A Core Curriculum in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences for Dentistry

Jon Bennett*, Josie Beeley, P Anderson, Louise Belfield, H Brand, Andreea Didilescu, David Dymock, Yegane Guven, Mark Hector, Peter Holbrook, Jaya Jayasinghe, Jeff O'Sullivan, Marcello Riggio, Valerie Roger, Ben Scheven, Alastair Sloan, Katleen Vandamme, Maria‐Cristina Manzanares

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The biomedical sciences (BMS) are a central part of the dental curriculum that underpins teaching and clinical practice in all areas of dentistry. Although some specialist groups have proposed curricula in their particular topic areas, there is currently no over-arching view of what should be included in a BMS curriculum for undergraduate dental programmes. To address this, the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) convened a Special Interest Group (SIG) with representatives from across Europe to develop a consensus BMS curriculum for dental programmes.


This paper summarises the outcome of the deliberations of this SIG, and details a consensus view from the SIG of what a BMS curriculum should include.


Given the broad nature of BMS applied to dentistry, this curriculum framework is advisory and seeks to provide programme planners with an indicative list of topics which can be mapped to specific learning objectives within their own curricula. As dentistry becomes increasingly specialised these will change, or some elements of the undergraduate curriculum may move to the postgraduate setting. So, this document should be seen as a beginning and it will need regular review as BMS curricula in dentistry evolve.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Dental Education
Early online date19 Mar 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2020


  • biomedical science
  • curriculum
  • dentistry
  • undergraduate


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