UCLan School of Dentistry (Postgraduate)

Key Information and Stats

Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Postgraduate (4 years)
Campus: Preston
UCAS Codes: Course: A202
Applicants in 2011: 270
Interviews: 90
Offers: 32
Annual Intake: N/A
Contact Information: Tracy Farrell
School Administrator & PA
Tel: 01772 895900
E-mail: dinfo@uclan.ac.uk
Website: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/dentistry/
Figures are based on University provided averages.

Why Apply to UCLAN?

    UCLan’s school of Dentistry was built as a result of work between the university and the NHS, which was keen to support the training of dentists in the local area. When it opened its doors in 2007, the dental school was one of two new schools which were the first to be created in England for more than a century. It was the first to pioneer a new mode of dental education, in which the students gain their experience in local community Dental Education Centres rather than city centre hospitals. For more information about this course visit our school pages.

Entry Requirements


  • A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a biomedical discipline.
  • A minimum of 3 A-Levels at Grade C or above (at least two of which must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics*).
  • *Please note that only one Mathematics award will count as one of the two required subjects. General Studies is not counted as one of the A-Levels.

  • GCSE Mathematics (Grade B) and English Language (Grade B) or equivalent.
  • All students whose first language is not English must have IELTS – Grade 7.0 or above in every category.
  • Minimum of 2 weeks shadowing experience in a General Dental Practice.
  • Fully completed UCAS form.
  • A list of commonly accepted degrees is given below. It is helpful if you make the biological components of your degree clear on the UCAS form. Students with degrees in other biomedical science subjects may make an enquiry via email above:

    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biomedical Materials Science
    • Diagnostic Radiography
    • Genetics
    • Human Biology
    • Medical Biochemistry
    • Medicine and Surgery
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Microbiology
    • Molecular Biology
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacology
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiology
    • Physiotherapy
    • Radiotherapy
    • Veterinary Science

    Non-Academic Entry Requirements

    Currently, we are only funded to offer places to UK/EU candidates, hence we cannot accept international applicants to this course.

  • It’s also beneficial for you to have had at least a year’s general work experience.
    Work Experience within Dentistry
  • We recommend a minimum of 2 weeks shadowing experience in an NHS General Dental Practice. However, in general, the more dental work experience an applicant has the better their understanding is of dentistry as a career as well as broadening their knowledge of current dental issues.

Course Structure

    Year 1

      Knowledge and Understanding

    • Oral Science and Medicine including Anatomy (1)
    • Behavioural Science
    • Communication Skills
    • Basic Radiology
    • Health Education
    • Dental Materials
    • Skill Development (on simulators)

    • Preventative Techniques
    • Fillings
    • Oral Examination
    • Injections
    • Extractions
    • Dental Technology
    • Clinical Practice

    • There is limited clinical experience in Year 1

    Year 2

      Knowledge and Understanding

    • Oral Science and Medicine (2)
    • Restorative Dentistry (1)
    • Paediatric Dentistry
    • Intro to Orthodontics
    • Skill Development (on simulators)

    • Endodontics
    • Crowns
    • Veneers
    • Flap Design
    • Suturing
    • Clinical Practice (treating patients)

    • Oral Hygiene
    • Scaling
    • Routine Fillings
    • Endodontics
    • Simple Dentures
    • Paediatric Cases

    Year 3

      Knowledge and Understanding

    • Oral Diseases and Pathology
    • Oral Medicine and Surgery
    • Applied Radiology
    • Restorative Dentistry (2)
    • Scientific Appraisal
    • Elective Project
    • Law and Ethics
    • Skill Development (on simulators)

    • Advanced Restorative
    • Techniques (Bridges and Complex Dentures)
    • Clinical Practice (treating patients)

    • As Year 1 and 2 plus:
    • Orthodontics
    • Minor Oral Surgery
    • Oral Medicine
    • Sedation
    • General Anaesthesia

    Year 4

      Knowledge and Understanding

    • Medical A&E
    • Craniofacial Anomalies
    • Maxillo-facial Surgery
    • Implantology
    • Dental Public Health
    • Skill Development (on simulators)
    • None

      Clinical Practice (treating patients)

    • Consolidation of Years 1, 2, and 3

Visiting the Dental School

Open Days available on 30th September, 27th October, 24th November 2012. More information here.

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