This degree is professionally accredited by the General Dental Council. It entitles graduates to practice anywhere in the UK and in many other countries.
At Newcastle, our work has worldwide impact. You'll be taught by some of the top academics and internationally renowned experts in their field.
You'll study and practice in world-class facilities including our hi-tech Clinical Simulation Unit. You'll also attend lectures and clinics in purpose-built facilities at one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.
This course involves high levels of clinical practice in our specialist clinics, alongside theoretical aspects of dentistry, covering:
- human structure
- clinical dental studies
- related sciences
Quality and ranking
- 4th in the UK –The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
- 5th in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2020
- 97% overall student satisfaction score – National Student Survey 2019
- top 50 – Dentistry category – QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
- top 25% in the UK for world-class research – Research Excellence Framework 2014
- top 125 – Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health category – Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018
This course is professionally accredited by the General Dental Council (GDC), which means it meets the standards set by the dental regulator.
Visit the General Dental Council's website for more information.
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.
Modules and learning
The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.
Our teaching is informed by research, and course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or numbers of students interested in an optional module.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
As a basis for clinical work you'll study basic biomedical sciences.
- an introduction to dentistry
- molecules, cells and tissues
- anatomy of the head and neck
- cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- oral environment
- dental tissues
- nutrition and diet
- dental materials science
- interpersonal skills
You'll also see patients in clinics in the Dental Hospital while shadowing a senior student.
Towards the end of Stage 2, you'll start learning procedures such as simple fillings and root treatments, using phantom heads with natural teeth, in preparation for taking responsibility for your own patients early in Stage 3.
You'll start managing your own patients by providing simple treatment under close supervision.
You'll learn how to prevent disease, plan treatment, treat dental decay and place fillings, undertake root treatments, treat gum disease and make dentures. You also learn how to extract teeth and even undertake simple surgery. We teach you how to use radiographs (X-rays) safely, to administer local anaesthetics, and how to deal with problems of cross-infection.
Initially the teaching of the different clinical disciplines is kept separate, but as the course progresses your cases will become increasingly complex and demand greater integration between the various skills.
In Stage 3, courses in pathology and microbiology will give you an initial grounding in disease processes. You'll also have lectures and further practical courses in areas such as: radiology; preventive dentistry and public health; periodontology; crown and bridgework; advanced endodontics; gerodontology; and oral medicine.
By the end of Stage 4, you'll be spending approximately half of your time on patient care and clinical dental practice, with supporting clinical-related teaching.
In stages 4 and 5 you'll be exposed to advanced techniques such as orthodontics, dental implants and intravenous sedation. Your clinical commitments will occupy much of your time, especially in the later years, but the teaching of important theoretical aspects of dentistry continues.
Our dental students have the opportunity to enrich their personal and professional development further by taking time out of their dental studies to pursue an intercalated degree.
Intercalation provides an opportunity to study a subject that interests and excites you as well as develop new perspectives on healthcare delivery, research and education. We offer a broad range of Biomedical Science BSc degrees and masters' degrees that cover aspects of dental practice.
We encourage you to develop skills that will be useful throughout your future career and offer options to undertake your own research project.
Find out more about intercalated study on the Faculty of Medical Sciences website.
At the end of Stage 4, you have the opportunity to undertake a period of elective study, exploring a topic of particular interest to you in depth. This can be anywhere in the world and is a great opportunity to experience dentistry in another country.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is by a combination of:
- lectures and seminars
- laboratory demonstrations (including closed-circuit TV)
- practical laboratory work
- clinical demonstrations
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Assignments – written or fieldwork
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
Clinical dental practice
Time in clinical practice increases as you progress through the course.
In Stage 1, you'll observe simple procedures such as fillings and root treatments, and see patients in the Dental Hospital while shadowing a senior student.
In Stage 3 you'll start managing your own patients under close supervision.
In stages 4 and 5 you'll be exposed to advanced treatment techniques including dental implants and intravenous sedation. By the end of Stage 4, you'll be spending approximately half of your time on patient care.
You'll gain experience in a full range of dental procedures, with clinics run by specialists in:
- oral and maxillofacial surgery
- oral medicine
- paediatric dentistry
- restorative dentistry
An integrated course on Professionalism and Personal and Professional Development runs through all stages of this course.
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The staff try to keep the content of the course as varied and interesting as possible, and always endeavour to include more interactive elements.
Facilities and environment
Based within Newcastle Dental Hospital, The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country. By training in one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country you'll gain a true insight into your future profession.
Our School is part of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, which is also home to Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology and Pharmacy, encouraging inter-professional collaboration.
Clinical training facilities
You'll access cutting-edge clinical training facilities, comprising of a:
- conservation clinic
- cell and molecular biosciences laboratory
- children's clinic
- clinical skills unit
- Fell Cluster
- dental learning resource unit
Within the School there are a range of research laboratories, undertaking work in:
- oral biology
- dental materials science
We also have a dedicated clinical research facility. We can offer clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard.
Find out about our laboratories and research facility at the Centre for Oral Health Research.
We also foster strong collaboration with research institutes in the Medical School and University.
Take a virtual tour of our dental teaching and learning facilities.
You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have, when starting university.
£32,050 is the national foundation dentist salary. 100% of graduates from our Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme were employed or in further study within six months of graduating*.
Once graduates of our Dental Surgery BDS degree have qualified, and subject to registration with the GDC, there are a number of different careers open to you. Everybody needs to undergo a period of foundation training, whatever branch of dentistry they initially 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.
You could go into:
- 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
- publicly funded services – the Community Dental Service is a complimentary 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
- teaching students in universities
- providing specialist care in hospitals
*Destinations of (undergraduate, UK and EU) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17
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All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and PARTNERS)
Qualifications from outside the UK
English Language requirements
The PARTNERS Programme is Newcastle University’s supported entry route for students from schools and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
Entrance courses (INTO)
International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO.
This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.
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School of Dental Sciences Admissions Policy
Please download and read the Dental School Admissions Policy 2020 to find out more about:
- health requirements for admissions and continuing practice
- occupational health
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- work experience
- other academic achievements and admissions criteria
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)
All applicants are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in the year of application. The UCAT threshold may differ in each admissions cycle as it is dependent on the scores achieved by those applicants who apply to our Dental School in the current cycle. Therefore information on what the threshold is, is not available to prospective students.
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Tuition fees and scholarships
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (per year)
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK students is set by the UK government.
As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.
You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme).
The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.
Year abroad and additional costs
For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year.
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
- the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
- the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college
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UCAS admission procedure for Dentistry
You are permitted a maximum of four choices on the UCAS form for Dentistry.
The deadline for applications is 15 October. Candidates who are considered, on the basis of their application form, to be particularly promising are interviewed to establish suitability for the course prior to an offer being made.