Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

The School of Dentistry is one of the five schools of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, St. Augustine, the others being the schools of medicine, veterinary science, advanced nursing education and pharmacy. Dental Students are accorded the unique opportunity to have meaningful interaction with students from these professional schools, thereby enhancing their knowledge of the broad field of medical sciences. The school's campus is located at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Champs Fleurs. 

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The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.  

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.  

The UWI St. Augustine Campus is situated 15km from the bustling capital of one of the Caribbean’s most rapidly developing island states, Trinidad and Tobago. With its focus on research and innovation, fully accredited programmes across eight faculties, and a cosmopolitan campus community, St. Augustine is a true representation of an innovative, internationally competitive, contemporary university deeply rooted in the Caribbean.  

The scenic St. Augustine campus boasts a unique mix of twentieth century and modern architecture as well as an impressive landscape of indigenous and introduced trees and shrubs. Modern teaching and learning centres, a wide range of extra-curricular activities and a deep commitment to our role in preserving Caribbean integration and culture make St. Augustine an ideal choice for higher education. 

The campus was borne out of the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture and today, its Faculty of Food and Agriculture is the only one across The UWI network.  

Course details

The basic aim of the Doctor of Dental Surgery programme is to produce modern competent dentists who understand the oral health needs and sensitivities of the Caribbean and who can practice globally.  

The mission of the School of Dentistry at The UWI St. Augustine Campus builds upon the wider mission of The UWI to advance learning, create knowledge and foster innovation, with a specific mandate for the improvement in oral health care delivery in the Caribbean and the world. 

Entry requirements

The UWI St. Augustine School of Dentistry admits a limited number of local and international places per year. These places are very competitive. Because of this, eligible candidates who cannot be accommodated in the current academic year, will be offered a guaranteed place in the following academic year. 

The selection of candidates is based on academic achievement and co-curricular activities. Interested applicants should visit The UWI website for more detail at 

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of the D.D.S. programme, the D.D.S. graduate will be able to: 

  • Relate knowledge of basic medical and dental subjects to the clinical practice of dentistry. 

  • Identify the requirements for managing a dental team, practice, and recognize the need for Continuous Professional Education. 

  • Utilize information technology appropriately and be able to critically evaluate dental literature. 

  • Educate patients and their families, communities on the prevention of dental disease. 

  • Execute their clinical practice in an empathic, ethical, and professional manner and practice within the legal and professional body regulatory framework of their particular jurisdiction. 

  • Appreciate the social, cultural, economic, political factors that impact dental disease patterns and the provision of oral health care. Please visit The UWI website for more detail at 

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