Study an innovative dental curriculum at a top school with world-class facilities and access to London’s diverse population.
This five-year degree is designed to help you build the skills you’ll need as a dental professional. The Institute of Dentistry at Barts and the London follows a new and innovative curriculum: you’ll study care of the mouth, including prevention and treatment of dental diseases, screening for oral cancers, managing trauma, orthodontics and oral surgery.
Our location in east London means you’ll serve a population of great diversity and encounter a wide range of disease, including some of the more unusual oral cancers. You’ll be exposed to patients early on, and as you progress in your studies you’ll work in our outreach clinics in Canary Wharf and Stratford.
We encourage you to take a holistic approach to dentistry by studying the human sciences along with your core dentistry modules – including sociology and psychology – to examine patients’ attitude to oral healthcare and the dental profession.
UCAS application deadline: 15 October
Scientific basis of clinical practice (Year 1)
We’ll introduce you to basic biological principles and help you to develop the study skills you’ll need throughout the programme.
- clinical skills
- critical thinking
- dental materials and their application
- oral biology
- the body’s main organs and systems
- the effects of illness on people and their families
- the impact of environmental and social factors on health
- the normal biological structure and function of cells
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Years 2 - 4
Scientific basis of clinical practice (Years 2-4)
You’ll apply the knowledge gained in the first year to body systems in both health and disease, with topic areas geared towards the requirements of a dental practitioner.
Substantial portions of your time will be spent with patients, coupled with complementary educational activities, including seminars, laboratory work, tutorials, e-learning projects and library activity.
- abnormalities and diseases of the mouth and how to care effectively for these patients
- oral biology, including the study of normal structures and functions of the adjacent tissues
- specialist areas such as adult and child restorative dentistry, prosthodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and orthodontics.
During your third and fourth years you’ll also work in our outreach centres, devising strategies for prevention and treatment.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Preparation for independent practice (Year 5)
Your final year consolidates your knowledge and skills in preparation for professional dental practice. You’ll be exposed to a greater range of cases, including hospital-based treatments. Teaching is delivered through symposia, small group teaching, elective modules and wide clinical experience.
To prepare for graduation you’ll hear from graduates on their experiences applying for jobs, and learn about different career routes from dentists working in different specialised fields.
You’ll choose particular areas to study in greater depth, based on your own interests.
Examples of student-selected modules currently on offer include:
- Clinical and Communication Skills
- Dental Materials Science
- Prevention of Oral Diseases.
One of the most exciting components of this degree is the elective period at the end of the fourth year, in which you will spend two weeks studying one or more topics in the UK or abroad.
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Take a year off from your dental studies to earn a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. You might choose this route to gain a deeper understanding of the scientific basis of dentistry, demonstrate your commitment to a particular area, or simply broaden your career options.
You can apply for an intercalated BSc to start after your second, third or fourth years. Selection is based on your exam results and performance at interview. Browse our intercalated degrees.
A small number of students also take intercalated degrees at other institutions.
We also offer Master of Science (MSc) degrees for intercalation, taken after your third or fourth years.
The elective period in your fourth year is self-funded.
For some electives the host institution charges up to £6,000, while others incur no additional expense. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of flights and accommodation. Placements taken within the UK can be a more financially viable option for students on a limited budget.
The Dentistry course at Barts and The London gives you maximum clinical exposure and experience, starting in the first year. To cement our knowledge and develop our clinical skills, we were sent to outreach clinics in Barkantine, the Docklands, Southend and Stratford, which are brilliant: really state-of-the art equipment and staff who make you feel like an actual dentist rather than a student.
Teaching and learning
You’ll learn through:
- lectures, seminars and symposia
- outreach clinical teaching
- practical sessions in our laboratories, IT labs, clinical skills labs and clinics
- training in interview techniques and special sessions devoted to communication between dentists and patients.
You’ll have access to an extensive online medical knowledge base, which includes lecture notes from across the programme, papers and research.
We’ll assess your progress throughout the programme, using:
- continuous assessment – including in-course examinations, independent projects and success in student-selected components
- examinations – where you’ll demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ve developed throughout the programme
- formative assessments, which do not count towards your final marks but allow us to identify whether you need additional help with your studies
- Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to assess your clinical and communication skills. You’ll be assessed on your ability to interact with clinical simulations, accomplish tasks and communicate or interact with both real and simulated patients.
Resources and facilities
The Institute of Dentistry moved into the Alexandra Wing of The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel in 2014. Costing £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 – setting the bar for the most modern learning environment for dental education of any UK dental hospital.
Facilities to aid your studies include:
- the Blizard Building, which offers an inspiring environment for medical and dental students and staff – including open-plan research laboratories, a 400-seat lecture theatre, and a café
- a clinical skills laboratory, which closely simulates the real clinical experience
- newly refurbished treatment areas
- numerous library facilities – the Queen Mary Library at Mile End, large medical archives at The Royal London and Barts hospitals, and the University of London Library
Loans and grants
Years 1-4: you can apply for the same package of student finance as students on other courses. Graduate students are not eligible for a tuition fee loan from the UK government.
Year 5 and beyond: the NHS will pay your tuition fees. Grants, loans and bursaries are available to cover living costs for UK and EU students, including graduate students.
Read more about financial support for medical students.
Scholarships and bursaries
The John Abernethy (Barts) Scholarship of £5,000 per year is available to two new medical students and one new dental student each year, on the basis of household income and academic achievement. All first degree home students who enrol in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are considered for the scholarships – you do not need to enter a separate application.
Find out about other bursaries and scholarships.
Find out more about fees and funding.
Support from Queen Mary
We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:
- additional sources of funding
- planning your budget and cutting costs
- part-time and vacation work
- money for lone parents.
Most graduates go on to work as Dental Foundation Trainees, then either remain in the NHS or move into the private sector. Dentists can work in general practice in the community or in the armed forces, within the UK or overseas.
Specialist options range from oral and maxillofacial surgery to orthodontics, and from children’s dentistry to prosthodontics (implants and false teeth). You could specialise in periodontology (gum disease) or restorative dentistry (fillings, crowns and bridges), or become a lecturer and researcher in any of these areas. Oral pathology – analysing lumps and bumps for cancers and other diseases – is another possible career path.
Dentistry can be an ideal career for those who would like to take regular time off, work flexible days or hours, or practice in multiple locations.
You’ll have access to a bespoke careers programme, including workshops, talks and practical sessions to prepare you for applying for your first job as a dental professional. We also make sure you understand the various specialist careers paths and how to access them.
You’re encouraged to build your extracurricular work experience throughout your period of study, through programmes such as our award-winning QProjects work experience scheme.
The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:
- support with finding work experience, internships and volunteering services
- feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
- interview coaching.
Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.
About the School
Opened in 1911, the Institute of Dentistry at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry has a long and proud record of internationally recognised excellence in oral and dental science. We are ranked first in the UK for dentistry in the 2018 Complete University Guide, and third in the country for the quality of our research in the most recent national assessment (REF 2014).
We are a research-led institution, at the forefront of the provision of dental education and excellent patient care, with specialisms including oral cancer and public oral health. With around 70 students per year, we are a relatively small dental school with a strong sense of community. You’ll be taught by experts who are passionately engaged with their subject.