Welcome to the Faculty of Dental Sciences of the University of Peradeniya
The Faculty of Dental Sciences (FDS) at University of Peradeniya, is the only institute in Sri Lanka which offers an undergraduate degree programme in Dentistry leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery. It consists of seven academic/clinical Departments, with many affiliated Divisions and a well-equipped Dental Teaching Hospital which functions as a tertiary referral centre for oro-facial diseases. Since clinical Departments are located within the Hospital, it allows the students to have their training in a hospital environment. FDS has facilities in par with highly rated Dental faculties in the region and faculty is blessed with a well-qualified academic and academic support staff. Therefore, the faculty is in a position to provide high quality teaching, advanced research and excellent patient care using the modern facilities. The faculty is geared to fulfill its vision to be a centre of excellence in dental education, research and oral health care. This will enable us to produce caring, well trained and knowledgeable dental surgeons to provide oral health care for the nation.
The dental undergraduate training started in Sri Lanka with the establishment of the Department of Dental Surgery under the Faculty of Medicine, Colombo in 1943. With further expansion, it was moved to Augusta Hill, Peradeniya in 1953. Since then this institute functioned as a dental school affiliated to the Faculty of Medicine until it was granted Faculty status in 1986. FDS was relocated at the present site in 1998 with modern facilities under the grant aid project of Japan. The Faculty enjoys a mixture of both local and international undergraduate students. It also offers postgraduate research programmes leading to MPhil and PhD degrees. In order to enhance research in the faculty, the Centre for Research in Oral Cancer was established in 2013. All clinical postgraduate degrees leading to Board Certification as consultants in various sub Specialties of Dentistry are carried out in collaboration with the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine. In addition, the Dental Auxiliary Training School which is also located in the Faculty trains dental auxiliary personnel. MSc programmes in different subjects in Dentistry and certificate courses are also part of the postgraduate programmes conducted by the faculty. FDS provides diagnostic services for all the hospitals in the island and offers specialized treatment procedures which are not widely available in other hospitals.
Those who achieve the rare opportunity to enter this residential university are blessed with unparalleled opportunities when compared to students in other universities in the country. Studying at this beautiful university provides a unique exposure to diverse cultural and intellectual climate representing all segments of the country. This will undoubtedly create a relaxed academic environment and a memorable youthful experience to flourish the future students.
I am very confident that the graduates produced by the FDS are of the highest standards and should have the ability to work anywhere in the world carrying the prestigious name of University of Peradeniya.
Prof WM Tilakaratne
Dean/Faculty of Dental Sciences