Leeds Dental School is the only university in the UK to offer a joint bachelor's and master's degree in dentistry. With their carefully designed course and state-of-art cutting-edge facilities, Leeds University has been a world leader in dental education for many years, with a reputation for innovation and research.
Leeds has many things going for it as a place to live and study as a student. Not only is it more affordable than many other cities like London or Oxbridge, but it’s also very pretty (especially the Leeds University Campus). Besides, Leeds is a vibrant city with an excellent nightlife scene with plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to choose from!
GCSEs & A-levels: Your obtained and predicted grades won’t be scored, but only evaluated with regards to meeting the minimum entry requirements at Leeds.
Personal Statement: Your personal statement will be assessed and marked in the selection for the interview process. What is the admissions team at Leeds looking for in applicants’ personal statements? Have a look at their Personal Statement Guidelines.
BMAT: Everyone applying for dentistry at Leeds University is required to sit the BMAT (in one of the two autumn sittings).
You can read more about the selection process and entry requirements for dentistry at Leeds under this link.
Unfortunately, in one of the FOI requests, the University of Leeds claimed that they don’t share participants’ BMAT scores so that aspiring dentists don’t aim for a score from previous years and try to trick the system. Therefore, it is not known what the BMAT cut-off score is for the Leeds dentistry course.
In the past, Leeds usually sent most interview invitations in December and January of the application cycle.
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For 2021 entry, 436 students applied for dentistry at Leeds and 284 have been invited to a dentistry interview (65%). Statistics from previous years show that around 450-550 students apply for dentistrey at Leeds each year and the top 250-300 are invited to an interview.
Preparing for dentistry interviews requires a bit more work than just reading an article or doing a mock interview. To truly get better, more fluent and less nervous you need to do thorough research, and be consistent and committed. Luckily, we’ve created Dentfully to make the preparation process simpler than ever:
What questions do interviewers at Leeds like to ask? Here are a few examples:
Insight into dentistry:
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Leeds Dental School in past years. Publishing such information would be against the policy at Leeds. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Leeds Dentistry and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
Leeds dentistry interviews for 2023 entry will most likely take place in February 2023. You’ll receive the exact date, time and place of your dentistry interview with the invitation email.
🚀 TOP Tip: Don’t plan anything for the day of the interview! If you read into Leeds’ admissions policy, they will require you to be available for the entire morning/afternoon on the day of your dentistry interview.
Leeds uses the MMI interview format to evaluate all candidates. The MMI is short for a Multiple Mini Interview, which tells us all we need about the format - the dentistry interview at Leeds will consist of several mini-interviews, each with a different interviewer and held in a different room. Moreover, your performance on each station will be evaluated separately and then summed, unlike in a panel interview, where you are assessed on your overall performance.
In the MMI, you can expect 5-10 different stations, lasting anywhere between 5-8 minutes each.
Leeds dentistry MMIs are designed to assess if you have the skills, qualities and attitudes to thrive in dental school and become a great dentist afterwards. The questions and stations in the Leeds dentistry MMI are based on the NHS Constitution values-based recruitment. You can read more about the interview process at Leeds in the Admissions Policy document.
For the 2021 entry, Leeds interviewed 284 aspiring dentists and offered a place to 118 of them (42%).
You should receive information about the outcome of your Leeds dentistry interview by the 31st of March 2023.
📖 Know the 9 Standards
9 Standards for Dental Professionals is a document outlining all the rules and values that dentists should follow and have at their heart.
Reading the document carefully will help you gain a “clinical gut feeling” and help you formulate answers to questions about dental ethics or clinical scenarios. Moreover, making a reference to GDC’s 9 Standards will show that you’ve done your research, demonstrate commitment and definitely make a good impression (don’t try to force it into every sentence though!). Having said that, no one will expect you to learn them by heart, so don’t waste time trying to memorise them!
😄 Don’t forget to smile!
You should approach the dentistry MMI with the following aim - convince the interviewers to like me. After all, they wouldn’t accept someone who wouldn’t make for a good colleague or a friendly member of the student community!
And what a better way to get someone to like you than to wear a smile! Smiling while talking about your motivations for dentistry and for Leeds, or when talking about your achievements can exude more passion than any words. And it will also give the interviewers signals that you are a friendly, approachable person too!
🏋️ Practise, practise, practice!
Practise makes perfect, said Winston Churchill once asked about preparing for dentistry interviews. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be on the interview day and the less nerve-wracking the day will be.
Once you learn a bit of theory, make sure to dedicate a lot of time to mock interviews. Ask your friends, family, teachers, pets, tutors etc. to help you. Try to mimic the real interview setting as much as you can. Give them a list of 7-10 questions, set a 3-5 minute timer for each one and try answering them in one sitting. Then ask them for feedback.
If you have no one to practice with, you can check one of our 5 Mock Interview Simulations. You can go through them at your own pace to see what the real interview feels like, what questions are asked and what the timing is like. Then you’ll have time and prompts to reflect on your performance so that you can get better with each next mock interview!
Good luck in your Leeds Dentistry Interview!