PROGRAMME - BSc. Degree in Dental Science — UCM


Dental Science graduates practise the profession according to the principle of social solidarity, without distinction of gender or race, particularly in relation to the most vulnerable groups.

They oversee the public’s oral health and promote patient wellbeing and benefits from both a pathological and an aesthetic point of view. Dental Science graduates pay particular attention to diagnosis and prevention, providing patients with clear and complete information. They help to promote and safeguard public health in collaboration with other health professionals and constantly update their knowledge and skills,

- improving living standards, lifestyles and human dignity in all forms. A particular focus is placed on applied ethics, research and relations with the patient, who is seen as a person and not just a number.

The Dental Science graduate will be able to:

- practise the profession with the best working techniques

- master communication techniques to build a trust-based relationship with the patient

- know and apply professional techniques based on ethics and fairness, considering the patient as a human being and not just as a client.


In order to be admitted, students must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • MQF Level 5 diploma: State exam / Maturità (Italian system)
  • First cycle diploma or certificate
  • Higher education certificate or international equivalent; e.g. CESS (Belgian system)
  • Baccalauréat (French system)
  • Federal diploma or equivalent (Swiss system)

The course lasts three years (MQF 6, 240 ECTS) with required attendance from October to July, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The course is taught in Italian for the first and second years (lessons at the Campus in Lugano). In the third year (III-IV-V), the course is taught in English (lessons at the UCM Campus in Malta).


The main course objectives are an understanding of specialised subjects, the development of an ethical perspective and the promotion of critical thinking in order to enable students to improve and continue their studies with a lifelong learning perspective.

Students will become aware of ever-evolving knowledge and technology, allowing them to understand the importance of staying constantly up to date.


Chemistry and propaedeutic biochemistry


Basics of information technology




Scientific English (level B2)

Laboratory diagnosis2

Oral hygiene


Preventive and community dentistry


Safety on the work place and performance evaluation


Normal human anatomy

Histology and Cytology6
Biochemistry and molecular biology6
Biology ‐ genetics7
General and special microbiology5
Human Anatomy of the stomatognathic apparatus4
Ethics of the Medical Profession and dental history3
Dental laboratory4
Dental materials5
Public hygiene and healthcare4
Medical statistics3
Biomedical English5

New dental technologies

Human physiology6
Clinical pharmacology and chemotherapy5
Acute and chronic craniofacial pain medicine2
Internship in First aid4
Pathological anatomy and electron microscopy3
Clinical pathology1
General Pathology5
Internship on risk management and performance1
Anesthesiology and conscious sedation4
Dental restoration 1
Professional dental restoration3
General and specialist dental and oral radiology3
Special oral and dental pathology6
Dentures 1
Cardiovascular diseases2
Internal Medicine4
Internship in dentures 15
Internship in dental restoration 14
Internship in general and special oral and dental radiology2
Internship in special oral and dental pathology5
Sexually transmitted diseases and skin diseases2
Blood diseases2
Orthodontics 1
Internship in orthodontics and gnathology 14
General and specialist pediatrics2
Pediatric dentistry4
Pediatric dentistry ‐ Interceptive orthodontics2
Forensic medicine2
Business administration


At the end of the course, the student must present and discuss a dissertation under the supervision of a tutor. A special committee will evaluate the dissertation. The final dissertation requires the student to defend a project and its results, and demonstrate adequate methodological knowledge on the development of scientific work.

The student must show that they can deal with a specific subject with sound knowledge and astery of the scientific literature, and are able to identify and refer to the most significant scientific data and work.

During the course, the student will have 

- acquired the ability to understand statistical concepts underlying certain data and to interpret results;

- learned how to manage the basic statistics needed to support and defend their dissertation results.