Undergraduate study - 2019 entry

BSc Oral Health Sciences

UCAS code: A900

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Dental Institute

College: Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Year 1

You will study general histology, anatomy and physiology, human disease, oral biology and immunology, among other subjects.

During semester 1, you will begin to develop your clinical skills in the laboratory and you will begin treating patients in semester 2.

Year 2

Some of the subjects you will study include general pathology, pharmacology, periodontal disease, preventive dentistry, behavioural sciences and biomaterial sciences.

You will develop your skills in many aspects of clinical treatment, and continue to expand these in the clinical laboratory.

Year 3

You will build on previous courses and, in addition, study oral medicine and pathology, oral surgery and special care dentistry.

You will also undertake a literature review on a subject of your choice. To progress to Year 4, you must successfully complete the first three years of the programme.

Year 4

You will develop your clinical skills and undertake a supervised research project.

You will have the opportunity to work in other departments and observe clinical procedures in, for example, oral surgery, oral orthopaedics and implantology.

You will be examined theoretically in each of the three main areas of your clinical activity: periodontal therapy, restorative care and paediatric dentistry. These assessments, in addition to your research project, are undertaken for your final examination.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2018/19)

Our facilities

The majority of teaching takes place at the Edinburgh Dental Institute, which is located in the University's Central Area. Clinical teaching in Year 4 also takes place in a number of outreach centres in the community.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, case-based learning, demonstrations and student-led learning and reflection.

How will I be assessed?

Your academic progress will be assessed through written examinations and assignments, either at the end of each semester or at the end of the year. Your clinical progress is continually assessed throughout the programme with Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) and Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPs) being an integral part of the process.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2018/19)

Career opportunities for oral health sciences graduates in the UK exist within the NHS, private practice, in research and academia. Upon graduation, you must register with the General Dental Council prior to commencing employment.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB.
  • A Levels: BBB.
  • IB: 32 points with 55 at HL

Access threshold

The access threshold for a contextual offer is:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB.
  • A Levels: BBB.
  • IB: 32 points with 55 at HL

Find out more about access thresholds and contextual offers

Detailed requirements for all applicants

To be considered for an offer of a place all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or ABBB/BBBBB in S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6, including Biology.
  • A Levels: BBB including Biology.
  • IB: Overall score of 32 points, and 55 at HL, including Biology at HL.

Additional requirements


Successful shortlisted applicants will be invited in for interview.

Health check

No student will be admitted without having undergone blood-borne virus testing, or without completing a full course of immunisation against Hepatitis B, MMR and BCG.

Fitness to practise

The University has a responsibility to ensure that students studying on a programme that involves practical training in a clinical environment, and that leads to a professional registerable qualification, are fit to practise.

This is assessed according to the requirements and standards of the profession the student wishes to enter. Students will be provided with further information on admission.

Find out more about entry requirements

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 7.0 with 7.0 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 100 or above with 23 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 185 with 185 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

About English language requirements


For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

The intake for this programme is 10 places so entry is very competitive.

We do not ordinarily consider international (non-EU) applicants for this course.

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

This information is part of a government initiative to enhance the material that higher education institutions provide about their degree programmes.

It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Unistats data available.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Oral Health Sciences

Additional costs

You will be required to provide a £10 deposit towards your sets of clinical scrubs.


For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding

Search the degree finder

1 degree in Oral Health Sciences