Queen’s Belfast Centre for Dental Education (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: 45
Contact Information: Centre for Dental Education
Grosvenor Road
Royal Victoria Hospital
BT12 6BP
Tel: 02890 632733/ 632734
E-mail: admissions@qub.ac.uk
Website: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/dentistry/
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to Queen’s, Belfast?

    The Centre for Dental Education is responsible for the organisation, management and delivery of the Dental course at Queen’s. The School of Dentistry has been responsible for delivering dental education in Northern Ireland since 1920, has been situated at its current site since 1965 and underwent a significant expansion in 1994. A full refurbishment will start in 2010 and will ensure that the School of Dentistry has the most modern clinical facilities of any UK Dental School. The five year undergraduate course in Dentistry has an intake of 45 students per year, including school leavers and graduates. The course is based on the requirements of the UK General Dental Council (GDC) and was rated number one in UK by the Times Good University Guide in 2008.

Entry Requirements

    A-level and AS-level Subject Requirements

    Three A-levels are required to include GCE Chemistry + at least one from
    Biology, Physics and Maths. A maximum of one VCE/Applied subject at
    either A-level or AS-level (not both) will be counted. If Biology is not
    offered at GCE A-level, it is required at GCE AS grade B or better.
    Mathematics and Further Mathematics cannot be counted together at A-level
    but one may be counted at A-level and the other at AS-level.

    GCSE Subject Requirements

    Mathematics and Physics (or Double Award Science) are required if not
    offered at AS or A-level.

    Mature Non-Graduate Entry

    Applications from candidates who have had a significant break in study and who
    are returning to undertake further qualifications are considered individually on
    their merits taking into account academic background, work experience and
    UKCAT scores in short listing for interview. Where offers are made, the normal
    A and AS-level requirements apply and applicants must also have the appropriate
    background in the relevant subjects at GCSE and AS-level to fulfil the course
    requirements. Access Course qualifications are not acceptable

    Graduate Entry

    In making decisions on graduate applications, the full academic background is
    taken into account. Applicants must have at least an Upper Second Class
    Honours degree and an average of BBB at A-level/B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 B2 at Higher
    Level in the Leaving Certificate/BBBBB in Scottish Highers at the first attempt.
    In the case of candidates with a First Class Honours degree or a PhD, a minimum
    of BBC at A-level or equivalent in other qualifications may be accepted.
    Candidates must have a relevant science background This must include Chemistry
    and one other Science at A-level and Biology to at least AS-level (or acceptable
    equivalent). A grade C is the lowest grade that will be considered in either
    Chemistry or Biology at A-level/AS-level as appropriate.. (NB The A-level
    threshold will increase to ABB with a 2.1 and BBB with a 1st or PhD for 2013
    entry with a corresponding increase for applicants offering other qualifications.
    For 2014 grades will no longer be averaged ie AAC will not be acceptable in lieu
    of ABB.)

    For graduates, at Stage One, 36 points will be allocated for meeting the academic
    criteria required to qualify for consideration and points then awarded according to
    performance in UKCAT (as indicated above) to give an overall score for short
    listing purposes.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Applicants

    When shortlisting applicants for interview Junior Certificate and UKCAT
    performance (see 3.3 above) are important and these are scored. Junior
    Certificate is scored with 4 points for an A grade and 2 points for a B over the
    best nine subjects. Where offers are made these are conditional on obtaining
    A1A1(Biology and Chemistry)A1A1A1B2 at higher level in the Leaving
    Certificate. Grades Cs in English and Mathematics at ordinary level are required
    if not offered at higher level.

    A suitable background in Physics is also necessary and if not taken in the Leaving
    Certificate, a Grade A in Junior Certificate Science is acceptable in lieu.

    Scottish Applicants

    When short listing applicants for interview, previous academic performance and
    UKCAT are important and will be scored. Conditional offers range from AA-
    AAA (including Chemistry) in Advanced Highers and three subjects at this level
    will be required unless the applicant has achieved AAAAA in Scottish Highers.
    If not taken as an Advanced Higher, Biology Higher is required and Standard
    Grade Physics and Mathematics are also necessary.

    International and Non-EU Applicants

    From 2011, dentistry has had 15 places for International and non-EU students.
    The Admissions Process will be the same as for home students (see above) though
    online interviews are used and applicants are not required to travel to Belfast.
    Candidates should contact the Admissions and Access Service for advice on entry

    All applicants are required to provide the required appropriate evidence of
    proficiency in English Language.

Course Structure

    Years 1 and 2

    In the first two years of the course a range of opportunities are provided for students to learn dental skills through clinical observation, clinical simulation and clinical practice with patients. Dental team working skills are learned alongside dental hygiene and dental technology students. Students also learn some of their basic pre-clinical science subjects with medical students.

    Years 3 to 5

    The third year begins to take greater clinical focus. Classroom-based and clinical teaching takes place in each of the dental disciplines and also includes teaching in general medicine and surgery relevant to dentistry which is integrated with therapeutic, pathological and microbiological principles relevant to clinical dental practice. There is also opportunity for laboratory-based learning and the study of dental public health and behavioural science. In the fourth and fifth years students gain further experience in all dental disciplines consolidating and advancing their clinical skills and deepening their clinical and related knowledge. Fourth year also includes modules in dental materials science and evidence-based dentistry. In fifth year students have the opportunity to provide a full range of dental treatment to their patients without the artificial boundaries imposed by specific clinical disciplines. Teaching and learning in ethics, communication, teamwork, and related behavioural science is embedded throughout the curriculum and students learn about and practise (in a simulated setting) cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in each year of the course.

Visiting the Dental School

There are Open Days available on 6th and 7th September 2012.

Visit http://www.qub.ac.uk/home/StudyatQueens//UndergraduateStudents/OpenDays/ for more information.

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