This entry route into dentistry is designed to enable graduates with honours degrees in biomedical-related science subjects and healthcare professionals with a degree, to study for a Dentistry BDS.
On this programme, you will be exempted from the first year of the standard five-year BDS on the basis of your previous studies. You will undertake a two-to-three-week preparatory course in September before joining Year 2 of the five-year programme.
Our 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 covers the clinical and technical aspects of dentistry with the provision of comprehensive oral and dental healthcare for patients of all ages. Throughout your degree, the balance of teaching will shift from theoretical and academic science to practical and clinical experience.
Our curriculum enables students to assist in the dental care of patients from year one and assume an appropriate level of responsibility for patient care at an early stage.
The final two years of the programme are designed to give students extensive clinical exposure with structured placements for practice in the community, as part of a dental team, providing care in diverse settings.
The integrated nature of our programme means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding.
Our programme emphasises whole patient care, which requires consideration of the patients’ total dental and medical needs, rather than just the provision of individual items of treatment.
Our working environment is structured into cross-year undergraduate teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of teachers and peers throughout their time at the Dental Institute.
You will be assessed through written and practical examinations at the end of each year of the programme. You will be required to submit in-course assessments e.g. poster presentations, online tests, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the programme.