University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Dentistry
310 Great King Street North Dunedin
Dunedin New Zealand 9016

The Faculty of Dentistry – Te Kaupeka PÅ«niho – has an international reputation for clinical and research excellence. Founded in 1907, it is New Zealand's National Centre for Dentistry. It forms an integral part of the Division of Health Sciences within the University of Otago, in Dunedin.

The Faculty of Dentistry is ranked 33rd-best dental school in the world (2020 QS World University Subject Rankings).

We offer undergraduate programmes in all branches of dentistry:

Dental Technology Dentistry Oral Health We also offer excellent facilities for postgraduate training, and offer programmes for all professional groups in dentistry who wish to continue their education and obtain further qualifications:

Postgraduate study at the Faculty of Dentistry CPD at the Faculty of Dentistry We serve as a teaching hospital for the people of Dunedin and the surrounding community:

Patient services at the Faculty of Dentistry.

Structure of the Faculty of Dentistry The Faculty of Dentistry:

Consists of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute (at which all of the Faculty's research is undertaken), the Dean's Office, and three academic departments—each of which contains a number of disciplines.

The departments and units page has links to further information about each area.

Organization structure:


Deputy Dean and Executive Management Committee.

Associate Dean (Capital Build).

Associate Dean (Clinical).

Associate Dean (Māori).

Associate Dean (Pacific).

Associate Dean (Postgraduate Studies).

Associate Dean (Undergraduate Studies).

Associate Dean (International).

Faculty Finance Manager.

Finance Officer Academic.

Administration Manager.

Administrators from departments, Sir John Walsh Research Institute, and Office of the Dean.

EA to the Dean.

Clinical Director Clinical Administration Manager.

Resources Officer.


Receptionist, Administrators, Patient Records.

Accounts Receivable Officer.

Information Officer.

Fees Officer Clerk / Assistant Cashier.

Senior Fees Officer.

Claims Officer.

Clinical Services Manager.

Dental Assistants.

Sterilising Assistants.

Technical Services Manager.

Dental Technician.

Technical Support / Assistant / Auxiliary Administrator / Reception.

Charge Medical Radiation Technologist.

Dental House Surgeons.

Professional Practice Fellows.


Head of Department of Oral Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences.

Research Manager.

Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Research Assistant.

Research and Teaching Academic.

Research Academic.

Non-Clinical Professional Practice Fellow.

Head of Department of Oral Rehabilitation.

Research and Teaching Academic.

Non-Clinical Professional Practice Fellow.

Head of Department of Oral Sciences.

Research Academic Research and Teaching Academic.

Mission of the Faculty of Dentistry:

To pursue excellence in research, and to provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education and training in dentistry in order to improve health, through improving oral health nationwide and internationally, in accordance with the University's Teaching and Learning Plan and the University's and Division's Strategic Imperatives and Strategic Priorities.

Values of the Faculty of Dentistry: The generation of knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of modern dentistry through excellence in research and teaching, with continuous efforts to improve quality Provision of an excellent academic and clinical environment for the continuing development of all the disciplines within the Faculty The personal development of all staff members, based on equity and justice Openness and transparency in decision-making Meeting the Faculty's obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi with respect to partnership, participation, and protection.

Aims of the Faculty of Dentistry: The primary aim of the Faculty is to remain a nationally and internationally recognised leader of academic excellence in the areas of research, education and training, and clinical practice by:

Achieving and retaining a reputation for the highest quality research, teaching, and clinical expertise in each discipline Fostering an environment that stimulates intellectual and professional development We also endeavour to qualify undergraduates and postgraduates who meet the University of Otago's Graduate Profile. The following attributes aligned with the Division of Health Sciences' Strategic Priorities are to be fostered:

Critical thinking Ability to analyse issues logically, to challenge conventional assumptions, to consider different options and viewpoints, make informed decisions, and act with flexibility, adaptability, and creativity.

Cultural understanding Knowledge and appreciation of biculturalism within the framework of the Treaty of Waitangi; knowledge and appreciation of multiculturalism; and an ability to apply such knowledge in a culturally appropriate manner.

Ethics Knowledge of ethics and ethical standards, and an ability to apply these with a sense of responsibility within the workplace and community.

Environmental literacy Basic understanding of the principles that govern natural systems, the effects of human activity on these systems, and the cultures and economies that interact with those systems.

Information literacy Ability to apply specific skills in acquiring, organising, analysing, evaluating, and presenting information—in particular, recognising the increasing prominence of digital-based activity.

Research Ability to conduct research by recognising when information is needed; and locating, retrieving, evaluating, and using it effectively.

Self-motivation Capacity for self-directed activity and the ability to work independently.

Teamwork Ability to work effectively as both a team leader and a team member.

Map of University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry Faculty of Dentistry, 310 Great King Street North Dunedin, Dunedin New Zealand 9016

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