Queen Mary University of London Dentistry

Queen Mary University of London Dentistry

Queen Mary University of London Dentistry

Dentistry

A200 BDS 5 years

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Overview

Complete University Guide 2018

The Guardian University Guide 2018 – subject rankings

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, founded in 1785, the oldest medical school in England and Wales. The two hospitals lie in very different parts of London, the City and the East End, meaning that you will be exposed to a greater diversity of people and their problems than at almost any other school. This combination of the scientific excellence mentioned above, and the unmatched medical and dental opportunities that flow from our location, means that we are in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best experience as a student, shaping the sort of dentist you will become and the rest of your life.

Our curriculum is modern, integrated and well paced, and our location in east London means that you’ll serve a population of great diversity and encounter a wide range of disease, including some of the more unusual oral cancers.

With around 70 students per year, we are still a relatively small dental school. Our size and location mean that there is a strong sense of community and that we are never short of patients. Dental students also have the opportunity to study at a variety of outreach clinics, gaining experience within different clinical settings.

The Dental School contains a clinical skills laboratory, which closely simulates the real clinical experience and is an invaluable learning facility, helping new students prepare for patient care work. You will also be able to work in our fantastic new outreach clinics at Barkantine, near Canary Wharf, Southend-on-Sea and the newest clinic Sir Ludwig Guttmann centre in the Olympic park.

International dental students

We have a long history of welcoming international students from many countries. We support our international students in a variety of ways – each year, for example, we visit Hong Kong and Singapore to interview applicants from across South East Asia and talk to prospective candidates in selected schools, helping them to save on the cost of travelling to London for interview. For successful applicants, our international student welcome programme is designed to make you feel at home straight away. We will collect you from the airport and offer an induction programme that includes practical advice about living and studying in London. You will also have the opportunity to meet other international students.

New Dental Hospital

The Institute of Dentistry moved to new accommodation in the Alexandra wing of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in April 2014. Costing in the region of £78m, it is the first new dental school to be built in the UK for over 40 years, and houses state-of- the-art facilities providing, we believe, the most modern learning environment for dental education of any UK dental hospital. Designed with clinical functionality at its core, and complemented by cutting-edge technology, our staff, students and their patients benefit from an enhanced teaching and learning experience, enabling improved quality of care, underpinned by world-class research.

Watch a short film showcasing the technology, learning and research within the new Dental School.

Dentistry

Since the days of the Phoenicians in 300-400BC, people have valued an attractive smile and healthy teeth. Improving appearance and function has a real and positive impact on the quality of people’s day-today life. However, dentistry is about much more than fillings and scaling teeth – it is a major branch of medicine, encompassing teeth and all the related structures of the head and neck. You will study the care of the mouth for both children and adults, including the prevention and treatment of the dental diseases, screening for oral cancers, managing trauma (eg, the results of road accidents or violence), orthodontics and oral surgery. As a dentist, you will need to be versatile and multitalented. You must be academically gifted, able to undertake precision work in adverse conditions, and an excellent communicator, who can explain options and procedure to your patients, and reassure those who are frightened. You must also enjoy science: dentistry is a constantly evolving profession and lifelong learning is essential.

The five-year course leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery has been redesigned in 2012 to allow a modern curriculum which provides a globally aware, student-focused, integrated, multidisciplinary approach to acquisition and use of knowledge, which:

  • Promotes oral health and provides patient-centred, evidence-based care
  • Develops knowledge, skills values, attributes and behaviours of a dental professional
  • Recognises the need for lifelong learning and professional development
  • Promotes the awareness of knowledge creation

These provide the means to gain the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding of scientific and clinical principles so that you are able to apply them to the prevention, alleviation and treatment of oral diseases. Great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of clinical skills and professional attributes by working closely with your teachers, peers and other members of the dental team. You will provide patient care in a range of settings, exposing you to a diverse population group and a variety of opportunities for professional development.

The renewed curriculum has five themes running through all the years, with some themes having a greater presence in the early years. The themes are:

  • Scientific basis of clinical practice: more dominant in Years 1 and 2 but will run throughout the programme
  • Clinical practice: more dominant from Year 2 onwards
  • Teamwork, professionalism and social responsibility: runs as a continuum throughout all years
  • Evidence-based dentistry, dental public health, global health and research: all years
  • Academic advising and graduate attributes: overarching support of individual development through feedback, monitoring and career development throughout all years.