Dental Surgery BDS (Graduate Entry Pathway)

Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: A201
  • Year of entry: 2019

Building on the knowledge gained in your first degree, you will be integrated into Year Two of the five-year programme.

Programme in detail

Theoretical learning is carried out in small, problem-based groups and is supported by lectures, together with communication and clinical skills components, the Human Anatomy Resource Centre and laboratory sessions.

You will be integrated with the Year Two students on the five-year A200 programme and will be cutting your first cavities at an early stage of the first term in the Operative Skills Suite.

At the end of Year One, you will undertake the same assessment as those completing Year Two of the five-year programme. If successful you will then follow the final three years of the five-year BDS programme (A200).

Admissions procedures

To apply for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS course, applicants should read the admissions document and complete the Verification of Prior Learning form at and submit it as per the instructions provided on the form.

We will be recruiting and selecting based on the values embedded in the NHS constitution and encourage applicants to be familiar with these.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

72 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

100% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Why this subject?

Enjoy tuition from practising clinicians

You’ll be taught by our most experienced practising clinicians, so you can be confident you’ll graduate as the complete dental professional.

Benefit from supportive, research informed and innovative learning

We are based in the Institute of Clinical Sciences and the Institute’s research directly influences your teaching. Our unique online assessment system lets you plan your study, review progress, get feedback and log your own impressive e-portfolio of work. This responsibility for your personal learning and progress, and for the management of your patients’ care, are all vital skills for your career.

Study in leading facilities

Your clinical training is complemented by learning suites that feature simulation and interactive technology, including 160 clinical dental chairs, a dental hospital which manages over 60,000 patient attendances, and a £7 million research facility.

Strengthen your career with hands-on experience

We focus on developing your ability to provide holistic patient care in the context of the primary care services. Our problem-based approach and excellent network of clinical placements mean that, alongside academic and professional skills, you will gain practical experience and apply your knowledge early in your studies, preparing you to become an excellent dentist from day one.