Glasgow Dental School (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
UCAS Codes: Course: A200
University: G28
Applicants in 2011: 1200
Interviews: Around 30%
Offers: 180
Annual Intake: N/A
Contact Information: Ms Rona Miller
Glasgow Dental Hospital and School
378 Sauchiehall Street,
G2 3JZ
Tel: 0141 211 9708
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Glasgow?

    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.

    Our Dentistry students are the most satisfied in the UK, reporting satisfaction levels of 100% in the National Student Survey 2011.

    Dentistry research at Glasgow is rated in the top ten in the UK, according to the most recent independent survey of research quality (RAE 2008).

Entry Requirements

    SQA Highers

    The University normally expresses its entry requirements for Scottish applicants in terms of individual Highers achieved at particular grades. Where appropriate, specific subjects achieved at a specified level may be required.

    Advanced Highers

    Advanced Highers will be taken into consideration for admission purposes.

    The University recognises the value of the Advanced Higher and the benefit which the depth of study brings to you in an individual subject. For most of our degree programmes, provided you have achieved the minimum entry requirements at Higher level at the end of S5, you can use Advanced Highers to increase your overall grades. The University regards a Grade B at Advanced Higher to be equivalent to Higher at A. Programmes in the Colleges of Social Sciences and Science & Engineering will allow Advanced Highers to be used to improve your overall grades even where you have already achieved Grade A at Higher level in that subject.

    If you have exceptional grades, it may be possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study or follow a faster route advanced entry programme.

    Scottish Baccalaureate

    The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Scottish Baccalaureate and the new Interdisciplinary Project. Not all degree programmes will frame offers on the basis of the Scottish Baccalaureate but rather on individual component Highers and Advanced Highers within it. Additional Highers may also be required at B or above. You should consult the appropriate admissions office: see Contacts.

    Welsh Baccalaureate

    The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate and the Core. The Advanced Diploma with a pass in the Core and two A-levels is accepted for many programmes. You should consult the appropriate admissions office: see Contact Information above.


    All A-level subjects are accepted, including General Studies. You should check with individual admissions offices: see Contacts for specific exclusions.

    If you have exceptional grades, it may be possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study or follow a faster route advanced entry programme.

    14-19 Curriculum Developments

      Advanced Diplomas

      We will be happy to consider applications from those studying towards many of the new Diplomas. Our entry requirements for each specific strand of the diploma can be accessed on the UCAS website at

      Extended Project

      The University very much values the Extended Project and its role in preparing students for a successful higher education experience. We are supportive of the requirement for Diploma students to undertake an Extended Project as part of their Diploma programme, and in highly selective areas preference may be given to students with A-levels, who also offer the Extended Project for entry.

    Cambridge Pre-U Diploma

    We welcome applicants offering the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma. Combinations of individual Pre-U subjects and A-level subjects are acceptable if three subjects are offered overall. Typical offers are likely to require two subjects at minimum M2 and one at D3. Check with the appropriate admissions office: see Contacts to ensure acceptability.

    Higher National qualifications

    These are accepted across a wide range of subjects. You will be asked to obtain a certain Grade or level in your graded unit(s) (or integrative assessments or merits if an older HNQ). If you are unsure of the status of your Higher National Qualification and its suitability for entry into one of our degree programmes please contact the appropriate admissions office: see Contacts.

    UCAS tariff points

    The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points, nor does it make use of the tariff at confirmation.

    Age and stage

    The University recognises that schools may present pupils for SQA Highers or GCE A-levels one year earlier than normal. Providing no more than one Higher/A-level is taken, this would not normally be considered as a first sitting. However, if two Highers/A-levels are attempted early, the University may consider any assessed Highers/A-levels from fifth year or year 13 as a second sitting.The University does not normally consider applications based on three consecutive sittings of the appropriate qualification.

    Additional contextual data

    The University has robust and equitable admissions procedures, based on all relevant academic and personal circumstances, as outlined in the application form and/or in subsequent correspondence. We carefully consider academic qualifications, the personal statement, the reference, the results of any additional tests such as UKCAT or LNAT if appropriate, and the outcome of any interview as required. We aim to ensure that potential and suitability for study are thus identified.

    Any further contextual information, for example that on care leavers and parental education, that is or may become available from UCAS forms, may be used to supplement the overall picture of a candidate, but no single piece of such information will, on its own, be conclusive in an admission decision. The additional information will be useful in terms of ensuring that adequate support is provided to students once they are on course and will assist us in ensuring that our activities in terms of outreach and widening participation are effective.

Course Structure

    Year 1

    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.

    Year 2

    In the second year 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.

    At the same time, 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.

    In the second year you will also begin the management and treatment of patients.

    Year 3

    The third year builds on the knowledge and experience gained in the previous two years and provides extensive clinical experience in the various clinical dental subjects. 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 paediatrics and will also visit clinics in a general hospital for observation of a variety of specialties.

    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.

    Year 4

    You will continue to work in the Dental School and in the community at various outreach centres 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 four-week period of elective study. This is an opportunity for personal and professional development. You will choose your own subject from one of the following broad categories of study:

  • a humanitarian project (in a remote or developing country or in socio-economically challenged parts of the UK)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Year 5

    The aim of the final year is to consolidate and enhance the clinical skills you have developed to this point. You will spend half your time in the Dental School and half working in the community. There will not be any lectures; instead you will attend eight sessions in the Dental School in each of the following core units:

    • Crown and bridge
    • Minor oral surgery
    • Endodontics
    • Paediatric dentistry
    • Prosthodontics
    • Periodontics
    • Consultant clinics (1)
    • Consultant clinics (2).

    There will be no teaching on Wednesdays, to compensate for a full working day on Wednesdays in a community clinic. Every other week you will commute to one community clinic and also attend a residential location.

Visiting the Dental School

The University of Glasgow is conducting an open day on 5th September 2012. There is no cap on numbers but you can still register your attendance at

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