University of Birmingham


Students will be based in Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry, which was built in 2016. The £50 million hospital provides students with world-class research facilities and a modern learning environment including a fully computerised phantom head laboratory. Learning from, training and working alongside practicing clinicians and other members of the dental team on a daily basis prepares students to treat patients in a caring and competent manner.

Key points

  • £50 million Dental Hospital built in 2016
  •  Years 1 and 2 are lecture heavy
  • EBL Learning
  • Strong UCAT Focus

About the university Compare

Key Information
Phone number0121 466 5472
Course Information
Teaching styleTraditional/Integrated
Lectures and small group teaching forms the main part of teaching in years 1 and 2. Integrated clinical placements are from year 3 onwards.
Course length5 years
Students have the option to intercalate between years 3 and 4.
Courses offered1 course offered
Undergraduate and Graduate entry - 5 years
Graduate entryYes
Foundation or accessNo
University Life
Local areaBirmingham
The city centre is only 2 train stops away. The famous Bullring is a hub for high street retailers including the world’s largest Primark. students are in a prime location to explore the vibrant and diverse city.
Social lifeLive music from up and coming artists can be seen at the O2 Academy. The student union has more than 250 societies and associations.
Interview styleMMI
10-12 Stations each lasting approximately 5 minutes.
Interview datesFebruary
Interviews run over one week mid-February
Interview topics
  • Work Experience
  • Commitment to Dentistry
  • Problem Solving
Admissions Tests
UCATThe scores of all applicants to Birmingham’s Dental Surgery course are ranked and divided into quartiles.
If an applicant’s score is in the bottom quartile their application will not be taken further and will be rejected. The higher the quartile an applicant’s score is in, the more credit they will get towards being selected for interview.
The UCAT is one of multiple aspects of the application. A lower UCAT score could be compensated elsewhere provided it is not in the bottom quartile.
The SJT score is not taken into account.
Academic Requirements
GSCEGrades required: A*/8 in Biology and Chemistry, A/7 in Mathematics and English Language or Literature
A-levelAAA is common
Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
Grades required: AAA
Retake policyNo
At both A Level and GCSE, resists are not considered
Scottish highersSubjects required: AAAAA
Scottish advancedSubjects required: AA
Grades required: Chemistry and Biology
IBGrades required: Minimum of 32 points overall with 6,6,6, at Higher Level
Subjects required: Chemistry and Biology
Bachelor's Degree (Gradutes Only)2:1 Honours Degree in a health sciences related degree (or 65% average if an unclassified degree). Minimum of ABB at A level including Chemistry and Biology.
Applications in 19/20Total number of home applicants: Approximately 590
Interviews in 19/20Total number of applicants interviewed: Approximately 220
Offers in 19/20Total number of offers: Approximately 121
Success rate in 19/20Application success rate:
Offers per applicant: 1 in 4.9
Interview success rate:
Offers per interview: Approximately 1 in 1.8

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