BDS Bachelor of Dental Surgery (UCAS Code: A200)
For entrance requirements
T: +44 (0)28 9097 3838
For course information
Professor D Burden
Centre for Dental Education
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
T: +44 (0)28 9063 2734
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 qualification acceptable to the University. Further information on other acceptable English Language qualifications is available here
If you are an international student and you do not meet the English Language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO Queen's University Belfast, which will develop the language skills you need to progress. INTO Queen's University Belfast is based on the University campus and offers a range of courses. For a full list click here
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 £30. At time of printing the relevant legislation is under review and it is possible that in the future the vetting requirements and costs will 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.
Further details on admission requirements and selection procedures are given in the Entry Profile on the UCAS website and this should be consulted: http://www.ucas.com/students/coursesearch
More detailed information on applying to study Dentistry at Queen's is also available from the School website at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/dentistry/ProspectiveStudents
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Dentistry at Queen's is regarded as one of the most progressive degree programmes of its kind in the UK and has always been recognised for its high teaching standards. Dental graduates from Queen's have made a marked impact on national and international dentistry.Back to top
The Dentistry degree at Queen's lasts five years and is taught in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. On completion the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is awarded.
Years 1 and 2
During these years, students are attached to dental clinics and also undertake modules which teach the biomedical and behavioural sciences foundations of clinical practice as well as the principles of dental patient management, dental health promotion and core dental clinical skills.
This year introduces a greater clinical component within the various dental clinical specialties and teaching in medicine and surgery, pathology, microbiology and pharmacology relevant to dentistry.
Years 4 and 5
In these years, the emphasis is on teaching advanced dental clinical skills within the range of clinical specialties in dentistry. Students carry out the full range of dental treatment for their own adult and child patients. Most of the paediatric dentistry course is carried out in outreach clinics.
During the programme, a small number of students opt to study for an extra year to achieve an 'intercalated' research degree, however, this is currently under review.Back to top
At Queen’s Dental School, we aim to provide a high quality learning environment that embeds intellectual curiosity and innovation and utilizes best practice in learning, teaching and student support to enable the student to achieve their full academic potential.
We do this by providing a range of learning experiences which enable our students to engage with subject experts, develop attributes and perspectives that will equip them for life and work in a global society. Our students have access to innovative technologies and a world class library that enhances their development as independent, lifelong learners. Examples of the opportunities provided for learning on this course are:
Assessment: The way in which you are assessed will vary according to the Learning outcome for each module. Assessments range from written exams, MCQs, case studies and group projects to Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and clinical procedures with patients.
Feedback: As students progress through their course at Queen’s they will receive general and specific feedback about their work from a variety of sources including lecturers, module co-ordinators, clinical supervisors, personal tutors and peers. University students are expected to engage with reflective practice and to use this approach to improve the quality of their work. Feedback may be provided in a variety of forms including:
Once you have reviewed your feedback, you will be encouraged to identify and implement further improvements to the quality of your work. Your logbooks will also require you to record your response to clinical feedback and develop a plan of action.Back to top
Studying for a dental degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.
There are a wide range of career opportunities available in dentistry. Following graduation it is mandatory to undergo a further one year of training in a Vocational Training Scheme. Dentists can then decide to follow a career as a general dental practitioner or train to become a specialist in a dental discipline. Other dental career options include hospital dentistry, community dentistry, armed forces dentistry and university teaching and research.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullemployability statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.Back to top
Dentistry at Queen's has been responsible for delivering dental education in Northern Ireland since 1920. It has been situated at its current site since 1965 and underwent a significant expansion in 1994. A full refurbishment is underway, ensuring that Queen's dental students have access to the most modern clinical facilities of any UK Dental School.
The degree is based on the requirements of the UK General Dental Council (GDC) and was rated number one in UK by the Times Good University Guide in 2008.Back to top