Queen’s University Belfast Dentistry

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Queen’s University Belfast Dentistry

Dentistry at Queen’s is regarded as one of the most progressive degrees of its kind in the UK, and has always been recognised for its high teaching standards

Our dentistry programme ranks second in the UK according to the Guardian University guide 2016. Dentistry in Queens was also awarded joint second in the UK for student satisfaction! (National Student Survey 2015)


Course Content (including module information)

Years 1 and 2

Students are attached to dental clinics and also undertake modules where they learn about the foundations of clinical practice including the biomedical and behavioural sciences as well as the principles of dental patient management, dental health promotion and core clinical dental skills.

Year 3

Introduces a greater clinical component within the various clinical dental specialties as well as developing students’ core clinical skills in Restorative dentistry. Students also learn about the impact of systemic disease in dentistry.

Years 4 and 5

Emphasis is on teaching advanced dental clinical skills within the range of clinical specialties in dentistry. Students carry out the full range of dental treatment for their own adult and child patients. Most of the paediatric dentistry course is carried out in outreach clinics.

During the course of the degree, some students opt to study for an extra year to achieve an additional Intercalated BSc degree. This may be undertaken at the end of the second or third year and involves an extra year of study (usually taken as a ‘year out’ from the Dentistry course) and allows students the opportunity to explore an area of particular interest in much greater depth. It involves a deeper exposure to research and research methods and provides an invaluable experience.

Entry Requirements

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria for Dentistry are reviewed annually and therefore in addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.

Admission Policy Statement for Dentistry (2017 entry)
Gives detailed admission criteria including current grades required. Further details on applying as an international student can be obtained from the Admissions and Access Service.

You should also carefully read the following documents:

Entrance Requirements

  • Interview: all offers are made on the basis of interviews. All candidates will be ranked and a proportion selected for interview. Offers will be made on the results of the interview. There are 15 international places available on the BDS degree and interviews for these students take place online.
  • UKCAT: all applicants, assigned as NI, GB or EU for fees purposes, are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the results achieved will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview.
  • A-level School Leavers:
    AAA including Biology and Chemistry. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level.
    AAA at A-level + B in a fourth AS-level subject including A-level Chemistry plus at least one other A-level from Mathematics or Physics. If not offered at A-level then Biology/Human Biology to at least AS-level grade B. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level.

    For all A-level School Leavers a maximum of either one Applied A-level or one Applied AS-level will be counted. Please also note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level (the other would be acceptable as the fourth AS-level). A-level Critical Thinking and General Studies at both A-level and AS-level are not acceptable. In considering applications, GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* and 3 for an A grade. UKCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with the GCSE score to rank for interview. AS-level performance and additional GCSE A grades may also be taken into account in borderline cases. Evidence of commitment to Dentistry, motivation, communication skills and initiative are important.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level): A1A1A1A1A1B2 including Higher Level grade A1 in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade B in Mathematics. Students not offering Physics as part of their Leaving Certificate must have an A grade in Junior Certificate Science.
  • Graduates: applications from graduates or those in the final year of their degree are considered and the full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A-level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is BBB at first attempt, ie: prior to commencing degree studies, or BBC for those with a First Class Honours Degree or PhD. Applicants must have an appropriate science background at GCSE and AS-level/A-level or equivalent (see below) and at least a 2.1 Honours classification in their primary (first) degree, which can be from a wide range of different subjects. A-level Chemistry and at least one from A-level Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus if not offered at A-level then Biology/Human Biology to at least AS-level (or equivalent) are required. In addition, GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level. Graduate applicants who fulfil these criteria are then scored with their UKCAT. Graduate applicants from a non-science background but who fulfil the conditions in terms of grades achieved at the first attempt (ie in their original choice of A-level subjects) and degree performance will be considered if they undertake the appropriate Science qualifications on completion of their degree.
  • Transfers from other Dental Schools: applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and all normal entry requirements must be satisfied.
  • International qualifications: For information on international qualification equivalents (eg the International Baccalaureate Diploma, USA/Canadian High School Diplomas or Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education), please select Your Country in the International Students website.
  • IELTS, For students whose first language is not English: An IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.0 in the other test components or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

Further information for all applicants

  • Prior to admission all applicants will be required to provide evidence that they are not infected with Hepatitis B. Applicants who receive offers will be required to complete a health assessment with the Occupational Health Service of the University in accordance with Department of Health guidelines for new entrants to the Health Service.
  • As a result of current legislative requirements, any offer made will be conditional on a satisfactory criminal history check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check). To enable the University to request this check you will be required to provide some personal information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection Principles. The current cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Check is £33. At time of printing, changes are due to be implemented and relevant procedures and/or costs may change.  Applicants will be advised of the relevant requirements at the appropriate time. For international students, a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent will be required in lieu of an Access NI check.
  • The degree is subject to the University’s Regulations on Fitness to Practise.

More detailed information on applying to study Dentistry at Queen’s is also available from the School website at: www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Study/Dentistry 

How To Apply

Applications for admission to full-time undergraduate courses at Queen’s should normally be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full information can be obtained from the UCAS website at: www.ucas.com/apply.

When to Apply

UCAS will start processing applications for entry in Autumn 2017 from 1 September 2016.

The normal closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2017.

Please note: the deadline for applications to this degree for 2017 entry is 15 October 2016 and arrangements should be made to undertake UKCAT in advance of this.