Uclan Phd Application Personal Statement

2:1 Degree in a Biomedical discipline, plus 3 A-Levels at grade C or above (at least 2 must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) General Studies is not counted towards A Level entry
GCSE: Maths & English GCSE Grade B or Equivalent.

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees in the UK are 5-year programmes. There is a standard entry pathway and a graduate entry pathway. Applicants to the graduate entry pathway must demonstrate that their prior formal qualifications have covered relevant biomedical subjects. This will also allow direct entry to Year 2 (2nd BDS).

For 2019 entry the University of Central Lancashire will offer 29 places on its graduate entry pathway with no standard entry places. All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their prior degree covered the biomedical subjects included in the attached learning outcomes. This course is only open to applicants from the UK and European Union.


UCAS application deadline date: 15 October 2018

Applicants must also download, complete in full and return the Verification of Prior Learning document to DentistryAPL@uclan.ac.uk by the deadline of the 15th October 2018.

Students will be contacted by the NHS directly inviting them to apply for bursary support prior to enrolling on the 2nd year of the course.

Academic Requirements

  1. A minimum of an upper second class Honours degree in a biomedical discipline.
  2. Verification or prior learning (see below).
  3. A minimum of 3 A Levels at Grade C or above (at least two of which must be from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics*).
  4. GCSE Mathematics (Grade B) and English Language (Grade B) or equivalent
  5. All students whose first language is not English must have IELTS – grade 7.0 or above in every category.
  6. An academic reference. This should be from the course leader, your personal tutor or project supervisor. If you do not already have your degree, the academic reference should include a predicted grade. If you have been in employment for a number of years and are unable to obtain a reference from your previous university degree, we would consider a reference that can evidence continuing professional development at degree level or beyond.

*Please note that only one Mathematics award will count as one of the two required subjects. General Studies is not counted as one of the A Levels.

We do not consider external admissions tests such as the UKCAT or GAMSAT during any part of the admissions process.

It is helpful if you make the biological components of your degree clear on the UCAS form. Please refer to the frequently asked questions document if you hold non-UK qualifications for advice on how your qualifications are assessed.

Verification of Prior Learning

At the time of submitting their UCAS form applicants for the Graduate Entry pathway MUST complete the document Verification of Prior Learning to demonstrate that their first degree has satisfied the Learning Outcomes of Year 1. This should be emailed direct to the Admissions Tutor at DentistryAPL@uclan.ac.uk If applicants are successful at interview the information provided will be verified before an offer is made.

Non-Academic Entry Requirements

  1. Home/EU students only. Currently, we are only funded to offer places to UK/EU candidates, hence we cannot accept international applicants to this course.
  2. A fully and accurately completed UCAS form, ensuring that all applicable sections contain the relevant information.
  3. Work experience within Dentistry; we recommend a minimum of two weeks shadowing experience in an NHS General Dental Practice. However, in general, the more dental work experience an applicant has the better their understanding is of dentistry as a career as well as broadening their knowledge of current dental issues.
  4. Personal Statement; applicants must demonstrate their motivation for a career in dentistry.
  5. If the main academic qualifications were gained many years previously there should be evidence of recent academic endeavour i.e. in the last five years.
  6. DBS; all potential students must undergo an enhanced DBS check prior to admittance to the programme.
  7. Occupational Health Clearance; all prospective students must complete an occupational health screening. Students are advised to be protected against chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis C and TB. All offers are conditional on completion of a health questionnaire and satisfactory assessment of fitness to train from the Occupational Health Service. In line with the document for ‘New healthcare workers’ (Department of Health, 2007) all students must demonstrate that they are free from TB, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV prior to final acceptance on to the course. Students must also demonstrate that they have sufficient Hepatitis B antibody levels prior to commencing ‘exposure prone procedures’ and so are encouraged to start an appropriate course of Hepatitis B vaccinations as soon as possible (i.e. by the time an offer is made).
  8. It is also beneficial for you to have had at least a year's general work experience.
  9. We are unable to accept applications from individuals who are enrolled on another university course unless that course will be completed, and the results known, by the end of August prior to the start of the dental course.
  10. The School of Dentistry tries to accommodate students with disability or learning support needs, but it can only accept students who would be able to practise dentistry without detriment to patients. Students who have a disability that is likely to significantly affect their ability to practise dentistry, or who will need significant support to enable them to do so, are encouraged to discuss this informally with the Admissions Tutor at the School of Dentistry at UCLan. Please contact the Admissions Tutor at BDSEnquiries@uclan.ac.uk

If you have any further questions that you would like to ask the Admissions Tutor please email BDSEnquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Selection Procedure

Entrance exam and interviews will be held on one date only. All applicants that are invited to sit the entrance assessment examination must do so at the Preston campus and unfortunately, we are unable to hold the examination at any other centre.

Applicants who perform well at the entrance assessment exam which will be held in mid-November 2018 (date TBC), who have demonstrated that their degree has contained the necessary relevant subjects and who have produced all required certificates will be invited for interview in December 2018 (dates TBC, no other interview dates will be available).

Entrance Assessment Exam

This multiple choice exam to be held in mid-November (date TBC, no other date will be available) is designed to ensure that all applicants have the necessary level of knowledge in order to allow them to enter Year 2 of the 5-year programme. The exam will cover all topics listed in the attached Verification of Prior Learning Document.

Interview Format

Applicants who perform well at the entrance assessment exam, who have demonstrated that their degree has contained the necessary relevant subjects and who have produced all required certificates will be invited for interview in December 2018 (dates TBC, no other interview dates will be available).

The day will consist of (in no particular order):

  1. A presentation from the Director of the BDS programme (Associate Dean) of the Dental School
  2. Tour of the Dental School in Preston
  3. Paperwork
  4. Two manual dexterity tasks: Instructions regarding a simple manual dexterity task will be included in the invite for interview letter. Applicants will be asked to learn how to perform the task and are welcome to practice as much as is needed prior to interview. The task must be completed on the interview day, without instructions. Maximum time allowed - five minutes.
  5. Applicants will be asked at interview to perform a second manual task without prior knowledge, using either wax or wire. Approximately 20 minutes.
  6. Interview: the interview itself will take the format of Mini Multi Interviews lasting approximately 70 minutes and will include topics such as communication skills, knowledge of dentistry, ethics and professionalism and team working.
  7. Checking certificates: applicants must bring all original documentation (GCSE/A Level/Degree) to the interview

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Decisions and Feedback

All applicants will be notified of our decision as soon as possible; however, this may not be until the end of March. Normally, brief feedback is provided to unsuccessful applicants through UCAS at the time of rejection. Requests for additional feedback should be made in writing to the Admissions Tutor at BDSEnquiries@uclan.ac.uk . She will endeavour to respond within one month of receipt of the request but may not be in a position to provide any detailed feedback until after the end of March.

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