Dentistry BDS

  • For Entry: September
  • UCAS Code: A200
  • Duration: 5 years
  • College: Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
  • School: Dentistry

The Dundee Dental School was ranked No.1 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2015.

The close environment allows staff to get to know the students individually from an early stage. You will develop all the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to graduate as a dental practitioner capable of maintaining the oral and dental health of the patients in your care.

Why study Dentistry at Dundee?

The BDS curriculum in Dundee will help you develop the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to graduate as a dental practitioner capable of maintaining the oral and dental health of the patients in your care. Not only will you develop clinical skills across the full range of dental disciplines, but you will also build the foundation of scientific knowledge on which clinical practice is based. In addition, you will appreciate the ethical and legal basis for dental practice, and acquire appropriate skills for communicating with your patients and helping them deal with what many find an anxious experience.

The dentist also works as part of the dental team and you will learn about the roles and responsibilities of all members of this team and work with them in the care of your patients.

Staff in the Dental School are committed to your teaching and development as dental practitioners. The School is small enough for you to get to know the staff well and the care and support provided for our students is recognised as excellent.

Dental knowledge and practice is ever-changing and developing and an important aim of the BDS curriculum is that you appreciate that your undergraduate learning is the first phase in a professional education that will continue throughout your career.

FAQs

Can't find the information you are looking for? We have prepared answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Elective study

You will have the opportunity for a period of elective study between Years 4 and 5 of the course, when you can undertake a project in an area of dentistry of specific interest to you. Many students take this chance to travel overseas to gain experience of dental practice in environments very different to the UK, broadening both their educational and personal horizons. Some students take the opportunity to extend this experience by spending the first semester of Year 5 on an Erasmus exchange programme. The Dental School has agreements with dental schools in France, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Norway and this provides an excellent chance for you to experience both dental education in a different context and the cultural and social benefits of spending an extended period of time in another country.

Outreach centres

From the end of Year 4 you will also spend a considerable amount of time in outreach centres, both local and distant from Dundee, set up to help improve access to dental care. Here you will treat a wide variety of patients in settings different to the Dental Hospital, broadening your clinical experience. This element of the curriculum is very popular with students.

The Medical School is part of the Ninewells Hospital and it is a wonderful opportunity for us students to be able to go on wards, ask for advice from doctors, see patients from the very beginning of our studies. The curriculum at Dundee Medical School suits my learning style perfectly and I am so glad I am a Medical student at the University of Dundee!

Degree Combinations

  • Predental Year Entry BDS

Related Courses

BDS Dentistry is taught by staff in the Dental School & Hospital, and is located on the University's city campus. The Dental School, which was inaugurated in 1916, is at the forefront of research, teaching and clinical dental practice and benefits from being an integral part of the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

A wide variety of teaching methods are used in the dental curriculum, reflecting the breadth of knowledge and skills you must develop as a dental student. These methods will include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical
  • classes
  • clinical skills classes

The Dental School also makes increasing use of 'My Dundee', the University's virtual learning environment, to support teaching. From Year 3 onwards, you will begin the clinical care of patients and a large proportion of your timetable will be dedicated to clinical sessions across the full range of dental disciplines.

The dental curriculum is under continuing development and review. Therefore, although all the content indicated below will be covered, how this is arranged across the years may be subject to change by 2014/5. This page will be updated to reflect any changes.

Year 1

  • The early years focus on the pre- and para-clinical sciences, knowledge of which is vital for a full understanding of your patients' problems and the reasoning behind the treatments you will provide.
  • In Year 1, the focus is on the basic biomedical sciences of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, with the addition of the para-clinical dental sciences of oral biology, cell biology, microbiology, pathology and dental materials science.
  • The clinical relevance of these subjects is highlighted in integrated clinically relevant activities (ICRAs).
  • You will also undertake a basic emergency care module and basic clinical infection control measures will be introduced in the Cleanliness Champion programme.

Year 2

  • Year 2 is a continuation of your studies from Year 1 but with the emphasis moving to the dental and para-clinical sciences. There will be further ICRAs and you will complete the Cleanliness Champion programme.
  • You will also begin to develop your clinical skills, with introductory skills courses in periodontology and the management of dental caries.
  • At the end of Year 2, you will undertake the Introduction to Clinical Skills course, where you will learn a range of basic clinical skills in preparation for entering the clinical phase of the curriculum.
  • These skills will be assessed in a degree examination to ensure that you are ready to go on to provide dental care for patients in Year 3.

Year 3

  • You will begin your clinical attachments in Year 3, providing care for patients in a range of dental disciplines within the Dental Hospital.
  • You will also study the theoretical background of these different disciplines and will continue to develop your skills with further clinical skills courses.
  • In Year 3 you will also study human disease, in order to appreciate the potential impact of a patient's general health on their dental treatment.
  • This teaching takes place at Ninewells Hospital and there is a separate degree examination in this subject.

Year 4

  • In Year 4 you will continue your clinical attachments with the addition of further disciplines such as orthodontics, oral medicine and treatment of the dentally-anxious.
  • You will continue to build your theoretical knowledge and undertake advanced clinical skills courses
  • At the end of Year 4 you will have your first outreach attachments, at centres both local and distant from Dundee
  • You will also undertake your period of elective study.

Year 5

  • The emphasis in Year 5 is on holistic patient care.
  • You will have sessions in the Integrated Oral Care clinic in the Dental Hospital, providing total dental care for your patients.
  • You will also have attachments to a range of specialist consultant clinics.
  • A significant proportion of your time will be spent in outreach clinics, both longitudinal attachments to local clinics and week-long attachments at distant centres in Aberdeen and Inverness.

Assessment in each year of the curriculum combines continuous assessment and an end-of-year examination.

Years 1 and 2

  • In Years 1 and 2, your continuous assessment grade is derived from integrated class examinations at the end of each semester and contributes 30% towards your overall grade for the year.
  • The end-of-year examination is also integrated, with written and practical elements, and contributes 70%.

Years 3 and 4

From Year 3, continuous assessment has academic and clinical components. You will continue to be assessed academically by examinations and your clinical activity will be graded at each clinical session. This helps us identify students who may require extra support and put such help in place for them.

In Years 3 and 4, continuous assessment forms 25% and 20% respectively of your overall grade.

Year 5

In year 5, continuous assessment contributes 30% to the assessment of knowledge component of the final examination.

In addition

In addition, the Dental School is keen that you develop the attributes of a professional practitioner from the outset, therefore your professionalism will be monitored at every compulsory teaching and/or clinical activity throughout the curriculum.

Dundee's BDS is registrable with the General Dental Council (GDC) and a wide range of opportunities is available. Graduates normally complete a vocational or foundation training programme and can then choose to work as an associate partner or principal in a general practice, in the community dental service, or in a hospital with a view to becoming a consultant.

Other career opportunities include:

  • University teaching and research is another attractive avenue for the outstanding graduate.
  • Dental surgeons can join the armed forces as commissioned officers.
  • Several large companies employ their own dentists to provide dental treatment for their staff.

A dentist, therefore, in addition to enjoying high community standing and an above-average income, has an excellent range of working environments.

Professional Accreditation

This programme is registrable with the professional governing body for dentistry in the UK, the General Dental Council (GDC).

Furthering your career opportunities

The Dental School has a strong record of offering selected students the opportunity to undertake an Intercalated Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) degree. This one-year programme, taken following Year 2 of the BDS, provides an opportunity for the in-depth study of one of a range of disciplines and will help you develop study and research skills useful to both your dental studies and your career opportunities beyond graduation.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

The Physical and Mental Demands of the BDS Course

The Dental Course is long and demanding, both physically and mentally. You will, for example, require sufficient bi-manual dexterity to handle, simultaneously, the necessary equipment to treat patients and a dental mirror to allow you to see what you are doing. Dentistry can involve very detailed work under conditions that are often difficult, so you need a steady hand and good vision (with spectacles if need be).

If you have a disability which you feel might impact on your ability to meet these demands, you are urged to consult the School as soon as possible in the application process so that we can discuss the implications with you, including any adjustments that can be made to meet your needs. Please contact one of the School's Disability Support Officers (DSO) - Lorraine Robertson or Laura Lightfoot, as a preliminary step. Further information on the University's provision for disabled students is available at: www.dundee.ac.uk/disabilityservices/

Patient safety is paramount and it is particularly important to consider any difficulties that would compromise this so that we can ascertain what arrangements can be put in place to assist you while guaranteeing that safety. In order to register with the General Dental Council (GDC), dental students must also be capable of "independent dental practice" by graduation. Dentists thus require to be able, to a sufficient extent and without assistance, to write or type prescriptions accurately, to understand written and spoken reports on patients and to communicate information to others by the same means. This process includes the use of dental and medical terminology, some of which can involve words that are superficially similar, and students likely to encounter difficulties in these areas are strongly encouraged to discuss the matter as early in the course as possible with the Teaching Subdean or Dean of Dentistry.

Further information about dental courses and requirements are available on the General Dental Council web pages. In particular, please read: Standards for Dental Professionals and the First Five Years. Before practising dentistry in the United Kingdom, BDS graduates must register with the General Dental Council. The registration process involves health screening and such other checks as the GDC decide to make.

Special Requirements

  • All potential dental students are required to undergo screening for blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B and C, and HIV) prior to their place at the Dental School being confirmed. Details regarding testing will be sent to you when you apply.
  • A full course of immunisation against Hepatitis B will be required.
  • A Disclosure for Criminal Convictions will also be required. You are at liberty not to give permission for this but in that event we will be unable to process your application further.
  • Sufficient bi-manual dexterity to handle simultaneously the necessary equipment to treat patients is required. Please consult the School as soon as possible if you have a disability that might impact on your ability to meet these demands.
  • Sufficient English language proficiency to be capable of 'independent dental practice' (a requirement of the General Dental Council for registration as a dentist). This means being able - without assistance - to write or type prescriptions accurately, to understand written and spoken reports on patients and to communicate information to others by the same means.

Selection for Dentistry

Gaining a place at dental school is competitive and we have more applicants than places. We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about becoming dentists and who display commitment. Ideally candidates should have undertaken some work shadowing. Selection is on the basis of academic qualifications, your personal statement, your referee's report and an interview.

  1. All Highers and A-Levels must have been obtained at one sitting at the first opportunity applicants have to sit these examinations. That is in S5 one year after Standard Grades for Highers and two years after GCSE for A-Levels. Re-take Highers or A-Levels are not normally considered.
  2. Whichever of the named SQA or GCE subjects has not been passed at Higher Grade or Advanced Level must normally have been passed at Standard Grade or GCSE respectively. A pass in Combined or Dual Science at GCSE may be acceptable instead of a single GCSE pass in Physics. A pass at Standard Grade or GCSE Mathematics is also normally required.
  3. An Advanced Level in Physical Science will satisfy the requirements of both Chemistry and Physics but will count as only one pass.
  4. Exceptionally, for first year entry, a non-Science subject may be accepted as a third Advanced Level along with Chemistry and Biology.
  5. The predental year is designed for very able applicants who have a predominantly non-Science background (ie. have studied not more than one Science at Higher or A-Level).
  6. All applicants will be expected to undertake the UKCAT test. Information on this test can be found at the UKCAT website. Excellent performance in Higher or A-Levels, and at interview, remain the key parameters used in the admissions process.

 

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2014

Gaining a place at dental school is competitive and we have more applicants than places. We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic about becoming dentists and who display commitment. Ideally candidates should have undertaken some work shadowing.

Selection is on the basis of information taken from your UCAS application (academic qualifications, your personal statement, the referee's report), the UKCAT test and your performance at the Multiple Mini Interviews to be held in January 2014.

BDS Level 1 entry

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AAAAB (minimum), at the first sitting of Highers, to include Biology and another science
GCE A-Level AAB, at the first sitting of A levels (A2), to include Biology and another science
ILC Higher AAA AAA, at the first sitting of Highers, to include Biology and another science
IB Diploma 37 points (including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level), with no retakes, to include Biology and another science at Higher level
Essential Subjects Biology and one other science(SQA Higher, A level, ILC Higher at A or IB-Higher level at 6)
Graduate Entry Each year we are able to offer a few places to well qualified graduates who must have a first class Honours degree, preferably in a Life Science subject.
EU & International Visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country

BDS Predental Year Entry

Lacking 3 Sciences? Consider the Predental Year

The predental year is designed for able students who have no Science subject qualifications.

Qualification Grade
SQA Higher AAAAB (minimum), at the first sitting of Highers
GCE A-Level AAA, at the first sitting of A levels (A2)
ILC Higher AAA AAA, at the first sitting of Highers
IB Diploma 37 points (including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level)

Notes

  • All Highers and A-Levels must have been obtained at one sitting at the first opportunity applicants have to sit these examinations.  That is in S5 one year after Standard Grades for Highers and two years after GCSE for A-Levels.  Re-take Highers or A-Levels are not normally considered.
  • Attainment at Standard grade for SQA applicants and at GCSE and AS level for A level applicants will be taken into account.
  • Science subjects accepted are Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths
  • An Advanced Level in Physical Science will satisfy the requirements of both Chemistry and Physics but will count as only one pass.
  • The predental year (UCAS code A204) is designed for very able applicants who have a predominantly non-Science background (ie. have studied not more than one Science at Higher or A-Level).
  • All applicants will be expected to undertake the UKCAT test.  Information on this test can be found at the UKCAT website

Other Requirements

  • All potential dental students are required to undergo screening for blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B and C, and HIV) prior to their place at the Dental School being confirmed. Details regarding testing will be sent to you when you apply.
  • A full course of immunisation against Hepatitis B will be required.
  • A PVG check with Disclosure Scotland will also be required.
  • Sufficient bi-manual dexterity to handle simultaneously the necessary equipment to treat patients is required. Please consult the School as soon as possible if you have a disability that might impact on your ability to meet these demands.
  • Sufficient English language proficiency to be capable of 'independent dental practice' (a requirement of the General Dental Council for registration as a dentist). This means being able - without assistance - to write or type prescriptions accurately, to understand written and spoken reports on patients and to communicate information to others by the same means. You must demonstrate this via an IELTS score of 7.5 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in any component, or an acceptable equivalent. For full details please visit our English Language Requirements webpage.

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year of study. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants."
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £18,600 for Level 1, then £40,000 per year for each of the remaining four years. £18,600 for the Pre-Dental year.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

All Dentistry Applicants

All applicants will be expected to undertake the UKCAT test before they apply. Your UKCAT score will be factored into the pre-interview rank. There is no specific cut off applied but obviously a high score is advantageous.

Our analysis of the 2010 applicants revealed that the average for those gaining offers was over 2,600. Applications without UKCAT will be rejected. Please visit the UKCAT website for information about the test, two complete practice tests, important dates and information about bursaries available.

  • Dentistry is a course that enables you to care for the patient's oral health. It requires an empathetic spirit and a desire to help people and communities.
  • You will have to work very hard and acquire a great deal of knowledge and apply this throughout a long course.
  • You will need to have first rate communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team.
  • You will need to work with your hands and will have to acquire a high degree of manual dexterity.
  • You will have to be reasonably fit, as completing the dental course requires a degree of mental and physical stamina. If you have a health concern you need to tell us about this so we can see if the course can be modified to take account of this.
  • All potential dental students are required to undergo screening for blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B and C, and HIV) prior to their place at the Dental School being confirmed. Details regarding testing will be sent to you when you apply.
  • A full course of immunisation against Hepatitis B will be required.
  • A PVG check with Disclosure Scotland will also be required.
  • You need to have carefully investigated dentistry as a career and have undertaken some work shadowing with a general dental practitioner or community dentist. There is no prescribed length of time for this, but you should be able to tell us about your experiences in your personal statement.
  • You will need to meet the high academic standards required for the course.
  • Your personal statement should show some evidence of other interests. (e.g. sporting, musical, community involvement etc).

Dentistry Interview

Dentistry will adopt the method of interviewing known as Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs).

This will be a series of 10 seven-minute interviews. You can expect the usual topics to be covered in these interviews, e.g. why do you want to study Dentistry, what makes Dentistry at Dundee unique.  You will also be asked to expand on some aspects of your UCAS personal statement. 

We will be assessing your communication skills at most stations and also teamworking through a series of interactive interview stations, where you may have a task to complete or an actor to talk to.

Please apply via UCAS



DegreeUCAS CodeKIS Data
Dentistry BDSA200