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

Pre-Entry Information

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

What you need to know before you start -

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

We give below some information which will be of use to you now and we will send further information to you in late August/early September so remember to keep checking your emails until the start of session!  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

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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 10 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 10 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 should also ensure that they are in Glasgow to attend the Health check on 10 September but may also wish to attend the induction and orientation for international (including EU) students being held from 7 September as this is a really useful programme.  More information can be found via the following link you may have to book to attend events. 

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.

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. Further information on how to order scrubs is enclosed. How To Purchase Scrub Suits - 2018 Entry
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 10 - 14 September and the Dental School Induction which you must attend is on Wednesday 12 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 10 September, appointment times TBA
Option to try on scrub suits               Monday 10 September 10:00 - 12:00 & 14:00 - 16:00 ; room TBA
Fresher’s week                                 Monday 10 - Friday 14 September
Dental School Induction                    Wednesday 12 September


7. Fees and Funding

Information on fees and funding can be accessed via the following link

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 at

8. Accommodation

All information on student accommodation can be accessed through  Residential services have a note of your name and UCAS number, so can progress your application before you have your UF.


9. Lockers

All students will be allocated a locker. Locker allocation will take place on Tuesday 18th September at 12 noon. A £10.00 deposit (refundable after final year) is required and you will also need to provide a combination lock.


10. Contact Information

If you have any questions about the information contained above please contact Tricia Hassan by emailing


11. 2018/19 Important Dates

BDS1 Health Screening 10 September 2018 Individual appointment times will be advised closer to the time
Orientation 10 September 2018 14 September 2018
Teaching 17 September 2018 30 November 2018
Revision / Exams 3 December 2018 14 December 2018
Holiday 17 December 2018 4 January 2019
Teaching 7 January 2019 29 March 2019
Holiday 1 April 2019 12 April 2019
Revision 15 April 2019 18 April 2019
Exams 23 April 2019 17 May 2019
May Day Holiday 6 May 2019  
Summer Vacation 24 May 2019  


12. BDS1 Team & Advisors

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

Advisors of Study

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



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