A list of commonly asked questions can be found below. For more information on applying to dental school, please see our applications page. For information on training after graduation, please see the after graduation section.
Applications for dentistry close on 15 October every year. No applications are accepted after this deadline.
Fee status and funding
No. Citizenship does not automatically guarantee Home fee status. Normally, to be considered a Home student, applicants will need to fulfil the following:
- You are settled in the UK (this means there is no immigration restriction on the length of your stay)
- You are ordinarily resident in the UK, and have been for the full three years before the first day of the academic year (ordinarily resident means that your main home is in the UK, and you are choosing to live in the UK)
- The main reason for you being in the UK was not to receive full-time education.
There are other exceptions for being considered as a Home student, however for more detail you should contact the dental school you are interested in applying to and the UK Council for International Student Affairs.
Overseas fees for dentistry vary depending on the school. To find out what these are, you should visit dental schools’ websites or contact the universities directly.
The Dental Schools Council is not a funding agency and does not award scholarships or grants. Information on general scholarships can be found at the nearest British Council office. You may also wish to contact your local Ministry of Education.
Scholarships or bursaries available can vary between different dental schools, and they will post information on any funding they offer on their websites.
The British Council can help you find funding for a chosen course through its scholarship schemes and links with other websites. Many of the scholarships available are only applicable to postgraduate degrees, but some do provide funding to help cover fees for specific subjects, and scholarships may be available for specific institutions. For help with identifying the funding available, visit the British Council website.
Most dental schools will list the entry requirements for qualifications such as A levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB). They may also list what the requirements are for other qualifications from outside of the UK. To find out whether a dental school accepts your qualification, and what the requirements are, you should see individual school websites or contact them directly.
Most dental schools do not usually accept transfers of students from a dental school outside of the UK. This is because each dental school follows a different course structure and there are no realistic means of verifying the quality and grades received at a university outside of the UK dental education system.
No, dental schools only consider students who are in their final year, or have completed their degree course before they apply.