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 The range of expertise in the new Faculty and the variety of clinical exposure given to its students make this a remarkable place to study and work

Two World-class Dental Faculties United

In 2004, the respected School of Dentistry of the University of Stellenbosch was incorporated into the Faculty of Dentistry at UWC, which already was accredited as a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre. This unison makes the current Dental Faculty at UWC a leader in Africa. The range of expertise in the new Faculty and the variety of clinical exposure given to its students make this a remarkable place to study and work. It is a realization of training through service rendering of a much needed oral health service to the underserved areas of the Western Cape.

Qualifications offered

Entry Level

The Faculty offers two professional entry qualifications:

·         The BChD equips graduates to practice as Dentists

·         The BOH enables registration in the field of Oral Hygiene.

Both qualifications are registrable with the Health Professions Council of South Africa and enable the holders to work in private practice and to pursue post-graduate studies in Oral Health.


The Faculty offers the full range of postgraduate academic and professional programmes and qualifications fully accredited with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Clinical Training in Community Centres

Clinical training is patient centered with a key emphasis on maximum clinical exposure and early patient contact. Most of the Clinical training is offered at the community-based Oral Health Centre in Parow (at Tygerberg Hospital) and Mitchell’s Plain, both suburbs of greater Cape Town. The Oral Health Centres are dental hospitals which offer comprehensive and advanced oral health care to more than 20 000 patients annually. The Faculty also works in two other major hospitals in the region. It has training facilities for children’s dentistry at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and a maxillo-facial unit for postgraduate training at Groote Schuur Hospital. Senior students at the faculty render services as part of their training programme at the Community Health Centre in Gugulethu and on the Phelophepa Health train.


The coveted World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre status marks the level of the Faculty’s many international partnerships. These include the University of Missouri (Kansas City), the University of Oslo in Norway and a pending MOU with the Universities of Asahi and Meikai in Japan. This link with the WHO has led to the Faculty training the trainers for Africa as regards Oral Health. The range of its post graduate student body includes students from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Libya, the Middle East and the sub-continent supporting its continental significance. UWC Dentistry graduates are known for excellence arising from a world-class training and for their commitment to service.

Outreach experience

A wide variety of community dental outreach experiences are provided to complement the teaching and learning at the Oral Health Centres. These outreach experiences not only enhance experiential learning but also support underserved communities in the region.​ 


Research is a key deliverable at the Faculty. Undergraduate students have been recipients of the prestigious SADA / Dentsply Student Award and postgraduate students have received the South African IADR award enabling them to present their work at International Conferences.​ 


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