University Of Aberdeen Dental School

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University Of Aberdeen Dental School

Housed in a purpose-built facility, the Dental School is located on the Foresterhill site alongside two other dental facilities; the Aberdeen Dental Education Centre, a postgraduate dental training centre with associated outreach clinics, and Argyll House, which hosts dental surgeries for NHS Grampian’s dental service.

The Dental School houses both academic and dental care facilities which cover subjects including:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Holistic Patient Care
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Special Needs
  • Oral Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Dental A&E

For more information visit the School of Medicine and Dentistry website.

The principal function of the Dental School is dental education, with the first cohort of students graduating in 2012. However, the Dental School also recognises the crucial role of research. More information about some of the exciting projects currently ongoing can be found via the Dental Research website.

Designed specifically for graduates, the BDS degree focuses on independent and reflective learning, with practical clinical teaching introduced early in the first year to maximise your clinical experience.

Our programme has been designed with graduate entry in mind. That means capitalising on the existing knowledge and transferable skills from your previous degree. From day one, you will be preparing to be a dental professional, rather than a “graduate”. Our programme incorporates early clinical problem solving and patient contact, and an integrated approach to learning.

The dental curriculum uses a variety of teaching methods including case based learning. The curriculum aims to:

  • build on the transferable skills that you bring
  • encourage independence of learning and thinking using enquiry-based learning methods
  • centre on the clinical, social and emotional needs of the patient
  • have patient contact early in year 1 of the programme
  • fully integrate the non-clinical sciences within the clinical curriculum

During the course, you will be taught by and observe a wide range of dental professionals from both primary and secondary care services. NHS Education for Scotland (NES), the dental protection organisations and the GDC are also engaged in some of the learning opportunities.


School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
AB25 (0)1224 437923


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