Oral and Dental Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene and Therapy) (Honours), B.Sc. | Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Oral and Dental Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene and Therapy) (Honours)

36 months
40500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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By taking the Oral and Dental Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene and Therapy) (Honours) programme from Newcastle University helps you prepare for a career as a caring and competent dental hygienist and therapist benefiting from research-led teaching in world-class facilities.


Course overview

Our students are helping transform the oral health of local communities. You'll help patients avoid and manage oral disease by promoting good oral health and providing treatments. This degree will provide you with the practical, theoretical and professional skills required for this role.

At Newcastle our work has worldwide impact and you'll be taught by some of the top academics and internationally renowned experts in their field.

This Oral and Dental Health Sciences (Dental Hygiene and Therapy) (Honours) programme from Newcastle University begins with a foundation in biomedical sciences, providing a basis for clinical work as the course progresses. You'll study advanced topics such as human disease, managing medical emergencies, and health promotion.

Your future

Successful graduates from our Oral and Dental Health Sciences degree – subject to registration with the GDC – are eligible to begin working as a dental hygienist therapist.

Areas where graduates have found employment include: general dental practice; industry; community dental services; hospital dental services; and the armed forces.

Being a dental hygienist therapist is a rewarding career that helps people take care of their oral health and avoid disease.

Duties include:

  • evaluating the dental and medical history of patients and planning their care
  • providing preventative oral care
  • non-surgical management of periodontal (gum) disease
  • managing plaque-related diseases
  • extracting deciduous teeth and restoration of teeth
  • taking impressions and radiographs
  • the application to teeth and gums of certain medicaments such as fluoride and fissure sealants
  • teaching of oral hygiene methods
  • providing advice on diet and smoking cessation
  • scaling and polishing

Please note: to practise in the UK, dental hygienist therapists are required to enter their names in the Register for Dental Hygienist Therapists, which is kept by the Registrar of the General Dental Council. There is a registration fee and annual retention fee for this registration.

Programme Structure

Course Overview:

  • In Stage 1, you'll study basic biomedical sciences, providing a foundation for clinical work in later stages.
  • Topics include: aetiology; physiology; pathology and presentation of oral disease; dental, oral, and craniofacial anatomy; behavioural science and communication; basic pharmacology; and dental materials science. 
  • You'll also cover study skills, evidence-based practice, critical appraisal of research, infection transmission and control, professionalism and ethics, health and safety, and medico-legal considerations. You'll begin to learn clinical skills during term 3, in a simulated clinical environment using manikins. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

A Level

  • ABB including Biology and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. For Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels, we require a pass in the practical element. 

International Baccalaureate

  • A minimum of 34 points in IB Diploma including Biology at Higher level grade 5 or above.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    40500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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