Dental Technology Courses

​​Dental Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University is a vibrant, built for purpose suite of dental laboratories including state of the art equipment and learning facilities, from where all programmes are delivered. Staff are located on site, right next to the laboratories and operate an open-door policy. Dental courses at Cardiff Met have direct links with the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Dental School from which some of the programmes are delivered.  They also have excellent links with Bristol Dental Hospital and School along with local employers. This is the only University that delivers Dental Technology training and education anywhere in Wales and the South/South-West of England.






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Take a look at our facilities through the Dental Technology Virtual Tours.

The Centre for Dental Technology is highly specialised and has a discrete suite of purpose built laboratories. Together with funds gained initially from a joint BT Academic Award and three Cardiff Metropolitan University Learning and Teaching funded projects and one New Enterprise initiative, the suite of laboratories is now of world class quality and includes the use of mini digital cameras, web-based video conferencing and 'state of the art' ICT equipment. In addition, six dental technology CAL packages can be accessed from the laboratories and from open access PCs in the Learning Resource Centre on the Llandaff campus.

The suite of laboratories that form the Centre uses state of the art equipment. Each work station is made up of Kavo composite benches and "daylight" lighting systems, bench mounted micro-motors, specific dust extraction units and Bunsen burner. Each teaching laboratory has its unique presentation system for lectures, practical demonstrations and tutorials.

Adjacent to the teaching laboratories, sits specialist equipment within communal laboratory areas; high speed polishing lathes with built in extraction and lighting, high speed rotary trimming wheels, electro-polishing units, wax removal facilitation devices, duplicating systems (both hydrocolloid and silicon), a wide range and variety of porcelain furnaces , induction casting machines, burnout furnaces, micro-soldering machine, sandblaster and high speed grinders, steam cleaners and press-able ceramic furnace. A 3-D Touch Probe scanner is also on permanent loan from Renishaw enabling CAD/CAM milling to be recently introduced to the programmes. The Centre also benefits from an 'EasyShade'® electronic shade taking device for use with undergraduate research projects.


Ph D/ M Phil opportunities

Modes of Study:  part time international, full time international, part time home/EU and full time home/EU

Reasons to study dental technology research at Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • The only dental technology centre of its kind with a strong track record of producing innovative,  world renowned research
  • Excellent research degree completion rates
  • The centre is renowned for producing graduates who have achieved top positions in dental technology within the UK and all over the world for example in Brunei, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, Spain, Greece, Ghana, Uganda and Botswana.
  • The city is Wales’ chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions and events, the Welsh national media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales

We have had successful full time international research students who have obtained scholarships from their governments from Jordan, Libya and Ghana.

Research interests of the unit are the application of digital technologies to dental technology techniques and biotoxicity studies.

Part Time International
It is possible to study as a part time international research student but it is necessary to fulfil certain conditions.  The project must be based around a topic which can be facilitated at the student’s home, place of employment or place of study.  Tutors are happy to discuss possibilities.  It is also advisable to have a mentor near the student’s home who can give direction on a day to day basis. 

Visits to the university on an occasional basis would be an ideal for which to aim.  At times it may be possible for a tutor to visit the student’s home city.   Apart from this, all university guidance and regulation in relation to research degrees applies.  Fees are to be found in the following link: Research fees, please click here​.  A few lines from the bottom see: ‘Ph D Research - part time’ .  (Note that normally students initially enrol for an M Phil with a view to upgrading to a Ph D once a satisfactory standard has been achieved.)

Part Time Home/EU
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Full Time International and Home/EU
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It is advisable to discuss matters and possible topics informally with tutors within the Dental Technology Unit prior to a formal application.  For the application process see:


The School offers a range of short courses of a practical and theoretical nature, allowing the study of advanced and alternative techniques within dentistry to be carried out.

Courses are designed for staff employed in University teaching hospitals, Dental schools and hospitals, Private dental laboratories, Dental practices and those in medically related professions.  Courses are also appropriate for individuals wishing to refresh their knowledge in particular areas.

For a list of our current short courses click here.

Staff Profiles

Our staff profiles are currently being updated and will be available soon.