Dental Schools


Dentistry at University of Manchester Dental School

Overview of The University of Manchester Dental School


  • Train as a dentist by combining the study of basic and advanced dental sciences with extensive clinical experience in the dental hospital and local clinics.

  • Study at a university ranked 5th in the UK for Dentistry, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021.

  • Have the option to study for an intercalated BDS degree, where you interrupt the course for a year to achieve a BSc award in a related subject.


Manchester University Dentistry Course Structure

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) course will prepare you for a dentistry career through a combination of a 

clinical study and basic and advanced dental sciences.

Special Features

Early Clinical Experience

You will be introduced to the clinical environment in the first semester of Year 1, enabling you to integrate theory and practice early on in the course.

Interdisciplinary learning

Learn alongside students and professionals from a range of backgrounds, including those training in complementary professions such as dental nursing and therapy.

Intercalation opportunities

You can study another subject to achieve a BSc award over one year between Years 2 and 3 of the BDS course.

Foundation year available

Students who do not have the required science qualifications for Year 1 entry but have achieved good grades in other non-science subjects may apply for the BDS with Foundation Year .

Manchester University Dentistry Entry Requirements


We require at least seven GCSEs at grade A (7) or A* (8+). English Language, Mathematics and at least two science subjects are required at GCSE minimum grade B (6). If Dual Award Science or Core and Additional Science are offered, the minimum required is BB (66).

A Levels

AAA at A level including Biology/Human Biology and Chemistry. Where the science A-level syllabus is available with a practical element this also must be offered and passed.


37 points are required overall (to include core points) with at least 766 at higher level. If Maths and English Language are not offered as part of the Diploma, they should be offered at GCSE or IGCSE at grade B (6) or above. Major subjects must include Chemistry and Biology, plus one further subject at higher level. We accept both Maths options as part of the Diploma.

Scottish Higher

AAAA at Highers by the end of Secondary 5 and at least AA at Advanced Highers by the end of Secondary 6.

Scottish Advanced