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Applying to dentistry as a graduate..

1. Typical UKCAT score I should be aiming for? 700?
2. is 2:1 sufficient.
3. If I apply to undergraduate programme, I have better advantage but fees are obviously a pain.
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There are only four GED Universities in the whole UK (Lancashire, Aberdeen, Liverpool, KCL) with about 80ish places in total. It shouldn't take you too long to go through the individual requirements of them all, but generally yes 2:1 is the minimum that you need to get an interview; but bear in mind that competition is fierce and many people will have firsts.

A UKCAT score of 700 is very good, but not all GED universities require UKCAT.

Graduate entry is far more difficult/competitive to get into than undergraduate for the following reasons
1. MUCH less places available (about 80ish in the UK, whereas for the undergrad maybe ten times that)
2. Four years BDS instead of five years
3. There is student finance (tuition fees + maintenance loans) and NHS bursaries/tuition fee contributions available for GED, regardless if you taken out a student finance loan in the past or not
4. People applying to GED are much more experienced, mature, have more knowledge, etc due to already holding a university degree; some people will have even completed a 5 year Masters in Pharmacy, some will be medical doctors wanting to specialise in MaxFax, etc. You won't be competing with fresh out of school 18 year olds

Make GED your first priority, however there is nothing to stop you from applying from the 5year undergrad entry alongside GED on your UCAS form. Just remember you can only apply for a maximum of four Dentistry/Dental Surgery courses per UCAS cycle.

Good luck
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There are only four GED Universities in the whole UK (Lancashire, Aberdeen, Liverpool, KCL) with about 80ish places in total. It shouldn't take you too long to go through the individual requirements of them all, but generally yes 2:1 is the minimum that you need to get an interview; but bear in mind that competition is fierce and many people will have firsts.

A UKCAT score of 700 is very good, but not all GED universities require UKCAT.

Graduate entry is far more difficult/competitive to get into than undergraduate for the following reasons
1. MUCH less places available (about 80ish in the UK, whereas for the undergrad maybe ten times that)
2. Four years BDS instead of five years
3. There is student finance (tuition fees + maintenance loans) and NHS bursaries/tuition fee contributions available for GED, regardless if you taken out a student finance loan in the past or not
4. People applying to GED are much more experienced, mature, have more knowledge, etc due to already holding a university degree; some people will have even completed a 5 year Masters in Pharmacy, some will be medical doctors wanting to specialise in MaxFax, etc. You won't be competing with fresh out of school 18 year olds

Make GED your first priority, however there is nothing to stop you from applying from the 5year undergrad entry alongside GED on your UCAS form. Just remember you can only apply for a maximum of four Dentistry/Dental Surgery courses per UCAS cycle.

Good luck
Thanks so much for this information. And as you can apply for a maximum of four dentistry courses, can you apply to for example 2 undergraduate programmes and 2 graduate entry ones?
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Thanks so much for this information. And as you can apply for a maximum of four dentistry courses, can you apply to for example 2 undergraduate programmes and 2 graduate entry ones?
You can apply for a mix of whatever you like for dentistry (undergrad and grad entry), as long as it is four maximum.

You will still have a fifth choice to apply for a non dentistry/medicine/vet course. Seen as how you hold a BSc in Biomed, you will probably want a professional degree and alternatives would include Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, etc. You could put this as your fifth choice if you really wanted, however my advice is never settle for second best if Dentistry is what you want.
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