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Dental Surgery BDS

The University of Sheffield
5 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description

Dental Surgery BDS

Our course is divided into nine integrated themes. Throughout the course we aim to teach you theory alongside clinical practice so you'll develop an understanding of dental science and its clinical application.

You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice.

We believe in training the whole dental team together, so you'll learn with Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students in a way that prepares you for practice.

Admission requirements

  • The A Level entry requirements for this course are: AAA including Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology
  • A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB, including AA in Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology and B in a third subject + B in EPQ. The EPQ must be in a Dentistry-related subject. The EPQ and A Levels must be taken in the one sitting to receive the alternative offer
  • International Baccalaureate | 36, 6 in Higher Level Chemistry and Biology
  • BTEC | D*DD in Science, including Distinctions in Chemistry and Biology units
  • Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAAAB, including Biology + Advanced Higher Chemistry at grade A or AAAAB, including Chemistry + Advanced Higher Biology at grade A
  • Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA, including Chemistry and Biology
  • Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall with 45 credits at level 3 to include 39 at Distinction in Chemistry and Biology + 6 credits at Merit

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 7/A; IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First year

  • The Human Body
  • The Oral Cavity in Health and Disease

Second year

  • Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 1
  • Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 2
  • Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 3
  • Basic Oral and Dental Care Part 4
  • Growth, Development, Ageing and Nutrition

Third year

  • Integrated Human Disease Part 1
  • Integrated Human Disease Part 2
  • Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 1
  • Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 2
  • Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 3
  • Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 4
  • Intermediate Oral and Dental Care Part 5

Fourth year

  • Dental Surgery Part 1
  • Dental Surgery Part 2

Fifth year

  • Dental Surgery Part 3
  • Dental Surgery Part 4
  • Dental Surgery Part 5

Tuition fees

2021-22 Annual tuition fee

  • For Home students: £9,250
  • For Overseas students: £38,790


A Levels AAA

Continuing studies

Most graduates apply for a one-year Dental Foundation (DF) training programme. This provides you with a supportive environment where you can continue to develop your skills and experience to the point where you become an independent practitioner.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of the DF year enables you to work in an NHS practice. All of our students who graduated in July 2018 were successful in gaining a DF training place.

After their DF year, most graduates find work in general dental practices, in the community dental service or sometimes in the armed forces.

Some choose to undertake further specialist training to enable them to become speciality dentists, hospital or academic consultants or to become researchers.

A number of our graduates choose to return to the school later in their careers to teach.


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The University of Sheffield

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