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Dental Surgery MChD/BChD, Oral Science BSc (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    The only joint Master and Bachelor dentistry degree in the UK, our MChD/BChD course integrates clinical dentistry, science and personal development. You’ll graduate from Leeds as a highly qualified and well-equipped professional, trained to think critically and work independently.

    You gain early clinical exposure in year 1 and experience in a range of settings throughout the course – at the dental hospital, in the community, at outreach clinics and through hospital placements. You can also undertake a four-week local or international placement at the end of your fourth year.

    Our clinical and teaching facilities are world-class. You will have access to 3D virtual reality dental training simulators to practise clinical skills and build their confidence.

    The MChD/BChD shows you have Masters level skills and attributes and can expand your employment and further study options.

    Course highlights

    Besides our unique integrated Masters and Bachelor degree, there are other benefits of studying dentistry at Leeds:

    The School of Dentistry, in partnership with Leeds Dental Institute, is one of few dental schools in the UK where the whole dental team (dentists, dental therapists, hygienists, technicians and dental nurses) trains together. We emphasise teamwork to develop your communication, leadership and professional skills and, where possible, you’ll learn with students from other dental courses. The School is also at the forefront of research advances, which directly benefit our patients.

    The first year of the course is co-taught with the first year of the Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy course.

    We’re proud of the School’s friendly atmosphere and good student-staff relations. The National Student Survey annually rates the School highly for overall satisfaction, our learning resources and the level of academic support.

    As a dental student, you will have the opportunity to be a member of the Leeds University Dental Society (DentSoc), which organises social and sports events, visits and talks throughout the year.

    General Dental Council registration

    Successful completion of this course (and meeting Fitness to Practise criteria) allows you to be recommended for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK.

    Professional standards

    Dental professionals must adhere to a professional code of ethics to maintain their registration with the General Dental Council (GDC). As a dental student, you’ll be expected to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of a dental professional. You must apply the principles of professionalism to your studies, education and your personal and social life. Please read the guidance on professionalism on the GDC website.

  • Course content

    You’ll develop vital communication, leadership and teamwork skills through personal and professional development modules in all years of the course.

    In the first year you’re introduced to the basics of dentistry. You’ll be involved in the clinical environment from the start and will later in this year be responsible for treatment of your own patients. Scientific learning and clinical experience are integrated. Amongst other topics you’ll be introduced to health and health promotion, oral anatomy, microbiology and related science, and periodontal disease.

    Year 2 builds your scientific knowledge and further develops your patient communication skills and competency in simple clinical procedures. You’ll learn about biomedical and social sciences relating to dentistry. You’ll be introduced to evidence-based practice and psychological models of dental anxiety. You’ll develop your operative clinical skills and be responsible for patient care.

    In year 3 you’ll be introduced to clinical skills used in the diagnosis and treatment of more complex dental disease and complex restorations. You’ll study ‘illness and well-being’ and communication skills relevant to patient care. You’ll have the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of psychological theories of anxiety and stress and their effects on health. You’ll undertake an assessed research project, which helps develop your skills in scientific research and in applying research principles.

    There is a possibility for you to take a year out and undertake an intercalated degree before beginning year 4. Please read more about intercalation.

    You continue to build your experience in year 4. All practising clinicians must be able to assess the health of their patient to undertake safe dental treatment and you’ll continue to build relevant skills. Your clinical experience will span the specialist areas of restorative and paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, oral medicine, oral surgery, pathology and radiology. You’ll choose your final-year project and acquire the skills you need to undertake this.

    Our fourth year students also have the option of a three-month exchange with students from Trinity College Dublin School of Dental Sciences, Ireland, which is part of the Erasmus programme. Alternatively, a professional development elective allows you to undertake an activity related to dentistry, organised and run by you. You cannot take both these options and you do not have to take either.

    Year 5 is the culmination of your studies. Final-year modules and clinical experience consolidate the skills, behaviours and knowledge you need to move successfully into dental foundation training and professional life. You’ll practise conscious intravenous and inhalation sedation. You’ll undertake the in-depth Masters-level project which develops and assesses your higher-level cognitive learning skills. The final personal and professional development module focuses on preparation for the world of work. It introduces the organisational, business and managerial skills needed in general dental practice and provides support for the dental foundation training selection process.

    For a visual plan of the course, view our curriculum map

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Health and Health Promotion 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Oral Environment 20 credits
    • Anxiety and Pain Management 20 credits
    • Oral Diseases, Defence and Repair 20 credits
    • Introduction to Clinical Skills and Practice 20 credits
    • Personal and Professional Development 1 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Personal and Professional Development 2 20 credits
    • Social Sciences Related to Dentistry 10 credits
    • Clinical Skills A 60 credits
    • Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 20 credits
    • Clinical Practice 2 15 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Undergraduate Projects 20 credits
    • Clinical Skills B 50 credits
    • Child Centred Dentistry 1 10 credits
    • Illness and Well-being 20 credits
    • Clinical Practice 3 20 credits
    • Personal Professional Development 3 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Clinical Medical Sciences 1 30 credits
    • Complex Adult Dentistry 35 credits
    • Child Centred Dentistry 2 10 credits
    • Final Year Project 30 credits
    • Personal and Professional Development 4 10 credits
    • Clinical Practice 4 40 credits

    Year 5

    Compulsory modules

    • Anxiety Management and Sedation 10 credits
    • Clinical Medical Sciences 2 10 credits
    • Clinical Practice 5 50 credits
    • Final Year Project 20 credits
    • Personal and Professional Development 5 - Preparing for the World of Work 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Dental Surgery MChD/BChD, Oral Science BSc in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    We’ll build your knowledge and skill with a range of learning and teaching methods.

    Lectures, seminars, tutorials and e-learning are a core part of your formal learning. Self-directed study also plays a vital part and you’ll keep a reflective portfolio and your own personal development plan.

    Clinical dentistry is our focus throughout the course and you’ll be developing your professional and personal attributes from the outset.

    The School benefited from a major refurbishment in 2017 and is undertaking ongoing improvements to our resources, for example in digital dentistry. Facilities include clinical skills classrooms, where you develop and hone your skills before using them in practice. This includes three-dimensional virtual reality trainers, where you practise drilling on anatomically faithful reproduction teeth, which give tactile feedback. This helps you learn about processes of decay, how much pressure to apply and accuracy. The School is a world leader in the development of this facility.

    The dental hospital provides outstanding facilities for education and patient care. Local demand for dental treatment at the hospital and our outreach clinics ensures that you gain broad and extensive clinical experience.

    We have an excellent Health Sciences Library with a dedicated team librarian responsible for meeting our students' needs.


    We have an international reputation for the quality of our comprehensive assessment processes. They incorporate: essays, presentations, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, extended critical research reports, clinical and practical tests and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Verbal examinations are part of some assessments, as it’s essential you can demonstrate that you are able to communicate effectively too.

    By the end of the course, you’ll need to demonstrate competence to practise dentistry independently at the level of a safe beginner.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAA including Biology and Chemistry. No General Studies or Critical Thinking.

    GCSE: 6 A* - B, including Chemistry, Biology (or Dual Science), English and Maths. Reformed GCSEs: Grade 6 and above.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3 Biology, D3 Chemistry, M1 other subject.

    • International Baccalaureate

      At least 35 points overall including a score of 6 in higher level Chemistry and Biology, plus a further higher at grade 6. English must be offered at higher or subsidiary level (grade 5 minimum if not offered at GCSE). Maths Studies is acceptable.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      Minimum of AAABBB (regardless of sub-score), including Chemistry and Biology at grade A. English and Maths are also compulsory.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Applicants must have grade B minimum in Chemistry, Biology, English and either Physics or Maths at Higher level. At Advanced Higher, we require AA in Biology and Chemistry, plus either a third subject at grade A at Advanced Higher level, OR two additional Highers at grade B.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% overall, with minimum grades of 8 in Biology and Chemistry.

      We also welcome:

      The University of Leeds’ BSc Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year, which you apply directly to through UCAS.
      The University of Leeds' BSc Science for those that have an Arts background and wish to apply for Dentistry

      Applications from graduates. To apply you’ll need a 2:1 or higher in a science or healthcare-related subject.

    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

    We ask all applicants to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in the year of application. There are two sittings available: 9th September and 2nd November. The deadlines for registering are different and you should double check the BMAT website for full information. Please be aware that in cases where BMAT results are received for one applicant from both sittings, we will only consider the first sitting of the BMAT. If you are a school or college student, discuss test centre options with your exams officer. If you’re not a school or college student, find test centres on the BMAT (Admissions Testing Service) website.

    Alternative BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) test session in September 2017

    An alternative BMAT session will take place on Saturday 9 September 2017, at selected authorised UK test centres. Applicants can find out more about BMAT – September on the BMAT website.

    Applicants who do not take the test in September can take BMAT in November instead, at test centres around the world. This test session will run in the usual way on Thursday 2 November 2017. Find out more about the BMAT – November session.

    Applicants can choose which test date – September or November – they want to take BMAT on. However, please note that applicants:

    Health and disclosure and barring screening

    All successful applicants will also need to pass health and disclosure and barring screening.

    The University has a policy statement on students with criminal records. For the vast majority of students who are resident in the UK the record will be checked via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

    For international students: The DBS check can only include background checks on your time in the UK. If you have been resident in the UK for less than 3 years, then a criminal record check from your home country is required in addition to the UK DBS check. This may be referred to as a "Certificate of Good Conduct" (CoGC), but the name varies.

    To ensure a safe and professional environment for patients, you’ll also need to meet other requirements, including screening for communicable disease - read "Professional requirements" section.

    Alternative qualifications and routes

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.5 in listening and speaking, and no less than 6.0 in writing and reading. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    The application closing date for Dental Surgery is earlier than for many other courses – usually 15th October in the year preceding entry (e.g. for entry to the course in September 2018, the UCAS deadline is 15th October 2017). The School of Dentistry will not accept applications after the UCAS closing date and we do not participate in the UCAS Extra scheme or in Clearing.

    Personal statement

    Our personal statement advice can be downloaded here. This tells you what we look for in this part of your application.

    Deferred entry

    You’re welcome to postpone your start date by 12 months, if you want to. This won’t affect how we judge your application, but you do need to tell us in advance, in your UCAS application. If you don’t do this, but ask for a deferral later, we may not agree to it.

    Equal opportunities

    The School of Dentistry operates an equal opportunities policy and supports widening participation. Whilst some health conditions and disabilities may prevent admission, the University takes a positive view and tries to meet the needs of all students. You can find University equality policies on the Equality Service website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Selection process

    The main stages in our selection process are:

    1. Evaluation of academic entrance requirements

    2. Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria

    3. BMAT performance

    4. Interview, made up of multiple mini interviews (MMI) or Skype for international applicants

    5. Offer


    The School will be holding multiple mini interviews for Home/EU applicants to our undergraduate courses on the 8th - 16th February 2018.

    We cannot offer other dates outside this period. If you’re unable to attend your allocated multiple mini interview, we may be able to change your appointment to another day or time during the interview period, but this is not guaranteed.

    We interview through multiple mini interviews (MMI), instead of traditional panel interviews. In multiple mini interviews you move around a series of interview stations. At each station, you undertake a task or answer a few short questions, for which you are scored. The scores at each station are independent of the other scores. Afterwards your scores are computed to give us your overall score and ranking. Your multiple mini interview lasts for approximately half a day.

    The multiple mini interviews help us to assess your attitudes, communication skills, empathy, analytic skills and ethical reasoning, attributes that are in accordance with the NHS Constitution values-based recruitment. Some stations are held in clinics, so you also see our working environment. Most applicants tell us they find the multiple mini interviews a positive experience.

    International applicants will be interviewed by Skype.

    Admissions policy

    School of Dentistry Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £34,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    Costs to Students

    Sensible shoes

    These should be plain, flat leather or synthetic shoes that fully enclose the foot. Peep toes and sling backs are not permitted. Approximately £40.

    DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)
    £75 (5 year membership) for Dental Surgery.

    Travel expenses
    No set costs but students are expected to pay their own travel costs within Leeds and between Leeds and Bradford. Transport to Hull is provided. [Student bus passes are available to purchase]

    Oral Surgery placements (2 weeks) and Oral Medicine (1 week) will incur travel expenses. Accommodation may be provided.

    Exam resits
    There will be a charge if you are taking a resit. As the charges change, please see the additional costs webpage on the University website for more details.

    School Funding Information

    The School will fund the following:
    - Uniforms
    - Full Library access
    - Lockers / Padlocks
    - Occupational health
    - Disclosure & Barring Checks
    - Travel expenses to Hull Placement

    *Although the School does provide these services free of charge to the student, should you miss an appointment or lose an item such as a padlock or part of your uniform, you will be charged for this. Full details of any charges will be made available to you in the Student Handbook, which is issued to you at the start of term.

    Costs are subject to change throughout the course. However, you will be informed if this is the case.

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

    As a dental student, you can apply for the standard government loans and support package for the first four years of your course. Find out more at Government support. In year five onwards, you become eligible instead for the NHS student bursary scheme.

  • Career opportunities

    Employment prospects for dentists are good. After graduating and successfully registering with the General Dental Council (GDC), most graduates take up a one- or two-year salaried foundation training post. This is mandatory if you want a career in the NHS. Dentists must undertake continuing professional education to qualify for GDC registration each year.

    As a qualified dentist there are a range of opportunities open to you, including academia and practising in general dental practice, hospital, community and corporate settings and the armed forces. There are also clinical and non-clinical opportunities at non-governmental organisations worldwide and other international agencies.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Study abroad

    Fourth year students have the option of a three-month exchange with students from Trinity College Dublin School of Dental Sciences, as part of the Erasmus programme.

    Work placements

    You'll work with patients in a range of settings – at the dental hospital, in the community, at outreach clinics and through hospital placements.

  • Professional requirements

    Hepatitis B and health screening

    Entry to the course depends on satisfactory health screening.

    It is a Department of Health requirement that all healthcare workers who come into contact with patients should not be infectious carriers of Hepatitis B, C or HIV viruses and should accept vaccination against Hepatitis B.

    We advise all candidates to seek vaccination with their medical practitioner against Hepatitis B viruses before starting the course because they will have early contact with patients.

    The School will organise an immunisation schedule for students who have not already completed a successful course of vaccination before enrolment.

    Applicants who have been immunised by their medical practitioner will be required to provide documentary proof of immunisation on registration. Simple blood tests will be required to confirm that students are not a carrier of the Hepatitis B or C viruses.

    Dress and personal appearance

    The School of Dentistry has a dress policy to promote a clinical, professional appearance within our premises and outreach facilities.

    Your clothes and personal appearance must match public expectations of a professional person.

    Professional code of conduct

    Dental professionals have to adhere to a professional code of ethics to maintain their registration with the GDC.

    As a dental student, you will be expected to demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills and attitudes expected of a dental professional – this includes applying the principles of professionalism to your education, clinical practise and your personal and social life at all times. The GDC has published guidance on professionalism (“Student Fitness to Practise” and “Standards for Dental Professionals”) which you can find on the GDC website.

    The General Dental Council (GDC)

    The GDC is the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK. All dentists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, dental hygienists, dental therapists and orthodontic therapists must be registered with the GDC to work in the UK.

    The GDC is also responsible for checking the quality of all dental and Dental Care Professional (DCP) education and training courses which lead to registration. Our courses in dental surgery, dental hygiene and dental therapy, and dental technology are accredited by the GDC. The dental nursing courses are accredited by the City and Guilds of London and The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses.