Entry requirements

What you need to apply for our DDS.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • hold a qualification which is registrable with either the General Dental Council or the General Medical Council or both
  • have been engaged since graduation for at least two years either in scientific work bearing directly on the applicant's profession, or in the practice of Dentistry or other related disciplines
  • perform their research work in the South-East of Scotland (for this purpose, areas covered by the Borders, Fife and Lothian Health Boards)
  • be either an employed member of staff at the University of Edinburgh or the NHS, or be a research worker employed, self-financed or grant-funded at the University of Edinburgh, an Associated Institution or an NHS establishment.

Additionally, all applicants are required to meet our standard postgraduate research admissions requirements.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

Entry requirements by country

English language requirements

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component. We do not accept IELTS One Skill Retake to meet our English language requirements.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
  • Trinity ISEISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 62 in each component.

Find out more about our language requirements:

English language requirements