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News / June 24, 2008

Dentistry at Queen

by Guy Hiscott

Queen’s University Belfast has been rated as the top institution in the UK for the study of dentistry by The Times Good University Guide 2009.

The University’s undergraduate course in dentistry has been given an overall rating of 100% in the Guide, which has been identified by a Government-funded review as the most influential of its type.

This year the league tables incorporate results from the National Student Survey and Queen’s was given the joint highest student satisfaction rating of 87%.

Each year around 40 dentists graduate from Queen’s and 100% are in employment six months after qualifying.

Professor Paddy Johnston, Dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen’s, said: ‘This is a wonderful achievement by my dental colleagues, especially as we drive towards the development of an international research-led dental school in the next few years.’

Professor Donald Burden, Head of Dentistry, said: ‘The Times Good University Guide is widely acknowledged as being the definitive guide for students, parents, business and academia.

‘This top ranking position recognises the dedication and commitment of the staff in Queen’s Dental School. It also highlights the high standards achieved by our dental students. Most of our graduates will go on to work as general dental practitioners or dental specialists providing dental care for the people of Northern Ireland.’

Overall Queen’s University was rated 31st in the guide, up two places from last year.