The University of Edinburgh

Degree level: Undergraduate

Oral Health Sciences

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

This BSc (Hons) in Oral Health Sciences is the only four-year honours degree in this subject in Scotland. Graduating from this programme earns you a qualification in dental hygiene and dental therapy. This degree offers a broad scientific and clinical base and prepares you to practise as a dental hygienist-therapist. Professionals in this field have skills in preventive, periodontal and restorative therapy and provide 70% of routine dentistry for the UK adult and child population. You will be based in the Edinburgh Dental Institute (EDI), which has an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally, as a provider of first-class dental education. Our academic staff bring a wealth of research-based knowledge and expertise to their teaching and supervision, which contributes to an outstanding learning environment. This is a programme that encourages and nurtures each student's individual aspirations. Curriculum Our curriculum is modern and innovative with a substantial clinical component. Your learning is split into the following four themes, which form the core of your education. You will expand upon these as your knowledge and skills progress.

  • Health & Disease
  • Clinical Practice
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Preparation for Practice
You will begin to undertake dental treatments for patients in your first year. You will have opportunities to explore dental services in a number of locations and develop your skills in subject areas you may wish to focus your dissertation on in your final honours years. Reflective learning is essential throughout this programme, particularly in areas of clinical practice. You will build a personal portfolio of work that will contribute to the continual assessment of your progress.

Course details

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Central area campus
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

The intake for this programme is 10 places per year so entry is very competitive. We do not ordinarily consider international applicants for this degree. Detailed entry requirements, including typical offer levels, and information about other qualifications we accept, are available on the University of Edinburgh’s website. You’ll also find important information on how to apply. You must submit a fully completed UCAS application that includes details of the qualifications you are taking, including full predicted grades for qualifications not yet completed, your personal statement and your reference.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Please click the following link to find out more about minimum qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Health checks

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a degree that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise. This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission. Students entering programmes in dental hygiene and therapy will be involved in undertaking what are known as exposure prone procedures (EPP) from an early stage of their undergraduate training. You will require evidence of full MMR vaccination as one of the conditions of your offer. Before you are able to begin your studies, you must also show that you have been immunised against hepatitis B. On beginning your studies with us we will arrange an Occupational Health Blood-Borne Virus Screening appointment, which will include any outstanding vaccinations for hepatitis B, as well as checking you are non-infectious for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. A positive result in any test will not necessarily preclude entry to the degree programme. Applicants are encouraged to declare any disabilities or learning difficulties prior to commencing the programme, so we can ensure we have the right support in place and that you are able to complete your programme of study.


Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT)9292 or above with 23 in each section (including Special Home Edition). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with 169 in each component.
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with 169 in each component.
Trinity ISEISE II with a distinction in all four components.

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher: SQA National 5 at C; SQA Standard Grade at 3; SQA Intermediate 1 at A; SQA Intermediate 2 at C; GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4; Level 2 Certificate Grade C or IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry). We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests. English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Full details of our English language requirements can be found on our website:

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
EU £30400 Year 1
International £30400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Scottish students must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of their tuition fees. EU On 9th July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for European Union (EU) students starting in 2021-22. Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2022-23 or later will be in line with international fees. Full time international and EU students will pay a fixed annual fee rate for the duration of their programme.
Oral Health Sciences at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS