• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Award: BSc
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Completion of this three-year course will enable you to work as a dental therapist, or a dental hygienist. Our course is approved by the General Dental Council.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework


Once qualified you may choose to work in general dental practice (NHS and private), community dental service, hospital practice, the armed services or in industry. Current employment levels are very high (100%).

Oral Health Sciences

What exactly are oral health sciences?

Dental hygiene and dental therapy are concerned with maintaining and managing aspects of oral and dental health and preventing oral and dental diseases. This requires an understanding of the whole body, knowledge of the mouth and an appreciation of social influences as well as precise manual skills.

Dental hygienists and therapists are part of the dental team, with dentists, dental nurses and dental technicians. The group comprising dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and technicians are known as dental care professionals (DCPs). Dental hygienists and therapists work to a treatment plan provided by a dentist. They help patients develop and maintain good oral health. They do this by restoring teeth (doing fillings) and, for child patients, they can also carry out extractions, pulp therapy and stainless steel crowns. The treatment of periodontal (gum) disease is also a major component of the work. Their preventive role includes giving advice on diet, oral hygiene and smoking cessation. Other care they can provide is the taking and developing of radiographs and the taking of impressions.

Learn more from the British Association of Dental Therapists or the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy.

 Our rankings

  • Study at the No.1 Dental School in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)

University of Dundee Dental School

The Dundee Dental Hospital and School has modern clinical, lecture, tutorial and laboratory facilities, including a dedicated computer-aided learning suite. As well as the annual intake of 10 BSc Oral Health Sciences students, there is an annual intake of approximately 60 BDS (dental) students and many of the teaching and learning experiences are shared. The Dental School has a thriving Students' Society, a student-run coffee bar and an excellent programme of student-led social activities.

We perform exceptionally well in league tables for both research and teaching. The Dental School is currently No. 1 in the UK for both Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2018) and student satisfaction (NSS, 2017).

Professional Accreditation

This programme has full approval from the professional governing body for dentistry in the UK, the General Dental Council (GDC).

I love the mix of practical and theory in the course and how they go hand in hand. The dental facilities at Dundee are great -- from OpTech, where we practice working on plastic teeth models, to the clinics where we treat patients. I also really like that we begin treating patients in our 1st year; I feel it’s invaluable to initiate good communication skills with patients early on. The tutors are knowledgeable, helpful and always inviting questions and feedback.

Anna Ronaldson
BSc Oral Health Sciences

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2018
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher ABBB at Higher including biology, plus chemistry (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C) Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
GCE A-Level BBB including A-Level biology, plus GCSE chemistry at C Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H2H3 at Higher Level including Biology, plus Ordinary Level chemistry at O3 Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include biology. Standard Level chemistry at grade 4 is recommended.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)
Scottish Baccalaureate
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate
Other Qualifications Applications from Qualified Dental Nurses will be considered provided they have other qualifications, i.e. three SQA Highers at B grades, to include Biology (or Human Biology) or two GCE A Levels (A2) at B grades, to include Biology (or Human Biology). Other qualifications are considered on an individual basis.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall7.0
Listening 7.0
Reading 7.0
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

You will be one of ten students that we take each year. You will get a mix of teaching: in your group of ten and with the BDS (dental) students in groups of up to 70.

How you will be taught

Teaching will take place in the Dental School and Hospital which is on campus, at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and in local and regional dental clinics. A variety of teaching methods will be used: lectures, tutorials, practical classes and clinics. Examinations are held throughout the course. A continuous grading scheme is in operation during practical and clinical teaching.

The curriculum for the BSc course follows the curricula frameworks for dental hygienists and dental therapists published by the General Dental Council (GDC) under the title 'Developing the Dental Team'. This document is available on the GDC's website.

The programme consists of a three-year curriculum of 32 weeks at Level 1, 35 weeks at Level 2 and 35 weeks at Level 3. This is longer than normal University semesters owing to the current requirement of the General Dental Council for the course to comprise 102 weeks in total.

How you will be assessed

Examinations are held throughout the course. A continuous grading scheme is in operation during practical and clinical teaching.

What you will study

Typical degree programme

Level 1

At Level 1 you will study the biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, embryology, genetics, pathology, histology and biochemistry) and learn about the oral cavity in oral biology. Manual skills are also developed and you will start to treat patients in the second semester. The types of treatments carried out at this stage will include giving oral health advice, measuring the oral condition and carrying out periodontal (gum) treatment. Modules include:

  • Foundation
  • Biomedical Sciences and Oral Biology
  • Restorative 1
  • Plaque-related Diseases
  • Clinical Practice 1

Level 2

Level 2 sees the introduction of additional clinical skills and you start treating patients for restorative procedures such as dental fillings. Modules include:

  • Human Disease
  • Restorative 2
  • Imaging
  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Clinical Practice 2

Level 3

At Level 3, you continue with clinical work both within the Dental Hospital and in community outreach clinics. The outreach clinics give you exposure to different population groups. Treatment will include the provision of dental care for children and special needs groups. Modules include:

  • Clinical Practice 3
  • The Developing Dentition
  • The Therapist and the Community

There is a current shortage of dental professionals in the UK. Once qualified you may choose to work in general dental practice (NHS and private), the community dental service, hospital practice, the armed services or in industry. Current employment levels are very high (100%) and remuneration is good.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2017 entry). Fees for September 2018 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2018.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £21,300 for Year 1, then £31,300 per year for Year 2 and 3 (inclusive of ACT Levy)

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 Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowOral Health Sciences BScB750