Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Degree offered by the University of Peradeniya is the only undergraduate dental program in Sri Lanka. All the departments and Divisions of the Faculty take part in the teaching and to contribute towards this programme. Although the present BDS program is of four years’ duration, the faculty is offering five year degree under the new curriculum from 2015/2016 batch of Dental Students.
Peradeniya Dental (Teaching) Hospital, the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka, with an average annual patient turnover of 65,000, provides ample opportunities for hands-on clinical training for the students. The Hospital conducts specialist clinics in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine, Restorative Dentistry, Prosthetics, Periodontology, Paedodontics and Orthodontics, which are overseen by specialists in each discipline, who are members of the Faculty of Dental Sciences. The dental students undergo clinical training, and gain clinical experience in these clinics, under close supervision of the specialists.
There are 130 dental chairs and units for student use. The students also undergo training in the Radiography, Orthodontic, Prosthetic, Restorative and Oral Medicine. The Peradeniya General (Teaching) Hospital and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Peradeniya in liaison conduct teaching medicine.
The perception among some professional dental surgeons that postgraduate courses are for those seeking academic careers has by and large been dispelled, and dental graduates are increasingly aware of the benefits of such courses to update and advance their knowledge. The Faculty has sought to meet the resultant demand for advanced knowledge by offering appropriately designed postgraduate courses, with combinations of lectures, practical and research in varying proportions and scope that lead to diplomas/degrees.