Diploma in Dental Hygiene

This undergraduate programme is intended for students wishing to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical clinical experience in dental hygiene.

How to apply

Why study Dental Hygiene?

Dental Hygienists are a vital part of every dental team, providing primary dental care including:

  • Giving Oral health advice
  • Debriding teeth
  • Using dental local anaesthesia
  • Applying topical medicaments
  • Taking dental x-rays
  • Applying fissure sealants

Length of study

The Hygiene Diploma Course is a full-time programme completed over two years (45 academic weeks per year, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm Monday – Friday).

New Innovations in Dental Hygiene & Therapy

The Diploma in Dental Hygiene is in the process of moving towards a new exciting 3 year BSc programme in Dental Hygiene and Therapy. Confirmation of this programme and full details, including admissions criteria will be published later in the year.  


NHS bursary

You may be eligible for an NHS bursary as well as student loans to cover living costs.

See our online prospectus for further information


Dental Hygiene Taster Session days 

Department: University of Bristol School for Dental Care Professional Training

Date: Please look out for announcements of upcoming sessions in 2017

Venue: Bristol Dental Hospital, Chapter House, Lower Maudlin Street, Bristol BS1 2LY

Ever wondered what a career in Dental Hygiene really involves?  Ever wanted to a hold a scaler or place a temporary dressing in a tooth? This is your chance to join us for a Dental Hygiene taster session at Bristol Dental Hospital.  You can meet our current students, check out the facilities we have to offer, meet the lecturers that could be teaching you next year.  You also have the opportunity to visit our beautiful and vibrant City.

 For further information about taster sessions contact Donna Parkin: donna.parkin@uhbristol.nhs.uk

The supportive and enthusiastic staff really help to make this challenging course rewarding and enjoyable.

Stephanie Wright (DCP student)

Career prospects

Dental hygienists go on to work in:

  • General Dental Practices
  • Research positions
  • Health promotion roles
  • Lecture posts
  • Positions overseas
  • Specialist Practices e.g. periodontal, orthodontic, oncology, community

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