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Newcastle has taught Medicine since 1834. In 1852, the Newcastle School of Medicine and Surgery joined Durham University.

Dental education started in Newcastle in 1895. Six dentists founded the original Dental School and Hospital. The Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne presided over the opening in Nelson Street on April 22 1895. Its purpose was 'to give gratuitous (dental) treatment to the necessitous poor'.

College of Medicine

The Dental School and Hospital affiliated with the College of Medicine in 1911. The University of Durham started an examination for the Licence in Dental Surgery. Degrees followed in:

  • Bachelor of Surgery (BDS)
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)
  • Doctor of Dental Science (DDS)
An image from the Dental School brochure 1910, showing student dentists under instruction at the Percy Street clinic. Many potential army recruits turned down for

Break from Durham

King's College

In 1937, the College of Medicine (including Dentistry), united with Science-based Armstrong College. They formed King's College, University of Durham – all based in the City of Newcastle. King’s College broke away from Durham University in 1963. It became part of Newcastle University.

A busy teaching clinic in the Sutherland Dental School, circa 1966. No-one is wearing gloves or face masks.


The School of Dental Sciences and Dental Hospital occupied city-centre locations from 1895. It moved to its current, purpose-built premises on Richardson Road in 1978.

University and Hospital functions integrate in the current building. We link physically and administratively with the Medical School. The School of Dental Sciences is one of four within the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

The spacious new phantom head room, where students learn techniques on mannequins, circa 1978. You can see the current refurbishment of this room by taking a virtual tour of our clinical skills facility.

Royal Victoria Infirmary

We joined the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) and Associated Hospitals Trust in 1992. The Trust embarked on major rebuilding, along with the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

It's created perhaps the most modern, integrated medical/dental campus in the UK. In 1998, the RVI and Freeman hospitals merged to form the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

The current School and Hospital nearing completion in 1978. This is the view from Richardson Road showing ample car parking.

Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We have an important role in one of the biggest and best-rated UK teaching hospitals. Care Quality Commission inspectors rate it outstanding.