Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A200
University Code: C15
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, We use the UKCAT score holistically with the rest of the application in our process in considering an applicant for interview. Therefore it is not a sole determinant in a prospective students application.
Applicants: ~ 800
Interviews: 240
Offers: 120
Places: 80
Academic entry requirement:

United Kingdom & International

Typical A level offer
AAA, including Biology and Chemistry

Typical WBC offer
Pass Advanced Diploma which must include AA grades in Chemistry and Biology A-Levels


Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.

Typical International Baccalaureate offer
36 points, with a minimum score of 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry and Biology

Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: Cardiff University
Heath Park
Wales, UK
CF14 4XY
Tel: +44 (0)29 2074 2468
Key attribute of dental institute: The first dental school to introduce Multi Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview style format: Multi Mini Interview (MMI), 12 stations, 2 of which are rest stations and there are many practical hands on stations within the 12 stations.(time limit per station varies year by year).
Course Structure:

Year One
You will spend most of the first year studying in the School of Biosciences learning the basic sciences of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry, which are the foundation for the practice of Dentistry. Teaching is delivered through a series of lectures, seminars, and practicals. You will also spend one day per week at the University Dental Hospital observing clinic activity, learning about clinical procedures, professionalism and dental terminology, as well as learning about the role and responsibilities of the Dental Team. You will also undertake Library, IT and study skills training at the Dental Hospital.

Year Two
Following successful completion of the first year, you will continue to learn about the foundation topics that become integrated with the Oral Ecosystems Theme, which covers the basic sciences relevant to the mouth, including the development, physiology and biochemistry of oral and dental tissues. These themes are enhanced and supported by the Human Diseases Theme through which you will learn those aspects of Medicine, Pharmacology and Surgery required by a dentist. You are also introduced to Clinical Dentistry, commencing with the Pre-Operative Techniques course in the Pre-Clinical Laboratory which is required before progressing to work with your own patients in July of the second year. You will cover areas such as Radiology, Dental Pathology, Periodontology, Dental Materials, Cariology, Paediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. The Dentistry in the Wider Community theme covers the Behavioural Sciences and Ethics required to work within the community, as well as continuing the Family Study programme which you started in the first year.

Years Three and Four
In the third and fourth years, you will follow the Clinical Dentistry, Human Diseases and Dentistry in the Wider Community themes, covering topics such as Integrated Restorative Dental Care, Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontology, Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Statistics, Oral Surgery, Medicine and Pathology and Dental Public Health. In addition to this, you will increase the amount of time spent in the clinics treating patients and developing interpersonal and clinical skills. Students also start work on a final project to be submitted in the final year. The Project aims to provide you with experience in research methodology, critical appraisal of literature and scholarship.

Year Five
The final year provides a substantial amount of time for training outside the School of Dentistry. You will spend your time in the dental units of district general hospitals, local and outreach community dental clinics and a primary dental care unit remote from the School.

Cardiff Dental School

Please note the information above was provided by the faculty on 12/09/2013