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Dentistry Entry Programme for Medical Graduates BDS

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Overview

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 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.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based and research-led degree course with a high level of clinical experience in all areas.
  • Ranked 1st in the UK and 2nd in the world for Dentistry (QS World University Rankings, 2019).
  • State-of-the-art clinical 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’.

 

Key information

UCAS code A204

Duration Three 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.

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Dental Institute

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Description

On this course, you will be exempted from the first two years of the standard five-year course on the basis of your previous studies. You will undertake a two-to-three-week preparatory course in September before joining Year 3 of the five-year course.

Our course has three main components. The first consists of subjects common to medicine and dentistry, including 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 course 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.

Teaching

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 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.

Assessment

You will be assessed through written and practical examinations at the end of each year of the course. 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 course.

Structure

Year 1

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.

You will be given the opportunity throughout your first year to review topics studied in year one and Year two of the standard five-year course. During this year you will be 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. You will consolidate your knowledge of 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 learn about and perform the extraction of teeth and minor oral surgery.

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year one module (180 credits):

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Management and Leadership
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Dental Material Science
  • BDS Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Prosthodontics
  • BDS Human Disease
Optional Modules

Year 2

In year two, you will spend most of the week providing dental care for patients. You will 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.

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year two module (165 credits):

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Disease
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Prosthodontics
  • BDS Orthodontics
  • BDS Paediatric Dentistry
  • BDS Outreach (clinical placements)
Optional Modules

Year 3

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 course, 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 team to prepare yourself effectively for future practice.

Required Modules

The following topics comprise the year three module (180 credits):

  • BDS Communication in Dentistry
  • BDS Professionalism in Health Care
  • BDS Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • BDS Dental Public Health
  • BDS Oral Disease
  • BDS Oral Surgery
  • BDS Radiology
  • BDS Special Care Dentistry
  • BDS Conservative and Minimum Intervention Dentistry
  • BDS Periodontology
  • BDS Prosthodontics
  • BDS Orthodontics
  • BDS Paediatric Dentistry
  • BDS Outrech (clinical placements)

 

Optional Modules

Entry requirements

 

Required subjects

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.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

There are seven places 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. Selection procedures follow those determined for the 5-year BDS programme.

The UCAT aptitude test

Please note: applicants are not required to sit the UCAT aptitude test prior to applying to the Dentistry Programme for Medical Graduates A204.

Deferred applicants

Please note that applicants are only able to apply in October for entry onto the programme in September the following year. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry onto this programme (e.g. applying in January 2020 for entry in September 2021).

 

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £43,500 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £5,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable within 2 weeks from when you firmly accept an offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item  

Approximate cost (over span of programme)  

Total

DBS check- paid just prior to course entry

£50.00

£50.00

DBS ongoing subscription

£13.00/year after first check

£26.00

Travel between campuses (to Denmark Hill from Guy’s)

Up to £200.00 in each year: 3 and 4

£400.00

Initial funding of placement travel(can be claimed back) 

Around £2,375.00 (Portsmouth) or £98.00 (West Norwood)

£2,375.00 or £98.00

Job hunting expenses

£200.00

£200.00

Final year printing of poster for case presentation

£5.00

£5.00

Graduation costs: tickets, gown hire etc.

£200.00

£200.00

GDC registration (in year of graduation)

Refer to GDC website for prevailing rates. For example registration fee paid in July 2017 is£445.02 to cover July – December 2017.

Variable – see example

In addition to the costs above, 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  

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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 giving instruction in all aspects of practice management.

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