This leading degree in Oral Health Science offers both dental nurses and school leavers the opportunity to train for a structured professional career in dental hygiene and dental therapy, a sector currently experiencing a 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.
In addition, all applicants to this programme will be expected to demonstrate the following:
Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course
Successful completion of one of the following Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) courses:
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.
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:
|Full-time (120 credit modules) per year||£1,820||£1,820|
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
For students living in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) studying this course full time, the following fees apply:
|Year 1||CertHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 2||DipHE||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
|Year 3||Degree||£9,000 p.a.||£9,000 p.a.|
**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2016-17 and 2017-18).
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.
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Inverness College UHI for more information.
On successful completion of this BSc Oral Health Science course there will be many career opportunities open to you, including:
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I chose the University of the Highlands and Islands because it offered the best facilities for learning oral health science. I also wanted to start working with patients straight away and they had a wide client base.
Calum Taylor is studying full time on the BSc Oral Health Science at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.
I qualified as a dental nurse in 2014 and this course is the next step to help further my career. I loved the idea of being able to work on practical treatment rather than assisting as I did in my previous job. The course moves so fast but I look back on the first year and realise how much I have achieved with my patients. It is very rewarding.
Robyn Devlin is studying full time and is in her second year of the BSc Oral Health Science, at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness.
One of the highlights of the course was being able to get hands-on with patients after only three months. I also enjoyed our outreach placements in Elgin which gave me a chance to practice my skills in a different environment and prepared me for life outwith the comfort of university. Over the three years of study I saw certain patients on a regular basis and one of the rewarding aspects of this was being able to educate them on the importance and associated benefits of good oral hygiene.
BSc Oral Health Science graduate Gemma MacLennan now works as a dental therapist at Inspire Dental in Kingussie, winners of the Dentistry Scotland Awards 2014 and Scottish Dental Awards 2014.
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.