Manchester School of Dentistry (Undergraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate (5 years)
UCAS Codes: Course: A206
Applicants in 2011: 966
Interviews: N/A
Offers: N/A
Annual Intake: 75
Contact Information: School of Dentistry
The University of Manchester
Higher Cambridge Street
M15 6FH
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0231
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Manchester?

    The School of Dentistry’s excellent teaching was rewarded with the maximum mark of 24 for the BDS degree in the last Quality Assurance Agency subject review.

Entry Requirements

    English language

    Applicants must be proficient in the use of the English Language. The minimum acceptable level of proficiency is:

    • GCSE English Language grade B or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade B or above>
    • International English language Testing (IELTS) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any one component.

    A level

    Grades AAA. This must include Chemistry, Biology and a third A level at grade A plus one further AS level at grade B or above.


    Six GCSEs at a minimum of Grade A (including either Integrated Double Award Science or Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics are normally required in support of your level 3 qualifications (e.g. A levels, International Baccalaureate etc).

    Key Skills qualification

    The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

    International Baccalaureate

    37 points overall including a minimum of:
    7,6,6 in the Higher Level subjects, which must include Biology and Chemistry with 7 and 6
    5,5,5 in the Standard Level subjects

    1 core point

    Irish Leaving Certificate

    Applicants with Irish Leaving Certificate must apply for entry to the A204 BDS Dentistry with a pre-dental (foundation) year.

    Scottish Highers

    The School normally requires AAAAA including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and Biology.

    Scottish Advanced Highers

    Two Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry are required at grades AA.

    European Baccalaureate

    Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

    Other international entry requirements

    The School welcomes applications from overseas students. A wide range of qualifications are considered but if applicants meet the entry requirements detailed above then applications are more straightforward.
    Where clarification is required with respect to the acceptability of particular qualifications, applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions secretary.

    The School does not accept applications from individuals already holding a dental qualification awarded by another country.

    Access to HE Diploma

    Access courses are accepted for students who have not previously studied at University and have usually had a minimum of 2 years out of education gaining work experience.

    An Access Course must be Science based. 60 Credits overall with 45 Credits at Level 3. Minimum of 15 Credits each in Biology and Chemistry at Level 3 and minimum of 6 Credits in Physics to at least Level 2. Distinctions in all components are required.

    GCSE English Language and Maths are also required with a minimum of B grades.

    Advanced Placement tests

    The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

    Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

    Applicants are encouraged to undertake an Extended Project, especially if it is on a dentally related topic. It is not a requirement for entry.

    Other entry requirements

    The School encourages applications from older candidates; there is no upper age limit. The competition for places is keen and the standard of applications is high. Each application is carefully considered in the light of individual circumstances.

    Graduates are normally required to have obtained a 2:1 degree. If applicants do not hold a degree, they should have an appropriate Access qualification.

    Any queries regarding qualifications required for entry onto the programme should be directed to the admissions secretary.

    Deferred applicants

    Applicants wishing to defer entry for one year will not be disadvantaged and should apply through UCAS for deferred entry in the normal way.

Course Structure

    YEAR 1

      Basic building blocks:

    • Orofacial Biology 1
    • Healthy Living 1 (a healthy body)
    • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 1
    • Patient Assessment 1

    YEAR 2

      Building your knowledge, skills and attitudes:

    • Orofacial Biology 2
    • Healthy Living 2 (a healthy mouth)
    • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 2
    • Patient Assessment 2
    • Disease Management 2

    YEAR 3

      Integrating knowledge, skills and attitudes:

    • Orofacial Biology 3
    • Healthy Living 3 (a healthy mind)
    • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 3
    • Patient Assessment 3
    • Disease Management 3

    YEAR 4

      Achieving clinical competence:

    • Orofacial Biology 4
    • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 4
    • Patient Assessment 4
    • Disease Management 4

    YEAR 5

      Moving to professional competence:

    • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 5
    • Preparation for Independent Practice
    • The Complex Patient

Visiting the Dental School

The next available open day is on Saturday 6 October 2012. Visit the Manchester website for more information.

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