Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code B750
Duration 3 years
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Related subjects Dentistry

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School of Clinical Dentistry
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Bio-dental Science and Technology

One of fewer than 20 schools in the UK to offer cadaveric anatomy teaching

Course description

On this course you'll learn all about the structure, function and maintenance of oral and dental tissues. You'll learn about the basic and applied sciences underpinning clinical dentistry, including anatomy, oral microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, tissue engineering, medical sociology and dental materials. This research-led course puts you at the forefront of developments in healthcare.

You'll work on innovative research projects, such as the molecular and cellular bases of regeneration and tissue repair. We'll help you to develop the technical skills needed by employers.

This degree includes an opportunity to go on a research-informed placement where you'll learn how science can provide commercial healthcare solutions. You'll also have the chance to work with the local community to promote the public understanding of oral health.

You'll study eight core modules across three years. The modules will progressively develop your ability to learn independently. Although all modules are compulsory, you can choose to focus on the subjects that interest you most during Years 2 and 3.

Year 1
The first year introduces you to the organisation and function of the human body with a special focus on the head and neck. You'll study the structure of cells and the biochemical processes within them as well as the anatomy of the thorax, head and neck. You'll learn about major physiological processes alongside cellular function and body structure. You will also learn about important bacterial pathogens, especially those causing oral disease, and how the body responds to infection.

Year 2
The second year provides an overview of the effect that growth, ageing and certain diseases have on wellbeing. You'll also learn about dental materials and how to use them safely. This course will develop your skills in experimental design, and your ability to analyse results and identify the impact of your work on oral health.

Year 3
During the third year you'll carry out a research-informed placement that builds on subjects you developed an interest in during Year 2. You'll study research statistics and ethics, and learn how to critically appraise scientific literature. The third year will give you a deep understanding of key topics in bio-dental science and technology. You'll also gain skills in laboratory and qualitative research.

This School of Clinical Dentistry course includes lectures, seminars, online learning, lab classes and human dissection. In addition to the placement, you'll carry out an individual project and a group project.

You can't transfer from the B750 BSc Bio-dental Science and Technology course to the A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery course. If you're interested in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery you would need to apply for this separately and meet the usual requirements. If you apply for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery as a graduate of the BSc, please check the entry requirements.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, including two sciences
International Baccalaureate 33, 5 in two HL sciences
BTEC DDD in Science
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB + AB, including two sciences
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB, including two sciences
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • Science subjects include Chemistry, Maths, Biology, Physics, Further Maths and Human Biology. Note that Biology with Human Biology is not acceptable in combination
  • Students offering Maths and Further Maths must also have an additional Science A2 from the list. We will also consider applicants who offer Chemistry with Psychology or Chemistry with Geography as the two science A Levels
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or C, including Maths, English Language and a science
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

School of Clinical Dentistry website

First year

Core modules:

The Head and Oral Cavity in Health and Disease
Introduction to The Human Body

Second year

Core modules:

Nutrition, Disease and Materials

Third year

Core modules:

Research-informed placement
Bio-dental Research Problems and Approaches
Bio-dental Science Research Methods
Ethics, the Law and Public Awareness of Science
Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

School of Clinical Dentistry

Our teaching is driven by world-class research. You'll learn about the new techniques and advances that are rapidly taking place in the field of dentistry.

We believe in training the whole team together. Our dentistry and dental hygiene and therapy students learn alongside each other in a way that helps to prepare them for practice. Our combination of integrated teaching and practical experience produces caring, confident professionals.

Most of our teaching takes place in the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, which is attached to the School of Clinical Dentistry. We also have links with the Medical School and the local community.

Our students find that our courses provide them with opportunities to explore ideas, apply what they have learnt and achieve their best. This is reflected in the National Student Survey where we consistently achieve 100 per cent overall student satisfaction.

We're committed to delivering an exceptional student experience. Our staff are involved in the quality assurance of teaching in Sheffield and other universities, and some have gained national recognition. Prestigious awards include: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Mature Educator, and National Teaching Fellow.

A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery, DENU03 Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
Our placement programme for students is outstanding. You'll learn the value of evidence-based dentistry and how to apply it to clinical practice. Many of our staff are internationally respected for their research. Some are general dental practitioners with years of clinical experience.

B750 Bio-dental Science and Technology
We have expertise in diverse fields including anatomy, oral microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, tissue engineering, neuroscience, medical sociology and dental materials.

We carry out world-class basic and translational research in all of these areas. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 92 per cent of our work was rated internationally excellent or world-leading. Our strengths in these disciplines means that this research-led course covers topics that are at the forefront of healthcare research.

School of Clinical Dentistry website

What our graduates do

A200 Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Most graduates apply for a one-year Dental Foundation (DF) training programme. This provides you with a supportive environment where you can continue to develop your skills and experience to the point where you become an independent practitioner. Successful completion of the DF year enables you to work in an NHS practice. All of our students who graduated in July 2018 were successful in gaining a DF training place.

After their DF year, most graduates find work in general dental practices, in the community dental service or sometimes in the armed forces. Some choose to undertake further specialist training to enable them to become speciality dentists, hospital or academic consultants or to become researchers. A number of our graduates choose to return to the school later in their careers to teach.

DENU03 Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
Our graduates can register with the General Dental Council and work in dentistry as dental hygienists and dental therapists. Career opportunities exist in local NHS and private dental practices, hospital services, community dental services and the Ministry of Defence. Others go on to research and teaching roles within universities or hospital trusts. There are also opportunities within multinational organisations which specialise in healthcare and pharmaceutical products. You may even consider 'topping up' your qualification to a degree, studying for a postgraduate qualification, or studying to become a dentist.

B750 Bio-dental Science and Technology
Our graduates develop the knowledge and skills to work in translational research both in industry and the NHS. As this degree combines a biological science with a healthcare discipline, you'll be well placed for a career in emerging areas of applied health research, the sociology of healthcare, bioactive materials, advanced manufacturing and virtual reality simulation. The degree includes skills development applicable to most workplaces. If you decide to carry out clinical dental training, this degree provides an excellent foundation to support an academic career.

Student profile

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