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Bachelor of Dental Surgery

5 Years
August 2022
Campus Taught

On our Bachelor in Dental Surgery (BDS) course you’ll be based in primary care where you’ll gain real-world experience from Year 1 and graduate well prepared for your foundation year.

Please note this course is only available to UK students. If you are an international student, you can view our Bachelor in Dental Surgery course for international students.

There are only 29 places for UK students on this programme so it has a friendly, intimate feel and allows for more discursive, interactive learning. You will be based in our Dental Education Centres for the majority of the final three years - a very different model from a traditional dental school and one that we firmly believe prepares you better for life in practice.

In the first year of this graduate entry pathway, you will be based in our purpose-built Dental School in Preston developing clinical skills and supporting knowledge, as well as an understanding of how the human body works in health and disease. You will also spend Year 1 studying on campus, before relocating for three years of clinical training at one of four local community Dental Education Centres (DECs) in Accrington, Blackpool, Carlisle and Morecambe Bay, where you will treat, under supervision, patients who have problems and dental needs of the type that are seen in general dental practice.

This will help give you direct experience of what it is like to provide oral healthcare for patients in a practice setting. During your placements you will gain experience of secondary care Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry. This not only adds to your knowledge but gives you an understanding of the respective roles of Specialists and the Primary Care Practitioners. This is a course that strongly emphasises teamwork. In contrast to a hospital-based course, you will take care of the patient throughout their entire treatment journey, supported by experienced practitioners in primary care clinics.

Why study with us

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction (Times Good University Guide 2021).
  • Dentistry at the University ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022).
  • Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery is ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction. (National Student Survey 2022)

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What you'll do

  • Small class sizes allow for a close and friendly atmosphere with interactive learning opportunities.
  • As a Dentistry student you will learn clinical skills in one of the most modern Phantom Head rooms in Europe, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment.
  • The General Dental Council (GDC) states that we are delivering “a particularly innovative dental degree programme” with imaginative use of IT, e-learning and an emphasis on learning dentistry within the local community.

Module Overview

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • This course has been provisionally accepted by the GDC Registrar. The GDC is the UK-wide statutory regulator of the dental profession. They register qualified dental professionals, work to ensure the quality of dental education, and protect patient safety.

Future careers

Graduation from the BDS course leads to a first job 100% success rate as a Dental Foundation Trainee (DF1), where you are responsible for the treatment of patients. Since 2011, every student who has graduated from our Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree has gone on to secure their first job as a Dental Foundation Trainee. This is impressive, as places are limited and awarded following a national competitive selection process.

The majority of dentists work in a high street practice or community dental clinics. If you want to work in a hospital environment and specialise, you can undergo further specialist training in orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry and surgical dentistry.

When you qualify it’s the end of the beginning. It’s like passing your driving test – you can get around safely but you need to gain more experience to become proficient and, eventually, an expert. Dentistry changes all the time and postgraduate education is the only way to keep up with these developments and ensure that you maintain and develop the skills of your chosen profession.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Dentistry located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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