Dentistry

DENTISTRY

Glasgow Dental Hospital & School is located in the centre of Glasgow with up-to-date facilities for patient care, student clinical practice and training, and education and research in dental and oral diseases and disorders.

Dentistry at Glasgow is ranked top for excellence (Guardian University Guide 2014) and top for student satisfaction in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2014).

Programme structure

Year 1

You will be introduced to all aspects of clinical dentistry, supported by the teaching of clinical medicine, patient management and health promotion, and biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

Year 2

You will be introduced to the theory and practice of the subjects that form the clinical basis of dentistry: operative dentistry, prosthodontics and periodontics. As part of the introduction to operative dentistry you will learn about the treatment of dental caries, carried out in a simulated clinical setting.

Knowledge from the first year of the programme is built upon by further study of biomedical sciences, clinical medical sciences and patient management/health promotion. You will also begin the management and treatment of patients.

Year 3

You will expand your skills in all aspects of restorative dentistry and will also carry out your first extraction. You will attend outreach placements in paediatric dentistry. Other teaching includes a comprehensive head and neck anatomy course, the dentist’s role in providing smoking and alcohol advice, initial preparation for the provision of sedation, and self-directed work within various subject areas on computer.

Year 4

You will continue to work in the Dental School and in the community and will have an opportunity to develop your clinical skills through exposure to patients in all the dental disciplines. Teaching includes oral medicine, sedation, orthodontics fixed appliance course, and further aspects of patient management/health promotion.

At the end of fourth year you are required to undertake a period of elective study of around four weeks’ duration. This is an opportunity for personal and professional development. Possible elective study options include:

  • an audit project
  • an educational comparison
  • a research project (quantitative or qualitative)
  • other types of experience such as veterinary dentistry or learning a foreign language within a clinical environment
  • a healthcare project in a remote or low-income country.

You will have a supervisor to help you plan your study, which will be written up as a report at the beginning of fifth year.

Year 5

You will spend half your time in the Dental School and half working in a community outreach centre. There will be no lectures; instead you will attend eight sessions in each of the following core units:

  • Crown and bridge
  • Minor oral surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Consultant clinics (1)
  • Consultant clinics (2).

You will be allocated to one residential and one non-residential outreach centre. 

Our international links

During the elective period at the end of fourth year, you will choose a topic to study in greater depth, either in Glasgow or elsewhere. Many students take the opportunity to travel abroad and the University provides organisational and limited financial support.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015

Please read the BDS Person Specification, before you apply for Dentistry.

A-levels

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Must include Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry. General Studies is not accepted as a third subject. Resits are not accepted. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below). Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).

Highers

  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAB by the end of S6 with a minimum of AABB by the end of S5.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants are not considered for entry to Dentistry from S5. Higher subjects must include Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry (both at Grade A), English/ESOL and either Maths or Physics. Resits are not accepted. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below). Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Including Chemistry HL6 and Biology HL6 and either Mathematics or Physics at HL. Mathematics Studies is not deemed equivalent to Mathematics and is not accepted. UKCAT (see below). Interview (see below). Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).

Important Information for International Applicants

As a result of a policy decision by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council, Glasgow Dental School can now only consider applications from International (Non-EU) applicants who are sponsored on agreed Government Memoranda of Agreement with a sponsoring authority in their home country.  At the present time, these include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Mauritius.

We are no longer able to consider applications from International (Non-EU) applicants who are self-funding or who are sponsored by Governments not included above.

Graduate entry

  • Applications to Dentistry will be considered from graduates provided they have a minimum of 2.1 Honours degree in a relevant science subject. Applicants whose degree was obtained in a science subject that we would not consider relevant or in a non-science subject, will also require to have A-level/Scottish Higher Chemistry and A-level/Scottish Higher Biology/Human Biology, obtained recently, both at Grade A, plus Maths or Physics at A-level/Scottish Higher at Grades A or B. All degree applicants will be required to submit a transcript of their degree and may then be required to attain further qualifications.

UKCAT

All applicants must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).

Selection for interviews

Candidates are selected to progress to interview based on qualifications referred to in the BDS Person Specification and UKCAT score, with the cut-off points for the UKCAT variable from year to year. The BDS Person Specification - 2015 Entry [pdf] provides information on academic qualifications and work-shadowing experience. We will invite selected applicants to a multiple mini interview in February 2015. 

Any offer made after interview would be conditional on health and criminal conviction checks.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than 24*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): A minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): B minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68minimum 60 in writing

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

my academic qualifications are below the requirements?

Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Most dental graduates become general dental practitioners. Other possible careers lie in the hospital service or the community dental service. Choosing a career in NHS general dental practice requires you to undertake a period of vocational training designed to ease the transition between dental school and general dental practice. This vocational training period lasts one year. However, in some parts of the country, it has been voluntarily extended to a two-year period of general professional training, to provide experience in the provision of dental care in both primary and secondary settings.

Accreditation

The BDS is recognised by the General Dental Council for the purpose of membership.

Important information

Fitness to Practise

Where a programme of study requires the student to act in the course of practical training in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients, children, clients or service-users or where the qualification provides a direct licence to practise, the University has a duty to ensure that the student is fit to practise. Fitness to Practise is assessed not only in terms of academic attainment but also in accordance with relevant professional concerns and expectations. Students registered to study dentistry are subject to separate Fitness to Practise procedures. A copy of the Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise will be made available to BDS students.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a serious blood-borne virus (BBV). This can be passed between a dentist and patient. Healthcare workers must ensure that they do everything possible to protect themselves and their patients from this infection.

Students must complete a full course of immunisation against the Hepatitis B virus. The immunisation process can take up to nine months and applicants are therefore advised to commence this process at the earliest possible opportunity. However, it is not a requirement for students to have completed the immunisation process prior to registration. Please also note that your GP is NOT under obligation to immunise you. 

Confirmation of a student’s Hepatitis B Surface Antigen status is identified by the University’s Occupational Health Unit’s screening programme, prior to registration in September. No student will be registered without having this blood test. Carriers of Hepatitis B may be precluded from registration to Dentistry because of the nature of the clinical procedures undertaken during training. 

If you are concerned you may be at risk of being a carrier of the Hepatitis B virus or any other BBV you should have this checked immediately, and if positive, you must contact the Dental School as soon as possible so that discussion can take place on whether reasonable modifications would be required to be made within the undergraduate programme.

Hepatitis C

Guidelines from the Department of Health recommend that those embarking on training in certain healthcare professions in which invasive procedures are undertaken (including dentistry) must be screened for Hepatitis C prior to registration. Applicants who are carriers of this infection will not be allowed to enter training unless they respond to treatment. All new dental students will be screened for Hepatitis C. The University undertakes this during pre-entry health screening in September.

HIV

Guidance from the Department of Health requires all dental students to be screened for HIV prior to entry. Further information will be provided to applicants at the appropriate time.

Disclosure Scotland: Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme

If you are admitted to the BDS programme you will be required to undertake a Criminal Convictions check prior to registration. It is your responsibility to pay for the check.

BDS Personal Specification

Please read the BDS Person Specification, before you apply for Dentistry.

Degrees and UCAS codes

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BDS

  • KIS
    Dentistry(pre-clin): A200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you're from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

 

How to apply

UCAS closing dates for entry in 2015

The UCAS process requires applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry to be submitted by 15 October each year, and applications to all other degree programmes by 15 January each year. The University of Glasgow cannot accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines, nor can it accept changes to applications after these dates. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be allowed after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October 2014: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January 2015: all other UK/EU applicants
  • 30 June 2015: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March 2015.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

British Sign Language

UCAS has launched seven new videos using British Sign Language, including details on how to apply and a Parents' Guide.  

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

All applications must be received by UCAS by 15 October. If applying for Dentistry (A200) you must limit your choice to four dental schools only.