Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A206
University Code: M20
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, We use the UKCAT however it is not the sole indicator in student selection. It is sometimes used to weight some potential applicants to others if a differential is needed to separate candidates.
Applicants: 856
Interviews: ~ 280
Offers: 149
Places: 75
Academic entry requirement:

United Kingdom & International

A levels
Grades AAA. This must include Chemistry, Biology and a third A level at grade A plus one further AS level at grade B or above.

Unit Grade information
The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

Six GCSEs at a minimum of Grade A (including either Integrated Double Award Science or Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics are normally required in support of your level 3 qualifications (e.g. A levels, International Baccalaureate etc).

Key Skills Qualification
The University welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

Access to HE Diploma
Access courses are accepted for students who have not previously studied at University and have usually had a minimum of 2 years out of education gaining work experience.

An Access Course must be Science based.  60 Credits overall with 45 Credits at  Level 3.  Minimum of 15 Credits each in Biology and Chemistry at Level 3 and minimum of 6 Credits in Physics to at least Level 2.  Distinctions in all components are required.
GCSE English Language and Maths are also required with a minimum of B grades.

Scottish Highers
The School normally requires AAAAA including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, English and Biology.

Scottish Advanced Highers
Two Advanced Highers including Biology and Chemistry are required at grades AA.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Not acceptable for this programme
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers
AAAAB in Highers and AA at Advanced Higher. Biology and Chemistry at Advanced Higher A, or one of Biology/Chemistry at Advanced Higher A and the other at Higher grade A. English and Mathematics required at Standard Credit grade 1 or 2, or Intermediate 2 with grade B if not offered at Higher. UKCAT required.  

International Baccalaureate (IB)
37 points overall including a minimum of:

  • 7,6,6 in the Higher Level subjects, which must include Biology and Chemistry with 7 and 6
  • 5,5,5 in the Standard Level subjects
  • 1 core point

European Baccalaureate
Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

Other International Entry Requirements
The School welcomes applications from overseas students. A wide range of qualifications are considered but if applicants meet the entry requirements detailed above then applications are more straightforward.

Where clarification is required with respect to the acceptability of particular qualifications, applicants are encouraged to contact the admissions secretary.
The School does not accept applications from individuals already holding a dental qualification awarded by another country.

English Language
Applicants must be proficient in the use of the English Language. The minimum acceptable level of proficiency is:

  • GCSE English Language grade B or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English grade B or above
  • International English language Testing (IELTS) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any one component
Dental School Website:
Dental School Contact Information: School of Dentistry
The University of Manchester
Higher Cambridge Street
M15 6FH
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 0231
Key attribute of dental institute: Was ranked #1 Dental School in the UK, in the Complete University Guide Table 2014.

Has a specialist tailor made Enquiry Based Learning Teaching Approach for the Dental Course.

Students are introduced to the clinical environment, with use of the ‘phantom heads’ in the first semester of Year 1.
Interview style format: Group Discussion with other interviewees, which is assessed by the interview panel.

Traditional Based interview with staff and possible a student too, last approximately 20 minutes.
Course Structure:

Basic building blocks:

  • Orofacial Biology 1
  • Healthy Living 1 (a healthy body)
  • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 1
  • Patient Assessment 1

Building your knowledge, skills and attitudes:

  • Orofacial Biology 2
  • Healthy Living 2 (a healthy mouth)
  • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 2
  • Patient Assessment 2
  • Disease Management 2

Integrating knowledge, skills and attitudes:

  • Orofacial Biology 3
  • Healthy Living 3 (a healthy mind)
  • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 3
  • Patient Assessment 3
  • Disease Management 3
  • Participation in the Manchester Leadership Programme (MLP)

Intercalated degree
Intercalated degrees are a chance for Dental students to interrupt their BDS course for one year between Years 2 and 3 to complete the final year of a BSc Honours degree internally within the University of Manchester. The degrees offer students the opportunity to study in depth either a subject already covered in part by the BDS course, or a new area in which they may be particularly interested...

Degrees offered in Intercalation
Students can choose from BSc programmes in a range of relevant bioscience and humanities subjects allied to health care programmes. A number of topics can be studied in depth during this year, with most programmes having a significant research component, either based on laboratory work or a literature review. Students will be encouraged to relate their intercalated degree to their personal theme.

Achieving clinical competence:

  • Orofacial Biology 4
  • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 4
  • Patient Assessment 4
  • Disease Management 4

Moving to professional competence:

  • Team Working, Professionalism and Patient Management 5
  • Preparation for Independent Practice

The Complex Patient

Manchester University

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

Data may have differed between then and present.

* The data provided for the Applicants/Interviews/Offers is based upon the 2013 cycle