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Bio-dental Science and Technology BSc

School of Clinical Dentistry

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    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 seven 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.

    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.


    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Choose a year to see modules for a level of study:

    Title: Bio-dental Science and Technology BSc course structure 2022
    UCAS code: B750
    Years: 2022

    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.

    Core modules:

    The Head and Oral Cavity in Health and Disease

    In this module you will learn about the organisation and function of human head and neck, with special focus upon the oral cavity. You will study the development, structure and function of dental, periodontal and oral tissues at the same time as learning the anatomy of the head and neck. You will also learn about important bacterial pathogens and how the body responds to infection. This knowledge will be integrated by learning about dental and oral diseases and how they can be prevented. Your learning will be reinforced by participating in practical classes in histology; human dissection; physiology and microbiology.

    65 credits
    Introduction to The Human Body

    In this module you will learn about the organisation and function of human body. You will study the structure of cells and the biochemical processes within them at the same time as learning the anatomy of the thorax. This knowledge of cellular function and body structure will be integrated by learning about major physiological processes. Your learning will be reinforced by participating in practical classes in histology, cell biology and human dissection.

    55 credits

    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. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

    Learning and assessment


    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.

    We invest to create the right environment for you. That means outstanding facilities, study spaces and support, including 24/7 online access to our online library service.

    Study spaces and computers are available to offer you choice and flexibility for your study. Our five library sites give you access to over 1.3 million books and periodicals. You can access your library account and our rich digital collections from anywhere on or off campus. Other library services include study skills training to improve your grades, and tailored advice from experts in your subject.

    Learning support facilities and library opening hours


    You will be assessed by exams, coursework and practical tasks.

    Programme specification

    This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.

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    Entry requirements

    With Access Sheffield, you could qualify for additional consideration or an alternative offer - find out if you're eligible

    The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
    including two science subjects

    A Levels + additional qualifications | BBB, including two sciences + B in a relevant EPQ BBB, including two sciences + B in a relevant EPQ

    International Baccalaureate | 33, with 5 in two Higher Level science subjects 32, with 5 in two Higher Level science subjects

    BTEC | DDD in science DDD in science

    Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers | AABBB + AB in two science subjects ABBBB + BB in two science subjects

    Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB in two science subjects B + BB in two science subjects

    Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction in science units and 15 credits at Merit 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction in science units and 21 credits at Merit

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    English language requirements

    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

    Visa and immigration requirements

    Other requirements
    • 5 GCSE grades at 4/C including Maths, English Language and science

    • Science subjects include Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. Neither Biology and Human Biology nor Maths and Further Maths are accepted in combination as the two sciences. We will also consider applicants who offer Chemistry with Psychology or Chemistry with Geography as the two science A Levels

    Health clearance

    All new students must obtain occupational health clearance, which may require an individual assessment. This is to ensure that you meet the fitness to practice standards detailed on the Higher Education Occupational Practitioners (HEOPS) guidance. You'll need to achieve the competencies required to complete the course.

    We offer support to students with additional needs, for example, through the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service or Student Support Services. You can find out more about the network of support services we provide. A very small number of conditions might, on health and safety grounds, affect your registration with the appropriate regulatory body and your ability to practise in certain clinical situations.

    If you're offered a place, you'll need to comply with the Department of Health and Social Care mandatory immunisation requirements.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for an International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

    We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

    School of Clinical Dentistry

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    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 high scores for 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.

    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.

    Dentistry students are based at the School of Clinical Dentistry, situated within the University campus to the west of Sheffield. The school has a very close working relationship with the adjacent Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, a specialist facility offering dental services to people in Sheffield and surrounding areas.


    We aim to provide a stimulating interdisciplinary environment, with access to first-rate facilities. In our virtual simulation suite you can practice dentistry in a virtual reality environment.

    We have dedicated research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science, histology-microscopy and electrophysiology, all with dedicated technical support.

    We continually seek to improve our range of state-of-the-art facilities to meet the needs of our student and research community.

    School of Clinical Dentistry

    Why choose Sheffield?

    The University of Sheffield

      A top 100 university 2022
    QS World University Rankings

      Top 10% of all UK universities
    Research Excellence Framework 2014

      No 1 Students' Union in the UK
    Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017

    School of Clinical Dentistry

    92% percent of our research was graded as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

    Research Excellence Framework 2014

    The University of Sheffield is within the top 100 in the world for clinical and health subjects

    Times Higher Education (THE) World Subject Rankings 2021

    The University of Sheffield is one of the top 10 places in the UK to study dentistry

    The Guardian University Guide 2021

    Bio-dental Science and Technology

    One of the few schools in the UK that offer cadaveric anatomy teaching

    The Anatomical Society

    Graduate careers

    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.

    Fees and funding


    Additional costs

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    Examples of what’s included and excluded

    Funding your study

    Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.

    Use our Student Funding Calculator to work out what you’re eligible for.

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