Dundee School of Dentistry (Undergraduate with Foundation Year)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate with Pre-dental Year (6 years)
Campus: City Campus
UCAS Codes: Course: A204
University: D65
Applicants in 2011: 58
Interviews: 11
Offers: 6
Annual Intake: 2
Contact Information: School of Clinical Dentistry
Gordon Black
Dundee Dental School
University of Dundee
Park Place
Dundee, Scotland
Tel: 01328 660111
E-mail: asrs-dentistry@dundee.ac.uk
Website: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/dentalschool/
Figures are based on University provided averages.

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What is the Pre-Dental Year?

The pre-dental year is designed for those able students who have no Science subject qualifications.

Entry Requirements

    SQA Higher

    AAAAB (minimum), at the first sitting of Highers

    GCE A-Level

    AAA, at the first sitting of A levels (A2)

    ILC Higher

    AAA AAA, at the first sitting of Highers

    IB Diploma

    37 points (including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level), with no retakes

    Essential Subjects

    No more than one Science (SQA Higher, GCE A-Level, ILC Higher or IB Higher Level). The science subject offered if any should not be Biology..

    Graduate Entry

    Each year we are able to offer a few places to well qualified graduates who must have a first class Honours degree, preferably in a Life Science subject.

Course Structure

    The dental curriculum is under continuing development and review. Therefore, although all the content indicated below will be covered, how this is arranged across the years may be subject to change by 2012/3. This page will be updated to reflect any changes.

    Year 1

    The early years focus on the pre- and para-clinical sciences, knowledge of which is vital for a full understanding of your patients’ problems and the reasoning behind the treatments you will provide.
    In Year 1, the focus is on the basic biomedical sciences of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, with the addition of the para-clinical dental sciences of oral biology, cell biology, microbiology, pathology and dental materials science.

    The clinical relevance of these subjects is highlighted in integrated clinically relevant activities (ICRAs).

    You will also undertake a basic emergency care module and basic clinical infection control measures will be introduced in the Cleanliness Champion programme.

    Year 2

    Year 2 is a continuation of your studies from Year 1 but with the emphasis moving to the dental and para-clinical sciences. There will be further ICRAs and you will complete the Cleanliness Champion programme.

    You will also begin to develop your clinical skills, with introductory skills courses in periodontology and the management of dental caries.

    At the end of Year 2, you will undertake the Introduction to Clinical Skills course, where you will learn a range of basic clinical skills in preparation for entering the clinical phase of the curriculum.
    These skills will be assessed in a degree examination to ensure that you are ready to go on to provide dental care for patients in Year 3.

    Year 3

    You will begin your clinical attachments in Year 3, providing care for patients in a range of dental disciplines within the Dental Hospital.

    You will also study the theoretical background of these different disciplines and will continue to develop your skills with further clinical skills courses.

    In Year 3 you will also study human disease, in order to appreciate the potential impact of a patient’s general health on their dental treatment.

    This teaching takes place at Ninewells Hospital and there is a separate degree examination in this subject.

    Year 4

    In Year 4 you will continue your clinical attachments with the addition of further disciplines such as orthodontics, oral medicine and treatment of the dentally-anxious.

    You will continue to build your theoretical knowledge and undertake advanced clinical skills courses
    At the end of Year 4 you will have your first outreach attachments, at centres both local and distant from Dundee

    You will also undertake your period of elective study.

    Year 5

    The emphasis in Year 5 is on holistic patient care.
    You will have sessions in the Integrated Oral Care clinic in the Dental Hospital, providing total dental care for your patients.

    You will also have attachments to a range of specialist consultant clinics.

    A significant proportion of your time will be spent in outreach clinics, both longitudinal attachments to local clinics and week-long attachments at distant centres in Aberdeen and Inverness.

Visiting the Dental School

A Dentistry Open Day is available for booking on 29th August 2012 from 11am-12pm. There will also be opportunity to visit other departments and accomodation.

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