Dental Surgery BDS

Key information


  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted
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The University of Liverpool School of Dentistry offers a unique multi-professional learning environment that is primarily focused on developing each individual, so that they can each realise their personal potential as well as qualify as a professional capable of providing compassionate, evidence-based, holistic dental care to patients.

Student dentists and student dental therapists work side-by-side to develop their skills in state-of-the-art simulation suites. Student learning is supported by our world-leading learning technology systems that provide personalised developmental progress information so that learning goals can be tailored by the individual. This personalised and supportive approach enables our students to have early access to patients, in their first year, so that developing skills can be authentically consolidated and integrated in the real-world situation.

The School’s educational approach is driven by an ethos of continuous professional development because we strongly believe that our students should learn how to continually adapt to changing professional requirements and healthcare needs.

On successful completion of the programme you’ll be granted a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree that is registrable with the General Dental Council.

Programme in detail

This innovative programme has been specifically designed to facilitate the development of real-world clinical, team working, and leadership skills, along with essential personal growth. The BDS programme embraces the University’s hallmarks of active learning, confidence, authentic assessment, and research-connected teaching, as well as having many notable and unique design elements.

The programme shares a three year Collaborative Learning Core (CLC) with dental therapy students, where learning and collaborating in teams builds mutual respect and understanding of the varied roles of the dental team. The remaining two years of the programme will prepare you to undertake the scope of practice of a Dentist.

Components within the programme are closely integrated and provide clear steps for students to develop, integrate and demonstrate their skills before building to the next level of clinical capability. Clinical experience commences in the first year of the programme and is underpinned by aligned medical and anatomical knowledge; communication skills; professionalism; ethics and clinical safety.

During the programme, students also have opportunities to experience and develop their skills in a primary care setting and engage with the local community. Quality improvement projects are also undertaken by students to ensure an in-depth understanding of clinical governance.

Learning and assessment are supported by state-of-the-art technology to give students a personalised mechanism for monitoring their progress and allowing them to take control of their own learning.

Through embedding a continuous personal development within the curriculum, students will realise the importance of self-reflection, goal setting and on-going professional development, an ethos aimed at ensuring students will be prepared for the demands of both the profession and life in general.

Admissions procedures

To apply for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS programme, applicants should read the admissions document and submit it as per the instructions provided on the form.

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.