Top 10 Dentistry Courses in the UK with Graduate Entry

Training to become a dentist is country specific and many of the top schools of dentistry only offer courses in the local language.

In the UK some dental schools will consider an excellent result in a first degree, especially if you apply during your final year, but if it is not in a science-based subject you will need to either have A-Levels (or equivalent) in science subjects or complete a one-year preparatory course.

Some courses, in the UK, also require completion of the UK Clinical Aptitude Test or the Graduate Medical Schools Admissions Test.  

Here is a rundown of ten of the best dentistry courses in the UK.

 

BDS Dental Surgery – Queen's University Belfast

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £4,030 for Northern Irish and EU students / £9,250 for students from the rest of the UK / £19,000 for pre-clinical to £34,000 for clinical years for International students.

What You Will Study: Entry by graduates must be during their final year of study of their first degree. Students have access to the most up-to-date and modern facilities in the UK.

BDS Dentistry – University of Plymouth

Duration: 4 years full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £18,600 pre-clinical to £24,500 clinical years for international students.

What You Will Study: Based in the NHS Trust of Devon and Cornwall, students get to treat patients across this area and gain an understanding of oral health in a global context.

BDS Dentistry – King's College London

Duration: 4 years full time with an additional 3-week course before starting.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £39,200 for International students.

What You Will Study: Students practice clinical care of patients early in year 1 to maximise the chance of building good quality experience.

BDS Dentistry – Queen Mary University

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £31,800 for International students.

What You Will Study: Graduate entry must be during the final year of your first degree and students work in outreach clinics across London to gain clinical experience.

BDS Dentistry – University of Dundee

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £1,820 for Scottish and EU / £9,250 for English, Welsh and Northern Irish Students / £28,600 for the first year and then £40,000 per year for International students.

What You Will Study: This course aims to prepare students for all aspects of a career in dentistry with clinical places from the 2nd year.

BDS Dentistry – Cardiff University

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £9,000 for UK and EU students / £24,675 for international students.

What You Will Study: Previous academic history is taken into account along with undergraduate degree results. Cardiff University aims to train its dental students in the safe and successful practice of dentistry.

BDS Dentistry – University of Liverpool

Duration: 4 years full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students (this course is only open to UK and EU students).

What You Will Study: Entry to this course is competitive and distance-learning courses are not considered. Accelerated students are integrated between the undergraduates of year 1 and 2 during the 1st year of study and then take assessments to join the rest of the non-accelerated students for 3 years of clinical placements.

BDS Dentistry – University of Glasgow

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £9,100 total tuition fees for all 5 years for Scottish and EU students / £46,250 total tuition fees for all 5 years for English, Welsh and Northern Irish students / £195,000 total tuition fees for all 5 years for International students.

What You Will Study: Graduate applicants must have a 2:2 or above and either meet all of the other entry requirements or have studied 2 science related modules during their first degree. With up-to-date facilities, students are trained in all scientific and clinical aspects of dentistry.

BDS Dental Surgery – University of Birmingham

Duration: 5 years full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £19,710 for pre-clinical to £35,640 for clinical years for international students.

What You Will Study: This is not an accelerated program and involves 2 years of pre-clinical learning and then three years of clinical-based learning.

BDS Dentistry – University of Central Lancashire

Duration: 4 years full time.

Cost: £9,250 for UK and EU students / £12,950 for International students.

What You Will Study: This small course, of only 39 places, spends the final 3 years of the course based in the Dental Education Centres and prepares students thoroughly for dental practice. Accelerated students enter straight into the 2nd year of the standard 5-year course.

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