Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Faculty of Dental Sciences

University of Peradeniya

Certificate Courses

      Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya conducts Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree programme primarily for Sri Lankan students. Currently, BDS degree programme consists of 10 semesters running for a period of five years. Clinical training for these dental undergraduates takes place in the Dental (Teaching) Hospital in Peradeniya. There are six clinical Departments of study namely, Oral Medicine & Periodontology, Oral and maxillofacial surgery, Prosthetic dentistry, Restorative dentistry, Community dental health and Oral pathology involved in the clinical teaching of the BDS curriculum in the Faculty of Dental Sciences. In addition, these clinical departments provide services for a large patient community covering clinical disciplines such as Oral medicine, Radiology, Oral surgery, Prosthetics, Restorative dentistry, Periodontology, Orthodontics, Paedodontics, Community dentistry, and Oral pathology. Many dental health care workers such as dental undergraduates, post graduates and dental auxiliaries undergo their clinical training at the Dental (Teaching) Hospital in Peradeniya.

      There are requests from overseas dental students to undergo a short term clinical training under supervision at the Dental (Teaching) Hospital in Peradeniya. Being the major tertiary care facility for oral health in Sri Lanka, Faculty of Dental Sciences and the Dental (Teaching) Hospital have the capacity to offer a short term clinical training for students who have successfully followed BDS training overseas under supervision. This will provide opportunity for earning extra funds for the Faculty of Dental Sciences and the Dental (Teaching) Hospital. Further, training of foreign students would facilitate international collaborations for both students and the staff. Besides, such a programme may boost the international recognition of the Faculty of Dental Sciences and the Dental (Teaching) Hospital

      Aim: To provide additional exposure in clinical dentistry under supervision for foreign undergraduates who have successfully followed BDS training and/or awaiting graduation. Participants are expected to gain knowledge in the following aspects

      1. Diagnose all common dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases / disorders, including oro-facial manifestations of systemic diseases / conditions,
      2. Effectively treat and manage all common oral and dental diseases/conditions, including those in medically-compromised patients, in clinical and community setting,
      3. Identify the conditions that are beyond the scope of a General Dental Practitioner, and refer patients for necessary management of the conditions
      4. Deal effectively with medical emergencies that may arise in the dental clinic,
      5. Demonstrate appropriate levels of attitudes that would motivate the graduates to develop empathy, to be compassionate and caring towards the patients under their care, and adhere to acceptable standards of professional conduct, ethics and practice of radiation safety.
      6. Work effectively and harmoniously as a member or leader of a health care team.


    Duration (weeks)



    Oral and Maxillofacial surgery Comprehensive oral health care (Ward 2wk, OPD 6wk, MOT 4wk)


    Restorative dentistry including endodontics


    Oral mucosal diseases and facial pain




    Paediatric dentistry and Orthodontics (Orthodontic 2wk, Paediatric dentistry


    Prosthodontics (Clinic 10wk, lab2wk)


    Imaging diagnosis of OMF diseases


    Primary and preventive health care


    Total duration


    Training program in clinical dentistry for foreign undergraduates consists of lectures, discussions, practical and hands-on clinical training sessions under supervision. In addition, the trainees would have the opportunity to take part in seminars conferences and joint multidisciplinary clinics/meetings.

    Duration: Total training period will be 47 weeks.

    Eligibility/qualifications: Foreign dental undergraduates who have successfully followed BDS training and awaiting graduation.

    Applicant will be screened for clinical skills prior to embark on the training program and will be placed in the appropriate level based on the performance.

    Training Centre
    Faculty of Dental Sciences and the Dental teaching hospital, Peradeniya

  • Programe fee (Total cost of tuition fees for 47 week duration): Foreign trainees: US $ 15,000/-
  • Logistics for trainees: Accommodation could be arranged at a reasonable rate in a hotel/guest house upon payment close to Peradeniya/ Kandy city.
  • Expected Commencement date: August 2022

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    Introduction and Background

      The Dental Hospital (Teaching) in Peradeniya is the sole premier Dental teaching institution in Sri Lanka. The OMF Surgery Unit of this hospital maintained by the Department of OMF Surgery, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya is being recognized as a centre of excellence by the International Association of OMF Surgeons. From its inception in 1998, this unit was visited by eminent surgeons from the U.K and Japan for conducting training programmes.

      The unit serves patients in need of cleft surgery, oral cancer surgery, facial trauma, orthognathic surgery and microvasular surgery. The Consultant staff of the unit consists of six senior OMF surgeons with a strong training experience and research background. Out of these four ( one professor and three senior lecturers) have special interest in surgical treatment of Oral Cancer. The unit comprise of two Operating Theaters with facilities for advanced surgeries including operating microscopes, three beds Intensive Care Unit and a fourty bed ward. The unit has been conducting capacity building training programmes for oral surgeons local and overseas.
      Surgical Treatment of Oral Cancer includes resection of Primary tumour in the oral cavity, neck dissection and reconstruction of tissue defects with pedicled and free flaps. During the recent past much effort has been focused on decreasing morbidity from surgery, preservation of tissue and improving functional outcomes. An adequate knowledge and skill on the flap techniques will be essential for the practicing surgeons in this field.

      In Sri Lanka, the post Graduate Institute of medicine (PGIM), University of Colombo, conducts a MD course in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery leading to Board certification as a consultant. This four year course is aimed for local trainees who get maximum exposure at training centers which include the Faculty of Dental Sciences. The Ministry of Health release these trainees for 4-5 years for the local and foreign components of the training programme. Almost all newly passed out consultant surgeons through this programme gain adequate knowledge and skill on surgical management of oral cancer. Therefore Ministry of Health may not allow these surgeons additional long term leave to follow certificate courses.

      On the other hand there is growing demand from the neighboring countries on refreshing course oriented for clinicians in this field especially in the surgical treatment of oral cancer.

      As an internationally recognizes centre for training with adequate infrastructure and teaching staff the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery intends to other this certificate course which will be more appropriate for foreign counterparts

    Top provide practicing clinicians with hands on training on management of oral cancer including diagnosis, surgical treatment planning, excision of the primary tumour and neck dissection, reconstruction with pedicled and microvascular free flaps and peri-operative patient management.