Building career as a Dentist in UK as a foreigner

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Building career as a Dentist in UK as a foreigner

After passing BDS examination from India , Bangladesh or any other south Asian  country, the only way to practice in UK is the ORE (Overseas registration exam) , a licensing exam conducted by British Dental Council. This Examination held twice a year – April and September. ORE is based on British dental curriculum. This exam has two parts :

  1. Part 1 is a written exam;
  2. Part 2 is a clinical exam.

Candidates are allowed up to four attempts at each Part of the ORE. The ORE candidates will have to pass Part 2 within 5 years of first sitting Part 1.

There are two possible way to appear in this exam :

1.Getting a tourist visa and appear in part 1 and for part 2 there is another Visa issued bu UKBA for medical students appearing in ORE or PLAB.


2.You can migrate to UK to complete Masters in Dental surgery .

Now what are the requirements for ORE ?

Before applying, you need to make sure you meet our clinical experience and English language requirement. You will need to send evidence of the following:

Clinical experience requirement

You must have at least 1600 hours of clinical experience where you have personally treated patients in the dental chair. The number of hours of this clinical experience will either be hours spent undertaking appropriate investigations and administering dental treatment:

  • during your dental degree;
  • during post-qualification experience; or
  • a combination of the two.

English language requirement

You will need to submit a single, academic IELTS test report form with your application . Minimum score 6.5.

Academic requirments

  • Mark sheets of – all 4 years
  • Internship completion certificate

ORE Exam

Part 1

Part 1 is designed to test candidates’ application of knowledge to clinical practice.

​Cost Venue​ Capacity​
​£600 ​Kings’s College, London ​300 per exam

It consists of two computer-based exam papers:

  • Paper A covers clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease
  • Paper B covers aspects of clinical dentistry, including law and ethics and health and safety

Each paper lasts 3 hours and is made up of Multiple Short Answer questions (Extended Matching Questions and Single Best Answer Questions).

Part 2

Part 2 is designed for candidates to demonstrate practical clinical skills.

ost​ Venues​ Capacity​




 ​The Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln’s Inn Fields OSCE​  ​ 



100 per exam

​Eastman Dental Institute, Gray’s Inn Road ​Dental Manikin
​Eastman Dental Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road  ​Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

​Medical Emergencies

There are four components to Part 2 of the ORE:

An operative test on a dental manikin (DM)

An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

A diagnostic and treatment planning exercise (DTP)

A practical examination in medical emergencies (ME)

After passing ORE you can only practice as private dentist.

Source :  General Dental Council  UK

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