Dental Schools


Dentistry at University of Birmingham Dental School

Overview of Birmingham University Dentistry


At Birmingham, the ongoing strand of whole patient care in Clinical Practice enables you to integrate specialty teaching and perform the most appropriate treatment for your patients.

University of Birmingham Dentistry requires excellent communication skills in order to treat patients effectively as individuals. A sound understanding of the biological basis of oral disease and preventive approaches to care are essential foundations of dental practice. All of which you will be taught during your Dental Surgery degree at Birmingham.

Continuous advances in technology and dental materials have increased the scope of practice in dentistry. In addition to this, the expansion in the numbers of Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) has led to an emphasis on the dentist’s role as a diagnostician and team leader. Dentists now tend to focus on undertaking more complex treatments, rather than carrying out routine dental treatments.

You will be based at Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, located just a mile from the University's main campus in Edgbaston. The £50 million hospitals provide world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment. Facilities include a fully computerised phantom head laboratory where you will learn how to manage dental decay and restore teeth amongst other practical tasks.


Course Structure

First Year

The early part of the course lays the foundation for clinical practice. A range of biological science modules provides a systems-based approach to understanding the human body, incorporating a wide range of different subjects. These are delivered by the Medical School and they provide an important foundation for the Human Diseases modules covered later in the course.

Second Year

The second year of the course builds on the first, with an increased amount of time being spent at the School of Dentistry.  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.

Third Year

At the start of the 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 the early years. This core of Clinical Practice, where you have your own small list of patients, continues through until the final year and enables you to understand the importance of continuing care and integrated clinical practice and working with a dental team.

Fourth Year

During your fourth year of the Dental Surgery course, you will be introduced to two new specialty 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.

Fifth Year

In this final year of your BDS course, whole patient care is the focus of your clinical work and a program of tutorials and lectures prepares you for practicing once you have qualified.

Birmingham Dental School Entry Requirements


GCSEs to include 7 or above in Mathematics, 7 or above in English Language OR Literature, 8 or above in Biology and 8 or above in Chemistry (or two grade 8 or above in double science or equivalent).

A Levels