Modules in the first year
To lay the foundations for clinical practice, you will study a range of biological science modules creating a systems-based approach to understanding the human body, incorporating a wide range of different subjects. These are delivered by the Medical School and provide an important foundation for the Human Diseases modules covered later in the course.
Alongside these modules, you will have early contact with patients, observing and reflecting on treatment sessions in the dental hospital. You will also start to develop an understanding of professional conduct, and of patients’ perspectives through a large module taught at the School of Dentistry.
A wide range of teaching methods are used, but the emphasis is placed on enquiry-based learning (EBL). You are also expected to become an independent learner and will be supported in this by our in-house virtual learning environment, the e-course.
- Body Systems - 40 credits
- Craniofacial Anatomy - 40 credits
- Introduction to Cells and Tissues - 20 credits
- Dental Application of Biological Science - 10 credits
- Law and Ethics - 10 credits
- Academic Skills and Professionalism - Non-credit bearing
Modules in the second year
The second year of your course builds on the first, with an increased amount of time being spent at the School of Dentistry. Biological science modules focus on the head and oral cavity whilst other modules enable you to understand the wider context of dentistry and the influences of patient behaviour on their oral health. You will undertake further sessions alongside senior students, assisting them during their patient care. These modules are assessed at the end of the spring term.
The summer term of your second year is devoted to developing a range of practical skills and understanding the practical aspects of patient care. You will work in the clinical skills laboratory on phantom heads preparing and restoring teeth. You will also work with your peers, taking medical histories, carrying out dental examinations and also learning how to administer local anaesthetics.
In addition to this, you will also gain an understanding of a research project in the periodontology teaching area and other academic work will focus on dental pathology, radiography and restorative dentistry.
- Simulated Clinical Procedures and Dental Materials Science - 40 credits
- Oral Biology, Microbiology and Immunology - 20 credits
- Public Health and Epidemiology - 20 credits
- Behavioural Management and the Foundations of Dental Practice - 20 credits
- Foundations of Clinical Practice - 20 credits
- Professionalism and Preparing for Clinical Practice - Non-credit bearing
Modules in the third year
At the start of your third year you will begin to treat your own patients under supervision within the dental hospital and start to put into practice the skills and knowledge that you have developed in your early years of study. This core of Clinical Practice, where you have your own small list of patients, continues through until final year and enables you to understand the importance of continuing care and integrated clinical practice and working with a dental team.
At the beginning of the spring term, you will be introduced to other clinical speciality teaching areas which provide a basis for understanding different aspects of patient treatment and will contribute to whole patient care in Clinical Practice.
In parallel with the clinical work on patients, you will undertake other academic subjects including the Human Disease module. This comprises Infection, Pathology and Pharmacology, and builds on your solid biological science foundation. This area of teaching is particularly important in helping you to understand the links between general and oral health and the impact of medical treatment on patient care. Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science is also a strand module which starts in this year and enables you to put clinical dentistry into a wider context of population health and dental service provision.
- Human Diseases - 40 credits
- Introduction to Clinical Practice - 40 credits
- Restorative Dentistry Specialty Teaching - 40 credits
- Individually Tailored Component - Non-credit bearing
- Professionalism and Teamwork - Non-credit bearing
Modules in the fourth year
During your fourth year, you will be introduced to two new speciality teaching areas; paediatric dentistry and oral medicine. In paediatric dentistry you will learn how to adapt the clinical and patient management skills you have already gained to children within the Dental Hospital. Later on in the year, you will do this again but in an outreach clinic setting. This will help you to understand the environment which children are growing up in and gives you the opportunity to experience working in your own surgery with a qualified dental nurse, thus further appreciating the importance of team working.
Oral Medicine gives you the opportunity to hone your diagnostic skills, further appreciate the link between oral disease and general disease and build on the knowledge and understanding you have gained from the Human Diseases module.
Outreach placements for adult primary dental care start in the summer term and continue through until Easter of your final year. These take place in community clinics and provide you with experience to support your transition into Dental Foundation Training after graduation.
- Clinical Patient Care - 40 credits
- Advanced Simulation and Endodontics - 20 credits
- Dental Public Health and Behavioural Science - 20 credits
- Integrated Paediatric Specialty Teaching - 20 credits
- Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine Specialty Teaching - 20 credits
- Professionalism, Interpersonal and Emotional Skills - Non-credit bearing
Modules in the fifth year
In your final year of the BDS course, whole patient care is the focus of your clinical work and a programme of tutorials and lectures prepares you for practising once you have qualified. You will also continue with some speciality teaching, for example oral surgery, and you will also undertake a block of dental sedation teaching in order to help you manage extremely anxious patients.
Further to this, there will be an opportunity to choose a special study module which will allow you to expand your knowledge, skills and experience in a clinical area of your choice.
- Advanced Clinical Practice - 50 credits
- Advanced Specialty Teaching - 40 credits
- Final BDS - 20 credits
- Special Study Module - 10 credits
- Professionalism and the Transition to Independent Practice - Non-credit bearing
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.