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Cost of Dentistry Studies in the UK

Cost of Dentistry Studies in the UK
Shishant KumarNov 11, 2022

Cost of Dental Studies in the UK for International Students: Pre-arrival Cost, Tuition Fees, and Cost of Living 

The dentistry field is quite expensive to study in the UK. Thus, it is important to manage a budget for the same. This includes visas, tuition costs, housing, food, transportation, and other living expenses. 

If not planned, international students may struggle to complete their dental studies due to financial hurdles. Continue reading to learn how to budget dental studies in the UK. The article covers the costs of dentistry course fees in the UK, including pre-arrival costs, tuition fees, and living expenses.  


Before reading the details about all the costs involved in studying dentistry in the UK. Here are some pointers for an overall understanding.

Student visa 447 USD*
English proficiency test fees TOEFL (180 to 325 USD*), IELTS (245 to 255 USD*)
Entrance test fees UCAT (113 USD*), BMAT (142 USD*)
Healthcare surcharge 768 USD*/year
BDS tuition fees 24,209 to 57,958 USD*/year
Specialization (MSc) tuition fees 23,250 to 66,738 USD*/year
Cost of living  9,324 to 15,248 USD*/year

Dentistry Course Fees: Pre-arrival cost in the UK

The pre-arrival cost to study dentistry in the UK includes the following:

  • Entrance test fees 
  • Application fees 
  • Student visa
  • Healthcare surcharge 
  • Flight ticket

Entrance test fees 

Before sending out their college applications, international students need to apply for entrance tests like the University Clinical Aptitude Test or UCAT or the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Most dental schools in the UK need UCAT while the University of Leeds requires students to sit for BMAT. The fees for UCAT are 142 USD* whereas for BMAT the fees are 113 USD*. Students have to pay an extra 34 USD* for late registration. 

Since courses are taught in English, international students are required to answer English proficiency tests like IELTS or TOELF. Depending on the location of the test center, the TOEFL might cost 180 to 325 USD* and the IELTS can cost 245 to 255 USD*.

Application fees

All dental schools in the UK accept applications through UCAS. The application fee for a single dental school is 25 USD* and 32 USD* for multiple schools. Looking at the struggles of students, Gyanberry has launched admission counseling services. Students can use these services to improve their chances of getting into dental schools in the UK.

Student visa

The first thing students should do after getting accepted to a dental school is to apply for a student visa. Since dentistry is higher education, students should apply for Tier 4 (General) student visas. It is ideal to apply 6 months before the start date of the course. Applicants must also submit copies of bank statements showing enough cash for one academic year of tuition. The entire visa application process costs 447 USD*.  

Healthcare surcharge 

Besides visas, international students need to apply for a healthcare surcharge. It entitles students to use the NHS health services in the UK at no extra expense, just as permanent residents of the country. The cost of it depends on the length of the visa. Dentistry students need to pay 768 USD*/year as the healthcare surcharge.

Flight ticket

The cost of a flight ticket (one way) depends on the country from which the student travels. For example, for Indian students, the one-way ticket from Delhi to the UK can cost 550 USD* to 1,280 USD* (Make My Trip).

Tuition fees in the UK

The General Dental Council (GDC) accredits dental schools in the UK. Also, these universities listed in the table below belong to the Russell Group. They are all recognized as world-class research-intensive dental universities. Except for the first two, the rest of the dental colleges in the UK offer BDS programs along with a variety of MSc specializations in dentistry. The table below lists all the best dental schools in the UK along with their tuition fees. 

University Name BDS Tuition Fees (USD*/year) MSc Specialization Tuition Fees (USD*/year)
Queen’s University Belfast 41,277 NA
Newcastle University 47,572 NA
University of Bristol 48,298 48,838
University of Glasgow 56,832 52,898
University of Manchester 35,104 56,589
University of Leeds Yet to be confirmed 31,677
King’s College London 57,958 36,057
University of Dundee 43,154 29,647
University of Sheffield 49,303 32,231
Cardiff University 25,359 57,081
University of Liverpool 41,822 NA
University of Birmingham 29,778 32,218
Queen Mary University of London 51,446 30,939
University of Plymouth 26,751 30,755
University of Central Lancashire 24,209 41,826
University of Aberdeen  57,498 23,250
Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry 51,446 66,738

*Note: All prices mentioned in the USD are for reference only. Exchange rates may vary from time to time and from country to country.

The cost of a master’s specialization in dentistry in the UK ranges from 23,250 to 66,738 USD*/year.   

Cost of living in the UK

It is not cheap to study in the UK. The cost of living in the UK for international students depends on the city in which they choose to live in. The cost differs from one city to another. For example, Belfast, Newcastle, and Coventry are cheaper cities compared to London (the capital city of the UK). Thus carefully planning the living cost can help students a lot with their budget. Here is an overview of the average cost of living in the UK and the different expenses that come under it.

Type of Expense Cost in USD*/year
Rent  4,728 to 8,856 
Food  2,364 to 2,952
Transportation (student pass) 468
Books  312
Utilities 588 to 744
Insurance (against theft) 148 
Internet and mobile 216 to 768
Personal expenses like clothing, shoes, etc. 500 to 1000 

Let us start with the rent and accommodation costs for international dental students in the UK. The accommodation cost varies with the type, university, and geographical location. Students can choose college housing, which usually includes utility bills and is expensive (493 to 738 USD*/month). If students cannot find university accommodation, then they can go for private accommodation. It is cheaper but might not include utilities like gas, electricity, and water (394 to 652 USD*/month).

It is cheaper to buy ingredients and cook from scratch than to go for ready meals. Most universities serve cafeteria food in their canteens. The cost of food can vary from 2,364 to 2,952 USD*/year. Transportation on a student bus pass is quite cheap and usually costs 468 USD*/year. Students should also consider the cost of books, utilities, insurance, mobile, internet, and personal expenses. Any additional costs, such as movies, pubs, or leisure activities, are optional for students to consider. Scholarships are also available to help students pay for their tuition and living expenses.

*Note: All prices mentioned in the USD are for reference only. Exchange rates may vary from time to time and from country to country.

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For higher education courses like dentistry, students need to apply for Tier 4 (General) student visas.

The average cost of tuition fees for BDS in the UK is 24,209 to 57,958 USD*/year. 

Depending on the type of accommodation the cost of accommodation in the UK can range from 4,728 to 8,856 USD*/year.

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