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  • This degree is accreditedAccredited

Key information

  • Course length: 5 years
  • UCAS code: A200
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAA / IB : 36 / BTEC : Not accepted

Becoming a dentist is hard work, but the rewards are huge, including the job satisfaction of delivering a highly professional and personal, community-based job.

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

Programme in detail

The programme consists of three phases. Phase I includes the study of Basic medical sciences, which you will study via a ‘problem-based learning’ (PBL) approach in conjunction with lectures, together with communication and clinical skills components, the Human Anatomy Resource Centre and laboratory sessions. Clinical dental skills are introduced during the Special dental component in the second semester. Lectures in oral health and interactive tutorials in communication skills enhance this phase.

In Phase ll (Years Two-Four) of this integrated programme, PBL, lectures, seminars and clinical skills acquisition go hand-in-hand. A wide range of topics are studied including Oral sciences and medicine, Oral diseases, Medical emergencies, Law and ethics alongside the theoretical aspects of the various dental disciplines. Training in the practical skills of dentistry is through the supervised treatment of patients in the Dental Hospital.

Phase lll is the final year of study, consolidating theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in preparation for the final examination. In addition to treating patients in the Dental Hospital, you will also provide treatment in local dental practices and community clinics thus facilitating a seamless transition into foundation training.

Admissions procedures

To apply for a place on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS programme, applicants should read the admissions document 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

92 Year One undergraduates in 2016

Graduate prospects

100% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)

National Student Survey

• 98% are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)
• 99% of our students feel that their programme has benefitted their personal development (National Student Survey 2016)

Why this subject?

Enjoy tuition from senior practising clinicians

You’ll be taught by our most experienced practising clinicians. They’re part of the extensive support network you’ll enjoy during your studies here. With the clinical experience on offer you can be confident you’ll graduate as the complete dental professional.

Benefit from supportive, research informed and innovative learning

Throughout our history we’ve been pioneers in the biology and practice of dentistry. We are based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and the Faculty’s research directly influences your teaching. We have a dynamic online assessment system that lets you plan your study, review your progress with lecturers, get feedback and log your own impressive e-portfolio of work. This gives you a real sense of responsibility for your personal learning and progress, and for the management of your patients’ care, all vital skills for your career.

Study in leading facilities

Your clinical training is complemented by learning suites that feature simulation and interactive technology. You’ll have access to 160 clinical dental chairs, the busy dental hospital which manages over 60,000 patient attendances, and a £7 million research facility.

Strengthen your career with hands-on experience

Your preventative-orientated programme is taught holistically and 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.