International Foundation in Dentistry


The unique, purpose-built International Foundation Year in Dentistry will develop your skills so you're prepared for the prestigious BDS Dental Surgery degree at the University of Sheffield. Each year up to 10 ambitious students complete this programme and progress to the Dental Surgery degree.

Key information

This 2-semester programme has been developed in collaboration with the University of Sheffield's School of Clinical Dentistry. In this entirely unique foundation programme, you will study modules relevant to the field of dentistry. Some components of the programme are delivered within the School of Clinical Dentistry, giving you an insight into the facilities and style of teaching at the University of Sheffield. You'll also study core modules that will boost your English and academic skills to the level you need for study at the University.

  • The University of Sheffield is ranked 6th in the UK for Dentistry (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023).
  • BDS Dental Surgery has 91% overall student satisfaction, which puts the programme within the top 5 Russell Group Universities (National Student Survey 2020).
  • Sheffield is ranked among the top 100 in the world for clinical and health subjects (Times Higher Education World Subject Rankings 2021).
  • BDS Dental Surgery is fully accredited by the General Dental Council and the University's School of Clinical Dentistry is linked to the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, where the majority of clinical teaching takes place.

Entry requirements

Age requirement
Academic requirements
High school diploma; Minimum 3.0 GPA (out of 5.0).
English language entry requirements
2 Semesters: IELTS 6.5

Dates & Fees

September 2023 start
(2 Semesters)
Mon 25 September 2023 - Sun 7 July 2024


Compulsory Modules
Academic English Skills (AES)
Project Skills
Specialist Modules
Dentistry (Delivered at the School of Clinical Dentistry)


 =  Placement option available
 =  Study abroad option available
Final level
English level
Additional requirements

BDS (Hons) Dental Surgery-BDS
80% with min 70% in all skills