Welcome to Dentistry

Congratulations on obtaining a place in the School of Dentistry! We are delighted that you are joining our School, and we look forward to welcoming you in person in September. Here, you’ll find information about what to expect during your studies at Leeds and how best to prepare. You can also explore the Welcome page for New and Returning Students if you need more practical details about arriving and settling in.

If you have any questions or concerns, please always feel free to reach out to the Student Support Team (general inquiries and student wellbeing) or DenStudy (subject-specific academic skills and pastoral support). Find out more about starting your studies on our School of Dentistry welcome page. For more information, you can also explore the School of Dentistry website.

Message from the Dean

On behalf of all the staff in the School, I’d like to extend to you a warm welcome to the School of Dentistry at the University of Leeds. You’ll be joining a vibrant community of undergraduate and postgraduate students, and we hope that you will have a stimulating, challenging and creative time with us.

In our School, you will be studying under leading academics, whose research activities have international impact. Our research is integrated with our teaching to offer you an inspirational and cutting-edge learning experience. Our emphasis on professional development prepares you for and gives you the skills and experience to stand out against other graduates in a competitive job market.

Our world-class approach to research is centred around impact, spanning both basic and clinical dental sciences. Through our expertise and collaborations, we seek to improve the quality of oral health and the delivery of dental care both nationally and internationally. This work is undertaken in research facilities which are amongst the best in the world, including our Dental Translational and Clinical Research unit.

With warm wishes,

Dr Alan Mighell, Dean of the School of Dentistry

What’s it like to study dentistry at Leeds?

In partnership with Leeds Dental Institute, we are one of the few dental schools in the UK where the whole dental team trains together. Whether you aim to become a hygienist, a technician, a dentist, a dental nurse, or a dental therapist, you will train alongside students from other dental courses wherever possible. This approach emphasizes the importance of teamwork to safe and effective oral care and treatment, offering you opportunities to develop your communication, leadership and professional skills.

Hands-on clinical experience

A distinctive strength of our programme is that you’ll have hands-on, clinical experience from year 1, offering opportunities for clinical exposure in a range of settings – at the dental hospital, in the community, at outreach clinics, and through hospital placements. You’ll be well supported by industry professionals, and you’ll have the opportunity to prepare and develop crucial practical skills through 3D virtual reality dental training simulators that offer tactile feedback.

You can read more about our state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment here.

Independent learning

In the School of Dentistry at Leeds, we are committed to the principles of SCALA (Student-Centred Active Learning Approach), which means that we seek to build supportive, inclusive, flexible, and accessible modules. Self-directed study will play a vital part in your training: you’ll curate a reflective portfolio and build your own personal development plan. Alongside independent learning, you’ll also benefit from lectures, seminars, tutorials, and e-learning, as well as early exposure to clinical practice.

The SCALA framework is designed to help build community, something that we consider to be very important when learning within a hybrid mode that combines online learning with face-to-face classroom and clinic experiences. You can expect a range of opportunities to connect with your fellow students and with teaching staff, to engage with diverse media and content, and to collaborate and participate in the learning process.

Making the Grade

In order to ensure that by the end of the course you can demonstrate competence to practise independently at the level of a safe beginner, you will undertake a comprehensive range of rigorous assessment processes, including essays, multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, extended critical research reports and clinical and practical tests. Dental Surgery students will also complete objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

You’ll be well prepared for these assessment processes by the Dentistry course modules.

Professional Standards

Students who successfully complete our Dental Surgery MChD/BChD or Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy BSc are eligible for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC), the regulatory body for dental professionals in the UK.

It’s essential that all dental professionals adhere to a professional code of ethics to maintain their registration with the GDC, and as a dental student, you will be expected to demonstrate not only the knowledge and skills expected of a dental professional, but also the attitudes and principles of professionalism in relation to your education, your clinical practice, and your personal and social life. The GDC has published guidance on student professionalism and fitness to practise that we strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with as early as possible in your training.

Broadening your Studies

Dental Surgery students have the significant opportunity for intercalation: this means taking a year out of your primary studies to undertake a second, relevant degree. For more information about the requirements and funding opportunities, please see the Intercalating Factsheet.

How to prepare

Before You Arrive

As soon as possible, you’ll need to register as a student and obtain your University username in order to access our Virtual Learning Environment, which is called Minerva.

For more guidance on everything you need to know – from how to find your timetable and when the academic term begins to what to do in an emergency or if you’re feeling overwhelmed, please explore the For Students webpage. Remember: you can always contact the Dentistry Student Support Team at denstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk.

Welcome Week

All new undergraduate students must attend the School of Dentistry Welcome Week, where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet fellow students, your instructors, and support staff
  • Get to know your Dental Family (more on this below!)
  • Meet your Personal Tutor
  • Tour the School of Dentistry and the campus
  • Find out about LUU clubs and societies, including those relevant to dentistry
  • Pick up your uniform and receive your locker allocation
  • Meet reps from the Dental Defense Union and Dental Protection

You will receive your Welcome Week timetable and information about these different activities from Denstudy and the Student Support Team in the weeks leading up to your arrival. Please do check the email account you provided to UCAS regularly in order to ensure that you do not miss any vital information!

International Students

Each year, over 9,000 international students come to the University of Leeds. Please see the International Welcome page for information about induction events tailored for international students, as well as information about who to contact for visa/immigration support and advice about settling in. The Welcome and Arrival page contains further information to help you settle in (for example: opening a UK bank account, collecting your biometric residence permit).

Disabled Students

In the School of Dentistry, as in the University as a whole, we are committed to ensuring that our teaching meets the needs of our diverse student population. This includes anticipating and meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Every School has a School Academic Lead for Inclusive Practice (SALIP), who works to promote and embed inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. In the School of Dentistry, our current SALIP is Tamora Shemwood.

Over 14% of students at the University of Leeds have a disability of some kind. Disability Services supports all students who disclose a disability in their academic studies during their time at Leeds. It is important to get to know what kinds of advice, guidance and support they offer. A good place to start is the Disability Service Welcome page, which contains information about social networks within the university, ways to stay in touch with Disability Services, and a checklist of actions that you can take to ensure that you are fully registered with Disability Services.

You can contact the University’s Disability Services by emailing disability@leeds.ac.uk. To get in touch with the Disability Contact in the School of Dentistry, please write to den.disability@leeds.ac.uk.

Mature and Part-Time Students

The Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist support for mature and part-time students. Alongside access to individual guidance and advice, you can attend events specifically tailored for mature and part-time students. Students can contact the Lifelong Learning Centre by emailing lifelonglearning@leeds.ac.uk.

Student Carers

If you have caring responsibilities, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the University’s policy on support for students/PGRs who are parents or carers in order to understand how to access appropriate support. This is especially important for dentistry students, since you will have clinical responsibilities during the course of your programme.

Resources available to you


The Leeds University Dental Society organises events to help you build connections, develop academically, and enjoy your time as part of the Leeds dental community. We’ll send you more information about them before you arrive, and you’ll have a chance to meet them during Welcome Week as they organise social activities for all 1st years.

Dental Families

DentSoc organises peer mentorship for dental students through the structure of Dental Families. You’ll be paired with a senior student during Welcome Week, giving you the opportunity to become part of an extended family network designed to offer guidance and community as you settle in and progress through your studies.

Student Support and Denstudy

All students in the School of Dentistry have access to a Student Support Team and the Denstudy Team. Both offer advice, guidance and support throughout the course of your studies. Whether your query is general or specific, academic or personal, you can email denstudentsupport@leeds.ac.uk or make a Denstudy appointment through the Denstudy booking form.