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Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry brings together two venerable teaching institutions: St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which dates back to 1123, and The London Hospital Medical College, founded in 1785, the oldest medical school in England and Wales. The two hospitals lie in very different parts of London, the City and the East End, meaning that you will be exposed to a greater diversity of people and their problems than at almost any other school. This combination of the scientific excellence mentioned above, and the unmatched medical and dental opportunities that flow from our location, means that we are in an unrivalled position to offer you the very best experience as a student, shaping the sort of dentist you will become and the rest of your life.
Our curriculum is modern, integrated and well paced, and our location in east London means that you’ll serve a population of great diversity and encounter a wide range of disease, including some of the more unusual oral cancers.
With around 70 students per year, we are still a relatively small dental school. Our size and location mean that there is a strong sense of community and that we are never short of patients. Dental students also have the opportunity to study at a variety of outreach clinics, gaining experience within different clinical settings.
The Dental School contains a clinical skills laboratory, which closely simulates the real clinical experience and is an invaluable learning facility, helping new students prepare for patient care work. You will also be able to work in our fantastic new outreach clinics at Barkantine, near Canary Wharf, Southend-on-Sea and the newest clinic Sir Ludwig Guttmann centre in the Olympic park.
International dental students
We have a long history of welcoming international students from many countries. We support our international students in a variety of ways – each year, for example, we visit Hong Kong and Singapore to interview applicants from across South East Asia and talk to prospective candidates in selected schools, helping them to save on the cost of travelling to London for interview. For successful applicants, our international student welcome programme is designed to make you feel at home straight away. We will collect you from the airport and offer an induction programme that includes practical advice about living and studying in London. You will also have the opportunity to meet other international students.
New Dental Hospital
The Institute of Dentistry moved to new accommodation in the Alexandra wing of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in April 2014. Costing in the region of £78m, it is the first new dental school to be built in the UK for over 40 years, and houses state-of- the-art facilities providing, we believe, the most modern learning environment for dental education of any UK dental hospital. Designed with clinical functionality at its core, and complemented by cutting-edge technology, our staff, students and their patients benefit from an enhanced teaching and learning experience, enabling improved quality of care, underpinned by world-class research.
Watch a short film showcasing the technology, learning and research within the new Dental School.
Since the days of the Phoenicians in 300-400BC, people have valued an attractive smile and healthy teeth. Improving appearance and function has a real and positive impact on the quality of people’s day-today life. However, dentistry is about much more than fillings and scaling teeth – it is a major branch of medicine, encompassing teeth and all the related structures of the head and neck. You will study the care of the mouth for both children and adults, including the prevention and treatment of the dental diseases, screening for oral cancers, managing trauma (eg, the results of road accidents or violence), orthodontics and oral surgery. As a dentist, you will need to be versatile and multitalented. You must be academically gifted, able to undertake precision work in adverse conditions, and an excellent communicator, who can explain options and procedure to your patients, and reassure those who are frightened. You must also enjoy science: dentistry is a constantly evolving profession and lifelong learning is essential.
The five-year course leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery has been redesigned in 2012 to allow a modern curriculum which provides a globally aware, student-focused, integrated, multidisciplinary approach to acquisition and use of knowledge, which:
- Promotes oral health and provides patient-centred, evidence-based care
- Develops knowledge, skills values, attributes and behaviours of a dental professional
- Recognises the need for lifelong learning and professional development
- Promotes the awareness of knowledge creation
These provide the means to gain the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and understanding of scientific and clinical principles so that you are able to apply them to the prevention, alleviation and treatment of oral diseases. Great emphasis is placed on the acquisition of clinical skills and professional attributes by working closely with your teachers, peers and other members of the dental team. You will provide patient care in a range of settings, exposing you to a diverse population group and a variety of opportunities for professional development.
The renewed curriculum has five themes running through all the years, with some themes having a greater presence in the early years. The themes are:
- Scientific basis of clinical practice: more dominant in Years 1 and 2 but will run throughout the programme
- Clinical practice: more dominant from Year 2 onwards
- Teamwork, professionalism and social responsibility: runs as a continuum throughout all years
- Evidence-based dentistry, dental public health, global health and research: all years
- Academic advising and graduate attributes: overarching support of individual development through feedback, monitoring and career development throughout all years.
We embrace a multidisciplinary approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills and early clinical exposure is a key part of the course. In addition, dental students develop their clinical skills in several of our key outreach clinics, ensuring that they experience a wide range of primary care settings. You will be encouraged to take a holistic approach to dentistry – studying the human sciences, including sociology and psychology, to examine patients’ attitude to oral healthcare and the dental profession. You will also experience the community aspects of dentistry through studying Dental Public Health.
(A200) SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF CLINICAL PRACTICE/CLINICAL PRACTICE YEAR 1
The first part of the programme aims to introduce you to basic biological principles. You will develop the study skills necessary throughout the programme to make the successful transition from school to university learning. Through lectures, seminars, practicals and clinical sessions in the dental hospital and e-learning, you will be given a firm grounding in the scientific basis of clinical practice.
What will I be doing?
You will be introduced to: the normal biological structure and function of cells, the body’s main organs and systems, oral biology, the effects of illness on people and their families, the impact of environmental and social factors on health and clinical skills; dental materials and their application; key early clinical skills and critical thinking.
(A200) CLINICAL PRACTICE, SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF CLINICAL PRACTICE YEARS 2-4
You will build on the knowledge gained in the first year and apply this to learn about the body systems in both health and disease, with topic areas geared towards the requirements of a dentist in training.
Particular emphasis is placed on oral biology, including the study of normal structures and functions of the adjacent tissues. This leads to the consideration of abnormalities and diseases of the mouth and the understanding of how to care effectively for patients suffering from them. During the second year there is a greater emphasis on patient care, which increases throughout the subsequent years. All the normal disciplines are covered, including adult and child restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and orthodontics. During Years 3 and 4 you will experience dental practice in our outreach centres with a diverse group of patients in which you will devise strategies for prevention and treatment.
What will I be doing?
A considerable proportion of time will be spent in clinical contact with patients, coupled with complementary educational activities, including seminars, laboratory class work, tutorials, e-learning projects and library activity. You will also be encouraged to engage critically with knowledge and ultimately be able to adapt to new and unfamiliar settings while providing treatment for your patients.
FINAL YEAR PREPARATION FOR INDEPENDENT PRACTICE
The final part of the curriculum provides you with the opportunity to consolidate the knowledge and skills you have developed in preparation for professional dental practice. There will be a greater exposure of cases and teaching normally seen as tertiary referral.
What will I be doing?
As newly qualified dentists you will work for a year in an approved practice as part of your Dental Foundation Training. This year is often called Vocational Training or DFY1. Your final year is designed to consolidate the knowledge and skills acquired in the earlier part of the course as well as assist you in obtaining the best results in readiness for application of your first job after qualification. Teaching is delivered through symposia, small group teaching, elective modules and continuing clinical, including practice visits. As part of your preparation for graduation you will get a chance to hear the experiences of graduates when they applied for jobs. You will also hear about different career routes from dentists working in different fields. During this period you will consolidate your own career pathway and recognise your distinctive graduate attributes. The Queen Mary careers team provide excellent support, including group workshops (eg interview skills), careers diagnosis and one-to-one advice. They also provide a range of information on the Mind the Gap website (www.mindthegap.qmul.ac.uk).
Elective modules are included in the dental curriculum to provide opportunities for you to study particular areas of personal interest in greater depth.
Examples of SSCs currently on offer, include:
- Clinical and Communication Skills
- Dental Materials Science
- Prevention of Oral Diseases.
Clinical and communication skills
We emphasise the development of clinical and communication skills in oral healthcare, history-taking and patient examination. You will practise communication skills in small groups using role-play with each other and simulated patients. Clinical skills are taught in our clinical skills laboratories and two on-site polyclinics – one for adults, one for children and in two purpose-built outreach centres at Barkantine in London Docklands and at Southend-on-Sea in Essex. Further outreach locations are currently in development.
As well as developing your clinical skills at the Dental School, you will also spend time at the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. You will be given responsibility to manage your own supervised practise in the Dental Institute.
Ethics and jurisprudence
Through case-oriented group discussions, you will gain an insight into the salient aspects of ethics and jurisprudence (law), which relate to working in dental practice. Topics discussed will include informed consent, truth telling, confidentiality, medical and dental experimentation and research, rights of children, rights of mentally ill people and those with a learning impairment and the moral and legal obligations of the dental practitioner.
One of the most interesting areas of the programme is the elective period at the end of Year 4, in which you will spend time studying one or more topics in the UK or abroad. This is a vital and challenging aspect of the programme enabling you to gain experience invaluable to your future career and personal development.
UKCAT - third decile or above
All candidates for dentistry must undertake the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). Your overall UKCAT score will be used in our selection for interview in conjunction with your academic performance to date. To register, and for further information please see: www.ukcat.ac.uk
For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees compared to other applicants who apply in that same year
Graduates who apply for the five-year programme who meet the minimum academic criteria will be ranked against the other graduate applicants applying in that year according to 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured using a points weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees
You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.
A/AS Levels Grades Requirements
Due to A levels changing to the linear system from 2017, we now have different A level requirements dependant on the year you achieved your A levels.
For 2017 results:
Minimum entry from 2017: 3 A levels at AAA
- Chemistry or Biology
- Another Science or Maths (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Maths)
- Any A level except Critical Thinking or General Studies, or Further Maths if Maths is taken too
For 2016, or earlier, results:
Minimum Grades requirement: three A levels and one AS level at AAAb
- Compulsory subjects. Two Science A levels from Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths. Both Chemistry and Biology at AS to a minimum of grade B. In Year 13, 3 of the accepted A levels must be taken over not more than 2 years study
For all A Level applicants:
- If A level Maths and Further Maths is offered in the same sitting, Further Maths is acceptable at AS level only.
- General studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted subjects at AS and A level.
- For candidates offering four A levels, two science and two non-science subjects, our normal offer is AAAC (A grades required in two science subjects, one of which must be Biology or Chemistry) if all four subjects are pursued to A2 level and no AS levels have been cashed in.
- A levels requirements must be achieved in one sitting over no longer than a 2 year period.
- Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A level year thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by 1st September of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.
GCSE Grades Requirements
All eligible applicants must have the following subjects at GCSE level, at grades AAABBB (777666 for GSCEs taken from 2015) or above (in any order) to include Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, and Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics or Statistics). The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.
The full International Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. You must offer: three subjects, including Chemistry or Biology and one other science or mathematical subject at Higher Level, and three subjects at Standard Level including Chemistry or Biology if not offered at the Higher Level. If English is not offered as part of the diploma, it must be offered at GCSE, at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent. The minimum requirement is for 38 points in total with a minimum of 6 points in the Higher Level science subjects and 6 points in the third Higher Level subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate
We require A1 A1 A1 A2 B1 B1 or H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2 at Higher Level including A1 or H1 in Chemistry and Biology.
Scottish Highers are not accepted alone. You must offer Advanced Highers. Candidates must offer: three Scottish Highers at grades AAA, including Biology and Chemistry. Candidates must offer grades at AA in Advanced Highers in two of the subjects offered at Scottish Highers, including Chemistry and/or Biology.
The Pre-U Diploma is acceptable as an entry qualification. We require the full Diploma with grades of D3 or higher in three subjects including Biology and/or Chemistry. If either Chemistry or Biology is offered alone, a second science subject is required. An additional Short-Course in any subject is required at grade M2. You will also be required to offer grades AAABBB, in any order, in GCSE English Language, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The science double award may substitute all sciences at GCSE. If you are taking a combination of Pre-U and A level subjects you should contact the dentistry admissions team for advice on the grades you will be required to achieve.
The European Baccalaureate is acceptable as an entry qualification. Candidates must offer Chemistry and Biology. Minimum grades of 8.5 are required in each of these two options and a grade of 85 per cent is required overall. Good passes at GCSE at grade B or above or acceptable equivalent in Mathematics and English Language if they are not offered as part of the Baccalaureate are also required.
Graduate students applying for the five-year BDS programme
- You may apply in the final year of your degree and must be predicted/achieved at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject.
- You must have achieved grades of at least BB in two science AS or A level, including Biology or Chemistry. Accepted science subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, and Psychology. You may apply with achieved or predicted grades.
- Degrees must be completed in the natural length intended for the qualification (generally, 3 years for Bachelors, and 4 years for integrated Masters).
Graduates with a non-UK degree
Graduates who offer a degree with at least an upper second class honours or equivalent who have graduated from a university outside the UK, must send the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) the following prior to application to ensure your eligibility to apply:
- A transcript of your degree (translated into English if necessary)
- A statement of comparability from NARIC confirming your degree is comparable to a British bachelor (honours) degree standard: www.naric.org.uk
- Graduates from USA/Canada must offer an honours degree with a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and a NARIC statement is not required.
In general, we do not accept equivalent qualifications, however, we do accepted the following international qualifications:
Advanced Placement Program
An average of 85 per cent (A) or higher in the High School Diploma, including a minimum grade B in English Language. At least 3 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations with grades of 5, 5, 4 or higher; two of these subjects must be Biology and Chemistry.
Applicants are required to have a UAI/TER/ENTER/ATAR score of at least 98.00. In addition Chemistry and Biology must have been studied within year 12.
Entry requirements differ depending on province (please see reference table in our Admissions Policy below). In addition Year 12 must include Chemistry and one other science (Biology, Maths or Physics). The average will be calculated looking at academic subjects. Chemistry must be studied in Year 11 with a minimum score of 85 per cent.
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) at AAA including Chemistry and Biology.
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 5 in English Language and Mathematics and level 3 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. Level 5 in 3 elective subjects. Level 5 is needed in Chemistry and Biology.
Central Boards (CBSE, ISC) and West Bengal Board 90 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 90 per cent in these and Standard X 85 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths. State board qualifications other than West Bengal, 95 per cent Standard XII including Biology and Chemistry with 95 per cent in these and Standard X 90 per cent in Biology, Chemistry, English and Maths.
Israel’s Bagrut Examinations
90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied Bagrut with 90 per cent or 9/10 overall, with at least three subjects at 5 units. A minimum of six subjects must be studied.
Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels
Singapore Integrated Programme Cambridge A levels (SIPCAL) at AAA at H2 level including 2 science subjects (Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Maths).
Qualifications we do not accept
We do not accept vocational or applied A Levels, the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (120 credits), the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (180 credits), the Access to HE Diploma or the Advanced Diploma, or Foundation, pre-medical/dental programmes or access courses from any other institution.
Please click here to view the full Admissions Policy for Medicine and Dentistry.
Admission to dentistry at Barts and The London is highly competitive. We receive well over 700 applications for entry and interview about 250 candidates. Approximately 150 offers are made, and 71 students will be admitted in September.
A range of criteria is used to assess candidates in order to be considered for an interview:-
Applications are firstly reviewed within the Admissions Office to check that they meet the minimum academic requirements. Any applications which do not meet the minimum academic requirements will be rejected at this point.
A200 applicants who achieve an overall score within the third decile range or above in the UKCAT and meet our minimum academic entry criteria will be given a score for their UCAS tariff based on achieved/predicted grades for all ‘tariffable’ criteria or a weighted score for graduates based on degree classification. Candidates will be expected to have achieved or be predicted a UCAS tariff of 144 or more. 144 points must be achieved from the main scoring academic acceptable criteria. 50% of the weighting will be on Tariff and 50% on the UKCAT score.
We aim to interview approximately 250 applicants on the basis of UKCAT score and predicted UCAS tariff. It is not possible to predict what the thresholds will be in any individual year, nor to use data from previous years to predict subsequent years’ thresholds, since it is essentially competitive and depends on who applies. Hence we do not plan to make this information public.
UCAS tariff is made up of a number of academic and non-academic qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to review the list of ‘tariffable’ qualifications and must ensure that all qualifications they have taken and/or are taking are listed on their UCAS application in order to be taken into consideration. As well as AS and A2 Levels, other examples of academic tariffable qualifications include the Cambridge Pre-U, the International Baccalaureate, the Irish Leaving Certificate, and the non-academic qualifications Extended Project, BTEC level 3, Music Examinations. We will calculate your tariff for all tariffable qualifications you list on your UCAS application including those that are not taken into consideration for meeting our minimum academic requirements e.g. An AS or A Level in General Studies or Critical Thinking.
An overview of tariff scores can be found at http://www.ucas.com/students/ucas_tariff/
Extenuating Circumstances for Prospective Applicants
Barts and The London does not consider any applications from students who are re-sitting their AS or A Level year (or any other undergraduate course accepted by Barts and The London) thereby taking 3 years to achieve the required grades unless protected under the Equality and Diversity Act 2010. Applicants citing this provision must make the school aware with evidence by September 1st of the year of application to ensure their application is suitable to be considered under this framework.
How we use the UCAS Tariff
For school-leavers/gap year students, you must be predicted to achieve a UCAS Tariff of at least 144 from the minimum academic subjects we allow. We expect you to take all exams for which we have been given a predicted result.
- We are not able to give you advice on the minimum score we require to be shortlisted for interview, since it varies from year to year. The tariff score makes up 50% of the weighting and the other 50% is from the UKCAT score. You are advised to check last year admissions cycle data before applying.
- UCAS Tariff is not relevant for graduates who apply for A200.
In summary, the School of Dentistry has a comprehensive admissions policy that ensures that all applications are dealt with in the same way. When applications are received, they are assessed to make sure that candidates fulfil the minimum requirements. Candidates must:
- have obtained or be predicted to obtain grades in GCSE and A/AS Levels, International or European Baccalaureate, or other acceptable qualifications that satisfy the School’s academic criteria (see Entry Requirements section)
- sit the UKCAT examination each year of the application
- apply by the deadline
Candidates who do not fulfil the above requirements will be rejected without interview.
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) helps universities to make more informed choices from the many highly-qualified applicants who apply for their medical and dental degree programmes. It is also intended that using the results of UKCAT will widen participation and increase the diversity of successful applicants. The test contains neither any curriculum nor science content, nor can it be revised for. It will focus on exploring the cognitive powers of candidates, and other attributes considered to be valuable for healthcare professionals. The UKCAT lasts two hours and consists of three assessed cognitive sub-sections:
- Verbal Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Abstract Reasoning
Please note that in the 2016 test, UKCAT will be piloting a new Decision Making section in place of the former Decision Analysis section. Candidates will not receive a score for this section, nor will this section be used by Barts and The London. Further information about this new section can be found here: http://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-the-test/decision-making/
All candidates will also take a Situational Judgement Test (SJT). The SJT measures perspective taking, integrity and team involvement and was introduced as part of the UKCAT test in 2013. This section score may form part of the assessment at the interview.
All candidates applying to the five-year course must take the UKCAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview. You are required to register with the UKCAT assessment centres prior to the test. Bursaries are available under which the UKCAT test fee is waived. Candidates must prove eligibility and apply online for a bursary before registering for the UKCAT. Please refer to the UKCAT website for key dates and additional information.
How we use the UKCAT
- For school-leavers/gap-year students and graduates, applicants will be ranked according to a 50:50 weighting applied to the UKCAT score and academic ability as measured by UCAS tariff or academic ability for graduates (based on a weighting of degree classification or postgraduate degrees) compared to other applicants who apply in that same year
- You will not be offered an interview if you obtained a total UKCAT score below the third decile. Please note there is no guarantee that you will be offered an interview if you score above the third decile.
Changes to UKCAT Exemptions
This year, requests for UKCAT Exemptions will be considered by Barts and The London, rather than by the UKCAT Consortium.
Appropriate reasons to request a UKCAT Exemption are listed below:
- Illness or personal circumstances
- Geographical circumstances
- Requiring adjustments to the test that UKCAT are unable to offer
In order to apply for a UKCAT Exemption, please email us with the reasons for your request and appropriate evidence. In most cases our advice will be to defer your application until the next application cycle.
Requests should be made via email to email@example.com. Please include your full name, applicant ID (if already applied), and course you wish to be considered for. We strongly advise candidates to make their request as early as possible.
Selectors will expect that candidates can demonstrate some knowledge about a career in dentistry and have gained (some) work experience in a relevant setting. However, while this may be a useful indicator of motivation, it must be seen in the light of opportunities available to the applicant. Occasionally, potentially good applicants apply with little or insufficient work experience. Exceptional applicants may be offered a place conditional on them completing relevant work experience and producing evidence of this to the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office. Such work experience will be assessed by the appropriate Academic Lead before the offer is confirmed. In general, all potential applicants are strongly advised to do sufficient work experience before applying.
If selected, you will be required to attend a short interview. This will take place at the Whitechapel campus between January and March.
We will be holding interviews in Hong Kong and Singapore late February and early March.
Normally interview panels consist of two members of senior academic or clinical staff, a dentistry student and sometimes a lay selector. The interview is not intended to be an intimidating experience and staff will try to put candidates at ease while evaluating the following:
- Motivation and realistic approach to dentistry as a career
- Show initiative, resilience and maturity
- Work well as part of a team
- Be well organised and demonstrate problem solving abilities
- Likely contribution to university life
- Communicate effectively in a wide range of situations
The personal statement does not form part of the assessment to reach interview and is there to support the candidate during the interview process. The personal statement does not form part of the scoring at interview, however, in addition to your academic ability, your interviewers will consider your interests, talents, and the contribution you can make to our School. They will also bear in mind your suitability as a future member of the dental profession. We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school or college life, and who have also contributed in some way to the outside community - so we will take into account all your achievements in both academic and other activities.
After your interview, you will have a chance to take a tour of the Whitechapel campus organised by medical students.
There will be three possible outcomes from the interview:
- An offer – conditional upon obtaining relevant qualifications and/or non-academic clearance checks
- Waiting list – candidates who are unplaced elsewhere may be reconsidered after the summer examination results
Decisions are made when all the interviews have been completed. The formal notification of the decision will be communicated to UCAS at the same time.
Candidates who are unsuccessful cannot be reconsidered for entry within the same cycle but may reapply the following year (if they obtain the relevant qualifications at the first attempt) without prejudice to the new application.
Selection to our courses follows the principles of values-based recruitment and the core values of the NHS.
Non-academic Entry Requirements - MBBS (5 years)
Fitness to practise
Training to be a dentist, and practising dentistry, requires more than just the acquisition of knowledge and skills. As a dentistry student, you will have certain responsibilities that differ from those of other students. Consequently, we expect high standards of professional behaviour from you.
Graduates are entitled to provisional registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) with a licence to practise, subject to demonstrating to the GDC that their fitness to practise is not impaired.
The School is responsible for ensuring that students who graduate are fit to practise, according to principles laid down by the GDC. If the conduct of a dental student calls into question their fitness to practise, they may be required to appear before the Fitness to Practise Committee and could be removed from the course.
Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB)
All offers of a place on the dental course are made subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring and health checks. The School implements strict deadlines for the submission of this information. These deadlines are conditions of the offers we make, and students who fail to meet them will be rejected, even if they have fulfilled the academic conditions of their offer.
The Disclosure and Barring check will disclose convictions, cautions and reprimands that do not meet the new filtering rules. The cost of the checks and registration process must be paid by you. Once you have been offered a place at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office will send you further information on how to obtain disclosure clearance.
Further details are available on the Disclosure and Barring service website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
Where there is a delay in the processing of your police clearance, you will be asked to sign a full declaration of any spent or unspent criminal record you have received prior to full enrolment. If you think you might have received a conviction, caution, reprimand or final warning from the police, you must declare it.
You should check the Disclosure website as above and tick ‘Yes’ if appropriate on your UCAS application so that we can discuss with you whether it may affect your ability to practise. Failure to inform the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office of matters that subsequently appear on a Disclosure and Barring check may well result in your application being withdrawn. If you know in advance of your application that you will have a positive Disclosure and Barring check, you should tick the relevant box on the UCAS form. In addition, you must contact the admissions department to be sent our current policy with respect to this.
The School welcomes and accommodates people with health conditions and disabilities. However, dental students must be fit to practise and the safety of patients will always be the primary consideration. We have a strong system of student support and anyone with a health condition or disability will be offered the appropriate adjustments and support to help them succeed. However, in some cases, an impairment or health condition may make it impossible for a student to meet the outcomes required by the GDC at the point of graduation. Where all possible options to help the student have been explored and are still unsuccessful, the student may have to leave the course or be reviewed by the Professional Capability Committee.
All students that have declared a disability will receive a letter from the Head of Admissions prior to interview to ensure we can accommodate any specific needs. If you are offered a place on the course, we will send information regarding the requirement for prior assessment. This will be in the form of a confidential health questionnaire which follows the HEOPS guidance, but also we will ask you to make contact with our Disability and Dyslexia Service. This is so that a discussion of reasonable adjustment or discussion of your assessment of needs report can be made prior to the 31 July. We also have to be assured that we can help you practise safely in training and employment. Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has implemented the guidance from the Department of Health on health clearance for new healthcare workers (Health clearance for tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV: new healthcare workers) www.gov.uk/government/publications
Exposure-prone procedures (EEP)
All students on the five-year BDS programme perform exposure-prone procedures as a routine part of their course. Exposure-prone procedures are those invasive procedures where there is a risk that injury to the worker may result in the exposure of the patient’s open tissues to the blood of the worker. Before admittance, you must be able to demonstrate that you are not chronically infected with a blood-borne virus (BBV)– hepatitis B, hepatitis C and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Hepatitis B status and vaccination
Immunising dental students against hepatitis B and testing their response protects both them and their patients against the risk of contracting hepatitis B in the healthcare setting. Formal offers are only made to suitable applicants for the dental programmes on receipt of a doctor’s declaration that the applicant has started an appropriate course of hepatitis B vaccinations. This is vitally important due to the early patient contact on the dental programme. As a course of hepatitis B vaccinations can take up to nine months to complete, we ask applicants to start appropriate vaccinations once a formal offer is made.
Carriers of blood-borne virus
If you are a known carrier of a blood-borne virus (BBV), you should contact the Occupational Health Service (OHS) for further advice. All dental students are offered BBV testing, and, if appropriate, hepatitis B vaccination, on entry to dental school. Students declining testing or found to test positive for a BBV are not cleared to undertake Exposure-Prone Procedures (EPPs). There may be additional requirements relating to other blood-borne viruses as advice is continuously updated and published by advisory bodies.
Should you have any queries about the health requirements for either the medical or dental programmes, please contact the university Occupational Health Service for advice on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8700.
Students with disabilities and health problems
You should read the following paragraphs carefully with regard to personal circumstances that might make it difficult or impossible for you to practise.
Students with disabilities
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry welcomes applications from disabled students. We do, however, have a duty to ensure that candidates admitted to our programmes will be eligible for registration by the GDC on graduation. For this reason, students with disabilities should seek advice from the Student Recruitment and Admissions Office before the deadline for UCAS applications so that each case can be given individual attention and consideration.
This advice should be sought well in advance of the 15 October deadline and no less than four weeks before this date to ensure time for a response.
Disability and Dyslexia Service
The Disability and Dyslexia Service can offer advice, guidance and practical support to students with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. This support may include screening students for dyslexia and organising formal educational psychologists’ assessments, arranging individual tutorials from specialist dyslexia tutors, additional time in exams and assisting disabled and dyslexic students to apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. More details are available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. Students are encouraged to contact the Service before starting their programmes to discuss any specific needs.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2756
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 5223
The school of Medicine and Dentistry firmly and actively supports an equal opportunities policy. In the case of a specific learning disorder or disability, we would assess any student meeting the required academic standard in accordance with the prescribed professional standards and the Equality Act (2010).
Admission is by UCAS form – you can make up to four choices for dental courses on the form. Your remaining choices can be used for alternative subjects without prejudice to the commitment to dentistry. All applications which include choices for dentistry must be submitted to UCAS by 15 October for entry in September the following year. No offers are given without an interview.
Learning and teaching
Our dental programme equips you with a broad knowledge of all relevant aspects of medicine and dentistry and the application of this knowledge to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral and dental diseases and abnormalities. Important features of teaching are listed below:
Practical sessions – sessions take place in our laboratories, IT labs, clinical skills labs and clinics. The Dental School has recently installed a state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory and newly refurbished clinical treatment areas. Many of the courses taught in the laboratory are part of extended blocks of teaching allowing total immersion in a particular area of study, prior to patient treatment in the clinics.
- Seminars – provided to small groups of 8-10 students
- Lectures and symposia – on the dental programme symposia aim to integrate multidisciplinary learning by focusing on all aspects of a particular topic and making important connections
- Outreach clinical teaching – outreach clinics allow students total immersion in dentistry within a primary care setting
- Communication skills – you will have practical training in interviewing techniques and special sessions devoted to communication between doctors or dentists and their patients
- E-learning – students have access to a large amount of teaching material via the university online environment – an intranet-based facility which enables you to revisit lectures and review other teaching materials whenever is convenient.
Please note: Problem-based learning (PBL) has a place in the dental curriculum and it will be used more fully in the renewed curriculum.
A range of innovative methods is used to assess your progress and acquisition of knowledge and skills. We are moving away from the ‘finals’ examination that was once the traditional climax of a dental student’s programme. You accumulate a varying proportion of your marks as you progress throughout the programme. All assessments are focused on you demonstrating the integration of knowledge and its application in practice. Prompt and effective feedback is always provided following such assessment. You will receive details of all assessments in a handbook given to students at the start of the programme and on the virtual learning environment for instant access.
There are four main types of assessment:
This measures your progress throughout the programme and comprises in-course summative examinations, project and elective modules (using E learning, libraries, internet, laboratory or clinic as sources of information). A progress review is carried out twice a year, informed by your electronic portfolio – essentially a diary. This helps you reflect on your daily experiences and achievements and, with the help of personal tutors, devise personal action plans and targets.
Annual examinations using a range of assessment methods allow you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes you have developed throughout the programme. These assessments will also contribute to your final degree result.
Throughout the programme, you will also be given formative assessments that are designed to help you appreciate the effectiveness of your own learning. These do not count towards your final marks or grading, but allow us to identify whether you need additional help with your studies.
Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
OSCEs are used to test your abilities across a wide range of areas by assessing your clinical and communication skills. In OSCEs you move through a series of stations and will be assessed on your ability to interact with clinical simulations, effectively accomplish tasks and communicate or interact with both real and simulated patients.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Tuition fees for International students
MBBS and BDS as a first degree
Years 1-4: you will be able to apply for the same package of Student Finance and Queen Mary Bursaries as students on other courses.
Year 5 and beyond: the NHS will pay the tuition fee (non income assessed). For your living costs you can get a £1000 NHS grant (non income assessed), and you can apply for an income assessed NHS Bursary for living costs (in 2012/13 this was up to £3392 for students living away from home).
You will also be able to apply to Student Finance England for a non income assessed reduced rate Maintenance Loan. In 2013/14 this is £2498 for final year students living away from home. You will not be eligible for a Queen Mary Bursary.
Living and other costs
On top of your tuition fees, you will have several other major expenses to budget for. The largest and most essential of these costs is probably your accommodation. On the plus side, our location in the east of London means cheaper rents than elsewhere in London. Other expenses to take into consideration are: travel, food and drink, phone bills, social activities, course books and clothes.
UCAS provides a useful budget calculator.
You can download a guide to planning a personal budget, including a guide to living costs.
It is important for you to balance your income and expenditure in advance. Depending on your lifestyle, living in London for a year will normally cost you on average £9,500 (excluding tuition fees) at 2010-11 prices. You should allow at least an additional £1,500 for each dependant. Bear in mind that a full 52-week year will cost more.
International students can find more detailed information on the cost of living in London and how to plan finances.
Financial support for Home and EU students
Students who are UK residents should apply as early as possible to Student Finance England (or equivalent in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland), who will determine your eligibility for a:
- tuition fee loan
- maintenance loan
- maintenance grant.
If you are a non-UK national of the European Union you can apply to the Student Finance EU Team for a loan to pay your tuition fees.
The loan for tuition fees is not available to undergraduate students from outside the EU. Some EU nationals are entitled to the full package of Student Finance that is available to UK students, and which includes funding for living costs in additional to a tuition fee loan. For more information, see: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/funding/39689.pdf
You start to pay your tuition fee loan back after completing your degree, once you are earning more than £21,000 a year. You should apply for Student Finance once you have applied to university – you do not need to wait until you have an offer or have decided where to study. Entitlement to Student Finance is subject to residence, immigration status and previous study criteria. Contact the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary for advice about your eligibility.
For detailed information about all the different elements of Student Finance you can receive, additional sources of funding, information for graduates and information about NHS-funded years of study, see: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/funding/39689.pdf
You may also find it helpful to visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance
If you would like individual confidential advice about your eligibility for funding, planning your budget or any other financial or practical issue, please contact the Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk
You are welcome to use this service if you are considering applying to Queen Mary.
Queen Mary bursaries
Queen Mary offers student bursaries to help with the costs of higher education. These bursaries are aimed at students from lower-income households. The amount of the bursary you receive each year will depend on your household income which is assessed during your application for UK Government Financial Support. Please note that all international students and those EU nationals who are only eligible for a tuition fee loan will not be eligible for a Queen Mary bursary. To find out if you are eligible, see: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/
Queen Mary and Westfield Alumni student bursaries
We offer two annual student bursaries worth £3,000 (£1,000 for each of the three years) to eligible students who have received their secondary education in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney or the City of London.
Barts and The London Alumni Association student bursary
The Geoffrey Flavell Student Bursary of £2,000 over three years is awarded annually to one eligible student studying for an MBBS medical qualification. The award provides £1,000 in the first year and two subsequent instalments of £500 each.
Aldgate and Allhallows foundation scholarships
The Aldgate and Allhallows foundation provides scholarships over the duration of the course to undergraduate entrants who are permanent residents of either the City of London or the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Candidates must also meet other specific eligibility criteria regarding age and means of support.
The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarship
To encourage applications from students in financial hardship who would benefit from the MBBS programme, the trustees of St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College Trust are pleased to offer these new scholarships to two new medical students and one new dental student each year. The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarships, named after the founder of the Barts Medical College, will be worth £3,500 for each of the five years of the course – subject to the holders’ satisfactory progress each year. The scholarships have been designed to assist students who, despite exceptional academic ability and their aptitude for a medical or dental career, might not be able to undertake the course for financial reasons. All students who enrol in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are considered for the scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of household income (which is reviewed annually) and the attainment of at least three grade ‘A’ A-levels taken in the same sitting. Students’ performance in their Fundamentals of Medicine / Dental Module (at the end of their first term) will also be a major criterion.
You do not have to apply formally to be considered for one of these prestigious scholarships. Instead, the School of Medicine and Dentistry will receive the relevant financial and academic information after you have enrolled and, depending on the Fundamentals of Medicine / Dental results, will recommend the two best medical students and one best dental student who also meet the financial requirements to the trustees for their approval. Additionally, the School will report annually to the trustees on the scholarship holders’ academic performance.
For further details and eligibility criteria, visit: http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/feesandfunding/tuitionfees/bursaries/index.html
Access to Learning Fund (ALF)
Each year the government gives the College money to help students in financial hardship. To apply to the ALF you must have taken out your maximum maintenance loan entitlement. You can apply to the ALF for help towards the difference between your income and basic expenses. You can also apply for help if you have a sudden financial emergency or special circumstances or costs that other students might not have. You do not normally have to repay a payment from the ALF. The amounts available to students through the ALF are strictly limited, and the Fund can in no way be regarded as a substitute for other finance.
The Barts and The London Alumni Association Benevolent Funds also offer grants and loans to medical and dental students in financial hardship, and bursaries to students undertaking final-year electives, on the recommendation of the appropriate committees of the School. Donations from generations of former students have made it possible to offer such assistance.
East London will provide you with plenty of opportunities to work and earn extra money during your studies. However, the School would not recommend that you spend more than 15 hours a week in paid employment, so as not to have a detrimental impact on your studies. International students may also be eligible to work in the UK. If you are registered on a full-time course of six months or longer, then you will be eligible to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. Queen Mary’s comprehensive Careers team provides information, advice and guidance on searching for part-time jobs. Many part-time jobs are paid close to the minimum wage, which from October 2013 is £6.31 per hour if you are 21 or over, and £5.03 if you are aged 18-20. Many employers pay more than the minimum wage. If you work 15 hours per week and are aged 18, this would generate an income of at least £75.45per week, which could cover food and/or social activities (although there will be deductions for income tax if you work during term time). Do not forget, you also have a summer break, a portion of which you could spend in full-time employment and give your Student Finance a significant boost.
For information about part-time work, including income tax rules for students, see: www.welfare.qmul.ac.uk/documents/leaflets/working/5002.pdf
For details of the minimum wage, see: https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/tax-minimum-wage
The Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary offers detailed advice and guidance on all the aspects of student finance, and more. It also offers advice to international students about all the financial, practical and immigration related aspects of studying at Queen Mary.
Contact the Advice and Counselling Service on:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
What can I do afterwards?
Career-wise, dentists have many options open to them. They can work in general practice, both for the NHS or privately, in the community or in the armed forces, at home or overseas. As well as becoming a general dental practitioner, all sorts of other openings exist, from oral and maxillofacial surgery to orthodontics; and from children’s dentistry to prosthodontics (that’s implants, false teeth, etc).
You could specialise in periodontology (gum disease), restorative dentistry (fillings, crowns and bridges) – or become a lecturer and researcher in any of these. Oral pathology – analysing lumps, bumps and so on for cancers and other diseases – is another possibility. Dentistry can also be a flexible career for those wishing to take time out, to work irregular days or hours, or for those who wish to work in more than one location.
- It’s an exciting and challenging profession which will see you learning new skills throughout your career.
- You will meet an interesting variety of people. There is real job satisfaction and you are able to see the results of your hard work in your patients.
- Compared with many other professions, dentistry is a well-rewarded career, with good job security and prospects.
- It’s practical: as well as being academic and interested in science, you will need to work with your hands too.
- It offers variety: you can acquire different specialisms, work with a range of other professionals and take advantage of travel opportunities.
- It’s fun! Dentists, alongside medics play a great part in the social life of the School.
Dental Graduates from Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry initially go on to work as Dental Foundation Trainees, after which they either remain in the NHS or move to the private sector.
The national 2014 destination survey confirmed that 100% of BDS Dentistry Graduates were working as Dental Foundation Trainees six months after graduation – with a median salary of £30,000.
Throughout the course, students have access to a bespoke careers programme. This includes specific workshops, talks and practical sessions to prepare them for the assessment centre when applying for their first job as a dental professional, as well as looking at specialty options for the future.
Opportunities for work experience are substantial given Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf, the City and the Olympic Village. Students are encouraged to build their extra curricular work experience throughout their period of study, through, for example, our QM Projects work experience scheme (which places students on challenging projects in local community. organisations), QM Temps job agency, Experience Works events and QMSU Provide volunteering services. Over 800 vacancies are available to browse on the QM JobOnline vacancy site.
Queen Mary’s extensive campus also provides over 1200 on-campus job and volunteer opportunities ranging from Science Ambassador to Gym Instructor and from Hospital Volunteer to Student Mentor.
Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages.
ProfilesGraduate profile: Dr Nicholas Clifford
Studied: Dentistry (BDS)
Currently: Vocational Dental Practitioner working within the Charing Cross scheme of the London Deanery.
What did you gain from your time at Queen Mary?
"The diverse range and quantity of clinical experience gained as a dental student at Queen Mary really prepared me well for life in general dental practice. At the end of my studies I felt very confident to commence independent clinical practice."
"What are your most and least favourite aspects of your job? My clinical interest is oral surgery so I enjoy treating patients who need extractions and teeth removed surgically. It is a real privilege to be able to do a job that I enjoy and to be helping people in need at the same time. There is a lot of paperwork involved which I dislike, a lot of my time is taken up with writing letters and completing forms."
"What can current students do to prepare for getting a job in your area? My best advice is to maximise the amount of clinical procedures undertaken as a student and to manage your time well. It is important not to avoid the areas you feel weak in. You only have a limited time as a student and the skills you learn at university are what you take into the real world. Good preparation can really help when you start work. Practice really does make perfect!"
Student profile: (Other profiles are available in the Barts and The London prospectus)
Vikki Argent, BDS Dentistry (A200) fourth year
“I chose Barts and The London for a number of reasons: it always scores really well in the league tables, and is only two hours from home for me so I can go home for a weekend if I want. At the open day I was really impressed with the campus and the facilities, but more so with how friendly and helpful all the people were! It’s got a really nice intimate environment with only 80 students, (including those on the Graduate Entry Programme) so everyone knows everyone and is really supportive of each other.
"The clinical teaching staff are superb, you have a different tutor every year so you get a wide range of help and experience. The location is excellent, we have a local cinema, some bars and pubs and some good restaurants in Brick Lane as well as Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane markets. For everything else it’s a 20 minute tube ride to central London or a 10 minute DLR journey to the Docklands.”
Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?
“The dentistry course here at Barts gives you maximum clinical exposure and experience, starting in the first year. This is reinforced with lectures and assessments to make sure we understand the theory. To further cement our knowledge and develop our clinical skills, we’re sent to outreach clinics in Barkantine, in Docklands and Southend, which are brilliant; really state-of-the-art equipment and staff who make you feel like an actual dentist rather than a student.”