Selection for interview

Selection for interview

Applying to study Dentistry is extremely competitive and making an application can be quite daunting. In this section we aim to make the interview process easy to understand. Please check the entry requirements for the BDS course before you apply.   

The principles described here apply to standard, home applicants. The following categories of applicant each have amended processes, which are described elsewhere:

  • Graduate
  • International
  • Contextual (identified according to school attended)
  • Widening Participation

Once you have submitted an application, we will apply the following selection process to each application.

  • Applications will be screened to ensure they meet academic requirements
  • Applications will then be screened for evidence of work experience and voluntary work
  • The UCAT score will then be used to determine if an interview is offered

The exact mechanism by which we shortlist candidates may change annually based upon the number of applicants in a particular year and other external factors.

University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)

There is no minimum UCAT cut-off score. Your UCAT results, excluding the band result for the Situational Judgment Test (SJT) component, will be used after seeing if your application meets the criteria for academic and non-academic requirements.

The band score for the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) component of UCAT will not be used at any stage, although this may change in the future.

For more detailed information regarding thresholds from previous application cycles, please see our application statistics document.

Please note that it is not possible to advise on the threshold score because this will vary each year according to the number and quality of applications we receive.