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Our innovative 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.
Our programme combines the very latest thinking in dental education with early clinical experience. You will be taught by internationally-renowned staff and exposed to a rich breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse clinical environment.
UCAS code A202
Duration Four years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations The BDS Programme is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2013.
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Dental Institute
A 2:1 (upper second class honours) undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in a biomedical-related or health professional subject.
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements
Applicants with a 2:2 (lower second class honours) in a biomedical-related or health professional subject will only be considered if also holding a postgraduate degree (with at least a Merit).
All applicants must take the UKCAT. Generally, for this course, candidates do score in the upper 600s to be invited for interview, but we cannot give exact score requirements in advance, and we do not operate a strict UKCAT cut-off.
Selection procedures follow those determined for the five-year BDS programme, including Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI, see BDS programme entry for details). Applications must reach UCAS by 15 October 2016. A maximum of four choices on the UCAS form may be made for programmes which lead to a professional qualification in dentistry. All suitably qualified graduates with biomedical-related science or healthcare degrees, as judged by the Dental Institute, are eligible to apply. Approximately 30 places are available on the programme and applications from Channel Islands and overseas fee-paying graduates will be considered.
The UKCAT aptitude test: All applicants must sit the UKCAT in the summer before they apply to the BDS degree, even if they are applying for deferred entry.
Please refer to the UKCAT website for details on registration at www.ukcat.ac.uk
Application deadline: October 15 2016 for 2017 entry.
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.
You will undertake a two-to-three-week course in applied dental science to acquire the dental knowledge and skills to enable you to study with the students who have completed year one of the five-year BDS programme.
You will be given the opportunity throughout your first year to review topics studied in Year 1 of the standard five-year programme.
The theme of your first year is the dentate patient, applied basic dental science, and preparation for prevention of oral disease and the treatment of patients. You will also study integrated courses covering the development, structure and function of the nervous system, as a basis for understanding the aspects involved in dentistry, such as pain and anxiety; oral biology, including the influence of nutrition and endocrine factors; and pathology, which covers the study of the cellular and molecular basis of human disease.
During this year you will be developing basic dental clinical skills, treating your own adult patients, providing preventive advice and undertaking straightforward procedures in periodontology and conservative dentistry. You will also learn dental materials science and behavioural science.
The following topics comprise the year 1 module:
In Year 2, you will continue to learn about all aspects of human disease and study the replacement of missing teeth. You will learn about fixed and removable prostheses, such as dental implants. There is also a technical component to these courses to ensure you understand how prostheses are constructed and how to deal with problems associated with their fit and function. You will devote significant time each week to the clinical care of patients including tuition in conservative dentistry and prosthodontics. You will also begin to learn about and perform the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.
The following topics comprise the year 2 module:
In Year 3, you will spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will continue to learn about and perform more advanced procedures in restorative dentistry. During this year, you will gain a strong foundation in periodontology, child dental healthcare and orthodontics.
As you become more proficient at dentistry, you will treat patients 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 relevant to disease in and around the mouth. Under the supervision of specialist teachers, you will be able to treat patients with more complex dental problems.
The following topics comprise the year 3 module:
The final year consolidates all you have learned up to this point. You will continue to provide comprehensive dental care for adult and child patients. A specific feature of our programme, our structured placements enable you to work on a regular basis at purpose-built clinics away from the main campus amongst diverse patient populations. There, you will gain valuable experience working in a dental team with dental nurses, hygienists and therapists to prepare yourself effectively for Dental Foundation Training and future practice.
The following topics comprise the year 4 module:
A variety of career pathways are open to new dental graduates. The career path for many graduates is general practice, with others aiming to be consultants in the hospital dental service, senior clinical academics in a teaching hospital, or specialist practitioners. In every case, newly-qualified graduates will enter practice by way of Dental Foundation Training. Foundation Dentists (FDs) work in a Training 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 FDs can begin work as an associate in a practice.
"The programme itself is highly integrated which means we see patients very soon after starting.We are being taught to be good clinical dentists by enthusiastic and interested staff who are themselves practising clinicians"
Staff and students from the Dental Institute discuss the numerous benefits of studying Dentistry at King's College London.
Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£39,200 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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