Dental Surgery

International student route
18 months
March 2025

Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) - International Route is designed for overseas qualified dentists and allows entry to our BDS UK programme after the third year.

Why study with us

  • Develop your clinical skills in our state-of-the-art facilities and treat real patients in modern clinics.
  • Links with the UK’s largest dental provider with access to largest clinical support network in UK dentistry and access to financial support.
  • Dentistry at the University ranked 1st in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022).

What you'll do

  • Gain experience of dental practice in the UK while you study.
  • Advance your personal development as well as professional and clinical knowledge in line with UK dental graduates.
  • Be supported by an experienced teaching team in preparation for your degree assessments.


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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Hear from our BDS students

The most important part of this course to me is having a group of amazing clinical tutors. They are so kind and caring and I really like the way they interact with us as international dentists.
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Ali Emami
Bachelor of Dental Surgery - International student route
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Your teaching team

Dr Julie Burke
Clinical Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Julie teaches on the BDS International Programme and is Module Lead for Clinical Knowledge, Management of Oral Disease and Minor Oral Surgery. Julie has been involved in clinical dental education for more than 25 years and has particular interests in oral surgery, management of …

Dr Anna Barlach Pritchard
Senior Clinical Teacher
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Anna is a qualified dentist with 26 years' experience from working in primary and secondary care in the Lancashire region. Anna is a Senior Clinical Teacher here and is the course lead for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme and the innovative BDS - international route…

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MyDentist and the University of Central Lancashire


  • UCLan has developed a new programme targeted at international students which reflects the final years of the existing BDS programme. This international programme is awaiting assessment by the GDC for a decision as to its sufficiency for the purposes of registration as a dentist in the UK.

Industry Links

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Entry requirements for BDS in the UK

This dental surgery course is only available to international students.

  • Overseas BDS or equivalent (dental degrees from outside the UK and EEA) and the ability to demonstrate that their degree contains modules that will allow them to receive APL for years 1, 2 and 3 of the award.
  • For all students for whom English is not their first language, proof of competence in English Language as evidenced by IELTS Grade 7.0 or above in each of the four IELTS components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). Find out more
  • A minimum of 600 hours within the past 5 years of clinical postgraduate dentistry experience where you have personally treated patients in the dental chair. These are hours spent undertaking appropriate investigations and administrating dental treatment during post-qualification experience.
  • A letter or certificate of good standing from the dental authority in the country where they last worked as a dentist and the country they qualified in.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an entry assessment in the UK. The entry assessments are a written MCQ exam followed by an OSCE and interview. The entry exam and OSCE will sample the Learning Outcomes covered in the GDC document: Preparing for Practice GDC learning outcomes for the first 3 years of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.
  • All successful applicants will need to undergo Occupational Health Screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to admissions and to undergo an Enhanced DBS check prior to enrolment.
  • Applicants are required to ensure they have read and understood the student fitness to practice guidance before applying.

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates, you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) or an in-country police check and self-declaration form.

Applicant guidance notes

Requirements to apply 

Fees and funding

First year£20,000 per year
Second Year£48,000 per year
First year£37,500 per year
Second year£37,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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

Frequently asked questions


This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page