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. The curriculum aims to:

  • build on the transferrable skills that you bring
  • encourage independence of learning and thinking using enquiry based learning methods
  • centre on the clinical, social and emotional needs of the patient
  • have patient contact early in Year 1 of the programme
  • fully integrate the non-clinical sciences within the clinical curriculum
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.


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. The course has been designed specifically for graduates and encompasses a variety of modern educational methods for teaching and learning. There is a focus on independent and reflective learning whilst clinical work is introduced from year 1 to maximise clinical experience. Teaching and learning strategies have been designed to meet the needs of a more mature student group with previous experience of university education and appropriate transferable skills.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used including written examinations, such as single best answer questions and clinical scenario papers, and other practical exams. Objective clinical assessment of your clinical skills will be carried out by means of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and Structured Clinical Objective Testing (SCOT) at appropriate stages. In your final year more amalgamated assessments will be used to assess your clinical skills by means of an Integrated Structured Clinical Examination (ISCE) and an assessment of some cases that you would have treated during your four years at the Institute of Dentistry.

Professional bodies

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

  • General Dental Council

How to apply

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

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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 entry requirement for admission is a good Honours degree (First or Upper Second-Class) in a medical or health-related science degree (eg biomedical science, anatomy, pharmacy). Candidates with a first degree in medicine will also be considered. The admissions process also involves suitably qualified applicants sitting an entrance test (UCAT) 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 UCAT test, including registration dates, please refer to the UCAT 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)7Overall - 7.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 7.0; Writing - 6.0. IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training are not accepted.
TOEFL (iBT)100TOEFL iBT and TOEFL Home Edition (online) - DI code is 0818: Overall - 100 with: Listening - 21; Reading - 22; Speaking - 28; Writing - 21.
PTE Academic70Overall - 70 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 70; Writing - 59. Online Test is not accepted.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall - 185 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 185; Writing -169.
Institution's Own TestValid for one year, refresher can be offered if out of date.
Trinity ISEPassPass overall at ISE III with a distinction in writing and merit in the other 3 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:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

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