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Subject area: Oral Health Sciences

Why choose Oral Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh?

  • This is the only four-year oral health sciences Honours programme in the UK. Where you will have access to state of-the-art clinical facilities and a designated clinic for patient treatment sessions, which start in Year 1.

  • You will be given a firm learning foundation in health and disease, clinical practice, personal and professional development, and preparation for practice, which is taught throughout the programme in class sizes of 10 students a year.

  • In Year 4 you will attend clinical placements for two days a week, working in outreach centres where you will gain valuable experience treating patients in a primary care setting.


The programme is providing me with the key clinical skills and knowledge I need to pursue a career in dental hygiene or therapy, as well as skills that will be beneficial in everyday life.

Charlie Nichol 4th year BSc (Hons) Oral Health Sciences
Charlie Nichol 4th year BSc (Hons) Oral Health Sciences

Introducing Oral Health Sciences

The BSc (Hons) in Oral Health Sciences at the University of Edinburgh is the only honours programme available in Scotland. Studying with us at the University of Edinburgh is a unique and exciting opportunity to gain a qualification in Dental Hygiene and Hygiene Therapy. Only ten places are available on the course each year which lends itself to a more supported learning experience, particularly in relation to clinical work.

The Oral Health Sciences programme leads to a dual qualification in dental hygiene and dental therapy. It combines dental science with research, exploring the prevention and treatment of oral disease in both adults and children. Dental hygiene therapists are an integral part of the dental team and belong to the group of Dental Care Professionals.

Over the four-year honours programme you will study courses from four key areas: health and disease; clinical practice; personal and professional development; and preparation for practice.

Our small class sizes provide a supportive learning environment and we offer a significant focus on practical skills, with clinical treatment of patients commencing in Year 1.

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