|MSc Periodontology||BDS Dental Surgery|
|Award||Master of Science - MSc||Bachelor of Dental Surgery - BDS|
|Duration||3 years||5 years|
|Location||Schools of Medicine and Dentistry||Schools of Medicine and Dentistry|
|Provider||Peninsula Dental School||Peninsula Dental School|
As a graduate, you should be in practice (Dentistry) in the UK or EU 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.
The following entry requirements take effect from the 2018 UCAS application cycle for 2019, and beyond, entry
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 five years of the start of the application cycle, e.g. qualifications completed since 2012 would still be valid when applying in 2017. If your qualifications fall outside these criteria please refer to the Non-direct School leaver section below.
The University of Plymouth are committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply with us. The additional information gained through contextual data enables our admissions advisory panel to recognise a student’s achievements and identify their potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. The contextual data we may consult when determining to issue an AAB offer include:
Please note that the typical offer is not necessarily the threshold for selection for interview, which may vary depending on the number and quality of applications received by the faculty.
Applicants need to achieve 7 GCSE passes at grades A-C/9-4 which must include English language, mathematics and either GCSE double award science or two from single award chemistry, biology, or physics.International Baccalaureate
The typical offer is 36-38 points overall including six in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology at the Higher Level.
Scottish Advanced Highers
Grades AAA-AAB including a grade A in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology.
Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
A pass in the Diploma, plus grades A*A/AA in biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology. General studies at A/AS level is not included within any offer.
Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
D3, D3, M1 including biology and one further science from chemistry, physics, maths, and psychology at D3.
GCE A levels and Cambridge Pre-U Diploma
Applications 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.
Applicants offering the following qualifications will need to take the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). Please see entry requirements for non-Direct School Leavers:
Other UK qualifications
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry 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 in the first attempt. For other qualification re-sit criteria please contact the admissions team at email@example.com. Please note that applicants undertaking re-sits must achieve their final qualification profile for consideration in no more than three academic years i.e. allowing for 1 re-sit year attempt only.EU and EEA Countries entry qualifications
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, the Faculty 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 previous admissions cycles.
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, the Faculty 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 your current suite of qualifications do not meet those published above in the Direct School Leaving section or more than 5 years has lapsed since achieving them.
Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)
The Faculty 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.
Below are examples of the score thresholds applied in previous admissions cycles.
Graduates from the University of Plymouth BSc (Hons) Dental Therapy and Hygiene (DTH), who achieve a distinction, are invited to apply to join Year 2 of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. This entry route is valid for two years post BSc completion and all applications must be submitted through UCAS between 1 September and 15 October. All eligible applicants will be subject to the standard selection interview for the BDS course and all offers will be conditional. For DTH graduates who do not achieve a distinction the current process, which requires you to sit the GAMSAT exam to apply to join Year 1 of the BDS course, will remain.
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 the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry friendly and supportive. The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has a nominated academic tutor to coordinate the induction and academic support provided to international students. The international office at the University of Plymouth 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 the Faculty 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.
For detailed selection and admissions process guidance please review our technical manual for the current application cycle
Please view our Student Conduct and Fitness to Practise page.