Welcome to the Faculty of Odontology
The Faculty of Odontology is one of six faculties at the University of Iceland School of Health Sciences. The other faculties are the Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, and Faculty of Psychology.
In 1945 teaching in odontology commenced under the auspices of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Iceland.The Faculty of Odontology has been an independent faculty within the University of Iceland since 1972.
The Faculty offers a six year programme in odontology, leading to a candidatus degree, and a three year BS programme in Dental Technology. The Faculty also offers MS and PhD programmes in odontology. A number of students commences the undergraduate programmes each academic year, however at the end of the first semester a number of examinations with a numerus clausus are held, and only the top 5 students in Dental Technology and top 7 candidatus students are allowed to continue to the second term of the course. Courses are taught in Icelandic, however, most textbooks are in English.
The Faculty of Odontology offers vigorous teaching in odontology, and Icelanders can be proud of having amongst the best-educated and most skilled dentistry profession in the world. Icelandic students of odontology are highly desirable abroad, and have done well in graduate studies overseas. In an age of technology and information in the field of dentistry, it is important to maintain knowledge and follow the times. The Faculty of Odontology offers in-service education courses for graduates candidates, which have been well attended.
The Faculty's dental clinic provides the public and dentists with both general and specialised services. The dental clinic is a teaching institution, much like the hospitals are for the practical training of other health professions.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Odontology teaching is offered in dental nursing.
The Faculty's clinical teaching is comparative on an international scale in accordance with peer review, as many lecturers have undertaken their graduate studies at many of the best odontology institutes in the United States and in Europe.
The Faculty of Odontology provides the health authorities and general public with advice and consultation, and contributes to the in-service training of dentists, as well as doing its part for international relief work.