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.
D3 Biology, D3 Chemistry, M1 other subject.
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.
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 Schools 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
Were 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.
Our personal statement advice can be downloaded here. This tells you what we look for in this part of your application.
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.
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 youre 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.
The main stages in our selection process are:
Evaluation of academic entrance requirements
Assessment of application, taking into account academic and non-academic criteria
Interview, made up of multiple mini interviews (MMI) or Skype for international applicants
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.
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
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DentSoc (School of Dentistry's social society)
£75 (5 year membership) for Dental Surgery.
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.
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:
- 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
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.