Designed specifically for graduates, the BDS degree focuses on independent and reflective learning, with practical clinical teaching introduced early in the first year to maximise your clinical experience.
Our programme has been designed with graduate entry in mind. That means capitalising on the existing knowledge and transferable skills from your previous degree. From day one, you will be preparing to be a dental professional, rather than a “graduate”. Our programme incorporates early clinical problem solving and patient contact, and an integrated approach to learning.
The dental curriculum uses a variety of teaching methods including case based learning. The curriculum aims to:
- build on the transferable skills that you bring
- encourage independence of learning and thinking using enquiry-based learning methods
- centre on the clinical, social and emotional needs of the patient
- have patient contact early in year 1 of the programme
- fully integrate the non-clinical sciences within the clinical curriculum
During the course, you will be taught by and observe a wide range of dental professionals from both primary and secondary care services. NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the dental protection organisations and the GDC are also engaged in some of the learning opportunities.
Why Study Dentistry at Aberdeen?
- The University of Aberdeen Institute of Dentistry offers the only graduate entry, four year, BDS programme in Scotland.
- Designed specifically for graduates, the programme encompasses a variety of modern educational methods for teaching and learning with a focus on independent and reflective learning. Clinical work is introduced from year 1 to maximise experience.
- The Institute of Dentistry is a modern purpose-built facility with state-of-the-art equipment and teaching facilities.
- You will be part of a wider community of students who study on the Foresterhill Health Campus, including Medical and Science students; undergraduates and postgraduates.
- You will have excellent student support systems and access to other shared facilities such as the medical/dental library and the Suttie Centre for Teaching and Learning in Healthcare.
- The University and NHS Grampian continue to invest in new facilities on the Foresterhill campus demonstrating the commitment to the training and education of healthcare professionals.
- All students also spend some time in purpose built outreach facilities in Elgin (NHS Grampian) and in Stornoway (NHS Western Isles) which provide our senior dental students with excellent real-life experience in the community dental setting.
- With only 20 places per year, BDS students at the Institute of Dentistry benefit from high staff:student ratios.
What You'll Study
Single Honours Degrees
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