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Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS

UCAS code: A204

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

Our Dentistry course for medical graduates is specifically designed to support a very limited number of qualified doctors wishing to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology. Our course combines the 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.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree course with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Teaching excellence (Dentistry at King’s was ranked 1st in the UK in the 2021 QS subject rankings)
  • State-of-the-art clinical, simulation and technical facilities
  • Largest dental school in the UK graduating around 150 dentists a year.
  • Partnership with the world-famous hospitals: Guy's, King's College and St Thomas'.

The integrated nature of our course means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. Our course 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. The BDS course is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2019 (and again in 2021 at a post-COVID review).

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are currently based at: Guy’s Campus, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill and West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Applicants must be qualified doctors (registered with the UK General Medical Council) who have completed Foundation Years 1 and 2, and wish to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology.

There are a small number of spaces available for this programme and candidates will be expected to demonstrate a firm commitment to a career in either oral and maxillo-facial surgery or oral medicine/pathology. There are no ring-fenced places for graduates of King's and all applicants are treated equally.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Please note: applicants are not required to sit the UCAT aptitude test prior to applying to this programme.

Overseas fee status

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS.

Meeting deadlines

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this. Please note, this programme commences earlier than other undergraduate degree programmes, in the middle of August.

 

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

 

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Further information

 

Criminal conviction disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

Deferrals

We are unable to consider deferred entry for this programme.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

During the 2020/21 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of a panel of two interviewers in-person.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The integrated nature of our course means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice, and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding.

Our course 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 teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of peers throughout their time at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences.

Assessment

  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written (short answer) examination, online (MCQ) examination, poster presentation, OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), structured clinical reasoning examination, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the course.
  • Whilst there is ongoing in-course assessment throughout the programme which must be passed, the written and clinical examinations contribute 100% to your final mark.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Year 1

11%

34%

55%

Year 2

16%

27%

57%

Year 3

31%

7%

62%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Structure

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this website for updates. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 540 credits over 3 years. · Year 1 comprises modules totaling 180 credits. · Year 2 comprises modules totaling 180 credits · Year 3 comprises modules totaling 180 credits Although you join year 3 of the standard BDS programme, your first year will be customized to cover topics studied in year one/two of the standard five-year BDS course that may not have already been covered by an MBBS degree. This will be achieved by means of an introductory week and a DPMG specific 30 credit module in your first year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 including in oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology. Newly-qualified graduates will usually enter dental 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 gaining instruction in all aspects of practice management.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Accommodation and subsistence expenses
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees: DBS check paid just prior to course entry: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £50.00 - Total: £50.00 DBS ongoing subscription: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £13.00/year after first check - Total: £26.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £200.00 in each year (typically in years 2 and 3)- Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £2,375.00 or £98.00 Job hunting expenses: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £200.00 - Total: £200.00 Final year printing of poster for case presentation: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £5.00, Total: £5.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total: Variable

Funding

The integrated nature of our course means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding. Our course 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. The BDS course is regularly reviewed by the General Dental Council. It received a ‘sufficient for registration as a dentist’ rating at its last inspection in 2019 (and again in 2021 at a post-COVID review).

Base campuses

campus guys
Guy’s Campus

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences are based at the riverside Guy's Campus, next to the Shard.

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

St Thomas
St Thomas’ Campus

Located near Waterloo Campus and home of continuing medical and dental teaching, as well as a museum dedicated to Florence Nightingale.

Additional locations

London skyline at night

In addition, clinical placements are currently based at: Guy’s Campus, University of Portsmouth Dental Academy, King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill and West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre

Awarding Institutions

kcl logo

King's College London and Affiliates

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Applicants must be qualified doctors (registered with the UK General Medical Council) who have completed Foundation Years 1 and 2, and wish to pursue a career in either oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology.

There are a small number of spaces available for this programme and candidates will be expected to demonstrate a firm commitment to a career in either oral and maxillo-facial surgery or oral medicine/pathology. There are no ring-fenced places for graduates of King's and all applicants are treated equally.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

Please note: applicants are not required to sit the UCAT aptitude test prior to applying to this programme.

Overseas fee status

Please note that students with Overseas fee status are ineligible to apply for this programme, irrespective of the criteria above. UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) has a number of resources to advise you of which fee status category you may fall into dependent on your circumstances, so we would recommend reviewing these prior to making an application. We are unable to complete a fee assessment until we have received an application via UCAS.

Meeting deadlines

In order to enrol onto our programmes, successful offerholders must be able to evidence that they can meet our requirements by the beginning of August in year of entry. Any applicants who feel that they could be eligible for the programme but who will not be able to provide evidence of meeting our requirements by August should instead apply in a later application cycle when they are able to do this. Please note, this programme commences earlier than other undergraduate degree programmes, in the middle of August.

 

English language requirements

Please note that nationals of Majority English Speaking Countries (as defined by UKVI) who have successfully completed high school in the respective country, are not required to complete an English language test. For information on our English requirements and whether you need to complete an English language test, please see our English Language requirements page.

 

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Further information

 

Criminal conviction disclosure

Due to the nature of this programme, UCAS requires all applicants to declare on their UCAS application if they have any spent or unspent convictions, cautions or reprimands. All offers of a place, and continued enrolment, are made subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check. 

Deferrals

We are unable to consider deferred entry for this programme.

Interviews

Interviews are an essential part of the assessment process, and our interviewers are assessing communication skills, exploring general social and ethical issues, normally health related, and assessing the interviewee’s general suitability for the programme and as a health professional, as well as how the interviewee will contribute to the university as a whole.

During the 2020/21 admissions cycle, interviews were conducted remotely with a panel of two interviewers due to the Coronavirus situation. In previous years, interviews have taken the form of a panel of two interviewers in-person.

Confirmation of how interviews will take place for the 2021/22 admissions cycle will be confirmed before the end of October and will be detailed in the information communicated to those who are invited to an interview.

We operate a “fit-to-sit” policy for interviews, therefore, we are unable to take into account mitigating circumstances for the interview performance. If there are any issues within the interview which you consider affected your performance, you should ensure these are raised with the Admissions team.

Occupational Health clearance

Due to the nature of this programme, all offerholders will be required to complete the Occupational Health Clearance process. Once your application is firmly accepted, the application will be set-up for the Occupational Health Clearance checks. Information is usually sent out by the end of May/early June. Occupational Health Clearance is a requirement for enrolment onto our Dentistry programmes.

Transfers

Transfers into this programme are not permitted.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The integrated nature of our course means that basic science teaching will relate to clinical practice, and clinical teaching will be underpinned by scientific understanding.

Our course 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 teams so that students benefit from working and studying with the same group of peers throughout their time at the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences.

Assessment

  • Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include written (short answer) examination, online (MCQ) examination, poster presentation, OSCE (objective structured clinical examination), structured clinical reasoning examination, special projects and reports which must be successfully completed to progress through the course.
  • Whilst there is ongoing in-course assessment throughout the programme which must be passed, the written and clinical examinations contribute 100% to your final mark.

Course stage

Percentage of time in scheduled learning and teaching activities

Percentage of time in guided independent study

Percentage of time on placements

Year 1

11%

34%

55%

Year 2

16%

27%

57%

Year 3

31%

7%

62%

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Structure

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this website for updates. The programme is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totaling 540 credits over 3 years. · Year 1 comprises modules totaling 180 credits. · Year 2 comprises modules totaling 180 credits · Year 3 comprises modules totaling 180 credits Although you join year 3 of the standard BDS programme, your first year will be customized to cover topics studied in year one/two of the standard five-year BDS course that may not have already been covered by an MBBS degree. This will be achieved by means of an introductory week and a DPMG specific 30 credit module in your first year.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

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 including in oral and maxillofacial surgery or oral medicine/pathology. Newly-qualified graduates will usually enter dental 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 gaining instruction in all aspects of practice management.

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs
  • Accommodation and subsistence expenses
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

The following gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course. These costs are not included in your tuition fees: DBS check paid just prior to course entry: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £50.00 - Total: £50.00 DBS ongoing subscription: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £13.00/year after first check - Total: £26.00 Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £200.00 in each year (typically in years 2 and 3)- Total: £400.00 Initial funding of placement travel (can be claimed back): Approximate cost (over span of programme): Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood) - Total: £2,375.00 or £98.00 Job hunting expenses: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £200.00 - Total: £200.00 Final year printing of poster for case presentation: Approximate cost (over span of programme): £5.00, Total: £5.00 GDC registration (in year of graduation): Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates - Total: Variable

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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