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Dentistry: Why and How?

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Why Study Dentistry?

The profession of dentistry is known for its high demand in the job market and salaries as high as £110,000 per annum. But the significance of this profession goes beyond just the monetary benefits.

It has a high demand in the academics and research development as well. For the people who wish to study their PhDs and masters in the field, this might be of great value. Being a dentist it would mean you would have to carry out procedures like fillings, root canals, braces etc in a hospital or private practice. The field also has a potential for diversification.

Dentistry gives you valuable skills with high demand, which not only give you high employability avenues but also the opportunity to be able to set up a private practice. Many dentists therefore, run their own clinics besides pursuing other jobs.

 

Level of Study: Postgraduate in Dentistry

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements are usually set to the achievement of a Bachelors in Dental Sciences (BDS) or a Bachelors in other health related fields. Every university in the UK has a certain level of scores they would desire the students to have achieved in their degrees, mostly being 2:1.

The English language requirement is similar to that of other postgraduate courses with at least 6 bands out of 9 in IELTS exam for most universities, and some universities having slightly different criteria. Some universities might also accept a specific level of score in TOEFL exam.

Course Structure

There is a range of different postgraduate courses one can choose form including orthodontics, periodontics, aesthetics and many more. Specializing in a certain field would open valuable avenues in future in both academic and professional terms. Students can choose to study further and emerge into the field of research and development.

Although, to practice one would need to pass the registration exam and some training or house job experience.

Most MSc. Courses are one year long, however others with intense research or practical projects might extend up to two years. There are two semesters each year, with exams at the end of each academic year and other tests and coursework throughout the year.

 

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