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Dentistry student

Study dentistry at Manchester

Research excellence and close NHS links make Manchester a great place to start or progress your dentistry career.

Undergraduate dentistry

Train to be a dentist or dental hygienist at one of the largest dental schools in the UK and the highest-ranked dental school in the north of England (QS World Rankings 2019). Get clinical experience from Year 1, work with the community, and develop the skills you need for a successful career in dentistry.

Helping the community

Take the skills you learn in the classroom and practice them into local community outreach clinics – helping those most in need.

Manchester is a university with social responsibility at its heart. We were the first dental school in the UK to incorporate clinical outreach teaching into our curriculum, and it’s still a big part of how we teach today.

"I was able to gain an insight into how we can impact people’s lives that would otherwise not be reached. It’s given me the opportunity to explore possibilities for engaging with the community beyond my time at university."

Anastasia Szalk / BDS Dentistry

How you learn

We combine the study of dental sciences with extensive clinical experience from early in Year 1.

You’ll learn in small groups and follow an enquiry‑based learning programme, supported by peer mentors.

Once you’ve mastered basic competencies in our facilities, you’ll quickly move on to treating patients in the dental hospital.




Enhance your BDS degree by taking a year to study another subject for one year between Years 2 and 3.

Choose from BSc courses in a range of relevant bioscience and healthcare programmes, and explore your research interests.

Research strengths

We undertake world-leading dentistry research that brings benefit where it's needed most.

Our research has helped to influenced government policy on dental screening in schools so children who need dental services most can access them, and changed global practice to reduce unnecessary prescriptions for some antibiotics used in dental treatment.



Priya Dhangar

"The best thing about the course is having early exposure to the clinical setting and being able to work independently from the start."

Priya Dhangar / BDS Dentistry

Apply for dentistry

If you’re ready to apply to a dentistry degree at Manchester, here’s what you need to know.


Contact us

Course enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 306 0211



General undergraduate enquiries

tel: +44 (0)161 275 2077



Taught master's in dentistry

We offer a wide range of taught postgraduate dentistry courses up to master's level. Our courses are designed to help you meet your career development aspirations as a dentistry professional.

We make it easy for you to study while you work thanks to part-time options, and our Advanced Restorative Dentistry course is delivered entirely online.

MSc courses

MSc (Clin) courses

The following three-year courses are designed for applicants who wish to receive full clinical specialty training, rather than the clinical experience that is offered on our shorter, one-year courses.

They include attachments at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, work experience in some of the north-west's best hospitals, and eligibility to sit the Royal College examinations appropriate to the discipline.

MDPH/MRes courses

The following courses can be completed in one year when studied full-time, or over two to five years part-time.

Other courses

See all taught master’s

See CPD courses

"Manchester's a natural choice for an MSc. It's got a very good reputation for postgraduate studies and academic support."

Charlotte Tams / Orthodontics MSc (Clin) student

Postgraduate research

We have an international reputation for the outstanding dentistry research we produce, covering areas from stem cell research and genetics to clinical trials and systematic reviews.

Our PhD/MPhil research enables you to tap into and learn from our longstanding expertise as we work towards understanding the scientific basis of craniofacial and oral health.

We cover a wide range of topics within two main themes in our dentistry research - basic sciences and health sciences - so you will find a research group to suit your interests. 

Our PhD/MPhil programmes

You can also see a full list of the Faculty's postgraduate research subjects or search for a specific project.

All of our postgraduate researchers become key members of their research groups and our Faculty Doctoral Academy, which provides training and support to help you get the most out of your time here at Manchester.

Kate McKenzie

"The University's reputation is second to none, and its postgraduate status is renowned worldwide. Manchester's dentistry team have been so supportive throughout my student journey."

Kate McKenzie / Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health PhD student