does the university you go to for dentistry matter in terms of opportunities Watch

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hi i I'd like to pursue dentistry in university and currently I've applied to some universities but because my ukcat was so low I don't think I can get many offers or even interviews.
so I was wondering I know that all dentistry universities are good but whats the employability like after you graduate.
for example will I get the same chances of I graduat from Plymouth than someone who graduated from kings college.
I'd like to do dentistry in London after graduating so will I be restricted in opportunities or say if I want to specialise will I still be able to because I've heard that its really competitive to specialise.
any advice would help a lot thanks
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The BDS course is standardised across all unis by the GDC so where you graduate from doesn’t make a difference to your employability. Employability and opportunity to specialise is down to you as a person and how well you do, not what uni you went to.
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are you sure even for dentistry as I've heard that if someone got the same result but one goes kcl and one goes Plymouth obviously the employer would choose the person from kcl
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are you sure even for dentistry as I've heard that if someone got the same result but one goes kcl and one goes Plymouth obviously the employer would choose the person from kcl
Lol, check you get your information from reliable sources.
The employer would choose the better dentist
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ahhh ok thanks for the help
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ahhh ok thanks for the help
Focus on becoming a friendly, empathetic dentist that patients would love to be treated by! Learn your clinical skills and no employer will look at what uni you went to! Good luck with your applications 😁
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yh I really like dentistry but I'm worried that the employer won't be able to see that ill be a good dentist as theyll only look at my qualifications
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out of curiosity are you a dentist or a dental student
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Focus on becoming a friendly, empathetic dentist that patients would love to be treated by! Learn your clinical skills and no employer will look at what uni you went to! Good luck with your applications 😁
Do you not think your being at least a little naive? Your not going to help him/her if you just make statements you can't back up.

The reality is it won't make much of a difference, especially once you have experience as a dentist. Obviously employers and people who select for places on specialisation courses will have pre concieved notions of universities etc... and there's nothing you can do to stop that.

I wouldn't worry about it, all dentistry degrees count for the same thing and plenty of people from Plymouth university and similar will get competitive places..
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Do you not think your being at least a little naive? Your not going to help him/her if you just make statements you can't back up.

The reality is it won't make much of a difference, especially once you have experience as a dentist. Obviously employers and people who select for places on specialisation courses will have pre concieved notions of universities etc... and there's nothing you can do to stop that.

I wouldn't worry about it, all dentistry degrees count for the same thing and plenty of people from Plymouth university and similar will get competitive places..
oh right but currently I have an interview for Plymouth only but I was looking forward to taking a gap year so do you think I should accept the offer and play it safe or try applying next year
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oh right but currently I have an interview for Plymouth only but I was looking forward to taking a gap year so do you think I should accept the offer and play it safe or try applying next year
I'd probably just take it.

I can help you more if you have an idea of specifically what you want to do once you've qualified as a dentist. Then you can actually try and find evidence for and against holding off for a year to go to a higher ranked university.

Remember, this is important: If you reject the offer now, you might never get the chance again. Afaik if you reject an offer that counts against you when reapplying later. It's the same for Veterinary Science and Medicine; tbh I'd just take it.
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ohh i thought it wouldn't matter if I rejected it 😬
but yh after graduating I'd like to do some hospital dentistry for a while and maybe specialise in prosthodontics later on as I think that'll make the most immediate impact on someone's appearance and self confidence
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ohh i thought it wouldn't matter if I rejected it 😬
but yh after graduating I'd like to do some hospital dentistry for a while and maybe specialise in prosthodontics later on as I think that'll make the most immediate impact on someone's appearance and self confidence
To be honest I've thought about it and I would definitely take the offer you have. Dentisty is possibly THE most competitive course to get on and I really doubt it will make much of a difference at all.
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ahhh ok then I'll probably just take it thanks for all the help
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Do you not think your being at least a little naive? Your not going to help him/her if you just make statements you can't back up.

The reality is it won't make much of a difference, especially once you have experience as a dentist. Obviously employers and people who select for places on specialisation courses will have pre concieved notions of universities etc... and there's nothing you can do to stop that.

I wouldn't worry about it, all dentistry degrees count for the same thing and plenty of people from Plymouth university and similar will get competitive places..
I don’t think I am being naive, I’m just offering advice based on my own experience. I’ve worked in general practice for almost 5 years now and my manager didn’t take in to account where myself or any of my colleagues graduated from. She did consider our work ethic, personalities and skills though and that’s what I’m saying is more important.
You then go on to say though that you don’t think it makes much difference either though so I’m confused?
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oh right but currently I have an interview for Plymouth only but I was looking forward to taking a gap year so do you think I should accept the offer and play it safe or try applying next year
If you wanted a gap year then why did you apply? I would call up Plymouth and any other unis you applied for whether you can defer for a year, and if not whether rejecting offers would affect future offer chances
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i applied so that I can get a sense of what the ukcat would be like and maybe get some interview practice. I didnt apply for a deferred entry as I read online that some unis don't accept deferred entries so I applied to a normal course so I could get at least some interviews. Another reason I applied this year was if mid year i changed my mind and decided to accept the offer I could whereas if I applied to deferred entry I don't think I could change it.
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so yh ill call Plymouth tomorrow and ask thanks for all the advice you've given
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btw I've decided I won't take the offer if I get one from Plymouth as right now its the lowest spot on the dentistry league table and I think I can do better so I don't want to settle as I'm hard working and I get A's and A*'s, I had a really good personal statement with a lot of work experience but I just folded under the ukcat pressure so I won't make that mistake again next year
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if Plymouth rejects me next year that'll be fine as I don't want to regret not trying again. worst case scenario if I don't get offers next year then I'll just go Bulgaria but I believe my hard work will pay off in the end
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