Oral Health Science BSc

UCAS code B750
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This leading degree in Oral Health Science offers you the perfect route to a successful career in dental hygiene and dental therapy, a sector currently experiencing a severe shortage in skilled practitioners.

The role of dental hygienists and dental therapists is varied. You will provide clinical and educational care in the community, including prevention, fillings and treatment for periodontal (gum) disease.. Strong communication skills and the ability to work well in a team are essential.

You will receive a thorough understanding in all aspects of dental care including the latest in practical skills and procedures. Delivered from our purpose-built dental buildings in Inverness, Stornoway and Dumfries, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and a highly skilled team of clinical and academic staff.

Special features

  • The course is delivered from state-of-the-art training units at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness, Dumfries Dental Centre and Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • Learn and improve your clinical skills and treatments in supervised patient clinics
  • Taught and supported by a professional team of clinical and academic staff
  • You will benefit from small group teaching
  • The course is taught using a combination of face-to-face and online methods
  • In your final year you will undertake a work placement in a  hospital or clinic situated across Scotland

Entry requirements

  • 4 Scottish Highers at grade B or above OR 
  • 3 A levels at grade BCC or above
  • One B grade must include a science subject, preferably Biology or Human Biology. English is also preferred
  • For those who do not have English at Higher or A level then Standard Grade English at Credit level, or GCSE English at A or B is required
  • Recognised dental nursing qualification with evidence of further academic courses undertaken is not a requirement but may be an advantage
  • Applicants without traditional entry requirements are encouraged to apply. You will be considered for the course on the basis of a portfolio of alternative evidence of the required knowledge and experience.
  • All potential applicants to this programme will be expected to demonstrate the following:
  • A genuine interest in the care and treatment of patients as part of the dental team
  • Good manual dexterity as evidenced through relevant skills
  • Team working ability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • IT experience e.g. word processing packages, email and using the internet
  • High level of commitment due to the intensive nature of this academic and clinical degree programme
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Year 1 - CertHE

  • Behavioural science
  • Biomedical science
  • Clinical dentistry 1
  • Clinical practice 1
  • Oral biology

Year 2 - DipHE

  • Clinical dentistry 2
  • Clinical practice 2
  • Dental public health
  • Human disease

Year 3 - BSc

  • Literature Review Oral health Science
  • Clinical dentistry 3.1
  • Clinical dentistry 3.2
  • Business and Career preparation oral health Science
  • Clinical practice 3

How will I study my course?

  • Full time - 3 years
  • You will study this course through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and tutorials in Inverness (Centre for Health Science), Dumfries (Dumfries Dental Centre), Stornoway (Western Isles Dental Centre).
  • Some modules are available via online study through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE) which is supported by your tutors and student advisor.
  • All practical work is face-to-face
  • You are also required to attend an induction session in Inverness at the start of your course

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 3 years @ 37.5 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees 2015-16
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

Rest of UK students

For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

Year Level 2015-16
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 p.a.
Year 3 Degree £9,000 p.a.
Year 4 Honours free*

*4th year free only for students who have paid for previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2014-15); £1,500 (2015-16)

Online** degree  3 - 4 years

Applies to RUK students studying online without a term-time address in Scotland

Full-time online per year (120 credits) £5,880
Part-time online (per 20 credit module) £980

**note that not all degrees can be studied online

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this BSc Oral Health Science course there will be many career opportunities open to you, including:

  • General dental practice
  • Salaried dental practice
  • Hospital practice
  • Armed services
  • Academic training

Is there more information available online?

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What our students are saying

Working with actual NHS patients from early on, it's fantastic to get to make a difference. Particularly in 2nd year there has been a vast amount of practical experience which has been really enjoyable.

Danielle Houston, BSc Oral Health Science, Centre for Health Science, Inverness College UHI

Apply for Oral Health Science BSc

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2016

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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