Marmara University Faculty of Dentistry has both graduate and post-graduate level education. Taking its power from the long and successful history of Marmara University giving a high standard education with its wide open doors to international students, the Faculty of Dentistry devotes special attention to scientific meetings, to cultural activities, to arts and sports; and participates and hosts both national and international organizations.
Being the only dentistry faculty which gives education in English, 40-year-old faculty is placed in high position in the OSS rankings. The recent education system of the faculty can be summarized as follows:
According to the 2005-2006 data, there are 58 students in the English prep year, 88 first year, 148 second year, 121 third year, 84 fourth year, 93 fifth year students which makes a total of 534 undergraduate students. Of these students 412 are Turkish; 294 are female and 204 are male. In 2005-2006 academic year, 22 international students from 8 different countries studied in our faculty. These countries are Turkmenistan (1 student), Iran (5 students), the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (3 students), Greece (3 students), England (1 student), Germany (1 student), Azerbaijan (1 student) and Albania (7 students).
The undergraduate program covers 5 years of professional education and 1 year of language education for students who are not sufficient in English. During the first 2 years of the professional education, students are required to take pre-clinic courses that will help to improve their technical skills besides basic medical sciences and basic dentistry courses. The practical studies, which covered only 2 years in the past, are extended to 3 years in order to provide students have more practice before graduation. Students start to study in the clinics beginning from the 3rd year of the undergraduate education, and this provides them to have more clinical experience which is crucial in dentistry, than before. Fourth and fifth years of the education are the periods that the clinical application experience is instructed intensely as well as dental and medical courses. In 2005-2006 academic year the internship program has been revised and fifth year students are required to complete an integrated internship. Thus, the students gain the experience of completing the entire treatment of the patient in the same clinic by themselves, and have the chance of graduating with the notion of a ‘real dentist’. To serve this purpose the “multidisciplinary clinic”, which is equipped with highly modern technology, was set up.
The graduate education includes master’s and doctoral programs. The doctoral program, which is minimum 4 years, is available in 8 disciplines. The required amount of credits can be completed by taking required or elective theoretical and practical/theoretical courses in the first two years. Comprehensive exam can be taken once the required amount of credits is completed, and the academic dissertation can be completed and defended in consequent 2-4 years. Successful candidates get “doctor’s degree” in the pertinent program. In the 2005-2006 academic year, we have 89 doctoral students of which 29 are full-time employed.
Our university which provides an education in world standards has also opened its doors to international students, and made master’s and doctoral programs available for international students. Master’s program can be completed in a minimum of 2 years. After completing the required amount of credits by taking required or elective theoretical and practical/theoretical courses, the candidate starts writing the master’s thesis. Candidates who defend their master’s theses successfully get “master of science degree”. In the 2005-2006 academic year, there are 11 international students in Marmara University Faculty of Dentistry.
The procedure is processed in accordance with the regulations concerning student transfer between higher education institutions in associate and undergraduate levels.
There are 4 laboratories in the Basic Medical Sciences Department of our faculty. Also a pre-clinic laboratory and a laboratory for prosthetic practices serve for the education of students. In addition to these, there is a research and development laboratory that is established for academic research done both in and out of the faculty.
Our graduates can work either in their own practices or in public establishments as a dentist.