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About the Faculty of Dentistry


The Faculty of Dentistry – Te Kaupeka Pūniho – 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 in the top 50 dental schools in the world (QS World University Subject Rankings).

We offer undergraduate programmes in all branches of dentistry:

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:

We serve as a teaching hospital for the people of Auckland and Dunedin:

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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.

Organisation structure

  • Dean

    • 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
        • Custodians
        • 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
      • Nurses
    • Associate Dean (Research) (Sir John Walsh Research Institute)
      • Research Manager
      • Compliance Manager
      • Research Academic
      • Post Doc
      • Assistant Research Fellow
    • 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

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