Dentistry courses for 2021

Single Honours

You will benefit from our £15 million refurbished, state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities as well as early clinical contact and team-working opportunities with hygienists and therapists.

Why study Dentistry at Bristol?

Bristol Dental School is committed to the highest standards in education. Our courses cover all aspects of the General Dental Council (GDC) guidance for preparing to practise as a dentist. There is a continuous core of clinical activity from years one to five, with supporting knowledge and scientific methods integrated throughout.

You will gain a thorough understanding of relevant biomedical sciences and have the opportunity to begin treating patients in year two.

Technology-enhanced learning and best educational practice are instrumental to the delivery of the course. Our spiral curriculum ensures that you learn progressively the knowledge and skills that are essential to your practice as a dentist. You will revisit topics at a higher level of understanding and application as the course progresses so that they become embedded in your practice.

You will hone your skills in primary care and community settings. Clinical teaching commences in the Bristol Dental School. Later you will gain community-based teaching experience in a purpose-built facility at South Bristol Community Hospital.

Health and Disclosure and Barring Service check
Certain health conditions may be incompatible with careers in dentistry. Before starting your degree you will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire and pre-course screening for blood-borne viruses. These blood tests are to identify the few whose health status may place them and/or future patients at risk.

Practising dentistry demands the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. In accordance with General Dental Council guidelines all dental students must complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information, please visit our guidelines for students at DBS disclosure.

Please note that as part of your training you will come into contact with human and animal cadavaric material.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

A dental student must enjoy communicating, interacting and empathising with people of all ages, social backgrounds and cultures and those with special needs. You will need to have an excellent academic record, particularly in the sciences, and good time management and organisational skills.

Dentistry suits those with artistic flair who can demonstrate manual dexterity and the ability to carry out detailed work. Hand-eye coordination is essential.

Joining this profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development, so dedication to learning is paramount.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in dentistry you should find work experience to learn more about the career and the profession.

How is this course taught and assessed?

You will receive support and regular feedback throughout your professional development. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a community-based project in the UK or abroad.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, small-group tutorials, supervised clinical skills training and patient treatment, and e-learning resources. Our e-portfolio enables you to learn and receive feedback from each clinical encounter and track your progress.

We use a wide range of assessment methods and pride ourselves on the quality of the reflective process and the feedback we give our students to support their professional development.

What are my career prospects?

After foundation training you may choose to practise in the NHS or in a community-based dental clinic. Alternatively, you may wish to work privately or in a dental hospital where you can specialise in areas such as oral surgery, orthodontics, restorative or paediatric dentistry.

BDS graduates will also have the opportunity to serve in all branches of the armed forces.

You may progress to further study for postgraduate qualifications, enabling you to undertake research at universities or teach in a dental school.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


Important disclaimer information about our courses.

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