Dentistry graduate destinations

The vast majority of Bristol graduates go on to complete Dental Foundation Training following graduation. This is a two year programme run by the NHS which allows graduates to work as NHS Dentists in the community and beyond.

Upon completion of Dental Foundation Training, some graduates choose to undertake further clinical training in a hospital setting where they can specialise in clinical specialties, or undertake academic training alongside their clinical training funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Data obtained from

  • Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 43 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 68.3%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 58%
Self-employment/freelancing 33%
Running my own business 0%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 0%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 0%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 0%
Retired 0%
Unemployed and looking for work 0%
Doing something else 7%

Sector information

Bristol Dental students will also develop a range of transferable skills, such as critical appraisal, communication, leadership and management, observation, listening, logical reasoning and decision making. These skills are crucial when working as a dentist, but can be just as useful in work outside dentistry.

Employers and occupations


  • Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Rodericks Dental Surgery Ltd
  • Self Employed


  • Dentist
  • Maxillofacial Dental Core Trainee
  • Longitudinal Dental Foundation Trainee

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

Information request

If you need more information about graduate destinations, please email us.

Connect with alumni

Use Bristol Connects and LinkedIn to find out what others from your course are doing now and how they can help you.

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