Oral Health Sciences BSc

Bachelor's degree

In Dundee

Price on request


  • Type

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location

    Dundee (Scotland)

  • Duration

    3 Years

  • Start date



Dental hygiene and dental therapy are concerned with maintaining and managing aspects of oral and dental health and preventing oral and dental diseases. This requires an understanding of the whole body, knowledge of the mouth and an appreciation of social influences as well as precise manual skills.

Dental hygienists and therapists are part of the dental team, with dentists, dental nurses and dental technicians. The group comprising dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and technicians are known as dental care professionals (DCPs). Dental hygienists and therapists work to a treatment plan provided by a dentist. They help patients develop and maintain good oral health. They do this by restoring teeth (doing fillings) and, for child patients, they can also carry out extractions, pulp therapy and stainless steel crowns. The treatment of periodontal (gum) disease is also a major component of the work. Their preventive role includes giving advice on diet, oral hygiene and smoking cessation. Other care they can provide is the taking and developing of radiographs and the taking of impressions.



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Fulton Building, DD1 4HN

Start date

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About this course

There is a current shortage of dental professionals in the UK. Once qualified you may choose to work in general dental practice (NHS and private), the community dental service, hospital practice, the armed services or in industry. Current employment levels are very high (100%) and remuneration is good.

ABBB at Higher including biology, plus chemistry (Standard Grade at 3 or National 5/Intermediate2 at C). You'll need to have studied in the last 3 years and have studied an acceptable Biology qualification within the last 5 years. BBB including A-Level biology, plus GCSE chemistry at C. You'll need to have studied in the last 3 years and have studied an acceptable Biology qualification within the last 5 years.

This programme has full approval from the professional governing body for dentistry in the UK, the General Dental Council (GDC).

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  • Dental
  • Hygiene
  • Periodontal
  • Biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Embryology
  • Anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biology
  • Oral Biology
  • Human Disease

Course programme

Typical degree programme

Level 1

At Level 1 you will study the biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, embryology, genetics, pathology, histology and biochemistry) and learn about the oral cavity in oral biology. Manual skills are also developed and you will start to treat patients in the second semester. The types of treatments carried out at this stage will include giving oral health advice, measuring the oral condition and carrying out periodontal (gum) treatment.

Modules include:

  • Foundation
  • Biomedical Sciences and Oral Biology
  • Restorative 1
  • Plaque-related Diseases
  • Clinical Practice 1
Level 2

Level 2 sees the introduction of additional clinical skills and you start treating patients for restorative procedures such as dental fillings.

Modules include:

  • Human Disease
  • Restorative 2
  • Imaging
  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Clinical Practice 2
Level 3

At Level 3, you continue with clinical work both within the Dental Hospital and in community outreach clinics. The outreach clinics give you exposure to different population groups. Treatment will include the provision of dental care for children and special needs groups.

Modules include:

  • Clinical Practice 3
  • The Developing Dentition
  • The Therapist and the Community

Additional information

Overseas students (non-EU) Fee -  £23,520 per year of study

Oral Health Sciences BSc

Price on request