The Pre-Dental Year is an additional year which prepares students for the standard BDS Dentistry course.
The Pre-Dental Year is suitable for two groups of applicants in particular. All candidates will be expected to have undertaken the UKCAT test prior to entry, and short listed candidates will undergo Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). For both groups, passing the Pre-Dental Year with a satisfactory grade average (B3 or above) and competitive UKCAT and MMI performance is required for progression onto the BDS Dentistry course itself.
Pre-Dental Year for Widening Access (Gateway to Dentistry) (A204)
From 2017 entry, applicants with proven evidence of adverse circumstances leading to significant educational disadvantage can apply for entry to the pre-dental year.
The entry requirements for this group of applicants is lower than for the BDS Dentistry (A200) course. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of significant adverse circumstances such as lower than average progression rates to higher education from their school, limited family income, neighbourhood or home circumstances not conducive to study, education affected by adverse events at critical times or other exceptional factors.
Additional support structures are in place for this student group.
Pre-Dental Year for Non-Science Background (A204)
Each year, places are available for very able applicants who have a predominantly non-science background (i.e. those who have not studied either Higher or A-Level Chemistry). This is not a Foundation course, and applicants will be expected to have demonstrated comparable performance to those with a science background who come straight into the BDS Dentistry course.
The Dundee Dental School was ranked No.1 in Scotland by the Guardian University Guide 2017.
100% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after finishing the course (Unistats).
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
Widening Access Applicants
|SQA Higher||AAABB grades at Higher, to include chemistry and another science subject. The other three Highers can be your own choice and this choice of subjects will not influence the assessment. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting. Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account.|
|GCE A-Level||AAB at A-Level (A2), to include chemistry and another science subject. The third subject can be your own choice; we have no preference. Results to be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A-Level examinations, two years after GCSE. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.|
Applicants with a non-science background
|SQA Higher||AAAAB grades at Higher, to include no more than one science subject and/or excluding chemistry. All to be obtained at first attempt and at one sitting (5th year). Achievement at National 5 / Intermediate 2 will also be taken into account. Offers will be conditional on the attainment of three Advanced Highers/‘crash’ Highers taken in 6th year.|
|GCE A-Level||AAA grades at A level (A2), to include no more than one science subject and/or excluding chemistry. These results should be obtained at one sitting and at the first attempt at A level examinations, two years after GCSE. General Studies is an acceptable subject. Achievement at GCSE and AS level will also be taken into account.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||AAAAAA grades at Higher level, to include no more than one science Higher and to exclude chemistry.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma||Minimum of 37 points, to include 6, 6 and 6 at Higher level. Subjects at Higher level should include no more than one science and exclude chemistry. Plus 3 subjects at Standard Level with an average of grade 6.|
A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a non-science subject is required to allow consideration. This should be the first degree obtained. Previous academic attainment will also be taken into account.
All offers to current PhD students will be conditional on the formal submission and written confirmation of the acceptance of their PhD dissertation.
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
IELTS, TOEFL, Pearsons and Cambridge Advanced English equivalent to the European Framework C1 level in each component and overall score are accepted.
Only the above Certificates are acceptable English language tests for this course
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).
Passing the Pre-Dental Year with a satisfactory grade average (B3 or above) and competitive UKCAT and Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) performance is required for progression onto the BDS Dentistry course itself.
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.
Fees for students starting 2017/18
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2017/18|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year of study|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£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 Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Apply Now||Pre-Dental Year||A204|