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Oral Health

Entry Year: 2024

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BSc (Hons)
3 years
September 2024
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Become an independent dental professional at a top school with world-class facilities and access to London’s diverse population.

The Oral Health BSc qualifies you to become a registered dental therapist or hygienist, working independently within dental teams to provide preventative and clinical treatments.

You’ll study at Queen Mary University of London's Institute of Dentistry, alongside trainee dentists. Through laboratory, clinical and classroom teaching, you’ll develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to play an important role within an oral health care team. We have a long tradition of training dental therapists and hygienists, starting in 1983 with the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy, which has now become the BSc Oral Health degree. 

We are a small dental school, providing exceptional pastoral support throughout the programme and as you move into employment. Our lecturers have a national profile, putting you at the forefront of dental education and excellent patient care. And our unique location between the City of London and Docklands means you’ll meet patients from all cultures and social backgrounds.

You’ll put what you learn into practice at our outreach centres, helping us to provide vital dental care for local communities.

Interview dates for 2024 entry will be 20 and 27 March 2024.

Professional recognition

On completing the programme, you’ll be able to register with the General Dental Council as a dental therapist and as a dental hygienist.


Year 1

  • Basic Clinical Sciences
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Professionalism, Teamwork and Social Responsibilty 1
  • Public Health & Evidence Based Dentistry 1

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

  • Clinical Sciences
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Professionalism, Teamwork and Social Responsibility 2
  • Public Health & Evidence Based Dentistry 2

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

  • Clinical Practice - Child Oral Health
  • Clinical Practice - Restoration
  • Professionalism, Teamwork and Social Responsibility 3

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Additional Costs

You will need to travel around London to gain experience in our outreach clinics.

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As an experienced dental nurse I felt confident and happy working in a dental environment and knew I was ready to take the next step into patient care. I applied to Queen Mary due to the location and having so much on my doorstep in London to balance the studying alongside the social side of life. The patient base at the university is diverse with various levels of treatment need- an ideal environment to learn how to become a Dental Hygiene Therapist, with supportive tutors helping at each step of the way. Now qualified I am working in several practices harnessing my education and utilising my full scope of practice.

Claire Willders, BSc Oral Health 2024


Teaching and learning

We have an excellent student: staff ratio, with an emphasis on small group learning, dialogue and feedback.

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 with patients.

You’ll have access to an extensive online medical knowledge base, which includes lecture notes from across the programme, papers and research.


Modules are assessed by coursework, presentations and written exams.

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, 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
  • extensive 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.

Entry requirements

Find out more about the application process, including selection criteria and our interview process.

A-LevelGrades ABB at A-Level. This must include A-Level Biology. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 points overall, including 6,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must include Biology at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
GCSEMinimum six GCSE passes at Grade C or 4 including English, Maths, Biology and Chemistry. The Science Double Award may substitute all sciences at GCSE.

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

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Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our Contextualised Admissions pages.

Non-UK students

To see a list of the international qualifications we accept, please see our full entry requirements.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Individual circumstances

We will take into account some of your personal circumstances and background when considering your application.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Candidates MUST be aged 18 or over by the end of the second week of course enrolment (end of September).


Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

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.


Graduates can work as dental therapists or hygienists within general practice, either for the NHS or in the private sector. There are also roles in the community, overseas and in the armed forces, and in dental research and education.

Your BSc will also provide a strong basis for further study, including for applications to dentistry programmes.

Career support

Your clinical experience gained within the Dental Hospital, community dental services and our outreach centres will allow you to try out different roles and bring you into contact with potential employers.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

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About the School

Opened in 1911, the Institute of Dentistry at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has a long and proud record of internationally recognised excellence in oral and dental science. We are ranked first in London for dentistry in The Complete University Guide 2022, 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.


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