BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up)

If you’ve already completed a UK dental techology foundation degree or HND, our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course offers you honours-level skills needed to advance your career. Our Centre for Dental Sciences includes state-of-the-art dental laboratories with the latest technology and specialist equipment.

Key information


BSc (Hons)

Mode of Study:



2 years


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

The University of Bolton is home to newest dental education department in England. Our Centre for Dental Science offers state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable, professional staff committed to delivering a varied curriculum of theoretical, practical and transferable material. We’ll support you to enhance your existing foundation degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) graduate.

Our honours-level programme gives you the opportunity to study advanced dental technology techniques and gain academic skills in research and evidence-based learning. You’ll have the chance to consider the manufacture of complex dental appliances and get hands-on with the latest equipment in our specialised laboratories, extending your practical skills and understanding of the biomechanics and biomaterials science behind dental appliance design.

We’re dedicated to coaching the next generation of dental technicians in the knowledge and competencies required to compete and exceed in this sought-after profession. Strongly employer informed, this course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of advanced dental technology and oral biomedical science.

  • You’ll have access to the latest specialist dental technology equipment in our advanced laboratories and have the chance to participate in regular hands-on sessions to help develop your practical capabilities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to gain higher level practical knowledge, skills and creativity by constructing dental appliances in a working dental laboratory environment.
  • On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up).
Key Features
  • The course has strong employer links, integrating work-based elements with a sector leading commercial employer.
  • You’ll be supported to gain advanced academic, research and lifelong learning skills, helping prepare you to adopt and master digital dental technologies and other emerging techniques.
  • Opportunities for progression after completing this top-up course include dental technology MSc and PhD programmes.
Professional recognition

Please note that this programme is for General Dental Council (GDC) registered dental technicians to top-up existing Level 5 dental technology qualifications (for instance, FdSc or HND Dental Technology) to degree level. It is not suitable for applicants who are not already GDC registered or for international applicants seeking GDC registration.

  • Normally, you’ll possess a recognised dental technology-related qualification comprising at least 120 credits at level HE4 and 120 credits at level HE5; for example, a foundation degree (FdSc), higher national diploma (HND), or diploma of higher education (DipHE).
  • You must be registered with the General Dental Council and be able to present a current registration certificate.
  • You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • Some work placements involved in this course involve unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults, also known as regulated activity. If you’ll be undertaking a placement that involves regulated activity you’ll have to get an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) beforehand. Charges are payable to cover the cost of the DBS Enhanced Disclosure application and annual registration with the online Update Service.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

As a graduate of our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course you’ll possess a sound knowledge of the fundamental aspects of oral anatomy and physiology and their influence on dental appliance design.

Practical skills development is a crucial element in the training of a dental technician, as is being aware of relevant theory – this course challenges learners to critically analyse theoretical principles in order to make informed choices on the methods and materials used to produce a range of biomechanically sound appliances.

This course is designed for students who want to work in the field of dental technology or dental biomaterials who will take up posts in academia, research or industry.

Completing your honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Graduate career opportunities are available in the NHS, commercial laboratories, private practices, dental manufacturing companies and dental schools. Within the NHS there is a clear management structure to work through, while within the commercial sector there are options of becoming a laboratory owner or manager with several years of experience.

Dental science has a rich history of academic development, with progression on to MSc postgraduate courses and PhD research available to successful graduates. Possible postgraduate study options can support progression into clinical dentistry, research or teaching.

Alternative career options

You could train as a healthcare scientist, specialising in reconstructive sciences like maxillofacial prosthetics through the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP). Graduates may also use the qualification to enter a range of other careers – for some of these roles, both relevant experience and/or postgraduate study may be required. Career options include:

  • Dental implantology
  • Clinical dental technology
  • Dental therapy
  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Nursing
  • Sales

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £4,500 for the academic year 2021/22.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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University of Bolton Group Partners

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The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!

Our BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up) course is delivered through the blended methods of face-to-face tuition and online learning. Lectures are held to introduce specific subjects and areas of study, reinforced by tutorials, workshops and practical classes where this theory can be applied.

Class sizes are small to maximise contact with tutors and support is provided via regular feedback and advice on your progress and developmental needs. Electronic learning materials are provided through the virtual learning environment, enabling self-directed study on or off campus.

Assessment takes various forms, including examinations, essays, reports, employment journals, oral presentations, practical tasks and assessment of your practical manufacturing portfolio. Your skills and knowledge will also be assessed through a dissertation.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Dental Technology Dissertation Project
  • Principles of Dental Aesthetics and Occlusion
  • Specialised Dental Technology Discipline (PDP)
  • Advanced Oral Biomedical Science
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 30%, Practical exams 40%, Written exams 30%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 55%, Placement/study abroad 20%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 25%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Nikolaos Poulis
Programme Leader

+44 (0)1204 903268

Debra Charnock
Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)1204 903287

Frances Oldroyd

+44 (0)1204 903766

Bob Biggs
Head of Centre for Dental Sciences

+44 (0)1204 903791

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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