There is a wide range of career opportunities within the profession. The majority of BDS graduates will choose general dental practice within the NHS and in the private sector, whilst others might choose one of the hospital specialities, the community dental service, university teaching, or the armed forces.
Around 80% will go into general dental practice, becoming partners or associates within the practice. Graduates in Dental Hygiene/Therapy find equally varied and rewarding careers as dental hygienists and therapists. The majority work in dental practice where they undertake an increasingly wide range of dental procedures.
For students who wish to continue their studies at postgraduate level, the School of Dentistry at Liverpool offers the Professional Doctorate programme, which is delivered in a modular format. In addition, the University of Liverpool offers research degrees leading to MPhil, and PhD, which may be studied on a full or part-time basis in a selected area of study, drawing on the specialisms of members of staff. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses are also run for all members of the dental team. Please follow the link for further information and to register on our mailing list www.liverpool.ac.uk/dentistry/cpd
Qualifying you for life
Studying dentistry encourages students to develop valuable, transferable skills which provide a strong foundation for their careers and their continuing professional development. Key skills displayed by all of our graduates include:
- Communication skills (both oral and written)
- Critical reasoning skills
- Clinical skills
- Team working
- Lifelong learning
Dental Surgery BDS
Clinical Lecturer in Oral Surgery
School of Dentistry, Liverpool University Dental Hospital
Having repeated exposure to lots of different specialities helped me decide what area I wanted to pursue further.