Getting into Graduate Entry Dentistry

You have made the decision to apply for graduate-entry-dentistry and it’s time to get a plan in place.

The process is extremely competitive with some quoting between 10-15 applicants per place at dental school. You have to be able to stand out as an applicant and make sure that if you get a place, you are equipped to finish the course. This means considering affordability (are you prepared to add to your student debt?), commitment, minimum requirements and the deadline dates that need to be met during the application process.

Graduate-entry has it’s unique challenges compared to undergraduate entry because other applicants will also have a first degree. Some will have a masters in addition or may have worked as pharmacists, opticians or teachers as was the case with my cohort at dental school. If you decided to apply for undergraduate entry then you would have the advantage over candidates that are applying straight from college but you would not be able to receive the same level of financial help from Student finance.

I believe that I am a much better dentist for my patients because I applied as a graduate. I consider the difference in maturity and how my communication skills were more developed after having completed a degree in Medical Physiology, living independently away from home. My younger self would not have the same ability to empathise with patients. If I had applied for dentistry straight from college, I would have eventually reached a similar level but it would have taken longer.

Watch the video below to listen to my experience applying for graduate entry and download the document to start planning for your first step towards dental school.

I share my experience of getting into graduate entry dentistry

Graduate entry dental schools

Dental schools that currently offer graduate entry dentistry (GED) are UCLan (University of Central Lancashire), KCL (Kings College London) and Aberdeen with a combined number of 69 places available. They all require a UCAS application with a personal statement and academic reference. If successful, you will be invited for an interview and if successful you will be offered a place at the dental school. I will summarise some key points to know about each GED school. You will need to go onto each dental schools’ website to get updated information as this information can change each year.

UCLAN – Has a different model to other dental schools in that you are based at one of four dental education centres and you start to treat your own patients from the end of year one. These are paying NHS patients.

PlacesEntry requirementsTestsTake note
Only takes E/U or home students
2:1 in a biomed discipline
3 A-Levels at grade C or above (two must be from Biology/Phsics/Chemistry/Maths)
GCSE Maths (grade B) and English Lang (grade B)
Multiple choice entrance exam on interview day.
MMI’s with 2 manual dexterity tasks
Prefer applicants to have a year of general work experience
Taken from website in May 2020

KCL – largest dental school in the UK and partners with 3 hospitals (Guy’s, King’s College and St Thomas).  In 2019, KCL ranked no.1 in the UK and no.2 in the world for dentistry

PlacesEntry requirementsTestsTake note
Accept oversees students
2:1 in Biosciences OR 2:2 in bioscience with a postgraduate degree in a bioscience (achieving at least a merit)UCAT“Examination results and the UCAT score are perhaps the most important factors when considering applications.”
Taken from website in May 2020

Aberdeen – Ranked no.1 for dentistry in Scotland in 2020. Has early patient contact within year one and focuses on the clinical, social and emotional needs of patients. Encourage independence of learning

PlacesEntry requirementsTestsTake note
Acceptance of oversees students varies each year

2:1 in a medical or health-science related degree. Do not consider A-levels.
Academic forms 60% and UCAT is 40% of each applicants’ score. The top 60 applicants are invited for interview
UCATFees for Home/EU students are £1,820/year which is significantly lower than UCLan and KCL
Taken from website in May 2020

Funding – be prepared to pay the first £3,465 towards tuition fees and from year 2 you will be able to apply for an NHS bursary to help with living costs.

Here is a statement from Student Finance England aimed at graduate entry applicants.

“If they’re studying a graduate entry medical or dentistry programme they can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,785 in their first year. However, they will need to pay the first £3,465 of any tuition fee charged by their university or college. Graduate entry medicine and dentistry students will be able to get an NHS Bursary from the second year of their course.”

Let me know in the comments if you have any topics you would like me to cover in future posts. I will try to update this page as I get updated information.

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1 year ago

as a postgraduate can i do a undergraduate course.

Rita Adu
Rita Adu
1 year ago

Can i do my workexperince in my second or first year?

Rita Adu
Rita Adu
1 year ago

Ohhh kkkk I will do that then so I can focus on doing my personal statement n doing well in my UCAT.

Rita Adu
Rita Adu
1 year ago

does Uclan not take Ucat into consideration

Rita Adu
Rita Adu
1 year ago

What one advice would you give me interms of standing out in my application?

7 months ago

thank you for all your great videos, they are really helpful.
I am applying to UCLAN dental school and I need some help to make sure I am submitting my application perfectly, could you please let me know is it possible to contact you by email?
thanks in advance

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