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The University of Sheffield

Discover Dentistry

The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn


Learn how to become a dentist and what that means

Are you fascinated by the world of dentistry? Try our 6-week course by the University of Sheffield and learn the essentials of dentistry from leading dental experts.

You’ll explore the intricacies of what dentists do, learn how to become a dentist and discover the rich history of dentistry.

Understand tooth anatomy and development

To start with, you’ll meet the dental team and receive a tour of the dental surgery. You’ll experience a dental check-up with experts and discover the basics of tooth anatomy and development by looking at 3D models.

Find out if you’ve been brushing your teeth the right way, and glimpse into the different dental specialities. Learn what an oral pathologist does and experience a virtual tour of a tooth.

Learn about dental treatments and different dental materials

You may be familiar with dental treatments such as dentures and crowns, but you’ll discover more about dental restoration in this course.

We’ll be thinking about dental materials that can be used to restore and replace teeth, including plastics, ceramics and metals such as gold and titanium.

Discover the future of dentistry and dental public health

In the final few weeks, we’ll be thinking about the future of teeth and how to care for the teeth of a population. From water fluoridation to diet effects, teeth are not immune to damage.

Spark your curiosity and take a look at current research in dentistry, such as nerve regeneration and tissue engineering. The future of dentistry holds many exciting possibilities.

To finish, you’ll get the chance to learn how to become a dentist and get a valuable introduction to studying dentistry degrees.

This course is for anyone interested in dentistry or science and is designed to be enjoyed without prior knowledge.

It would be especially valuable for dentistry professionals, or anyone thinking of entering the profession.

Due to the highly visual nature of dentistry, a small number of exercises in the course, unfortunately, won’t be accessible to learners with visual impairment.

Taught by

Christopher Stokes

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I am doing this course to, primarily, help me to gain a better insight into the realms of dentistry and what dentists do. It has been an interesting and eye-opener journey. The many facets of dentistry and the practice of the profession in various specialities...
  • Anonymous
    A very well planned course with lots of insight from multiple professionals. The structure of the course was great with lots of material that was revisited over multiple topics. The use of videos, articles and interactive features made the course engaging. Reading comments from other learners allows many opinions to be voiced on the same topic, it was interesting to see others perspectives.
    Would recommend this course to anyone interested in dentistry or doing dentistry - you may learn something you don’t expect to!
  • Anonymous
    An excellent introduction to Dentistry and really brings all the different aspects of it to life. There are so many different specialisms and the technology is having a huge impact on the profession, which is really well explained in the latter stages of the course.

    Although I am not directly a Dentist, I am returning to a career involving working in this sector, and this course was a brilliant refresher for me on what is involved in modern dentistry. Many thanks to all those who put it together.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you so much to everyone who has put this course together for us. I thought this course would be just a general overview, but I've learnt so much and I've been inspired to go away and do my own research into aspects that have interested me. It was also great to be able to hear from the experts who were very eloquent and passionate with their delivery. Thank you!

    Cannot recommend this course enough for aspiring dentists.
  • Anonymous
    When signing up to this course I was sceptical to how engaging it would be, especially as I’d be doing it during my 6 weeks holiday, but I was wrong. From the start this course has engaged and has provided me with a great insight into dentistry.

    Thankyou very much for providing this course, it has confirmed my aspirations to become a dentist.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I worked as a nurse in hospital nursing homes for 40 years I am now retired, I go mosque regularly, I have 3 grandchildren, By joining this course I learn a lot I didn't realize that small part in your mouth is important, and a major player...
  • Anonymous
    I found this course interesting and very informative. It definitely deepened my knowledge of the field, and provided many interesting topics like the future and history of dentistry. Overall this course was highly enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in dentistry.
  • Anonymous
    An excellent course for the potential dental professional. Wide range of topics , and some good interaction between participants.
    As a retired dentist I joined out of interest and thoroughly enjoyed the course.
  • Anonymous
    I thoroughly enjoyed this course, it gave a useful insight into the world of dentistry from its origins all the way to the future of dentistry. This course has helped more knowledge on dentistry as a whole.
  • Anonymous
    Amazing course, due to the difficulty of getting work experience this year this is a great way to get an insight into the field as a career and as a science.
  • Mariam Abdelfattah Aish Ali Mustafa

    Mariam Abdelfattah Aish Ali Mustafa completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I would like to thank all the dentists and every one who contributed in this effort, l have learnt lots of amazing information,I have observed things that I have never focused on before, thank you all for making my first experiment in dental courses that good.
  • Anonymous
    a course that had given me a true incite into dentsitry and had inspire me to purse my ambitions. THANK YOU for the whole discover dentsitry team
  • Anonymous
    This course was very informative and interesting and helped me to develop my knowledge of this incredible field of work!
  • Anonymous
    It was very helpful and useful and very informative about what I hope to do as my job. The second week was my favourite, it was very fun to watch the dental check-up and to do the dental assistant activities.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Amazing introduction to dentistry, all aspects of it. Anatomy of the tooth, different dental specialties, restorations... A lot of good introductory information.
  • Bernard Kong Yoon Leng
    Thank you Professor Chris Stokes and his marvelous Team at the University of Sheffield for specially assembling a panel of dental specialists from different dental specialization for this 6 -week Course. Targeted at the interested learners, the course content is well balanced. It covers broad academic and technical subjects and even touch on dentistry of the future ; all well presented via videos/articles with in-between quizzes, non -assessible tests along the way to help with the learning and even simple home experiments to deepen learning. The Final test, based only on subjects taught in the Course , without surprises is easily achievable for those who have invested their fair share of efforts in dutifully following the Course.
  • Anonymous
    This course was extremely fun and fascinating and I learnt a lot, not just about dentistry nowadays but also what dentistry and general oral health was like in the past and what it will be like in the future. This course explained the importance of different members of the dental team and provided a lot of information about the different types of careers/job roles within the dental sector. The part I loved the most was learning about the history of dentistry, learning how to identify the different teeth, and the materials that are used in dentistry.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I would like to thank you for this course! First of all this course has clear structure and you have the possibility to discover dentistry step by step from simple things to more complex ones. The mix from videos, articles, experiments, discussions makes...
  • Anonymous
    I am personally not interested in going into the field of dentistry, but I love learning new things and have always been in awe and greatly appreciative of all the effort our dentists, orthodontists and hygienists etc put into making sure our smiles are perfect. Their work is fascinating and not easy. As someone who used to wear braces, I always wanted to learn more about how my orthodontist managed to correct my teeth in closer detail.
  • Anonymous
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was interesting, thought-provoking and useful, particularly as I am considering studying dentistry at university. I am yet to decide whether I would like to pursue a career in dentistry, but this course gave me...

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