Dentistry Courses in the UK

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Here are some of the best universities in the UK to study Dentistry:

  1. St Andrews University

  2. Exeter University

  3. Leeds University

  4. Queen’s University Belfast

  5. Nottingham University

  6. Southampton University

  7. Newcastle University

  8. Liverpool University

  9. University of Sheffield

  10. Queen Mary’s University London

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

The UCAT is an admissions test used by a range of UK Universities for dental degree programmes, to select the applicants with the most suited attitudes, professional behaviours and mental abilities. The test is taken at a local centre to you, and is a compulsory entry requirement for the universities listed below:

• University of Aberdeen
• Cardiff University
• University of Dundee
• Durham University
• University of East Anglia
• University of Edinburgh
• University of Exeter
• University of Glasgow
• Keele University
• King’s College London
• University of Leicester
• University of Manchester
• Newcastle University
• University of Nottingham
• University of Sheffield
• University of Southampton
• University of St Andrews
• Queen’s University Belfast
• University of Warwick

It is a two-hour computer-based test with separately timed subsets containing some multiple-choice questions in the following format:

Verbal Reasoning – 44 questions, 11 passages to read and 21 minutes test time. Assesses critical reasoning skills, as candidates have to make inferences and draw conclusions from the information presented.

Decision making – 29 questions and 31 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to evaluate arguments and analyse statistical information by applying logic. An on-screen calculator is provided for this section.

Quantitative Reasoning – 36 questions and 24 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to use numerical skills to solve problems.

Abstract Reasoning – 55 questions and 13 minutes test time. Assesses candidates ability to identify patterns, critically evaluate and produce hypotheses.

Situational Judgement – 69 questions, 22 scenarios and 26 minutes test time. Measures candidates capacity to identify appropriate behaviour in real world situations.

Entry Requirements

It is important to note that entry requirements differ for each UK university. The usual requirements are:

A-level: AAA, including biology and chemistry.

International Baccalaureate: 37 points or higher.

IELTS: An overall score of 7.0 and no less than 6.5 in any element.

Reasons to study Dentistry

Dentistry is a five year course or six years with a foundation degree, designed to give you the practical skills and scientific background to treat oral health in patients. You will study care of the mouth, screening for oral cancer, orthodontics, prevention and treatment of dental diseases and oral surgery.

Courses are designed around the themes: the mouth in health and disease, scientific understanding and thought, communication, teamwork and clinical competence. Clinical practice is a core component of the course, and students will be introduced to the clinical environment from an early stage, during either the first or second year of study. You will study fundamental modules such as anatomy, biochemistry, oral biology and physiology, before moving on to practice on simulation dummies, and then patients.

It is a demanding and competitive course, so it is important to have strong academic grades and demonstrate a commitment to dentistry. You will need to complete a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree that is professionally accredited by the General Dental Council, which qualifies graduates to practice dentistry anywhere in the UK, among other countries.

Dentistry Career Prospects

Most graduates work as self-employed practitioners in general practice, under the National Health Service (NHS), privately or the armed forces. Postgraduate study can lead to careers in research, teaching or specialist clinical practice. Dentistry roles include dental technician, dental hygienist, dental nurse, dental therapist and hospital dentist. After six months of having left university, dentistry is the only profession in which graduates are paid a salary of over £30,000 in a professional job.

Average graduate salaries for Dentistry

Average professional starting salary: £31,000

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