Application Process

Application Process

Application Process Timeline Dentistry Admission Cycle

16th October UCAS application deadline
16th Oct - Nov    UCAS forms assessed and academic score allocated
Early November UKCAT results sent to universities
Nov - March Top 60 candidates interviewed
End March Initial offers made via UCAS

How to Apply

All candidates must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

All applications should be made online. Applications can be submitted from the beginning of September until the 16 October for admission in September of the following year or for deferred entry for the year after.

If you are a Graduate applicant, you will need to manage and submit the application yourself. This will include obtaining a copy of your reference to be included with the remainder of your application.

The closing date for applications for dentistry is 16 October. Applications received after this date are marked "LATE" but will be forwarded to the University by UCAS up to 26 May of the year of entry. Applications received after 16 October will not be considered for admission to dentistry at Aberdeen.

Graduate applicants should allow plenty of time for completion of the Reference, to avoid the risk of delay.

The UCAS application should be carefully completed following the online guidance. In particular:

  • Candidates can use 4 out of their 5 choices for dental programmes. UCAS will return applications to candidates who have made more than four choices for dentistry.
  • UCAS code for Aberdeen is A20
  • UCAS course code is A201

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree is a five year programme in the UK.  There is both a standard entry pathway and a graduate entry pathway which allows for exemptions. Applicants to the University of Aberdeen graduate entry pathway must demonstrate that their prior formal qualifications have covered relevant biomedical subjects. Transcripts detailing prior learning must be sent to to assess suitability. 

The University of Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry runs a graduate entry course.  Applicants who demonstrate the required level of prior learning and are successful in the admissions process will be placed into Year 2 of our degree. A formative assessment will be carried out in the first weeks to test students’ knowledge and understanding of these areas of prior learning. Students will then be given feedback on their level of understanding, and areas of strengths and weaknesses.  This formative assessment will be based on pre-learning materials that will be sent out with offers of a place at the Institute of Dentistry.