Dental Surgery BDS

Key information


  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted
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The University of Liverpool School of Dentistry offers a unique research-connected 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.

Students from different dental disciplines have the opportunity to work side-by-side and develop their skills in state-of-the-art simulation suites. Student growth is supported by our world-leading learning technology systems that provide personalised developmental progress information so that learning needs 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 need to learn how to continually adapt, so that they can appropriately respond to the current, as well as future, challenges in a dynamic world.

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 you to develop, integrate and demonstrate your 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, you will also have opportunities to experience and develop your skills in a primary care setting and engage with the local community. Quality improvement projects are also included in the programme to ensure an in-depth understanding of clinical governance.

Learning and assessment are supported by state-of-the-art technology to provide a personalised mechanism for monitoring your progress and allowing you to take control of your own learning.

Through embedding continuous personal development within the curriculum, you will understand the importance of self-reflection, goal setting and on-going professional development, an ethos aimed at ensuring that you will be prepared for the demands of both the profession and life after University. 

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.