Application Guide 2023:
Graduate Entry Dentistry Guide 2023
Dr. Sonal Gandhi
Dental Admissions Expert
Graduate entry dentistry is a popular pathway for those who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a career in dentistry. It offers a fast-track route to obtaining a dentistry degree, allowing students to complete their studies in a shorter time frame compared to traditional dental programs.
If you have completed a degree and are now considering Dentistry as your next degree there are several different routes you can take.
In the UK, you can apply to study the dentistry undergraduate course (5 years long) or apply for the 3 or 4-year course at certain postgraduate dentistry universities.
The 3 or 4 year course is an accelerated degree in which you are integrated with the current undergraduates of different years until the end. The main difference between the 3 choices is the more accelerated the degree the lower the places and the more difficult it is to gain a place.
Dentistry is an essential profession that plays a crucial role in maintaining and improving oral health. As a dentist, you will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the lives of your patients by diagnosing and treating various oral health issues, educating them on proper oral hygiene, and helping them maintain healthy teeth and gums. With a growing demand for dental professionals and the potential for a rewarding career, it's no wonder that many individuals are pursuing graduate entry dentistry programs.
In this guide, you will find out everything that you need to know about applying to dentistry as a graduate entry student.
What are your options as a Graduate Entry Dentistry applicant in the UK in 2023?
Graduate applicants to dentistry courses in the UK have several options. There are three main courses to choose from:
There are three ways of applying to graduate entry dentistry as a graduate:
Graduate Entry (Fast Track - 3 years)
Graduate Entry (Fast Track - 4 years)
Undergraduate Entry (where graduates are accepted - 5 years)
Some universities offer a "formal" graduate entry pathway, which is open exclusively to graduate applicants and has guaranteed vacancies for them (the three and four-year GED pathway).
University of Aberdeen: 4-year course
University of Central Lancashire: 4-year course
King’s College London: 4-year course
King’s College London: 3-year course
Other universities may accept graduate applicants "informally" through their regular undergraduate dental program, where graduates will compete with undergraduate applicants for a limited number of spots.
Some universities may also offer separate course codes for graduate and undergraduate applicants, allowing them to apply to the same program without competing directly.
Overall, the choice of entry pathway will depend on the individual applicant's circumstances and preferences. It is important to carefully research the options and consult with academic advisors to determine the best fit.