The University of Aberdeen Dental School is based in a purpose built facility which was opened in January 2010. It offers the only graduate entry BDS programme in Scotland.
Our Dental School is located on the Foresterhill site alongside two other dental facilities; the Aberdeen Dental Education Centre, a postgraduate dental training centre with associated outreach clinics and Argyll House, which hosts a series of dental surgeries for NHS Grampian’s salaried dental service.
Dental students are part of a wider community of students who study on the Foresterhill site, including Medical and Science students; undergraduates and postgraduates. There are excellent student support systems and access to other shared facilities such as the library and Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare.
The course in Aberdeen has been designed specifically for graduates and encompasses a variety of modern educational methods for teaching and learning. The focus is more towards independent and reflective learning, with practical clinical teaching being introduced from early in the first year so as to maximise student clinical experience.
The curriculum is based around a series of themes which are integrated both horizontally and vertically throughout the programme and have been designed to meet the requirements of the General Dental Council as outlined in “Preparing for Practice”. Student feedback is encouraged and is extremely important for future course developments and as a small school, communication between students and staff is greatly encouraged with many staff having an ‘open door’ policy for students.
As students of one of the few ancient universities in the UK, you will find that Aberdeen is uniquely well positioned as a ‘home’ for students as a lively and vibrant city with an excellent social scene and night life, as well as superb sporting opportunities providing ‘something for everyone’.