A degree based in the heart of London taking in the latest thinking in dental education: early clinical exposure, emphasis on ideas and facts, integrated teaching, choices. Taught by internationally renowned staff at an institution that combines teaching and research and can claim to be the best in the country.
- Largest dental school in the UK offering entry routes to studying dentistry and graduating over 160 dentists a year.
- Offers students state-of-the-art clinical and technical facilities.
- Evidence-based, research-led degree programme with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
- Partnership with the world famous hospitals: Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas’.
- Opportunity to choose to intercalate a BSc degree.
Guy's, King's Denmark Hill and St Thomas' Campuses, and Portsmouth University
Year of entry 2014
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for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
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King's College London
London SE1 1UL
020 7848 6512
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As a dental student at King's you would be taught by internationally renowned staff at an institution that combines teaching and research at some of the country's most famous teaching hospitals: Guy's, King's & St Thomas'.
The Dental Institute was awarded the highest scores in all six areas of assessment when the Quality Assurance Agency carried out a subject review in 2000, with an overall score of 24/24 being awarded. It received a 5-star rating for Research in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (the highest national rating). On the basis of these assessments, the Dental Institute can claim to be the best in the country.
The King's dental degree programme, in line with General Dental Council recommendations, incorporates the latest thinking in dental education, early clinical exposure, an emphasis on ideas as well as facts, integrated teaching of all subjects with an emphasis on a systems approach, and a dimension of choice of special subjects by the student. The integrated nature of the programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. You will have contact with patients from the first few weeks of the first year and will be encouraged to assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage. The programme emphasises whole patient care, which implies consideration of the patients total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of items of treatment. Most of the teaching is carried out in small groups where students and staff get to know each other well. The fact that the Dental Institute is the largest in the country with a total intake (for all programmes) of 164 students brings many advantages, including expertise in all areas of dentistry.Structure overview
The programme has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, progressing from biomedical sciences, through behavioural sciences, epidemiology, pathology and microbiology to human disease. The second includes oral and dental aspects of the biological sciences leading to an understanding of the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases and disorders and the effects of systemic disease on the oral and dental tissues. The third component consists of the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages. These components are vertically integrated with a larger proportion of basic sciences at first and a larger clinical component at the end.
Throughout the five years of the programme you will, in addition to acquiring the practical skills necessary to become a dentist, acquire communication skills, personal management skills, information technology skills and an appreciation and analysis of ethical and legal issues in dentistry. Assessment
Examinations are held at the end of each year, and a percentage of the marks for each examination are derived from in-course assessment, which may take the form of essays, practical tests or project work.Intercalated BSc
At the end of year three, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc degree which allows you to pursue the subjects of your choice in greater depth. The advantage of studying at a multifaculty institution such as King's is that modules can be taken in a wide variety of subjects. For example, you may wish to study clinically relevant subjects and related topics such as health services management or psychology as well as more traditional subjects, such as neuroscience and biochemistry. You can even include a foreign language.Further information
Information about applying to the programme can be found under the 'applying' tab, and there is also a PDF of frequently asked questions which can be accessed from the 'further information' tab.
ABOUT THE Dental Institute
A variety of career pathways are open to new dental graduates. The final career for many graduates is general practice, although a minority may aim to be a consultant in the hospital dental service, a senior clinical academic in a teaching hospital, or a specialist practitioner.
Invariably newly qualified graduates will enter practice by way of a vocational training scheme. Vocational Dental Practitioners (VDPs) work in a general practice under supervision and have a day release course of lectures and demonstrations building on the undergraduate degree and giving instruction in all aspects of practice management. After this year, successful VDPs can begin work as an associate in a practice, later starting or purchasing their own practice.
A further group of newly qualified graduates may enter the community dental service where the emphasis is on the prevention of dental problems in the community and looking after priority groups such as those with medical problems, the elderly or young children.
The King’s dental degree programme, in line with General Dental Council recommendations, incorporates the latest thinking in dental education – early clinical exposure, an emphasis on ideas as well as facts, integrated teaching of all subjects with an emphasis on a systems approach, and a dimension of choice of special subjects by the student.
The integrated nature of the programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. You will have contact with patients from the first few weeks of the first year and will be encouraged to assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage. The programme emphasises whole patient care, which implies consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of items of treatment.
Most of the teaching is carried out in small groups where students and staff get to know each other well. The fact that the Institute is the largest in the country with a total intake (for all programmes) of 164 students brings many advantages, including expertise in all areas of dentistry.
STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
While preparing you for a professional vocation, a degree in Dentistry involves studying healthcare, clinical techniques and the properties and uses of dental materials. Dentists need a detailed knowledge of the structure and function of the body, particularly the head and neck, as well as an understanding of how the rest of the body functions, and the disease processes that may affect it. See each programme entry for further details.
For the standard five-year programme, the majority of your first three years will be spent at the Guy’s Campus where biomedical sciences are taught alongside applied dental science. In the last two years students divide their time more evenly between the Guy’s and King’s Denmark Hill campuses. Final-year students will also visit the St Thomas’ Campus and the new Outreach Centre at Portsmouth University.
Any offer of a place at King's is subject to satisfactory health clearance coordinated by our Occupational Health Service. This is:
- to ensure that you are medically fit to practise for the proposed course of study;
- to advise, where necessary, on any reasonable adjustments, so that any underlying health problem is not made worse by work;
- to ensure that you do not have a medical condition which could pose a risk to your safety or to that of your colleagues, patients or members of the public;
- to help us identify if there is a risk of developing a work related illness from any hazards in the proposed workplace.
It is recommended that all students are appropriately protected against chickenpox, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles), meningitis C and tuberculosis prior to enrolment. Also, the Department of Health has recently published new guidelines for healthcare workers. These guidelines recommend that all new healthcare workers involved in exposure prone procedures (EPPs) should be routinely tested for HIV antibody, in addition to hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody prior to receiving health clearance. Consequently, as well as needing to have blood tests for hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody, as a prospective dental student, King's now require you to have a blood test to determine your HIV antibody status.
The final health clearance decision on your admission to (or continued enrolment on) the programme will be decided by the Dental Institute based upon recommendations from the Occupational Health Service.
Applicants with disabilities/ special needs
King’s is keen to encourage applicants from all sections of the community, including those with disabilities/special needs. If you are thinking of applying and you have a disability or health condition, you are welcome to visit King’s for an information visit before you apply.
As the dental programmes lead to professional registration, in accordance with General Dental Council guidance, students with disabilities can be admitted provided their disability would not prevent them from completing all parts of the dental programme and thus restrict their dental practice to certain activities. When you tell us about a disability/special need, it will not be considered in the main selection procedure.
If you are offered a place and accept it as your firm choice you will be referred to Occupational Health who will make a formal assessment, as part of the normal Occupational Health appointment and clearance. The Dental Institute will make a final decision based on their recommendations. Any details on your disability/special needs will assist the College in providing support during your programme.Criminal Records Bureau Clearance
All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal Records Bureau Enhanced Disclosure, and registration with, and clearance by the Independent Safeguarding Authority. All applicants are required to declare on their UCAS form if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands.
Currently, students study the following programme structure. King's reviews its programmes on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting learning opportunities and this information is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the School/department for further advice.
After a one-week introductory course to prepare you for study at university and on the dentistry programme in particular, the remainder of the year is spent studying biomedical sciences and topics relevant to the practice of dentistry. Much effort has been put into making this year absolutely relevant to dentistry. Basic topics such as molecular and cell biology, and basic human systems specific to dentistry, will be covered. Throughout the year a course on applied dental science will introduce you to the clinical aspects of dental studies and show the relevance of the basic sciences. This popular course will introduce you to all aspects of clinical dentistry and haptic technology.
The second year concentrates on the introduction and development of basic dental clinical skills. A state-of-the-art clinical skills facility allows the learning of necessary skills in a safe and non-threatening environment. You will treat patients in the associated NHS trusts with minor gum problems in the first term and in the third term you will begin the restorative care of your own patients to whom you will offer dental care for your whole time at King's College London.
Linked to the practical clinical courses will be biomedical science subjects such as anatomy of the head and neck, oral biology, and you will also develop an understanding of all aspects of the nervous system relevant to dentistry. During this year you will begin learning about all aspects of human disease and this strand of learning will continue for the remainder of your time on the dental programme. This will include topics such as pathology, microbiology and general medicine.
In the third year you continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and this is a major topic in the year. Another major subject area for this year is the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn how this can be done using fixed and removable prostheses including dental implants. There is a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how they are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. Much time each week is devoted to the clinical care of patients in restorative dentistry that will include specific teaching in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and carry out the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.
This is a busy year in which you really begin to establish yourself as a dentist.
At the end of Year 3, you will have the opportunity to take an intercalated BSc degree which allows you to pursue the subjects of your choice in greater depth. The advantage of studying at a multi-faculty institution such as King's is that intercalated degrees can be taken in a wide variety of subjects. For example, you may wish to study clinically relevant subjects and related topics such as health services management or psychology as well as more traditional subjects, such as neuroscience and biochemistry. You can even include a foreign language.
In the fourth year of the programme you spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and carry out more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year major courses in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics are provided to give you a strong foundation in the subjects.
Time is also spent providing comprehensive care to adult patients. This will continue in Year 5. As you become more proficient at dentistry, patients will be treated under conscious sedation. Learning continues in the human disease strand of the curriculum and you are introduced to an ongoing course in oral disease that will incorporate pathology and medicine directly relevant to disease in and around the mouth. You will be able to treat many patients with more complex dental problems during this year, with specialist teachers on hand to guide you.
The final year of the programme is very much a consolidation year of all you have learned up to this time. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of this programme is the opportunity to work on a regular basis at purpose-built clinics away from the main campus. At these you will work directly with a dental nurse and other dental care professionals, in particular dental hygienists and therapists, learning to work as a team leader in the provision of dental care for your patients.
There is an opportunity each week to spend some time learning about a chosen topic to allow you to develop knowledge of an area in even greater detail than covered in the normal programme. This could include any area in dentistry and there is also the opportunity to learn a new language through the Language Centre of King's College London. There is an elective period of study when you are given the chance to travel anywhere in the United Kingdom, or the world, to learn about how dental care is provided in that region. Limited funding is offered by the College to undertake this period of study away from London. The final year is designed to allow you to develop as a dentist and to ease your transition, upon qualification, into vocational training and general professional training. It also offers the opportunity to flavor the specialist areas of dentistry that may encourage you to specialise after general professional training.
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
97+ ATAR, or an OP of band 2 for Queensland, including Chemistry and Biology
Reifezeugnis with 1, including 1 in Chemistry and Biology
Certificat D'Enseignement Secondaire Superieur/Getuignschrift van Onderwijs with 8/10 or 18/20, including 8/10 or 18/20 in Biology and Chemistry
High School Leaving Certificate (Certificado de Ensino Médio) with 8 OR B OR Muito Bom PLUS at least one year of Bacharel/Licenciado at a Brazilian University with a GPA of at least 8.0 OR the King’s College London International Foundation Programme OR 3 A-levels with grades of AAA. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with the majority of subject marks of 5.5 overall and with 5.5 in Biology and Chemistry
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma with 90% overall OR Ontario University Preparatory Course with 90% at five grade 12 4U subjects. The sixth subject may be at 4U or 4U/C level. OR the Quebec CEGEP Cote R with an overall R score of 33. All including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Licencia de Educación Media with 6 PLUS at least one year of the Licenciatura at a Chilean university with a mark of 5 OR the Kings College London International Foundation Programme OR 3 A-levels with grades of AAA. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
University Entrance Examination with at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Chinese university with at least 80%. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Apolytirion (School Leaving Certificate) with 19 plus at least an additional science foundation/Access year. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Maturita with 1 with 1 in Biology and Chemistry
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen
Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen with 11 including 11 in Chemistry and Biology
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus with majority marks of 5, overall (including 5 in Biology and Chemistry) and an attestation of success in the state entry examinations (Riigieksamitunnistus)
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
Ylioppilastutkinto with 7 overall, including 7 in Biology and Chemistry
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
Baccalaureate with 14/20 overall, including 14 in Biology and Chemistry
Abitur with 1.3 overall including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC/WASSCE) PLUS 3 international Cambridge-board A levels at AAA including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Apolytirion science stream with 19 including high marks in Biology and Chemistry
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Levels 5, 5, 5 in three elective subjects including Chemistry and Biology plus Level 4 in each of the four core subjects.
Erettsegi with 5 including 5 in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
School Leaving Certificate with 85% overall OR School Leaving Certificate with 75% with at least a science foundation/Access year or year of undergraduate study at an Indian university. Both including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) OR the National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) with 16 OR international A levels at AAA. All including Chemistry and Biology
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)
A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 including A in Chemistry and Biology , with Maths and English at least at Ordinary level B. UKCAT required.
Esame di Stato
Esame di Stato with 90 including high marks in Biology and Chemistry
School Leaving Certificate
Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho) PLUS 3 Cambridge Board International A-levels at AAA OR an Associate degree or Diploma from a Junior College (Jun-Gakushi) with a GPA of 3.3 or B+ or 4 OR a foundation year. Including high marks in Biology and Chemistry
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu with 9 with at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Latvian university. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
Brandos Atestatas with 9 with at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Lithuanian university. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Diplome de Fin D
Diplome de Fin D’Etudes Secondaires with Tres Bien, including Tres Bien in Biology and Chemistry
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
Matriculation Certificate with AAA including Chemistry and Biology
The Bachillerato with a mark of 8 PLUS the King’s College London International Foundation Programme OR at least one year of the Licenciado study with an overall average mark of at least 8/10 OR A-levels with grades of AAA. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma de Bacalaureat with 9 including 9 in Biology and Chemistry
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
VWO with 8 overall with 8 in Biology and Chemistry
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
the NCEA level 3 with E in the majority of standards/modules in four subjects,including Excellent in Biology and Chemistry
School Leaving Certificate
The Senior School Certificate (SSC/SSCE) OR the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC/WASSCE) PLUS 3 Cambridge International A levels at AAB, including Biology and Chemistry
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering with 5 overall including 5 in Chemistry and Biology
High School Certificate (HSSC)
High School Certificate with A1 with at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Pakistani university. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Matura with 85% in extended level subjects, including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
Diploma de Ensino Secundário with 18 including 18 in Chemistry and Biology
School Leaving Certificate
Diploma de Bacalaureat with 9 including 9 in Biology and Chemistry
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii with an average of 4.5 including 5 in Chemistry and Biology plus at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Russian university.
School Leaving Certificate
College of Technology Diploma OR Higher Technical Institute Diploma OR Junior Health College Diploma OR Undergraduate Diploma with 85% OR 3 Cambridge International A levels at AAA. All including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Singapore A Level
AAA in three content-based H2 subjects (including both Chemistry and Biology). Knowledge and Inquiry is not considered as part of the offer.
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita with 1 overall including 1 in Biology and Chemistry
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
Maturitetno Spricevalo with 5 overall including 5 in Biology and Chemistry
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
The National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement with AAAAB including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
Titulo de Bachiller
Titulo de Bachiller in with 9 overall including 8 in Biology and Chemistry
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
Fullstandigt Slutbeytg with MVG including MVG in Chemistry and Biology
Federal Maturity Certificate
Federal Maturity Certificate with an overall mark of 5 including 5 in Biology and Chemistry
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
Lise Diplomasi with an overall mark of 4 with at least a science foundation/Access year or one year of undergraduate study at a Turkish university. Including high marks in Chemistry and Biology
AAA and a Grade A at AS-level
Biology and Chemistry at A-level grade A, or one of Biology/Chemistry at A-level grade A and the other at AS level grade A. If Mathematics is offered at A-level, then Further Mathematics is only considered at AS-level. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required. All applicants must take the UKCAT.
12 unit A level in vocational subjects
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma
Specific one-year (full-time) 'Access to Medicine/Dentistry' programmes offered by a UK Further Education Institution, or one-year (full-time) science foundation programmes offered by a UK Higher Education Institution (including study of Chemistry and Biology). Please note that we will only consider an Access or Foundation year if applicants have been out of full time education for at least 5 years prior to enrolling on the Access course/Foundation year. GCSE requirements: Grade B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent). All applicants must take the UKCAT. Contact Admissions for any further queries.
3 Pre-U Principal Subjects with grades of D3 D3 D3 including Biology and Chemistry. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required. All applicants must take the UKCAT.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for this programme
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAAAB in Highers and AA at Advanced Higher. Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher A, or one of Biology/Chemistry at Advanced Higher A and the other at Higher grade A. English and Mathematics required at Standard Credit grade 1 or 2, or Intermediate 2 with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.
35 points and HL 666 including Biology and Chemistry at HL 6, or one of Biology/Chemistry at HL 6 and the other at SL. GCSE grade B in both English and Mathematics required (or recognised equivalent).
85% overall including 8.5 in each science option, including study of Chemistry and Biology. Evidence of high grades in Mathematics also looked for. All applicants must take the UKCAT.
Advanced Placement Tests and/or SAT/ACT (SAT/ACT acceptable only where stipulated)
Four AP subjects with 5554 including Chemistry and Biology
NON ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Any scholastic activity would be considered eg general reading, debating, theological interests etc.
We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, making the most of the opportunities available to them and also demonstrated some experience of society beyond their immediate environment. Your interests, achievements and contribution to your community are taken into account eg clubs, theatrical, religious etc.
We look for applicants who not only have interests but may have also achieved in these areas eg music, sport, first aid, etc. Interviewees are encouraged to bring along examples of any handiwork to give an indication of their manual dexterity.
We would normally expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.
Paid or voluntary work
Any voluntary contribution to your community is taken into account, eg volunteer in a care home. We look for evidence that you have worked in a setting where you can interact with the general public eg in a pharmacy, check-out or restaurant.
Are interviews offered? Yes.
Are all applicants interviewed? No, interviewees are selected.
Are all those made an offer interviewed? Yes.
What form does it take? Normally, a multiple mini interview, usually 40-50 minutes, with at least four interviewers.
What is considered at interview? Communication skills, exploring in detail the interviewee’s written application, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related. the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, how the interviewee will contribute to the College as a whole.
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.
There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above
Further advice is given within each programme entry; however, the notes below apply to all programmes within the Dental Institute.