in dentistry at Karolinska Institutet has the following objectives:
- Students will be given the opportunity for critical reflection of course content,
- The learning processes will enhance the personal development of the student, guiding the transition from undergraduate to balanced professional,
- The education will highlight the importance of research and provide students with stimulation and the skills to carry out their own research and development projects within the framework of, for example, elective periods and assignments,
- Students will be able to create their own individual undergraduate profiles, reflecting their particular interests and offering greater flexibility in their studies,
- Computers will be used as learning tools and as an aid for seeking, collecting and analysing material
- Skills in the oral and written presentation of reports in both Swedish and English will be developed during the programme,
- Students shall be encouraged to participate in international exchange programmes.
The programme will also foster both personal and professional development. New knowledge demands a review of standpoints, which in turn requires ongoing reflection based on intuition, common sense, conscience and empathy. The student should be aware that every professional relationship is based on respect for the patient as a person. The instruction will be based on humanism as a frame of reference for ethical standpoints. This implies that by training in an environment which offers role models, imparting intrinsic professional skills, experience and competence, students will develop self-awareness and empathy towards patients. These qualities are the basis on which professional demeanour is gradually developed.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is Swedish. Most of the course literature is in English. For courses taught in English, see the specific information for exchange students in established exchange agreements.
On successful completion of the programme, students are awarded a University Degree in Dental Surgery (tandläkarexamen).
Graduates can apply to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare to become licensed (registered) dentists.
Dentists may also undertake research to obtain the degree of Doctor of Medical Science, a postgraduate degree at Ph.D. level, requiring presentation and successful public defence of a thesis. This postgraduate degree usually takes about 4 years of full-time study.
Work as a dentist demands empathy and sensitivity to a patient's requirements. A dentist is also the leader of a team and is therefore ultimately responsible for the optimum treatment of patients. A general dental practitioner can work in the public dental service or in private practice. There are also opportunities for academic careers in research and teaching. Approximately 10 percent of dentists train to become specialists.
KI Campus Huddinge and Karolinska University Hospital, with the exception of the second semesters of studies, which will be at KI Campus Solna.