Train to be a dentist or dental hygienist at one of the largest dental schools in the UK. We are also the highest-ranked dental school in the north of England (QS World Rankings 2020). 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 in 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 subjects, and explore your research interests.
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. We have also helped change global practice to reduce unnecessary prescriptions for some antibiotics used in dental treatment.