Selection criteria for Dentistry are reviewed annually and therefore in addition to the entrance requirements below, it is essential that you read the How We Choose Our Students pdf prior to submitting your UCAS application.
Interview: all offers are made on the basis of interviews. All candidates will be ranked and a proportion selected for interview. Offers will be made on the results of the interview. There are 15 international places available on the BDS degree and interviews for these students take place online.
UKCAT: all applicants, assigned as NI, GB or EU for fees purposes, are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the results achieved will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview.
A-level School Leavers: AAA at A-level including Biology and Chemistry OR AAA at A-level including Chemistry and one from Mathematics and Physics + B in AS-level Biology. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level.
A maximum of either one Applied A-level or one Applied AS-level will be counted. Please also note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. A-level Critical Thinking and General Studies at both A-level and AS-level are not acceptable.
In considering applications, GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* and 3 for an A grade. UKCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with the GCSE score to rank for interview. AS-level performance and additional GCSE A grades may also be taken into account in borderline cases. Evidence of commitment to Dentistry, motivation, communication skills and initiative are important.
Graduates: applications from graduates or those in the final year of their degree are considered and the full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A-level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is BBB at first attempt, ie: prior to commencing degree studies, or BBC for those with a First Class Honours Degree or PhD. Applicants must have an appropriate science background at GCSE and AS-level/A-level or equivalent (see below) and at least a 2.1 Honours classification in their primary (first) degree, which can be from a wide range of different subjects. A-level Chemistry and at least one from A-level Biology/Human Biology, Mathematics or Physics plus if not offered at A-level then Biology/Human Biology to at least AS-level (or equivalent) are required. In addition, GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C and either GCSE Physics minimum grade C or GCSE Double Award Science minimum grades CC are required if not offered at AS-level or A-level. Graduate applicants who fulfil these criteria are then scored with their UKCAT.
Graduate applicants from a non-science background but who fulfil the conditions in terms of grades achieved at the first attempt (ie in their original choice of A-level subjects) and degree performance will be considered if they undertake the appropriate Science qualifications on completion of their degree.
Transfers from other Dental Schools: applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and all normal entry requirements must be satisfied.
Irish Leaving Certificate: the Irish Leaving Certificate Requirements reflecting the new grading structure being introduced in 2017 are under consideration and will be made available as soon as possible.
For information on international qualification equivalents (eg the International Baccalaureate Diploma, USA/Canadian High School Diplomas or Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education), please select Your Country in the International Students website.
For students whose first language is not English
An IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.0 in the other test components or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
Information for all applicants
Prior to admission all applicants will be required to provide evidence that they are not infected with Hepatitis B. Applicants who receive offers will be required to complete a health assessment with the Occupational Health Service of the University in accordance with Department of Health guidelines for new entrants to the Health Service.
As a result of current legislative requirements, any offer made will be conditional on a satisfactory criminal history check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check). To enable the University to request this check you will be required to provide some personal information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection Principles. The current cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Check is £33. At time of printing, changes are due to be implemented and relevant procedures and/or costs may change. Applicants will be advised of the relevant requirements at the appropriate time. For international students, a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent will be required in lieu of an Access NI check.
The degree is subject to the University’s Regulations on Fitness to Practise. Applicants will be required to give permission for a check against the Excluded Student Database prior to offers being made. This is a national database which records those who have previously been excluded from professional programmes because of fitness to practice concerns
More detailed information on applying to study Dentistry at Queen’s is also available from the School website at: www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/dentistry/ProspectiveStudents
Please note: the deadline for applications to this degree for 2017 entry is 15 October 2016 and arrangements should be made to undertake UKCAT in advance of this.