The Dental School at Queen's has been responsible for delivering dental education in Northern Ireland since 1920. In the National Student Survey, where our final year students have an opportunity to give anonymous feedback on the completion of their 5-year course, the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at Queen������s University is consistently highly rated.

Dentistry Degree highlights

Dentistry at Queen's is Ranked 5th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)

Professional Accreditations

  • The Queen's University Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree programme is recognised and approved by the United Kingdom's General Dental Council (GDC) as a registrable qualification.

Career Development

  • Students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical placements from year 1 of the course. During their course students will gain valuable experience in a range of clinical settings to help develop their skills and career opportunities.
  • Students who successfully complete the BDS programme can apply for full registration with the GDC which allows the registrant to practise as a dentist in the UK.

World Class Facilities

  • We take great pride in our commitment to enhancing the student learning experience and our modern clinical facilities are a key part of this. Our students are working and learning in clinics which have been redeveloped to a high specification and a new state-of-the-art Clinical Techniques Laboratory (CTL) is now used by students throughout the programme.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • Dentistry at Queen's is Ranked 1st in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017)
 "My favourite aspect of the dental course is the clinical work. Every day we encounter something new and interesting, which makes the course very enjoyable.'

Stephen Mullan
Dentistry Student


Career Prospects

Studying for a dental degree at Queen's will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions.

There are a wide range of career opportunities available in dentistry. Following graduation it is mandatory to undergo a further one year of training in a Dental Foundation Training Scheme. Dentists can then decide to follow a career as a general dental practitioner or train to become a specialist in a dental discipline. Other dental career options include hospital dentistry, community dentistry, armed forces dentistry and university teaching and research.


Many of our graduates combine specialist clinical training with further study at Queen's at PhD of Master's level in research or education.

Additional Awards Gained(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Prizes and Awards(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

Degree plus award for extra-curricular skills

In addition to your degree programme, at Queen's you can have the opportunity to gain wider life, academic and employability skills. For example, placements, voluntary work, clubs, societies, sports and lots more. So not only do you graduate with a degree recognised from a world leading university, you'll have practical national and international experience plus a wider exposure to life overall. We call this Degree Plus. It's what makes studying at Queen's University Belfast special.

BDS Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
5 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

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.

Further information
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:

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.

Selection Criteria

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:

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.


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)

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