Dental Surgery (Graduates Only) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS

Course summary

Dentistry in Aberdeen is designed specifically for graduates, capitalising on the knowledge and skills you already have to ensure you become a first-class dental professional. Our programme has been designed with graduates in mind, enabling you to capitalise on the existing knowledge and transferable skills from your previous degree. From day one, you will be preparing to be a dental professional, benefiting from early clinical problem solving and patient contact, and an integrated approach to learning. The dental curriculum uses a variety of teaching methods including case based learning. You will be engaged in reflective practice from an early stage in your clinical experience. During the course, you will be taught by and observe a wide range of dental professionals from both primary and secondary care services. NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the dental protection organisations and the GDC are also engaged in many of the learning opportunities. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree is a five year programme in the UK for undergraduate entry. At Aberdeen we run a graduate entry pathway which allows for direct entry into year 2 and the programme is then completed in four years. With only 20 places available each year, applicants to Aberdeen must demonstrate that their prior formal qualifications have covered relevant biomedical subjects. Within the programme students undertake both academic study and practical patient care. Patient care is introduced early and under close supervision from experienced clinicians. 100% of our graduates have gone on to find employment after graduation.


In year 1 you will develop a sound understanding of the oral environment, basic aspects of dental health and disease, together with an appreciation of the principles of patient management, communication and ethical practice. You will begin practical training in the clinical skills lab and have direct patient contact in your second term.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used including: Written examinations, such as single best answer questions and clinical scenario papers; Practical examinations; Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Structured Clinical Objective Testing (SCOTs) will provide clinical assessment of your skills. The exact mix of assessment methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Dental Council

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Unfortunately, at present we are unable to consider applications for the BDS from International students.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The admissions process also involves suitably qualified applicants sitting an entrance test (UKCAT) and the scores obtained are used with other criteria to select for interview. All applicants must complete this test in the year prior to entry. For more information on the UKCAT test, including registration dates, please refer to the UKCAT website. Candidates whose first language is not English must also achieve an IELTS overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in the speaking section.

Additional entry requirements

Admission tests

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Listening - 5.5 or above; Reading - 5.5 or above; Speaking - 7.0 or above; Writing - 6.0 or above.
TOEFL (iBT)100Listening - 21 or above; Reading - 22 or above; Speaking - 28 or above; Writing - 21 or above.
PTE Academic70Listening - 59 or above; Reading - 59 or above; Speaking - 70 or above; Writing - 59 or above.
Trinity ISEPassPass overall at ISE III with a distinction in writing and merit in the other three skills.

To study for an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write academic English fluently. These skills will allow you to understand lectures, produce high standards of written work, and perform well in examinations. Alternative English Language qualifications are NOT accepted for Medicine (MB ChB) applicants. Please note certification must be within the two years prior to commencement of your course, unless otherwise stated.

Medicine English Language Requirements are detailed here:

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Dental Surgery (Graduates Only) at University of Aberdeen - UCAS