Bachelor of Dental Surgery Course (A200)

Prospective Undergraduates

At Sheffield we place great emphasis on helping you become a caring, competent, confident professional. We recognise the importance of a caring approach to patients, the contribution good oral health makes to general health and quality of life, and the importance of preventive dental care.

The School of Clinical Dentistry is linked to the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, where the majority of clinical teaching takes place. We also have links with the University’s Medical School and the local community.

Course Structure TulsiPatel

Teaching is integrated, so you’ll learn the scientific and pathological processes underlying oral and dental disease at the same time as you acquire the skills to manage patients appropriately.

Early in the course you’ll learn about the human body in health and disease as well as diseases of the teeth and the supporting tissues, how they can be prevented and how to carry out simple clinical procedures. As you progress through the course, you’ll learn more advanced skills in patient management, the importance of whole patient care, and their long-term management – just as if you were a qualified dental surgeon.

At the end of your second year, you may choose to take a year out to study for a BMedSci. This is an opportunity to obtain an in-depth understanding of one of the subjects introduced in the dental course. It includes the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research.

Towards the end of the BDS course, there is increasing emphasis on the relationship between the different dental specialisms, and the development of skills in diagnosis and treatment planning. Throughout your clinical study you’ll learn to take a preventive approach to patient care, and motivate patients to look after their oral health.

For more information on the BDS programme, please download our course brochure.  BDS Prospectus 2017

NHS constitution

Our values align with those of the NHS Constitution which are:

Working together for patients

Respect and dignity

Commitment to quality of care


Improving lives

Everyone counts

International students

Government regulations on immigration have changed. As a result, it may be difficult for non-UK/EEA graduates to secure employment in UK vocational training, general professional training schemes and hospital posts. For further information, please visit:

What do our graduates do?

Our graduates follow a variety of paths, including general dental practice, community dental service and the armed forces. When they qualify, many of our students choose to practice in the South Yorkshire and East Midlands region, contributing to improving the dentist-to-population ratio in this part of the country. If you want to work in an NHS practice you must complete a minimum of one year of vocational training, known as Dental Foundation (DF) training. You can extend this training to two years. You may choose an academic, teaching or hospital-based career, which could mean a period of higher specialist training or study for a higher academic degree such as a masters or a PhD. Many of our graduates become hospital or academic consultants with responsibility for teaching, research and patient care. Some hold important national positions.


When you're ready to apply, see the UCAS website:


Admissions Secretary
Dental School Office
School of Clinical Dentistry
T: +44 (0)114 215 9307

Statistics about this course

The figures below give you key information about this course. The data has been independently collected by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).