Liverpool School of Dental Sciences (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
UCAS Codes: Course: A200
Applicants in 2011: N/A
Interviews: N/A
Offers: N/A
Annual Intake: N/A
Contact Information: Abby Watkins
School of Dentistry,
University of Liverpool
Pembroke Place,
L3 5PS,
Tel: +44 (0)151 706 5298
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Postgraduate Entry

Why Apply to Liverpool?

    We’ll train you to be a working dental professional, not a Graduate. This means you’ll focus on learning by problem-solving – researching answers across different disciplines to arrive at the best solution, as you would for patients.

    Lectures, seminars and practicals all follow these problem-based themes, so learning, including theory, will always be in context and applied. You’ll also begin practical training in year one, on the ‘phantom heads’ in our skills lab.

    Unusually for some dental schools, our Undergraduates are taught by our most experienced people, who are all senior, practising clinicians. They’re part of the extensive support network you’ll enjoy during your studies here.

    We also keep our class sizes small. You’ll be a name, not a number, and we’ve a unique online portal where you can log all your work, review your progress with lecturers, improve where you need to and create an impressive portfolio.

Entry Requirements

    A level offer


      Subject Requirements

      A level Chemistry and Biology. The third subject may be anything other than General Studies or Critical Thinking. A minimum of 7 Academic GCSE subjects at grade A (Vocational/Applied GCSEs are not accepted) including a grade A in Maths and English Language

    Scottish Higher


    International Baccalaureate

    36 Points with 6 in Chemistry and Biology

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    AAAABB with A1 in Biology and Chemistry


    Distinction in all modules with substantial Chemistry and Biology


    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject including Distinctions in units in Chemistry and Biology.

    14-19 Advanced Diploma

    Not accepted

    Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate

    Accepted, including 3 A levels as for A level

    General Studies Not accepted

    Work Experience Requirements

    Evidence required

Course Structure

    Programme year one

    • Introduction to Basic Medical Sciences – a problem-based learning (PBL) course taken in conjunction with first year Medical students, equivalent to three days per week including personal study.
    • Introduction to Oral Health (Preventive Dentistry)
    • Introduction to Operative Dentistry via a special Dental module
    • Communication Skills – taken jointly with first year Medical students

    Programme year two

  • Oral Sciences and Medicine course – this is an integrated problem-based learning (PBL) course equivalent to three days per week, including plenaries, clinicopathological conferences (CPCs), a distinct human anatomy course and personal study
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice including Clinical Dentistry in the Restorative Department
  • Prosthodontics
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Behavioural Sciences (Clinical Psychology, Primary Care)
  • Programme year three and four

  • Oral Sciences and Medicine course – a continuation of the second year problem based learning (PBL) course with greater emphasis on clinical medicine equivalent to two days per week
  • Clinical Dental Practice – Restorative Dentistry including Conservation, Periodontology and Prosthodontics, Close Support Dentistry, Materials Science and Clinical Preventive Dentistry;
  • Orthodontics and Children’s Dentistry, including Clinical Preventive Dentistry and Inhalational Sedation;
  • Radiology: ‘Core of Knowledge’ and Techniques course. This represents three days per week in Year Three, and four and a half days per week in Year Four
  • Oral Diseases Course – Integrated Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Oral Medicine, Oral Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Dental Extractions and Minor Oral Surgery (Year Three);
  • Extractions under General Anaesthesia (Year Four);
  • clinical attachments
  • Preventive Dentistry – Integrated teaching of Preventive Dentistry with Clinical Practice
  • Basic Medical Science – Research and Development in Dental Sciences (Year Four),
  • Principles of Scientific Thought, Basic Medical Statistics, elective project and report
  • Orthodontics
  • Sedation for Dentistry (Year Four only)
  • Elective Study – Four to Six weeks at the end of Year Four;
  • Presentation Day in Year Five
  • Programme year five

  • Clinical Dental Practice – This takes up 60% of students’ time and covers: Advanced Operative Skills; Close Support Dentistry and Sedation for Dentistry.
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral Disease Course including Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – attachments to the Maxillofacial Unit (University Hospitals Aintree) and Accident and Emergency Department (Royal Liverpool University Hospital);
  • attachments to the Oral Pathology Laboratory; and oral diagnosis attachments to Liverpool University Dental Hospital Examinations Department
  • Outreach placements in community dental clinics and general dental practices in Merseyside, Cheshire and East Lancashire
  • Independent Course Work –Written case reports; set essays
  • Law and Ethics
  • Vocational Training – preparing Final Year students for the development of their careers following graduation

Visiting the Dental School

Our next 2012 Open Days take place on Saturday 29 September 2012 and Saturday 13 October 2012

The Open Day activities will start from 9.30am and most departments close around 3pm, however you should consult the Open Day Guide, which will be sent out to registered visitors three weeks prior to the event, for precise timings.

To register, click here.

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