All offers are made on the basis of interviews. All candidates will be ranked and a proportion selected for interview. Offers will be made on the results of the interview. There are 15 international places available on the BDS degree and interviews for these students take place online.
All applicants, assigned as NI, GB or EU for fees purposes, are required to sit the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and the results achieved will be used as part of the selection process prior to interview. Further information on UKCAT is available at:
AAA at A-level including Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry. GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C is required if not offered at AS-level or A-level.
For A-level School Leavers a maximum of one Applied A-level will be counted. Please also note that only one Mathematics subject will be counted at A-level. A-level Critical Thinking and both A-lvel and AS-level General Studies are not acceptable.
For NI, GB and EU applicants, GCSE performance in the best 9 subjects will be scored with 4 points awarded for an A* (grade 8 and 9 in the new grading scale) and 3 for an A grade (grade 7 in the new grading scale). Points are not awarded for B and C grades (grades 6, 5 and 4 in the new grading scale).
For those who have not undertaken GCSE or equivalent level qualifications, then an academic score will be calculated on the basis of school reports.
UKCAT will be scored and used in conjunction with the academic score to rank for interview.
AS-level performance and additional GCSE A grades may also be taken into account in borderline cases.
Evidence of commitment to Dentistry, motivation, communication skills and initiative are important.
Irish leaving certificate requirements
H1H1H1H1H2H2 including Higher Level grade H1 in Biology and Chemistry + if not offered at Higher Level then Ordinary Level grade O3 in Mathematics.
Applications from graduates or those in the final year of their degree are considered and the full academic background is taken into account. The minimum A-level threshold (or equivalent in other qualifications) is either BBB at first attempt, ie: prior to commencing degree studies for those with an Upper Second Class Honours degree, or BBC at the first attempt for those with a First Class Honours Degree or a PhD and an Upper Second Class Honours degree. Applicants must have an appropriate science background at GCSE and A-level or equivalent (see below) and at least a 2.1 Honours classification in their primary (first) degree, which can be from a wide range of different subjects. A-level Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology are required. In addition, GCSE Mathematics minimum grade C is required if not offered at AS-level or A-level. Graduate applicants who fulfil these criteria are then scored with their UKCAT.
Graduate applicants from a non-science background but who fulfil the conditions in terms of grades achieved at the first attempt (ie in their original choice of A-level subjects) and degree performance will be considered if they undertake the appropriate Science qualifications on completion of their degree.
International applicants are not scored (as above) and in considering applications a range of factors is taken into account including academic performance, predicted results (if applicable), evidence of English language ability, the Personal Statement and Reference.
Transfers from other Dental Schools
Applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and entry will be to first year only. All normal entry requirements must be satisfied.
1. Prior to admission all applicants will be required to provide evidence that they are non-infectious for HIV, Hepatitis B. and Hepatitis C. Applicants who receive offers will be required to complete a health assessment with the Occupational Health Service of the University in accordance with Department of Health guidelines for new entrants to the Health Service.
2. As a result of current legislative requirements, any offer made will be conditional on a satisfactory criminal history check (Access NI Enhanced Disclosure Check). To enable the University to request this check you will be required to provide some personal information which will be treated in the strictest of confidence and in line with Data Protection Principles. The current cost of an Enhanced Disclosure Check is £33. At time of printing, changes are due to be implemented and relevant procedures and/or costs may change. Applicants will be advised of the relevant requirements at the appropriate time. For international students, a Certificate of Good Conduct or equivalent will be required in lieu of an Access NI check. Additional checks may be required depending on the applicants address history.
3. The degree is subject to the University's Regulations on Fitness to Practise.
4. Applicants will be required to give permission for a check against the Excluded Student Database prior to offers being made. This is a national database which records those who have previously been excluded from professional programmes because of fitness to practise concerns.
5. Selection criteria for Dentistry are reviewed annually and therefore you should read the 'How we choose our students' PDF which is available from the link below under Selection Criteria.
More detailed information on applying to study Dentistry at Queen's is also available from the School website at: www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/Study/Dentistry
Please note: the deadline for applications to this degree for 2019 entry is 6.00 pm on 15 October 2018 and arrangements should be made to undertake UKCAT in advance of this.
In addition, to the entrance requirements above, it is essential that you read our guidance notes on 'How we choose our students' prior to submitting your UCAS application. How we choose our students
Download "How we choose our students" PDF
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.
English Language Requirements
An IELTS score of 7.5 with a minimum of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening and 6.0 in the other test components or an equivalent acceptable qualification, details of which are available at: http://go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs
If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
- Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
- Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - FOUNDATION AND INTERNATIONAL YEAR ONE PROGRAMMES
INTO Queen's offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare international students for undergraduate study at Queen's University. You will learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre on campus, and will have full access to the University's world-class facilities.
These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry.
INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)