Dentistry in the UK

UK Dentistry Courses

Introduction to Dentistry

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) award normally takes 5 years to complete. In the first part of the course, students will usually study more general medical science subjects such as epidemiology, microbiology and pathology and then move on to subjects more directly focused on dentistry and the more clinical and technical aspects of oral healthcare; the balance of teaching changing more from the theoretical to the practical clinical aspects of dentistry training over time. The final 2 years of the course will involve experiential practice placements.

Students wishing to apply will need to have good academic grades and the right personal attributes that demonstrate an ability to commit to a long period of study.

Careers in Dentistry

After graduation, Dentistry students are usually employed as trainees in NHS surgeries or in the private sector. Careers include dental nurses, dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental technicians and dental support, while becoming a Dental teacher is also hugely rewarding.

Dentistry Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 37 points.
  • Typical A-levels requirements: AAA including Chemistry and Biology.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component.
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Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is part of the selection process of some UK medical and dental schools. It is an online test covering four reasoning tests and a situational judgement test:

- Verbal reasoning. Assesses ability to think logically about written information and arrive at a reasoned conclusion: 21 minutes, with 11 passages to read and 44 questions.

- Quantitative reasoning. Assesses ability to solve numerical problems: 24 minutes, 9 tables, charts, graphs etc. as information and 36 questions.

- Abstract reasoning. Assesses ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking: 13 minutes and 55 questions.

- Decision analysis. Assesses ability to deal with various forms of information to infer relationships, make informed judgements, and decide on an appropriate response: 32 minutes, 1 scenario full of information and 28 questions (basic calculator provided)

- Situational judgement. Measures your responses in situations, and your grasp of medical ethics: 27 minutes and 67 questions on 20 scenarios.

UKCAT must be taken by applicants at the following universities:

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Dentistry?

To learn more about the best Dentistry courses in the UK, find details on the top ten ranking Dentistry universities in the Guardian University Guide 2019 below:

  1. University of Dundee
  2. University of Aberdeen
  3. Plymouth University
  4. King's College London
  5. Queen’s University Belfast
  6. University of Central Lancashire
  7. University of Liverpool
  8. University of Glasgow
  9. Newcastle University
  10. Cardiff University

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