Admission to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Programme

Admission to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Programme

Continuing Students please visit the Registration & Enrolment section of the BDS Handbook on Moodle

Welcome from Dr Aileen Bell, Director of Dental Education

Dr Aileen Bell

Welcome to The University of Glasgow Dental School and to those of you who have come from further afield welcome to the City of Glasgow.  You are about to embark on an exciting 5 years, learning new things, acquiring new skills and, we hope, enjoying student life to the full.  All of you will meet new friends here and we hope, when you look back, that you will count these years among the best of your lives.

The BDS programme is very challenging but we have worked hard to make it interesting, up to date and fit for purpose.  You have chosen a career in Dentistry and our job is to help you become professional, capable of making a real difference to the lives of the people who will eventually come under your care.  You must obviously play your part in this process if you are to be successful.  Please take full advantage of everything offered in the course, work hard, and above all enjoy it.  The staff are here to help and you will find them all approachable and friendly so don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice if you feel you need it.

For information and advice about your transition to Higher Education please visit

Dr Aileen Bell
BSc (Hons), BDS (Hons), PhD, MFDS RCPS(Glas), FDS(OS) RCPS(Glas), FHEA
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant Oral Surgery,
Director of Dental Education

Pre-Entry information

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study Dentistry at the University of Glasgow.

Please read over the below information carefully. Further information will be sent to you in late August/ early September so please remember to regularly check your email. If you have changed your e-mail address over the summer, please let us have your new e-mail address direct to our admissions e-mail address ­

There is further information on the services and support available from the Student Services team here

 Explained here:

1. Notification of Acceptance on the Programme

2. Registration/Enrollment
3. Dress Code
4. Induction, Orientation and Fresher's Week
5. Code of Professional Conduct
6. Summary of Dates
7. Fees
8. Accommodation
9. Lockers
10. Contact Information
11. Important Dates
12.  BDS1 Team & Advisors of Study


1. Notification of Acceptance onto the BDS Programme and Health Checks

At The University of Glasgow Dental School we do not make our offers Unconditional Firm through UCAS until the disclosure (or Police) clearance and health checks prove satisfactory.  This year we will make home students (UK/EU students) unconditional once we have your academic results, disclosure check, occupational health questionnaire and signed waiver form.  However, you MUST still attend the University’s health screening on Monday 16 September, we will send out times for your appointments nearer the time.  Please ensure any travel arrangements you make allow you to be here for your appointment.  For those of you moving into University accommodation, this will be available to you by then.  On 16 September you will undertake testing for HIV, Hep B, Hep C and Varicella at the Univeristy's Occupational Health Unit, who will also ensure that you are immunised against a range of illnesses at this time.   

International students

International students need to hold an unconditional offer to have a CAS (visa letter) issued so once we have your police check and your academic results we will ask you to sign a document to confirm you understand about the health checks and we will then issue you with a CAS.  Please note that we may not receive results for any exams not taken in the UK, so international students should inform us direct of their results as soon as they have them.

International students must ensure that they arrive in Glasgow prior to the health check on 16 September.

We have a dedicated International Student Support team who are here to ensure that you settle into University life as quickly and smoothly as possible.  There is an International Orientation Programme which will be useful to those who have not lived in the UK before. If you wish to attend the International Orientation week, you will need to register for this. The International Orientation progrmame will commence on 12 September. Further details can be found here

Our Welcome Team will be offering a Meet & Greet Service at Glasgow Airport from 9am-9pm between 10-15 September.  A free coach service is also available to the University Campus and University Accommodations between 10-15 September. Please note, you need to sign up for this service. If you choose not to sign up for our free coach service please still look out for our Welcome Team in yellow t-shirts who will be happy to welcome you and answer any questions.

2. Registration/Enrolment

Those of you holding an unconditional offer will be able to Register and Enrol from late August. This is an on-line process and should be completed before the start of term so that you can be issued with an ID card which you will need to access the library, the sports facilities and the student union. These will be handed out at the beginning of term.

All students must register online using MyCampus.  

Full information on the registration process is available at: 

Registration steps are: 

a)    Access MyCampus at 

b)    Complete both stages of registration as follows: 

  • Stage 1: Academic Registration:  You will need to check your degree programme details are correct. This should read: 

Programme: 2101             Bachelor of Dental Surgery;

Plan: A200-2101               Dentistry (pre-clin) BDS

You should update personal information, ensuring email and postal addresses are current. 

  • Stage 2: Financial Registration:  You will need to provide details about how you will pay your tuition fees.  Financial Registration requires you to: 
    • Provide details of an external sponsor or scholarship (including SAAS/Scottish Government) who will pay fees on your behalf.  You will be required to provide the reference number from the award letter or you may be required to upload a digital copy of your sponsor’s award letter into MyCampus, or
    • Pay your fees in full or complete a Direct Debit agreement to pay your fees in instalments (International students) 

If you are eligible, and have not yet applied, for your fee sponsorship, please do so now.  

You can enrol in classes once you have completed academic registration but you will not be fully registered until financial registration is complete, so please complete this step promptly.  


As your Dentistry programme has a fixed curriculum, all courses are compulsory.  You will therefore need to enrol on the BDS1 courses listed below: 

            Plan Code:     A200-2101

            Dentistry (pre-clinical) BDS

Catalog No.


DENT 1002


DENT 1003


DENT 1004

BDS 1 (SCCSA Component)

DENT 1005



Electronic Timetable

You will need to enrol on further courses to enable you to get access to an electronic timetable but you will receive further information on this in due course. At the present time, please do NOT attempt to enrol on to any courses other than those listed above. 

International Students:

If you are an international student you will need to register your visa with the University before you can be fully registered. 

You will also be required to “check-in” at other points during the academic session.  These check-ins can take place in the Dental School and you will be given information regarding this at the appropriate time. 

Please ensure you access your University emails regularly to receive important University communications.

3. Dress Code

The BDS student dress code requires all BDS students to purchase authorised scrub suits for clinics.

You can come in to the Dental School on Monday 16 September between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm to try on scrubs for size prior to purchase.

In addition to scrubs, all students will be required to purchase a white lab coat. These are available to buy from the John Smiths Bookshop located on Campus in the Fraser Building. Lab coats come in a range of sizes and are priced at £16.99.

4. Induction, Orientation and Freshers’ Week

Fresher’s week is from 16-20 September and the Dental School Induction which you must attend is on Wednesday 18 September, more details about this will be sent to you closer to the time.

5. Code of Professional Conduct

A student who is registered for the programme of study leading to the degree of BDS is required during practical training to act in a quasi-professional role in relation to patients and therefore, as a condition of continuation in the programme, undertakes to comply with the principles of this Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practice.

6. Summary of Dates

Occupational health check                 Monday 16 September, appointment times TBA
Option to try on scrub suits               Monday 16 Speteember, 10am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, Room TBA
Fresher’s week                                 Monday 16 - Friday 20 September
Dental School Induction                    Wednesday 18 September

7. Fees and Funding

Information on fees and funding can be found here

The University of Glasgow Financial Aid Team offers financial support to registered students who are experiencing financial difficulties or hardship during the course of their studies.

Dental Student Support Grant (DSSG)

Dental students can apply for a grant (from Year 2 onwards) to help with the cost of their studies. Full details and the application form can be found here

8. Accommodation

All information on student accommodation can be accessed on the Residential Services webpage. Residential services have a note of your name and UCAS number, so can progress your application before you have an Unconditional firm offer.

9. Lockers

All students will be allocated a locker. Locker allocation will take place during Freshers weeks. A £10.00 deposit (refundable after final year) is required. Students are required to provide a combination lock for their locker. 

10. 2019/20 Important Dates

BDS1 Health Screening 10 September 2019 Individual appointment times will be advised closer to the time
Freshers week 16 September 2019 20 September 2019
Teaching 23 September 2019 06 December 2019
Revision / Exams 09 December 2019 20 December 2019
Holiday 23 December 2019 10 January 2020
Teaching 13 January 2020 03 April 2020
Holiday 06 April 2020 24 April 2020
Examination period 27 April 2020 22 May 2020
May Day holiday 04 May 2020  
Spring bank holiday 25 May 2020  
Summer Vacation 29 May 2020  

 11. BDS1 Team & Advisors

Coordinator Dr Chris Nile
Deputy Mr Neil Nairn
Deputy Dr Ziad Al-Ani
Secretary Mrs Liz Alexander

Advisors of Study

Mr Neil Nairn
Mrs Zayneb Makki
Dr Petrina Sweeney
Mrs Fiona MacKenzie

12. Contact Information

If you have any questions about the information contained above please contact Jenna Wright or Tricia Hassan.