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.

BSc (Hons) Dental Technology (top-up)

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.

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Duration: 2 years

Course highlights:

  • 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.

Entry requirements

  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • Duration: 2 years

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. Find out more

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. Find out more

Career opportunities

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

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

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.

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more 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.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


Call Admissions

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903


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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Teaching & assessment


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

  • Dental Technology Dissertation Project
  • Principles of Dental Aesthetics and Occlusion
  • Specialised Dental Technology Discipline (PDP)
  • Advanced Oral Biomedical Science

Teaching, learning and assessment

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 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. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. 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.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (30%), Practical exams (40%), Written exams (30%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (55%), Placement/study abroad (20%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (25%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • Course type:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration:
    2 years

Contact us

Nikolaos Poulis
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903268

Debra Charnock
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903287

Frances Oldroyd
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903766

Bob Biggs
Head of Centre for Dental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903791

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903