|MSc Minor Oral Surgery||BDS Dental Surgery|
|Award||Master of Science - MSc||Bachelor of Dental Surgery - BDS|
|Duration||3 years||5 years|
|Location||Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry||Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry|
|Provider||Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry||Plymouth University Peninsula School of Dentistry|
Graduates should be in practice in the UK/EU whilst undertaking the programme and hold GDC registration. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis subject to graduates fulfilling the above pre-requisites and Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
English language requirements.
As a dental practitioner, you should also have full professional indemnity and normally at least two years of clinical experience (full time equivalent).
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).
|Detailed information on the entry requirements for this course for UK, EU and International students
Direct school leavers
The entry requirements set out in this section apply to you if you completed your GCE A levels, or equivalent qualifications, within two years of the start of the 2017 application cycle, e.g. qualifications completed since 2015. If you intend to enrol onto the second year of another degree course, you should consult the guidance on entry requirements for non-direct school leavers.
Please note that none of the typical
offers listed in this prospectus are necessarily the threshold for selection
for interview. Other factors, including the number of applications received,
and performance in the UK Clinical Aptitude
Test (UKCAT), influence the threshold for selection for interview.
AS/A Level reform statement
GCE A level
The typical offer is A*AA-AAA at GCE A level which must include chemistry and biology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.
You are required to achieve seven GCSE passes, at grades A-C which must include English language, mathematics, and either GCSE single and additional science or GCSE biology and chemistry.
The typical offer is 36-38 points overall including six in both chemistry and biology at the Higher Level.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Grades AAA including chemistry and biology.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
A pass in the Diploma, plus grades A*A/AA in chemistry and biology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, M1 including chemistry and Biology at D3.
GCE A levels and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
will be assessed on an individual basis according to the subjects studied.
Chemistry must be achieved at D3 in lieu of grade A at GCE A level. For a
non-science subject a minimum grade M1 is required.
PU PSMD welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has been achieved at the first attempt. For example: A level candidates need to have achieved ABB for dentistry.
Other UK qualifications
welcome applications from re-sit applicants providing a minimum attainment has
been achieved at the first attempt. For example: A level candidates need to
have achieved AAB for Medicine / ABB for Dentistry. For other qualification
re-sit criteria please refer to the information contained within our Technical
Please download the EU and EEA Countries entry requirements 2016 (pdf) document.
UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)
As part of our commitment to a fair and transparent admissions process, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry uses the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) in order to make more informed choices from amongst the many highly qualified applicants who apply for a place on the BDS programme. UKCAT test results will be used, alongside the academic information contained on your UCAS form to select direct school leavers for interview. You will be required to meet a minimum overall target score which is set and reviewed annually by the Admissions Advisory Panel.
Please note: If you are re-applying for a second year with achieved grades, you will need to register and complete a new UKCAT test as part of your application.
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) threshold score applied to determine candidate selection for interview can alter each year and is influenced by overall candidate performance in the UKCAT and the number and quality of applications received. Below are examples of the score thresholds applied during the 2013, 2014, and 2015 admissions cycles. Please note that all thresholds needed to be met.
If you have sat the UKCATSEN please be aware that you will need to provide standard evidence of your entitlement to this additional time by submitting;
Widening access to Dentistry
As part of our commitment to widening access to dentistry, Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry undertakes a programme of outreach activities with local schools in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. For further information please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/about-us/university-structure/faculties/medicine-dentistry/widening-access
The School is also represented at the UCAS Higher Education Conventions in the UK.
Non-direct school leavers
The entry requirements set out in this section apply to you if it's more than two years since you completed GCE A levels or equivalent qualifications, or if you are a graduate or if you intend to enrol onto the second year of another degree programme.
Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry uses the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) as the entrance requirement for non-direct school leavers. GAMSAT assesses your academic aptitude for the study of dentistry. Results from the test will be used alongside the other information contained on your UCAS form to select non-direct school leavers for interview. The results are valid for two years.
GAMSAT is a 5 and a half hours written test that assesses your reasoning in humanities, social science, biological science, physical science and written communication. As this test only assesses academic aptitude, if you're successful you'll still need to show us at interview that you have the appropriate personal qualities to train and practise as a dentist.
If you'd like to know more or to register for the test, please visit the GAMSAT website. Although the School does not accept responsibility for the content, you may also find the following leaflet of interest.
International student admissions
If you're an international applicant you need to meet the equivalent admissions criteria described for home students, with the exception that you do not need to sit the UKCAT test. Applicants applying with overseas qualifications should contact the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an application through UCAS. In addition international applicants need to be fully proficient in English language. All teaching at our School is in English, so if English is not your first language and you do not have a GCSE or IGCSE pass at grade A in English language, you must have one of the following qualifications:
We understand that university life is a challenge for any student but especially when you're a long way from home. You'll find Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry friendly and supportive. Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry has a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and academic support provided to international students. The international office at Plymouth University also provide support and can help you with any non-academic issues. There are student welfare support and counselling services, wardens and student health centres on hand if you need them.
If you have an offer of a place at
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry you should
apply under the Tier 4 (General Student) category. Further information is
available on the UK Border Agency's website.
Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.
For a full list of all acceptable qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.