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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


4.9 rating, based on 160 Class Central reviews

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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
    The discover dentistry course has been incredibly beneficial to me. I've found it very informative and enjoyed taking part in all the activities. The simulations provided a realistic experience to an online classroom and benefitted greatly. I found it...
  • Anonymous
    Discover Dentistry is the best course I have ever done! Professor Chris and others from the University of Sheffield have put in a lot of effort into making this course the best it can be, and it shows. The course has a range of different elements, including videos, practicals and quizzes, all of which help greatly in learning and remembering the content. Speaking of the content, it is so fascinating that there must be something for everyone. It has a different focus each week, beginning with the foundations of dentistry, through the processes and information of the modern day, right up to fields of research. I would like to give great thanks to Professor Chris for making such a fantastic course!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course has delivered just what it promised - an insight into dentistry.
    It would have got a 5 but I suspect that the content has been loaded and the course left to run without any FL input - there wasn't a single input/comment from the Educator, even in response to questions; and the wrap-up comments in week 6 refer to participant comments that did not appear on this course, and presumably come from a previous run. That would have been OK if expectations of input hadn't been set - there was even a specific date given when a hygienist would answer questions, but obviously nobody told her as nothing materialised.

  • Anonymous
    This course is really interesting. If you are unsure about studying dentistry at university, This course provides some amazing information about what you may study, The history of dentistry, Its overall background, and a little insight into what overall dentistry is in this world. The course is split into 6 weeks which ensures you are not overloaded with information and is really well structured with many activities and videos to support your learning. Thank you for this amazing course.
  • 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
    A truly fantastic course. It is very interactive, and provides an insight into what dentistry is all about. It has helped me confirm that dentistry is the course I want to pursue. I am very thankful to have found this great course.
  • Anonymous
    Very interesting well presented course. An ideal introduction for anyone considering a career in dentistry.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
    This course has been both engaging and inspiring. It touched on so many aspects of Dentistry and showed how diverse and broad Dentistry really is. The course had really interesting articles and videos filmed with healthcare professionals talking about their experiences and knowledge. The communal chat at the bottom of each section was also so useful to share thoughts and read other peoples discussions and points of view.
  • 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
    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
    I joined this course as i am hoping to apply for dentistry at university next year and i am unable to do any work experience due to COVID-19 . This course has helped me solidify my choice in choosing dentistry as a career to peruse ,for a number of reasons. I have learnt many things from the history and development of dental tools and practices, to different roles in Dentistry that i could specialise in and much more .I loved getting involved with the tasks set and mini quizzes ,as this furthered my knowledge and allowed me to recap the weeks information .
    I highly recommend this course to anyone interested , and i will be upgrading so i can print out my certificate so i can have something else to show universities.
  • 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
    I want to thank all the personal involved in creating this course. It gives a brilliant insight into the dental profession. New applicants can learn that different professions such as dental technician, oral pathology, and public health exist within dentistry. The course covers the past, present and future aspects of dentistry. It was extremely beneficial, and I learned a lot. I was fascinated with the information provided about the prospects of prosthodontist, in particular 3D printing. I enjoyed the discussion section in the course and sharing ideas about a certain topic. The quizzes re-enforced everything I learned and helped retain all the information.

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