BDS (Hons) Dentistry

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Anonymous

The first year focuses on theory of human biochemistry and physiology. Second year is a mixture between theory of conservative dentistry, periodontics, dental materials and clinical skills.Third to fifth year then progressively develops skills in various branches of dentistry.The course delivers content at a suitable pace. Contact hours are quite long, ranging from 22-40 hrs per week. The theoretical and clinical teaching are spectacular, with only a few exceptions. However some parts of the course are not as well structured as it could be, so the sequence of topics to be covered are slightly counter-intuitive. It would be much better if modules such as tooth morphology and conservative dentistry were given lecture and workshop time as well.The course is mostly exam-based, with a few projects and posters. Overall it is very enjoyable, as it hones practical skills thoroughly and gives an in-depth yet well-rounded approach to dentistry and the sciences.

Anonymous

I study dentistry which enables me to relieve people of their pain, help them with become more confident in their smiles and generally their wellbeing.The course is challenging as it requires complicated hands on skills, a solid knowledge of many areas such as medicine and material science, and of course many interpersonal skills like patience and empathy.However, the satisfaction on completion is priceless.

Anonymous

Excellent standard of teaching overall. Tutors are very helpful and willing to give you the right amount of support depending on your aptitude. The practical elements of the course are (obviously) the best part and are at a very high standard which lots of opportunities to develop further beyond what is taught during timetabled hours.Organisation is not at such a high standard as sometimes multiple lectures are cancelled with minimal notice or lectures are timetabled and made compulsory with minimal notice.The degree is a stressful one and there is a lot of admin that goes alongside it when it comes to booking patients which, out in practice, would be undertaken by the reception staff. This is honestly what causes me the most stress as we are constantly emailed about patients who are trying to get back in contact with us.More feedback after exams - particularly if they are only formative, would be helpful as otherwise your marks don't give you any way to improve thereafter.

Anonymous

Structure is constantly evolving. Much emphasis on theoretical knowledge of human biology and molecular processes. Some of this may not be clinically relevant. Forms of teaching are varied, however the contact hours increase significantly throughout the course. I am enjoying it.

Anonymous

Dentistry and Kings gives the most experience clinically which is definitely an asset compared to other dental schools. The hands on experience definitely sets you up well for dental foundation training.In terms of the knowledge and content of the course, Kings definitely go into a lot of detail in the different modules and the exams that we have to sit are very challenging.The teachers on the whole and very enthusiastic and prepare you well for practical dentistry.

Anonymous

Dentistry is a very challenging degree that requires a lot of effort and self-directed learning however the time put into learning theory pays off once you're in clinics and treating patients. The technical skills you learn are actually quite fun and the variety of specialisms means you're almost guaranteed to find an aspect of dentistry that suits you.

Anonymous

Dentistry is an interesting yet challenging degree. I enjoy the clinical side of the degree, seeing patients and getting real experience. The academic side is slightly disorganised with a lot of timetable changes and last minute exam info. If organisation could be improved then I would rate this degree a lot higher.

Anonymous

Dentistry is a 5 year course which includes many different aspects, from human disease to dental materials. It allows you to explore and use different abilities from hands-on work, to laboratory constructing and even having medical capabilities. Many different assessments are included, with no coursework involved. This include hands-on work (such as doing a filling/crown prep before practising on patients) to end of year exams. However although the degree is full-on it is very enjoyable to especially when having your own patients so early on in the degree!

Anonymous

Studying Dentisty has been a great joy so far. The teachers are usually practising dentists who teach on a day off from general practise.The tips that they usually have to offer have been learnt from a number of years they have spent working and often yield great result when used on clinics.The lectures are varied and delivered by researchers who are at the forefront of their field. They are all very approachable and happy to take questions and expand on any areas that are not clear.

Anonymous

The course is enjoyable overall. The use of haptic technology and clinical sessions starting from first year ensures we get enough practical experience. The assessments are reasonable and useful for testing our knowledge. We do have loads of contact hours, but with good time management it's all a cinch.

Anonymous

Interesting and demanding but a good way to develop your love of science and of interacting with people. It is a practical course which allows you to really see what being a dentist is like but also gives you good background knowledge.It is a five year course where you have lectures and practical sessions in the hospital. There are also tutorials to help you comprehend what you are taught. There are exams at the end of the year which are MCQ or essay or short-answer questions.I personally really like the course and would recommend it. You get lots of support and feedback and advice. It is well structured and there is help if you need it. There are lots of opportunists to do research if you want and there are lots of extra-curricular activities you can do to enhance your CV or just do for fun.

Anonymous

Dentistry at King's College London is a challenging yet hugely rewarding degree. Just 1.5 years into the course, students start seeing their own patients to provide treatment. This increases so that by the 5th year of the course students are carrying out a range of treatment including routine fillings, dentures, extractions, root canals and crown and bridgework plus specialised disciplines such as sedation and special care dentistry. It is sometimes challenging to juggle a full day of work with evenings of study, but after 5 years of hard work students graduate as fully qualified dental professionals (unlike medics, who must work several years more). Finally, 5 years of work (and recreation) with classmates means students develop close friendships that last throughout their future careers.

Anonymous

I’m now in my fourth year at King’s doing dentistry, and I honestly love it. We are the biggest dental school in the UK which has its drawbacks (there are so many students to each class we probably have less intimate teaching than other unis, and we often have to wait in a queue for our tutors to come over when we have patients) BUT it is internationally recognised as being a great university and so wherever you go, it will look great to have a degree from King’s College London on your CV. It is an intense degree, not really like any other subject, and I believe KCL’s course is a lot more intense than other unis. But we get a lot of practice and patient exposure, which I think is the most important thing to build confidence as a dentist.

Anonymous

Studying Dentistry is great! We get to have clinical experience quite early on in the degree! The teaching at the university is great, especially as the authors of some of the textbooks we use are actually our lecturers, and they are always willing to help you succeed

Anonymous

Before entering this course or even applying blindly, be sure to take time to review contents of this course and what is involved. This is not a one dimensional course but in fact entails much more detail about the human body than one would presume. Moreover, you also get the opportunity to learn and develop your social skills and work skills that will be necessary once entering practice. Dentistry is not just about teeth and getting the job done, you have to learn about business skills, learning to deal with a wide range of patients and their complaints, how to work well with a team and so much more. This is a long course which requires dedication and a desire to really pursue this career, preserving through any ups or downs.

Anonymous

The degree will allow me to become one of the hug hest regarded healthcare professionals. I am extremely grateful to have got into studying Dentistry at KCL.1st year I feel had a lot of information and so has been a busy year but it will all be worth it in the end. As it is my second degree I am more that pleased with my choice this time round. The only issue I have is that the University is slightly unorganized, there are so many groups on the dental course they have slightly overcomplicated it and when it comes to lecture order, alot of it could be in better order.

Anonymous

The first year of the course isn't the most interesting or fun as its more biomedical science based than oral biology based. You don't start learning any oral biology until February of first year which seems fairly late whilst taking the course. However you start dental nursing in January and this is very early and very enjoyable, makes you feel like a real dentist! The course is very hard, you learn a lot in a lot of detail and in exams you very rarely get above 65%, more commonly in the 50%'s. Lectures are very different to school but you do get used to them. There are better lecturers than others but generally the teaching is quite good. You do have a lot of fun whilst at university, theres so much to do alongside the course.

Anonymous

Studying Dentistry at King's is a pleasant experience. Although the degree itself can prove quite a challenge, the lecturers and clinical teachers are always warm and friendly and are happy to help with queries. The resources are great and the equipment is state of the art. In terms of assessment, I feel that we could be assessed less 'strictly' but I understand why there is a need to expect such high standards, we will be treating patients who will be trusting and relying on us and so we are taught to provide the best service possible to our patients. I feel confident that I have chosen the best university in the UK to study dentistry, a degree and career I am passionate about. My passion has grown by means of studying the degree itself. Support is always available and the learning resources are detailed and allow us to gain maximum knowledge in the best way.

Anonymous

Really enjoyable hands on degree with lots of clinical exposure as well as interesting and relevant lectures. At kings you are taught by the top lecturers and academic staff. The facilities are really good, however feedback and marking could be improved. In the first year it is probably the most dull of the 5 year course. You do get to dental nurse once a week for older students. As you progress through the years you get more clinical exposure as well as seeing your own patients. There is a huge emphasis on team work and you learn to work professionally with many different people across the years and in your own year.

Anonymous

Really enjoyable hands on degree with lots of clinical exposure as well as interesting and relevant lectures. At kings you are taught by the top lecturers and academic staff. The facilities are really good, however feedback and marking could be improved. In the first year it is probably the most dull of the 5 year course. You do get to dental nurse once a week for older students. As you progress through the years you get more clinical exposure as well as seeing your own patients. There is a huge emphasis on team work and you learn to work professionally with many different people across the years and in your own year.

Anonymous

I love dentistry as it's a combination of science, art, engineering, surgery and medicine. We have to learn a high volume of information for our written exams which are quite challenging. We are also assessed on our practical skills which I really enjoy! The best thing about dentistry is being able to enhance patient's daily lives with the work you do! This is very satisfying indeed.

Anonymous

I think guys campus is an excellent place to study for a degree. it is vibrant full of life and always busy. qThe structure of the dental course has been thought out wvery well, it is a course that requires you to work very hard all the time, however the many friends and hobbies you can do here makes university life amazing!. I really enjoy the course however sometime there can be too much work! but we did choose this as a career...

Anonymous

The course is very well structured with excellent resources. I particularly enjoyed and benefitted from the haptel software.The course content is well organised and the resources on Keats are very useful. I also like the way we can observe clinics giving us ability to practise our skills.The course can be improved by updating keats lecture capture by uploading all lectures (besides those with copyright issues)

Anonymous

Dentistry is a great course for those who enjoy a challenge. The course structure is well thought through and covers the main biological sciences in the first year, going through each topic in order so that students can follow more easily. The new phase structure means that we are assessed regularly to ensure that we are always on top of work and that we are at the level we should be at.Nonetheless, the course is still extremely challenging with a lot of theory to learn combined with the clinical aspect in the hospital which is more hands on and requires a responsible and diligent character. The clinical sessions are in a hospital environment so maturity and responsibility is vital but nonetheless, it is still extremely fun.The location and reputation means that the hardest cases come to the dentists at kings meaning that we as students are privileged to see and experience first hand these difficult cases making the learning experience even better!

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