Course Comparison

BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene with Integrated Foundation Year MSc Restorative Dentistry
Bachelor of Science - BSc (Hons) Master of Science - MSc
4 years 3 years
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Full-time Part-time
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Plymouth Plymouth
Peninsula Dental School Peninsula Dental School
Entry requirements
Please note the following information concerning entry requirements for this course: 
  • None of the typical offers listed below are necessarily the threshold for interview selection. Other factors including the number of applications received may influence the threshold for interview selection.
  • Applicants for this course must not meet the Level 3 and GCSE grade requirements for the three-year Dental Therapy and Hygiene course (B750). However, if you only meet some elements of the three year programme, for example the GCSE but not the Level 3 requirement, you would be considered for the foundation course.
  • We will only consider an application from each candidate for either Dental Therapy and Hygiene with Foundation Year or Dental Therapy and Hygiene. Offers will not be made for both programmes.
Applicants need to achieve 5 GCSE passes (grade C/grade 4 or higher) which must include the following subjects: 
  • English Language
  • Mathematics 
  • One Science subject – awarded in either Chemistry, Biology, or Physics or Combined Science
Plus suitable Level 3 qualifications or experience as outlined below:
Experience in lieu of Level 3 entry requirements
At least 2 years in practice experience as a qualified and registered Dental Nurse (proof may be required at the time of application). Applicants must have 2 years’ experience at the point of application, in addition to an A Level in Biology at grade C or above.
A Level
CC at GCE A Level, which must include A-Level Biology.
We are only able to consider Level 3 qualifications completed within five years of the start of the application cycle. For example, qualifications completed since 2019 would still be valid when applying in September 2024.
BTEC National Extended Diploma
Grades Distinction, Merit, Merit in a predominantly science subject area. However, we strongly advise applicants to complete a National Diploma in addition to an A-Level in Biology as below, rather than a National Extended Diploma award. 
BTEC National Diploma
Grades Distinction, Merit from a Science related subject, in addition to an A-Level in Biology at grade C. 
City & Guilds Extended Diploma in Dental Nursing 
Grade Distinction in addition to an A Level in Biology at grade C. 
Access to Higher Education Diploma
Pass a 60 credit Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject, such as Science, Combined Studies, Natural Sciences, or Nursing.
To include 45 Level 3 credits, with 15 graded Merit and 30 grade Pass.
Applicants applying with an Access to Higher Education Diploma must also have completed an A Level in Biology at grade C.
International Baccalaureate
24 overall with grade 4 or above in a Higher Level science. Other subjects to include English, Mathematics and one Science subject.
Passes in Science subjects.
International Applicants
If you intend to practice in your home country post-graduation please ensure you check with the nations’ dental council before committing to study with us. Individual requirements are often not very transparent and you should confirm whether our degree is transferable overseas before submitting an application.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To confirm whether your qualification will be considered, please contact
All teaching at our school is in English, so if you are an international applicant you must have a suitable English Language qualification. If you are unsure whether your English Language qualification is suitable, please contact
The University will no longer accept the IELTS indicator (online test). All applicants will have to take the IELTS test at an approved centre.
Selection and admissions process
Applications should be made through UCASby the published deadline. This is typically the 15th January. 
All decisions on applications are made by the Admissions Advisory Panel, which consists of academics, clinicians and senior members of the administrative team.
The University of Plymouth Medicine and Dentistry Admissions Team process applications as follows: 
1. Shortlisting for interview– Applicants are considered for interview based on relevant academic qualifications alone. We do not currently consider personal statements or work experience when selecting for interview
The Admissions Advisory Panel consider many factors when choosing who will be invited to attend an interview, including the number of places available on the course and the number of applications received, alongside the academic profiles of all of our applicants
2. Interview – Successful applicants are invited to attend an interview process. We use Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) as the format for our interviews, and full details can be found on the Medicine and Dentistry selection and admissions process page.
Following interviews, candidates are ranked based on the score achieved and the top performing applicants are offered a place on the course
3. Offer – Offers are made via UCAS. Within all offers, candidates are required to complete a series of health and police checks, full details of which are communicated to firm offer holders by the Admissions Team.
Practising as a doctor requires the highest standards and we take seriously our commitment to only enrol and teach students with the integrity required of the profession. Full details can be found on our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.
Students must be 18 years old or over at the start date of this programme.

Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise

As a graduate, you should be in practice (Dentistry) in the UK whilst undertaking the programme and hold full General Dental Council (GDC) registration as a dental practitioner. You should also have full professional indemnity and normally at least two years of clinical experience. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, subject to fulfilling the above requirements.
If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language. The minimum acceptable English language requirement for postgraduate courses is IELTS 6.5 overall, in both cases with minimum 5.5 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing). Other acceptable tests and scores include PTE Academic: 61, with minimum 51 across all four components (listening, reading, speaking, writing).
Accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) refer to the process by which previous formal certificated learning and informal non-certificated learning can be awarded credit towards modules within the sphere of Higher Education. Credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential, may count towards the requirements for the named award. The maximum amount of credit for prior learning (certificated or experiential) claimed towards the award is 120 credits. To qualify for the award of a masters degree, your dissertation must be completed at the University of Plymouth. If you are seeking credit (whether certificated or experiential), you will normally be required to apply for such credit on receipt of an offer of a place on the programme. Requests for APCL if you are already on a programme will be considered provided that you submit the request in the session before you would normally begin the module/stage for which you are seeking credit. In the case of requests for APEL, this would be at least six months prior to the beginning of the session before you would normally begin the module(s)/stage against which you are seeking credit.
The University of Plymouth is committed to providing equality for all irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity (including race, colour and nationality), gender, gender reassignment, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity and will work to ensure that all students, employees and visitors, as well as those who apply or seek to apply to work or study at the University, are treated fairly and are not subjected to discrimination by the University on any of these grounds (University Equality and Diversity Policy, Revised April 2011).
The School welcomes applications from people with disabilities who will be considered on the same academic grounds as other potential students. Considerations about individual needs arising from disability will be made separately, and we will strive to meet an individual disabled student's needs wherever possible and in consultation with Disability Services. An accelerated top-up MSc in Restorative Dentistry is available to recent holders of the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) for enrolment in October/November each year.
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.