Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Dental hygienists and therapists interact with patients to inspire behaviour change, together with providing advanced clinical treatments to prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

Outstanding new facilities

The University of Bristol has invested £36million in a state-of-the-art dental school and clinical dental facility with cutting edge equipment - opening in 2023.

Ideal environment

Bristol's Dental Care Professional School has its own clinical environment for an integrated approach to student learning and patient care.

Supportive teaching

Our excellent staff-to-student ratio allows for thorough supervision and plenty of staff guidance throughout the course.

Dental Hygiene and Therapy courses for 2024

Single Honours

Dental Hygiene and Therapy at Bristol

Our BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy degree will enable you to become a skilled, competent clinician, capable of providing high levels of clinical care and patient management.

From 2023, Bristol Dental School will be located in a £36 million purpose-built Dental School. You will have exclusive access to cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art facilities and experienced dental professionals. University of Bristol Dentistry is ranked 4th in the UK (Complete University Guide Subject Rankings 2024), with outstanding results for our research in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.

Learn in the heart of the city in a welcoming and supportive environment, providing routine and specialist clinical dental services.

You will be taught pre-clinical and clinical skills in brand new training facilities, working and training alongside dental undergraduates and dental nurses and learning through a team approach to patient care. You will benefit from a variety of teaching methods that will help you to develop the confidence to deliver tailored advice and carry out preventative and restorative treatments.

The Hygiene and Therapy tutors here are second to none. They are so supportive and make you feel like they are with you every step of the way. They are everything you could want from a tutor.

Ellie, BSc Dental Hygiene and Therapy

Career prospects

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Once qualified you can register with the General Dental Council (GDC) and work in a variety of settings, including general dental practice, salaried dental services, specialist practices, hospitals and industry.

You will be a vital part of any dental team, able to work collaboratively and provide primary dental care and oral healthcare advice to a wide range of patients.

What our students do after graduating

Course structure

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In your first year, you will attend intensive academic lectures and seminars alongside practical teaching. You will learn anatomy and physiology and will be introduced to oral and systemic diseases. You will commence clinical practice in the second term, and by the end of year one you will be competent in treating patients under close supervision.

You will also attend community-based teaching clinics and oral health promotion sessions at South Bristol Community Hospital to learn about the health needs of the local community.

In your second year, you will further develop your understanding of gum diseases and will commence preclinical training in restorative techniques. By the end of year two, you will be treating patients alongside undergraduate dentistry students within the dental school.

In year three, you will begin preclinical training in paediatric oral surgery techniques alongside continued development of your full scope of clinical skills. You will also complete an individual research project.

Welcoming diversity

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Studying here, you will have the chance to live and work in Bristol - a vibrant, diverse and multicultural city.

Studying dental hygiene and therapy means you will interact with people of all ages, social cultures and backgrounds and those with varying need, to really make a difference.

Bristol Dental School has been awarded a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of its ongoing commitment to gender equity.

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