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Five reasons to study Dentistry

For those considering a degree in Dentistry but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Meaningful international skills

Study Dentistry, and you’ll be employable anywhere in the world. Wherever you are, the way people's mouths work will always be the same.

2. Impressive salary

Average salaries for dentists working within the NHS range from just under £40,000 to over £80,000 a year. Other salaried posts exist in the armed forces and corporate practices. In NHS trust hospitals, dentists are paid according to nationally defined scales. Salaries at consultant level can reach over £100,000 a year. It’s not all about money, but it’s an attractive incentive. 

3. Plenty of practical experience

Dentistry degrees allow you to practice at local surgeries, with at least a year (often two years) dedicated to practical work. Not many other disciplines offer such a hands-on approach.

4. Work in the community

As well as honing your own dentistry skills by practising, this course also allows you to hone your social skills. With so much time spent in the local community and getting to know your patients, the work you do at university could be some of the most rewarding of your career.

5. Good graduate prospects

Order our Dentistry subject table by the graduate prospects column, and you’ll see that students enjoy a virtual guarantee of ending up in professional jobs within six months of graduating.

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