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Dentistry, BDS

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
48 months
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

Dentistry, BDS

Our programme has been designed with graduates in mind, enabling you to capitalise on the existing knowledge and transferable skills from your previous degree. From day one, you will be preparing to be a dental professional, benefiting from early clinical problem solving and patient contact, and an integrated approach to learning.

Admission requirements

The entry requirement for admission is a good Honours degree (First or Upper Second-Class) in a medical or health-related science degree (e.g. biomedical science, anatomy, pharmacy). Candidates with a first degree in medicine will also be considered.

The admissions process also involves suitably qualified applicants sitting an entrance test (UCAT) and the scores obtained are used with other criteria to select for interview. All applicants must complete this test in the year prior to entry. For more information on the UCAT test, including registration dates, please refer to the UCAT website.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Year 1

In year 1 you will develop a sound understanding of the oral environment, basic aspects of dental health and disease, together with an appreciation of the principles of patient management, communication and ethical practice. You will begin practical training in the clinical skills lab and have direct patient contact in your second term.

Year 2

In year 2 you will have clear understanding of the clinical relevance of the subjects you are learning. You will develop reflective skills in relation to your learning and further develop your clinical and communication skills in the restorative clinics. This regular patient contact is supported by training in the clinical skills lab and will develop your clinical experience in a variety of settings.

Year 3

In year 3 you will continue to develop the ability to apply your knowledge to clinical situations. You will be able to assess the needs of patients and tailor your knowledge to match these. You will be introduced to working within the paediatric, emergency and special care clinics. You will have the opportunity to enhance your clinical skills and patient management in outreach placements and with a number of visits to observe clinicians working in specialist areas of dentistry.

Year 4

In year 4 you will hone and apply diverse and multiple areas of knowledge within integrated oral care. This will include team working, ethical applications and management skills. You will be expected to complete and present several full and complex cases to demonstrate a high level of clinical skill and understanding.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • RUK: £9,250
  • Home Students: £1,820

Career opportunities

Our programme will lead to full GDC registration. The majority of new dental graduates move straight into a one year period of Foundation Training (Vocational Training) in NHS general practice. Successful completion leads to the award of a Vocational Training Number – an essential pre-requisite for taking up a contract with a Health Board to provide NHS dentistry in General Dental Practice or in the Salaried Dental Service. A minority of dentists will complete a second year of Foundation Training – generally in two hospital posts – or will have been employed in a two year post blending primary and secondary care experience. Completion of two years of Foundation Training and attaining Membership of one of the Royal Colleges is the usual route into Specialty Training, leading ultimately to employment as a NHS Consultant.

Following vocational training, a dentist may work as an associate, partner or principal in general practice, join the community dental service, the armed forces dental service, work in a hospital with a view to becoming a consultant, or become a clinical academic contributing to the training of the next generation of dental graduates.

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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University of Aberdeen

King’s College
AB24 3FX Aberdeen
Scotland, UK

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