Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry (Postgraduate)

Key Information and Stats:

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Graduate Entry (4 years)
Campus: Foresterhill
UCAS Codes: Course: A201
University: A20
Applicants in 2011: 150
Interviews: 54
Offers: 25
Annual Intake: 20
Contact Information: Emma Dunlop

MBCHB Office
Tel: 01224 437927
E-mail: dentistry@abdn.ac.uk
Website: www.abdn.ac.uk/dentistry-prospective/
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Aberdeen?

  “The new University of Aberdeen Dental School offers the first graduate entry, four year BDS programme in Scotland.

The course has been designed specifically for graduates and encompasses a variety of modern educational methods for teaching and learning. There is a focus more on independent and reflective learning, and clinical work is introduced from first year to maximise clinical experience.

Student feedback is encouraged and is extremely important for future course developments.

As students of one of the few ancient universities in the UK, you will find that Aberdeen is a lively and vibrant city, with an excellent social scene and night life, with superb sporting opportunities.”

Entry Requirements

Graduates must hold a good honours degree (First or Upper second Class) in a medical science or health related degree. Examples include;

  • Anatomy
  • Biomedical Science
  • Diagnostic Radiography
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Applicants should have some level of studying both physiology and anatomy as this gives a good overall knowledge of the human systems.

    For Oral Health Sciences students we would look for evidence of academic excellence in their programme of study. Applicants would need to be able to demonstrate that they have achieved marks that would be at least equivalent level to an upper second/first class performance on their degree programme. This could include details of individual modules and the level of attainment achieved.

    Please note that due to the large number of graduate applicants with 2.1 Honours degrees or better, an additional qualification such as an MSc will not improve the chances of acceptance for those with 2:2 Honours degrees.If in doubt about the acceptability of your degree please contact the Dental Admissions Office (dentistry@abdn.ac.uk) for advice. Please include details on the courses and content of your degree.

    Important Information

    • Make sure that your referee is able to discuss your attributes as a dental applicant, as well as have knowledge of your academic progress.
    • Estimated grades for candidates whose examination results are not available at the time of application must be included on the UCAS application form.
    • When writing your Personal Statement, remember that UCAS use software to detect any evidence of plagiarism.
    • Additional documentation that is sent directly to the Dental Admissions Office in support of an application can only be considered if it is received by the UCAS deadline of 15 October.
    • All applicants for Dentistry must take the UK Clinical Aptitude Test prior to application. Please see www.ukcat.ac.uk

Course Structure

    General Health and Disease

    This covers the normal structure and function of the body (some prior knowledge of medical sciences will be assumed) before moving on to consider abnormal structure and function and disease. The potential implications of a patient’s medical history, disease and drug metabolism/interactions for dental care will be covered. The oral manifestation of certain systemic diseases will also be considered. This theme commences in first year and continues throughout second and third year.

    Dental Health and Disease

    This covers the basic dental sciences, including dental anatomy, oral biology and physiology, oral pathology, oral microbiology etc, and the aetiology, presentation, prevention and management of the full range of dental/oral disease. The most common endemic oral diseases (caries and periodontal disease) are covered throughout first year, with other topics encompassing the full range of disease in subsequent years.

    Patient Care

    Integrated clinically related activities (ICRAs) begin in Semester 1 to introduce you to the clinical environment. An introductory clinical skills course covers treatment of simple periodontal disease and caries management. Patient contact begins in Semester 2, with observation and simple preventive advice. You begin your own patient care in Semester 3 with simple restorative procedures. Clinical experience then continues throughout the curriculum with further clinical skills courses and clinical attachments in the full range of dental disciplines. In fourth year, you cover holistic patient care and become responsible for all aspects of your patients’ dental care. Throughout this theme working as part of the dental team is emphasised and explored.

    Behavioural Science and Dental Public Health

    Strategies for communicating effectively with patients begin in Semester 2 of the first year to support your first contact with patients. Modification of these strategies for communicating with different patient groups comes later, including behavioural techniques for managing dental anxiety. Dental public health begins in second year and continues thereafter covering the scope of dental public health, interventions with both individual patients and population group, epidemiology, statistics, evaluating evidence, the dental public health consultant, links between dental health/disease and social deprivation.

    Law and Ethics/Professionalism

    The legal aspects of dental practice are explored, e.g. confidentiality, consent, maintaining accurate patient records etc, as well as fostering appropriate professional attitudes and behaviour. This begins in Year 1 with the role of the dental professional followed by basic principles of legal and ethical practice to support first patient contact. Assessment of professionalism begins in Semester 2a of Year 1, when patient care begins, and continues throughout. Issues specific to particular patient groups are covered as they arise, e.g. consent for treatment of children or patients with special needs.

    Decontamination/Infection Control

    Theoretical and practical teaching of the need for, and process of, decontamination and infection control, begins in Semester 1 of the first year with basic principles to support the ICRAs and an introductory clinical skills course. Practical demonstration and experience of decontamination in a local decontamination unit (LDU) is taught and assessed in Semester 2 and re-assessed each year. The application of infection control/decontamination in the clinical setting is assessed throughout clinical attachments as part of the assessment of professionalism.

    In addition to being organised around themes, teaching is “patient centred”. In the first year teaching focuses on perhaps the least challenging patient group, the ‘normal’ dentate adult patient.
    As you consolidate your clinical skills and confidence in caring for patients, other groups are considered, with appropriate clinical attachments, i.e. the child patient, the older patient, the anxious patient and the patient with special needs.

Visitng the Dental School

Their 2012 Open Day will take place on Tuesday 28th August 2012.

To book a place please fill in the online booking form. Please note places are particularly limited for those interested in Medicine.

Booking for overnight accommodation is now live. Use this section on the menu to book.

Throughout the year, the University also operates an open door policy for prospective students and their parents/guardians/teachers. If you would like us to organise an individual visit for you, please contact Student Recruitment and Admissions at sras@abdn.ac.uk.

All information taken from university website and liaison with admissions officer. Information correct at time of publication – 30/06/12.