Taught course

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

This course is only available to international students, British Citizens cannot apply.

  • Overseas BDS or equivalent (dental degrees from outside the UK and EEA) and the ability to demonstrate that their degree contains modules that will allow them to receive APL for years 1, 2 and 3 of the award.
  • For all students for whom English is not their first language, proof of competence in English Language as evidenced by IELTS Grade 7.0 or above in each of the four IELTS components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). Find out more
  • A minimum of 600 hours within the past 5 years of clinical postgraduate dentistry experience where you have personally treated patients in the dental chair. These are hours spent undertaking appropriate investigations and administrating dental treatment during post-qualification experience.
  • A letter or certificate of good standing from the dental authority in the country where they last worked as a dentist and the country they qualified in.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an entry assessment in the UK. The entry assessments are a written MCQ exam followed by an OSCE and interview. The entry exam and OSCE will sample the Learning Outcomes covered in the GDC document: Preparing for Practice GDC learning outcomes for the first 3 years of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree.
  • All successful applicants will need to undergo Occupational Health Screening (including tuberculosis, hepatitis B and C and HIV) prior to admissions and to undergo an Enhanced DBS check prior to enrolment.
  • Applicants are required to ensure they have read and understood the student fitness to practice guidance before applying.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is only available to international students, British Citizens cannot apply.

Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)- International Route is designed for overseas qualified dentists. You can gain the skills, qualifications and experience needed to register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and practise dentistry in the UK.

This 18-month programme allows overseas qualified dentists to enter our BDS course after Year 3, providing you meet the entry requirements. You'll then study and be assessed in the curriculum of Years 4 and 5.

We are working with {my}dentist, the UK’s leading provider of dental services, to deliver this course. {my}dentist will provide all successful applicants with £12,000 of financial support during the course, as well as providing an opportunity for students to earn a further £12,000, subject to meeting the necessary requirements. Upon successful graduation, you will be able to apply for an associate contract at one of {my}dentist’s 600 dental practices nationwide. You'll then be able to undertake a paid mentorship to secure a performer number, allowing you to deliver dental services on the NHS.

You'll undertake practical and clinical components in an Enhanced Training Practice in the UK and in our Phantom Head facilities at our Preston Campus. The knowledge component of the programme is delivered online and in face-to-face seminars and lectures.

On successful completion of the course, you will hold a full registerable BDS degree recognised by the GDC (subject to approval).

Fees and funding

International students
£20,000 first year and £48,000 second year


Full time£20,000 first year and £48,000 second year
Course Specific Optional Costs

As part of your course, there may be additional optional costs to consider that are not included within your tuition fees. You can find out more by following the link below:

EU and International Students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BDS
    full time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Anna Barlach Pritchard