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What is dentistry about?

When you study Dentistry, you usually become a dentist. Although you are only concerned with a specific part of the body, the training is highly complex. Dentists have to be accomplished not only in dentistry and surgery but also in dermatology, pathology and pharmacology.

Degree programme structure

Dentistry is divided in the pre-clinical and clinical phase, both comprising five semesters. After a minimum of two semesters of in-depth training in physics, chemistry and biology, you can sit the scientific preliminary examination (Vorphysikum). After three more semesters you sit the first dentistry examination (Physikum). You are tested in anatomy, physiology, physiological chemistry, dental prosthetics and materials science. The clinical part of the degree programme is devoted to general pathology and pathological anatomy, pharmacology, hygiene and medical microbiology, internal medicine, skin and venereal diseases, otolaryngology, dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases, surgery, conservative dentistry, dental prosthetics and orthodontics. After at least five semesters, you conclude the degree programme with the State Examination (Staatsexamen) in dentistry. In order to receive authorisation as a dentist from statutory health insurance providers you have to work as an assistant dentist in a hospital or private practice for two years.

What are my career prospects?

Graduates usually work as dentists. You can specialise as an orthodontist or a dentist for oral surgery in an additional four-year postgraduate course. To become a specialist for maxillofacial surgery, you also need a degree in medicine.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term

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Degree type: State Examination
Type of study: State Examination
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 11 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: NC (
Size: (50-99 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine