Dentistry BDS

Dental students

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 first in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2018).

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.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

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 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies

  • See our full A-level Admissions Policy
  • More information on our International Baccalaureate admissions requirements
  • Please read the BDS Person Specification, before you apply for Dentistry.


    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
    • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Biology/Human Biology AND A-level Chemistry. General Studies is not accepted as third subject. Six GCSE at Grade A (Grade 7-9) including Mathematics OR Physics AND English Language (or Literature) at Grade B (Grade 5-6). Work Experience (three days minimum). UKCAT (see note below). Interview.


    • Standard academic entry requirements: No entry from S5. AAAAB AND Advanced Higher Biology or Chemistry at Grade B or above.
    • Minimum S5 academic requirements: AABB (must include A in Chemistry or Biology/Human Biology).
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher Biology or Human Biology at Grade A AND Higher Chemistry at Grade A AND Higher English (or ESOL) at Grade C or above AND Higher Mathematics OR Higher Physics. Applicants also require Advanced Higher Biology or Chemistry at Grade B or above. Work Experience (minimum of three days). UKCAT (see note below). Interview.

    We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

    • Adjusted academic entry requirements: No entry from S5. AAABB by the end of S6 AND Advanced Higher Biology or Chemistry at Grade B or above. Higher subjects must include Biology or Human Biology at Grade A AND Chemistry at Grade B or above. Applicants who have attained the above grades AND have a UKCAT score which is no more than 10% below the standard threshold will be considered for interview.

    International Baccalaureate

    • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A
    • Other mandatory requirements: Chemistry and Biology at HL6 and either Maths or Physics at HL6. If it is not possible to Maths or Physics at HL, SL6 will be considered. Work Experience (three days minimum). UKCAT. Interview.

    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 grade 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.


    All applicants to Medicine and Dentistry must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test by the deadline date in the same year as application. The UKCAT score together with meeting Academic and Non-Academic Entry Requirements will be used to select applicants for interview. The UKCAT score cut-off points vary from year to year. Information on how to sit the test can be found at www.ukcat.ac.uk.

    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 provides information on academic qualifications and work-shadowing experience: glasgow.ac.uk/schools/dental/undergraduate. We will invite selected applicants to a multiple mini interview in late January/early February. For dates and further details, please see: Dental School: Applicant information. 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: Reading: 24; Listening: 24; Speaking: 23; Writing: 27 
    • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185 
    • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
    • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; with 70 in each skill
    • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

    * Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

    For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

    Pre-sessional courses
    The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


    What do I do if...

    my language qualifications are below the requirements?

    The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:

    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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

    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.


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

    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:


    • KIS
      Dentistry(pre-clin): A200

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees

    How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see 2019/20 Tuition feesfor details. If you are starting in September 2018, please refer to 2018/19 Tuition fees.


    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 in recent years.

    RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

    The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

    more information

    The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

    How to apply

    If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS deadlines

    The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

    The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. 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 accepted 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: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
    • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
    • 30 June: 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.

    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.

    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.

    International applicants

    As a result of a policy decision by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council, students from outside the EU are likely to have to leave the country after graduation though they will be able to join the General Dental Council.


    Dentistry students were satisfied overall

    Data published by Unistats, March 2018