a206 - Dental Surgery BDS

Dental Surgery BDS

UCAS Code: A206 (full time: 5 Years)

Course Overview

Dentistry involves the treatment and prevention of a wide range of diseases of the mouth – from tooth decay to oral cancer.

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At a Glance


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Course Duration
5 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points

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Our BDS degree in Dental Surgery is professionally accredited by the General Dental Council and entitles graduates to practise dentistry anywhere in the UK and in many other countries.

It is designed to give you both the scientific background and the practical skills you need throughout your career, enabling you to provide for the complete oral health of patients.

Newcastle is one of the UK's top universities for dentistry, offering:

  • expert staff, including holders of national teaching fellowships and distinguished scientist awards
  • some of the most modern and best-equipped facilities in the country
  • high levels of clinical practice in our specialist clinics
  • opportunities for study abroad and intercalated study

Highlights of this degree

Meet Natalie from the UK

The staff try to keep the content of the course as varied and interesting as possible, and always endeavour to include more interactive elements.

Natalie, Dental Surgery BDS Honours
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Course Details

Modules for 2017 entry

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The programme information below is for 2019 entry. Programmes may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year.

This degree is designed to develop the skills required to provide for the complete oral health of patients, and entitles graduates to practise dentistry anywhere in the UK and in many other countries.

The programme of professional study covers human structure, function, behaviour, clinical dental studies and related sciences.

Clinical dental practice occupies an increasingly large part of your time as you progress through the course, which consists of five Stages.

Stages 1 and 2

You spend the first two years studying the basic medical sciences. This provides a basis for clinical work in later Stages. Topics include:

  • Orientation and Study Skills
  • Anatomy of the Head and Neck
  • Cell Biology
  • Interpersonal Skills and Shadowing
  • Introduction to Clinical Practise 
  • Neurobiology
  • Dental Physiology
  • Metabolism and Homeostasis
  • Craniofacial and Tooth Biology
  • Behavioural and Social Science for Dentists
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Microbiology for Dentistry
  • Immunology and Healthcare
  • Nutrition and Diet
  • Key Clinical Skills

Intercalated study is available for BDS students after completion of Stage 2.

Stage 3

You study:

  • Clinical Introduction Course 
  • Applied Anatomy
  • Dental Materials Science
  • Dental Public Health
  • Human Diseases
  • Oral Diseases
  • Clinical skills courses in Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics
  • Clinical attachments with associated lectures and seminars in Restorative Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Primary Care Outreach (Oral Health Education), Oral Surgery, Dental Emergency Clinic and Radiology

Stage 4

You study:

  • Dental Public Health
  • Dental Sedation
  • Human Diseases
  • Oral Diseases
  • Clinical skills courses in Restorative Dentistry and Oral Surgery
  • Clinical attachments with associated lectures and seminars in Restorative Dentistry (including Interprofessional Clinic), Paediatric Dentistry, Primary Care Outreach, and Oral Surgery

By the end of Stage 4, half your time is spent on patient care and clinical dental practice, with supporting clinical-related teaching.

An optional elective period at the end of Stage 4 gives you the opportunity to organise a few weeks studying dentistry outside Newcastle. In recent years this has taken students all over the world.

Stage 5

You study:

  • Current Opinion in Dentistry
  • Dental Public Health
  • Gerodontology
  • Oral Diseases 
  • Clinical attachments with associated lectures and seminars in Restorative Dentistry, Paediatric Dentistry, Primary Care Outreach, Dental Emergency Clinic and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

A vertically integrated course on Professionalism and Personal and Professional Development runs through all stages of the programme.

    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    100% of graduates from our Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme were employed or in further study within six months of graduating earning an average salary of £31,355 (2017-18).*

    Once you have qualified there are a number of different careers open to you. Most graduates undertake a period of post-graduate foundation training whatever branch of dentistry they eventually take up.

    Dentistry is a fairly flexible career and selecting one particular branch does not mean that you cannot venture into others later on in your career. Advice, to help you make the appropriate choice, is available from your tutor as well as other members of staff and through our links with Health Education England.

    General Practice

    Most graduates initially join a Dental Foundation Programme where you will join an established practice and work with a trainer who will guide you in those early months. In addition, some foundation training schemes operated in different parts of the country give you the opportunity to spend part of that period in a dental hospital attachment.

    Further training is given in study days during this time, covering important aspects such as practice management, advanced clinical skills and team-building.

    Publicly funded services

    The Community Dental Service is  a complementary service to the general dental services. Dental Officers working in this publicly funded service provide dental care for those people either unwilling or unable to obtain care elsewhere, for example, patients with special needs or for people in their own homes.

    In addition, this service provides a screening programme in schools as well as dental health education and promotion to different community groups.

    There are also career opportunities available in the defence services and working with industrial partners.

    Universities – teaching students

    Careers in university dental schools also allow you to specialise in a particular aspect of dentistry, combining research with teaching and the treatment of patients.

    Hospitals – specialist care

    In the Hospital Dental Service you will work in different departments under the guidance of consultants and will, at the end of a two-year period of professional training, be eligible to gain additional qualifications that set you on the career pathway to become a specialist in your chosen subject.

    During this time you will have the chance to undertake small research or audit projects if you so wish and to write up your research for publication in a scientific journal.

    *Source: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    • institution code - N21

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