The University of Newcastle School of Dentistry is one of the UK's leading dental schools, with a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research (4th in the UK according to The Complete University Guide 2022).
The University of Newcastle provides an excellent environment for students to develop their knowledge and skills. The Dental School in particular, offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as continuing professional development courses for dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists.
Newcastle upon Tyne is a great city to live in as a student. It has excellent nightlife, with plenty of bars and clubs within walking distance of the university, and plenty more to explore further afield. Besides, Newcastle University accommodation is extremely cheap compared to other cities in the UK, making it a popular choice for students who want to save money on accommodation costs.
GCSEs: Not considered in the selection process at all.
A-levels (or equivalent): Academic screening is the first stage of the selection process for dentistry at Newcastle. This means that your predicted grades will be checked against minimum entry requirements. If your grades meet or exceed the entry requirements at Newcastle you’ll pass on to the next stage. This means that a person with 3A* won’t be given priority over a person with A*AA.
Personal Statement: The personal statement is read and assessed when selecting students for dentistry interviews at Newcastle. The admissions team will be particularly looking for evidence of interest and commitment to dentistry, as well as transferable skills. You also have to demonstrate that you’ve undertaken some work experience related to dentistry (which can also include volunteering or part-time jobs in the public sector).
UCAT: The UCAT is an important element in Newcastle’s selection process. Out of the students who have met grade requirements and have a satisfactory personal statement, 300 with the highest UCAT score will be selected for an interview.
If you’d like to get more in-depth information about the selection process at Newcastle you can check Newcastle’s full Admissions Policy.
Newcastle aims to interview 300 students with the highest UCAT score (provided they meet entry requirements). For this reason, the Newcastle UCAT cut-off score varies from year to year. However, if you take a look at the data from past years, you’ll see that the cut-off scores average around 2500-2740.
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In the past years, Newcastle started sending out interview invitations around December and continued until all interview spots were filled (January/February).
Over 800 students apply for the BDS Dentistry course at Newcastle each year. Usually, around 300 top candidates are invited to the dental interview. This means that around 38% of those who apply for dentistry at Newcastle will be offered an interview.
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Motivation for dentistry:
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Please note that these aren’t questions that have been asked at Newcastle in past years. Publishing such information would be against Newcastle’s policy. The above questions are adjusted for the interview style at Newcastle and are meant to give you a broad sense of the questions you may face.
This year interviews for BDS dentistry at Newcastle will take place between December 2022 and February 2023 (exact dates are subject to change).
For 2022 entry Newcastle conducted standard panel interviews over Zoom. The interviews were held by 2 interviewers, which were usually members of the academic and/or clinical staff at Newcastle’s Dentistry Department. In total, the interview lasted only about 20 minutes.
The University of Newcastle hasn’t yet published what the interview format will be for the 2023 entry. Follow this website for the latest updates.
After interviewing approximately 300 students, Newcastle gives out around 100 offers (approx. 33%), which will then fill the 70 places that Newcastle has on the BDS dentistry course.
During your Newcastle dentistry interview, you’ll be assessed on a number of traits and soft skills, including:
If you’ve had the chance to go through a dentistry interview at Newcastle, you’ll most likely hear back once all interviews have been completed and no later than by the end of March.
🔓 Open up!
In your interview, you should be your genuine self to let the interviewers get to know you a little better. That’s the main purpose of the interview anyway - to see what kind of a person you really are and if you have the predispositions (qualities, skills) to become a great dentist.
Don’t feel like you need to use very formal, academic language in your interview. Don’t try to boast about your achievements or impress the interviewers. Don’t throw names of fancy dental tech or procedures to show off your knowledge. Treat the interview as a casual conversation about dentistry and you’ll do alright!
🧠 Prepare, but don’t memorise:
There are a number of questions that are almost guaranteed to come up in your dental interview. The most common include “Why dentistry?,” “Why Newcastle” or “Why should we choose you”. These questions may seem simple at a glance, but coming up with a thoughtful, original and structured answer can be tough.
That’s why you should prepare answers for such questions. However, don’t be tempted to memorise entire paragraphs, as you’ll come across as robotic and inauthentic. Instead, try listing your main arguments in bullet points. If you are unsure how to answer such questions register for a free account at dentfully.co.uk and check our comprehensive dental interview guide with top tips, common mistakes, example answers and much more!
🔤 Learn about Dental Ethics
In your Newcastle dentistry interview, you may be tested on your ability to analyse clinical scenarios where ethics are involved. For that reason you should know the basics of dental ethics and how to use those terms to dissect ethical scenarios. In our 40,000+ word dental interview guide, you can find everything about dental ethics that you need for your dentistry interview. We break down the 4 pillars of dental ethics, the 9 GDC Standards and demonstrate how to approach a few common ethical scenarios.
You can also have a look at GDC’s 9 Standards for Dental Professionals, which outline how dentists should behave in their work, what values should they follow and the like.
Looking for more interview tips? Check Newcastle’s guide to dentistry interviews. Good luck with your Newcastle Dentistry Interview!