ODONTOLOGY

Introduction

This programme is only offered in Danish.

Odontology requires you to learn large quantities of theory so that you can carry out the practical dental work to the highest possible standards. Among other things, you learn about anatomy, chemistry, histology, physiology and social and clinical psychology. You also work with materials such as gypsum, plastic and various metals.

Daily life

Daily life at the School of Dentistry varies between lectures, laboratory work and practical clinical teaching. You work closely with your study group, and at the beginning of the programme you perform the practical exercises using your fellow students as patients. In the third year, you start working with your own patients, and in the course of the programme you develop your interpersonal skills to inspire trust in your patients.

Students in white coats

On the degree programme, you do regular tests in clinical subjects and laboratory work to ensure that you can satisfactorily carry out the practical work.  After the first two years, you form a treatment group with other odontology students. The group reflects the way in which a real dental clinic operates, supervised by clinical instructors.

Career opportunities

The degree programme in odontology is a professional degree programme, and to become a dentist you are required to complete the MSc programme in odontology. After a year of work as a dentist, you can apply for authorisation to set up your own dental practice. You can also continue your studies on other MSc programmes such as the MSc programme in biomedical engineering or the MSc programme in health science.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22015

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B 
      or
    • Chemistry B, Biology A and Physics C
      or
    • Biology A, Physics C and Biotechnology A

 

If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. a grade average calculated on the basis of the particularly relevant subjects (Quota 2 subjects), listed below
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B
      or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A
      or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B 
      or
    • Chemistry B, Biology A and Physics C

Read more about Aarhus University’s quota 2 criteria. 

Transfer/re-enrolment

 

At present, it is not possible to apply for transfer or change of study to this degree programme. If it becomes possible to transfer or change your study into this programme at a later date, it will be announced on this page.

Programme structure

The BSc programme in Odontology is a three-year, full-time degree programme. Here you can read more about the structure of the degree programme.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can find more detailed information about the individual subjects. You can also see the structure of the degree programme and read about the requirements you are required to meet as a student on the programme, including types of examinations and exam requirements.

In the degree programme diagram for the BSc programme in Odontology, you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.


 

Student life

Teaching at Odontology

From the outset, you are part of a study group that works together on the practical exercises. Teaching combines lectures in large lecture theatres together with many other students and laboratory work, where each week you train your practical skills, applying your theoretical knowledge in practice.

Below is an example of a weekly plan for the second semester of the BSc programme in odontology.

Monday:
8:00–11:00 Lecture in General Histology
11:00–13:00 Preparation
13:00–16:00 Group instruction in Chemistry

Tuesday:
8:00–11:00 Preparation
12:00–15:00 Lecture in Dental Morphology
15:00–16:00 Practical work – Pre-clinical course 2

Wednesday:
8:00–11:00 Group instruction in General Histology
12:00–14:00 Preparation
14:00–16:00 Lecture in Dental Materials Science

Thursday:
8:00–11:00 Preparation
11:00–13:00 Lecture – Pre-clinical course 2
14:00–16:00 Laboratory course in Dental Morphology

Friday:
8:00–11:00 Preparation
12:00–15:00 Lecture in Chemistry

Student social life

At the School of Dentistry, it is not all white coats, practical exercises and heavy studying. Students have ample opportunity to actively participate in various social clubs and associations.

Odontologisk Forening (Odontology Society)
If you are passionate about student politics, Odontologisk Forening (OF) is the place for you. As a student body, OF is represented on numerous committees. OF’s primary aim is to represent the students so that everyone enjoys the best possible study conditions.

Apollonia
Naturally, Odontology has its own party association that works for the best possible framework for the programme’s social life. Every Friday, Apollonia organises a Friday bar. Several times each semester, the association holds large parties for students and staff.

Studying abroad

At Odontology, you can choose to study a semester abroad. The programme has agreements with universities in Europe and the USA, for example. Several graduate dentists also find jobs outside of Denmark. A period of study abroad is therefore an excellent way of finding out if working abroad is something you would like to do in the long term.

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Career

Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Odontology is a professional degree programme during which you acquire qualifications within a number of pre-clinical and paraclinical subjects such as anatomy, dental materials science and biochemistry. Under supervision, you learn to provide patient dental care in such areas as dental filling and root canal treatment. To become a fully trained dentist you will, following completion of the BSc programme, be required to continue on the MSc programme in Odontology.

Confidence in you as a dentist

Patient contact is part and parcel of working as a dentist – both while treating patients as part of your studies and when entering the job market.  In the course of the BSc programme you will therefore receive thorough training in how best to build trust and rapport with your patients.

When will you become a dentist?

You must complete the MSc programme in odontology in order to be granted authorisation to practise as a dentist. Following a one-year term of employment at a dental clinic, you can apply for authorisation to set up your own dental practice. With a BSc in odontology, you can also apply for admission to the MSc programme in biomedical engineering.

Job opportunities

As a dentist, you can open your own clinic or find employment in the public dental care sector. Your primary task will be to examine and treat your patients’ diseases of the teeth, mouth and jaw. You must also advise your patients on dental hygiene and disease prevention. A further option is to pursue further education in surgery and tooth adjustment, for example.