University Of Glasgow Dentistry

By | 2nd June 2017

University Of Glasgow Dentistry

About Us   Glasgow Dental School

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Established in 1879, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School delivers a modern, integrated Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme over five years to an undergraduate population of approximately 400 students.The second largest Dental School in the UK, we provide postgraduate research opportunities and, in addition, taught postgraduate programmes in a range of subjects.

We benefit from comprehensive modern facilities for patient care, student clinical practice and training, and for education and research in dental and oral diseases and disorders.



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.

University Of Glasgow Dentistry

Dentistry at Glasgow is ranked first in the UK (Complete University Guide 2017).



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

University Of Glasgow Dentistry


Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017

Please read the BDS Person Specification, before you apply for Dentistry.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: A-level Biology OR Human Biology AND A-level Chemistry. General Studies is not accepted as a third subject. Applicants must have six GCSEs at grade A, including Mathematics OR Physics AND English Language or Literature at grade B or above. Resits are not accepted. ALL applicants must also complete work shadowing (three days minimum) and the UKCAT (see below). We invite selected applicants to an interview (see below) and all offers are subject to successful Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAAAB by the end of S6 AND Advanced Higher Biology and/or Chemistry at grade B or better.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • 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. Resits are not accepted. Applicants are not considered for entry to Dentistry from S5. ALL applicants must also complete work shadowing (three days minimum) and the UKCAT (see below). We invite selected applicants to an interview (see below) and all offers are subject to successful Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AAABB at S5, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme. For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
  • Other mandatory requirements: Applicants must have Chemistry HL6 AND Biology HL6, AND Mathematics OR Physics at HL. If it is not possible to sit Mathematics or Physics at HL then SL6 will be considered. ALL applicants must also complete work shadowing (three days minimum) and the UKCAT (see below). We invite selected applicants to an interview (see below) and all offers are subject to successful Health and Criminal Conviction Checks (see below).


  • 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 must complete the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).


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: 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:


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.


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



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