Dental Surgery BDS

University of Liverpool

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Course Summary

Becoming a dentist is hard work, but the rewards are huge, including the job satisfaction of delivering a highly professional and personal, community-based job. On successful completion of the programme you’ll be granted a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree that is accredited by the General Dental Council.

The programme consists of three phases. Phase I includes the study of Basic medical sciences, which you will study via a ‘problem-based learning’ (PBL) approach in conjunction with lectures, together with communication and clinical skills components, the Human Anatomy Resource Centre and laboratory sessions. Clinical dental skills are introduced during the Special dental component in the second semester. Lectures in oral health and interactive tutorials in communication skills enhance this phase.

In Phase ll (Years Two-Four) of this integrated programme, PBL, lectures, seminars and clinical skills acquisition go hand-in-hand. A wide range of topics are studied including Oral sciences and medicine, Oral diseases, Medical emergencies, Law and ethics alongside the theoretical aspects of the various dental disciplines. Training in the practical skills of dentistry is through the supervised treatment of patients in the Dental Hospital. Phase lll is the final year of study, consolidating theoretical knowledge and clinical experience in preparation for the final examination. In addition to treating patients in the Dental Hospital, you will also provide treatment in local dental practices and community clinics thus facilitating a seamless transition into foundation training.

There is a wide range of career opportunities within the profession. The majority of BDS graduates will choose general dental practice within the NHS and in the private sector, whilst others might choose one of the hospital specialities, the community dental service, university teaching, or the armed forces. Around 80% will go into general dental practice, becoming partners or associates within the practice. Graduates in Dental Hygiene/Therapy find equally varied and rewarding careers as dental hygienists and therapists. The majority work in dental practice where they undertake an increasingly wide range of dental procedures.

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AAA in 3 A levels (including Chemistry and Biology) taken at one sitting after two years of study. A level Chemistry and Biology are required. The third subject may be from the Arts or Sciences. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Vocational/Applied A levels are not accepted. Requirements in respect of GCSEs must also be met (see Admissions document). For applicants from England: Where a science has been taken at A level (Chemistry, Biology or Physics), a pass in the Science practical of each subject will be required.Applicants must complete the UCAT by the appropriate closing date for year of entry.

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£9,250 per year

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The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2020) and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK's leading research universities. Of its 35,000 students, 8,000 travel from across the world to study at the university. The University of Liverpool has established a university in Suzhou near Shanghai, in partnership with Xi'an Jiaotong University, as well as a campus in London.


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