Bristol's Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree provides a thorough grounding in biomedical sciences and training in clinical skills delivered by highly respected staff.
The School of Oral and Dental Sciences has excellent facilities and refurbished clinical, teaching and research spaces. We expect and support our students to develop a high standard of professional responsibility and to be able to engage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Why study Dentistry at Bristol?
The school is committed to the highest standards in education. The restructured curriculum is designed to cover all aspects of 'Preparing for practice', as published by the General Dental Council. It will provide you with a thorough understanding of biomedical sciences and enable you to begin treating patients in year two.
Research and travel opportunities are provided within elective projects.
The School of Oral and Dental Sciences subscribes to the Dental Schools Council's statement on promoting professionalism and prioritising the needs of patients.
What kind of student would this course suit?
A dental student must enjoy communicating, interacting and empathising with people of all ages, social backgrounds and cultures, and those with special needs. You will need to have an excellent academic record, particularly in the sciences, and good time management and organisational skills.
Dentistry suits those with artistic flair who can demonstrate manual dexterity and the ability to carry out detailed work. Hand-eye coordination is essential.
Joining this profession requires a lifelong commitment to continued professional development, so an interest in learning is essential.
Those interested in pursuing a career in dentistry should seek opportunities for work experience to inform themselves fully about the career and the profession.
How is this course taught and assessed?
Teaching is delivered through lectures, small-group tutorials, supervised clinical skills training and patient treatment, and e-learning resources.
After the first two years, the majority of this degree is spent learning and working in a clinical environment, either in the skills laboratory or clinics. Most teaching is based in Bristol Dental Hospital.
From year three, you have the opportunity to gain community-based teaching experience in a new purpose-built facility at South Bristol Community Hospital.
We use a wide range of assessment methods and pride ourselves on the quality of the reflective process and feedback we give our students to support their professional development.
What are my career prospects?
After foundation training, you may choose to practise in the NHS or in a community-based dental clinic. Alternatively, you may wish to work privately or in a dental hospital where you can specialise in areas such as oral surgery, orthodontics, or restorative or paediatric dentistry.
BDS graduates will also have the opportunity to serve in all branches of the armed forces.
You may also choose to gain postgraduate qualifications, enabling you to undertake research at universities or teach in a dental school.
Read more about what students from Dentistry go on to do after graduation.
Did you know?
- Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
- Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
- 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.
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