Degree Type & Length: BDS (5 Years)
UCAS Code: A200
University Code: Q50
Is UKCAT needed? If so, how is it assessed? Yes, We use the UKCAT score as a cut-off point prior to interview selection. The cut off for the 2013 cycle was 2400.
Applicants: 536 Home Applicants 76 International
Interviews: 247 Home Applicants 22 International
Offers: 148 Home Applicants 10 International
Places: 75 Home Ap
Academic entry requirement:

United Kingdom

AAAb from 3 A-levels and 1 AS level

  • Chemistry and Biology at AS level, at least one at A-level. If both subjects not taken to A-level, a second science A-level is required.  If you are planning to drop either Chemistry or Biology before A2, you must attain a B grade in that subject at AS level.
  • If A-level Maths and Further Maths are offered in the same sitting, Further Maths is acceptable at AS-level only.
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A-level.
  • Our normal offer is for grades AAA in three A-levels and B in the AS-level.
  • For candidates offering four A-levels in two science and two non science subjects, our normal offer is AAAC if no AS-levels have been cashed in.

All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

A-levels achieved prior to Year 13 will be considered as part of the overall academic strength of an application but will not count towards an offer.

The Medical School does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A-level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades.
The School does accept AS re-sit modules taken within the two years of study.


Cambridge Pre-U
The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including biology and/or chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The Science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A-level subjects you should contact the admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.
International Baccalaureate The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects including chemistry or biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard level including chemistry or biology if not offered at the higher level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher level subject.

European Baccalaureate 
The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer chemistry and biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate.

Scottish Highers 
Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers including Chemistry and/or Biology. English Language at Standard Grade 2 or higher is required.

Irish Leaving Certificate 
A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 at Higher level including A1 in Chemistry and Biology. English Language at grade B or higher in the Irish Junior Certificate is required.

Advanced placements 
Average of 85 per cent in the High School Diploma including grade B in English Language. Three Advanced Placement subjects with grades 5, 5, 4 including Chemistry and Biology.

NUS High School of Mathematics and Science 
NUS High School Diploma should be offered with 3.6 CAP in Yrs 3-6 and 4.0 CAP in Yrs 5-6. Students must also have taken at least three Advanced Placement examinations and achieve grades of 5, 5, 4. Two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.


  • Only your first undergraduate degree will be considered for entry
  • You may apply in or after the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
  • There must have been a significant component of Biology and Chemistry in your degree programme, at least equivalent to AS level.
  • Alternatively, you must have achieved grades of at least BB in A-level Biology and Chemistry prior to starting your degree or you must be completing or have completed AS levels in Chemistry and Biology and be predicted/achieved B grades in both.
E-mail: smdadmissions@qmul.ac.uk
Dental School Website: http://www.smd.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/dentistry/
Dental School Contact Information: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Garrod Building, Turner Street, Whitechapel
E1 2AD
Tel: 020 7882 8478
Key attribute of dental institute: Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, founded in 1785, which is the oldest medical school in England and Wales.
Interview style format: Traditional interview with an interview panel, consisting of staff and possibly a student. Lasting ~25 minutes.
Course Structure:

The five year programme leading to Bachelor of Dentistry is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding required for the prevention, alleviation and treatment of oral diseases. The BDS Programme structure has evolved to fully utilise the diversity of the local population and their oral disease and also to embrace the GDC recently published learning outcomes 'Preparing for practice:  Dental team learning outcomes for registration'.

To achieve this, five main themes have been developed Scientific Basis of Clinical Practice (BS), Clinical Practice (CP), Global Epidemiology and Evidence Based Dentistry (GEEBD), Professionalism, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility (PTSR) and Academic Advising and Graduate Attributes (AAGA). You will be divided into small groups which will provide a framework for scheduling across the modules on and off the clinic and provision of personal tutor support. Academic advising and graduate attributes will flow throughout the programme from entry until graduation, with an expressed wish to provide support and guidance throughout the course to ensure that you achieve your own personal goals.

The basis of scientific knowledge will underpin the clinical learning experience and taught primarily in the first year, but with on-going emphasis of its importance throughout the programme. This will be enhanced by the delivery of a global evidence based dentistry approach to the oral health care delivery. Whilst progressing through the course you will be expected to embrace all aspects of professionalism, teamwork and social responsibility by demonstrating your knowledge and ability to apply this in your clinical experience. You will spend time in the Clinical Skills Laboratory (CSL) where you will learn your basic clinical skills and after a 'gateway' assessment of these newly found skills be permitted to provide oral health care for allocated adult and child patients.  Your clinical experience will start during year one and by the end of year two become a major part of the programme. Once you have progressed into the third year you will be scheduled to attend several different Outreach locations in the east end of London and further afield in Southend on Sea for varying lengths of time mainly in your third and fourth year. The patient base and oral disease you will encounter is diverse and therefore providing you with a challenging and satisfying professional experience as you progress through the programme. 

The course also embraces QMUL's desire to prepare you for the complexities of employment in the 21st Century as well as the GDC’s expectation that 'the learning outcomes will form the foundation upon which a registrant will be expected to develop and maintain their knowledge and skills throughout their professional career, and become fully proficient'.

The BDS programme will be delivered around an academic year of two (years 1 and 5) or three semesters ( years 2-4), whereby the programme will build on early basic science knowledge to more established and advanced clinical practice in Outreach Dental Centres and in the main dental hospital. For example CIinical Dentistry will start in Year 1 with Fundamentals of Dentistry, followed by the development of core clinical skills in the clinical skills laboratory (Year 2), prior to entry onto the clinic for Clinical Practice in Year 3 and Advanced Clinical Practice in Years 4 and 5.
Throughout the five-year programme you will build on the knowledge and increasing clinical skills to provide whole patient care for adults and children under the same umbrella, whilst maintaining a scientific and evidence based approach. A strong emphasis will be placed on teamwork, professionalism and social responsibility throughout the BDS programme which will feed into and further develop the important attributes required at graduation and beyond.

Each year  will be structured around the five tutor led themes and the assessment of the learning process will match the key elements of demonstration of knowledge acquisition, application of the same and then demonstration of gaining confidence and competence in  core clinical skills necessary for entry onto the Dental Register.  Another key element of our philosophy is to have a global and responsive approach to learning and providing dental care for patients who present for treatment. Ultimately, at graduation and by demonstrating knowledge and competence in clinical skills, registration with the GDC will occur.

Assessment will be integrated and developed to reflect the year of achievement and drive your learning based on evidence based assessment and practice.

Dental Team training is facilitated by integrating our Dental Hygiene & Therapy students into the undergraduate groups during the 2ndand 3rd years. During clinical rotations students are paired and are trained to work in this way by an experienced team of undergraduate clinical support nurses.  Attached to each group, these nurses provide the experienced clinical support needed. Dental laboratory ‘technical skills’ are taught by enthusiastic, dedicated dental technicians.

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Please note the information above was provided by the faculty on 10/09/2013

Data may have differed between then and present.

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