Barts and the London, Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
Campus: Whitechapel and Mile End
UCAS Codes: Course: A200
University: Q50
Applicants in 2011: 500
Interviews: 250
Offers: 130
Annual Intake: 75
Contact Information: The Admissions Team
Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Garrod Building
Turner Street
E1 2AD
Tel: 02078828478
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Barts?

 ”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 two very different parts of London, the City and the East End, meaning our students are exposed to a greater diversity of people and their problems than at almost any other medical and dental school. The Dental School opened in 1911 and we are in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best experience as a student – the experience that will shape what sort of dentist you will be for the rest of your life.”

Entry Requirements


    AAAb from 3 A-levels and 1 AS level
    Chemistry and Biology at AS level, at least one at A-level. If both subjects not taken to A-level, a second science A-level is required. If you are planning to drop either Chemistry or Biology before A2, you must attain a B grade in that subject at AS level.
    If A-level Maths is offered, Further Maths is acceptable at AS-level only.
    General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A-level.
    Our normal offer is for grades AAA in three A-levels and B in the AS-level (after no more than two years of study).
    For candidates offering four A-levels our normal offer is AAAC (A grades required in Biology and Chemistry) if no AS-levels have been cashed in.
    All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.


    The Medical School does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A-level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades.
    The School does accept AS re-sit modules taken within the two years of study.


    Cambridge Pre-U

    The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including biology and/or chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
    If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A-level subjects you should contact the admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.

    International Baccalaureate

    The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects including chemistry or biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard level including chemistry or biology if not offered at the higher level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher level subject.

    European Baccalaureate

    The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer chemistry and biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate.

    Scottish Highers

    Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers including Chemistry and/or Biology. English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 at Higher level including A1 in Chemistry and Biology. English Language at grade B or higher in the Irish Junior Certificate is required.

    Advanced placements

    Average of 85 per cent in the High School Diploma including grade B in English Language. Three Advanced Placement subjects with grades 5, 5, 4 including Chemistry and Biology.

    NUS High School of Mathematics and Science

    NUS High School Diploma should be offered with 3.6 CAP in Yrs 3-6 and 4.0 CAP in Yrs 5-6. Students must also have taken at least three Advanced Placement examinations and achieve grades of 5, 5, 4. Two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.


    All candidates applying to the five-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.


    We do not currently consider any foundation, Pre-medical/dental or access courses for entry to Dentistry.


    The School of Dentistry welcomes applications from school leavers who wish to take a gap year. You should state in your UCAS personal statement how you propose to spend your time.


    We accept 4 international students onto the Dental programmes each year. If you are offering academic qualifications other than those listed above, please check your country of origin to ensure we accept your qualifications. One of the following English Language qualifications is required from applicants educated outside the UK who meet our other academic criteria:-
    IELTS with a score of 7.0 overall
    TOEFL with a score of 610+ (paper test) or 250+ (computer test) or 100+ (internet test)
    GCSE/IGCSE/O-level in English Language at grade B
    IELTS and TOEFL must have been taken within 2 years.


    Only your first undergraduate degree will be considered for entry
    You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
    There must have been a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS level.
    Alternatively, you must have achieved grades of at least BB in A-level Biology and Chemistry prior to starting your degree or you must be completing or have completed AS levels in Chemistry and Biology and be predicted/achieved B grades in both.
    Acceptable science / healthcare degree list


    Graduates who offer a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office the following prior to application to ensure your eligibility to apply:
    A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
    A statement of comparability from NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British Bachelor (Honours) degree standard
    Graduates from America/Canada must offer an Honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale.


    We would expect that applicants will have undertaken some voluntary work experience in a caring/health environment and/or observation in a dental clinical setting. It is important for applicants to have a realistic appreciation of what a career as a health professional involves.

Course Structure

The dental curriculum is evolving in response to the GDC learning outcomes and the experience and teaching we want our graduates to have so that they are fully prepared for practice in the modern world. The aim of the new curriculum will be to provide a student focused learning experience. There will be a multidisciplinary approach to the acquisition and use of knowledge. It is likely that this will be rolled out in time for 2012 entry. Please check the website where all developments regarding the curriculum will be posted.

The five-year course leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery is designed around integrated multidisciplinary modules and aims to:

  • Provide learning and assessment which covers the main aspects of dentistry;
  • Provide a friendly supportive learning environment for our students throughout their course;
  • Produce a caring, knowledgeable, competent and skilful dentist whom is capable of independent practice on graduation in line with the recommendations of the General Dental Council (GDC).

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 by working closely with your teachers and by providing care for your patients

The current course is divided into stages but all new developments will be posted on the website:


    This introductory part of the course introduces you to basic biological principles and the acquisition of study skills including how to work in small groups, where to find information and how to make the best use of the extensive IT resources available to you. You will be introduced to the principles of the ethical issues surrounding dental care. Clinical skills’ teaching begins in the early part of this first term.


    In this major part of the course you will learn about the various body systems in health and disease, with topic areas specifically geared towards the requirements of a dentist in training. Particular emphasis is placed on Oral Biology. The study of the normal structure and function of the oral cavity and adjacent tissues leads on to consideration of abnormalities and diseases and how to deal with them. The effect that systemic disorders have on oral health and the management of dental patients also forms an important part of the course.

    Throughout the course, you develop a wide variety of practical clinical skills that are obtained through the experience of treating patients. A considerable amount of time is spent in clinical contact with patients, in addition to supportive educational activities such as seminars, laboratory class work, tutorials, computer-assisted learning, projects and library work. Where appropriate, topics are dealt with in an integrated and multidisciplinary manner, incorporating input from all relevant disciplines and a range of staff. A particular objective of the dental curriculum is to achieve a greater level of integration between the clinical and basic science components of the course throughout the five years of study.

    Student Selected Components (SSCs) provide you with the opportunity to study particular areas of interest in greater depth. Subjects such as pathology, pharmacology, social and psychological sciences, medical ethics and law, clinical and communication skills and dental materials science run as integral threads throughout the course.


    The final part of the course enables you to consolidate the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed throughout the course in preparation for vocational training and general dental practice.
    The BDS examination comprises five Parts taken at strategic times during the five years, if excellence is achieved then BDS with Honours may be awarded. We aim to match the module and thread aims and objectives; enhance critical thought, reflection and expression of yourselves, encourage the need to recognise and log the development of skills, and provide feedback as part. A Reflective Logbook / Progress File is used by all students to promote these skills and inform student progress.


SSCs are included in the dental curriculum to provide opportunities for you to study particular areas of personal interest in greater depth.
Examples of SSCs currently on offer:

  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Social and Psychological Sciences
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Clinical and Communication Skills
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Prevention of Oral Diseases


We emphasise the development of clinical and communication skills in primary oral healthcare, history-taking and patient examination. You will practice communication skills in small groups using role-play with each other and simulated patients. Clinical skills are taught in our two on-site polyclinics – one for adults, one for children and in two purpose-built outreach centres at Barkantine in London Docklands and at Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Further outreach locations are currently in development. As well as developing your clinical skills at the Dental School, you will also spend time at the Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, as well as at community and other dental clinics. You will be given considerable responsibility and will have your own supervised practice to look after. We also have a programme that gives you the opportunity to observe the work of dentists in general practice.


Through case-oriented group discussions, you will gain an insight in to the salient aspects of ethics and jurisprudence (law) which relate to working in a dental practice. Topics discussed will include informed consent, truth telling, confidentiality, medical and dental experimentation and research, rights of children, rights of mentally ill people and those with a learning impairment and the moral and legal obligations of the dental practitioner.


One of the most interesting areas of the programme is the elective period in your final year, in which you will spend time studying one or more topics in the UK or abroad. This is a vital and challenging aspect of the programme enabling you to gain experience invaluable to your future career and personal development.


The BDS examination will be in four parts designed to assess knowledge and problem-solving skills derived from study during the preceding year as well as communication and clinical skills using multiple choice questions, extended matching and short answer questions and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) respectively.

Continuous assessment, in a wide variety of forms matched to the patterns of learning also contributes significant marks to examinations. This encourages consistent study and promotes lifelong learning for continuing professional development. Student Selected Components (SSCs) including an Elective Period are included and contribute towards continuous assessments.

Visiting the Dental School

Due to major reconstruction work and restrictions for visitors due to health and safety, Barts and the London are unable to offer Open Day tours of the dental school in 2012.

There will be talks on Medicine and Dentistry at the Queen Mary Open Days; as well as the opportunity to speak to Admissions staff and current students. We suggest you book onto these.

There is also an opportunity to conduct a self-guided tour. Maps and guides available here.

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