dentistryThe percentage of Scottish students studying dentistry in Glasgow has dropped from 85% in 2012 to 67% this year.

A similar drop has been experienced in Dundee, where the intake has dropped from 80% in 2012 to 63% in 2017.

The percentage of international students has increased in both dental schools over the same period.

‘The Glasgow University figures show a worrying steady decline in the proportion of Scottish dental students in the past five years,’ a BDA Scotland spokesman said.

‘Scottish students are more likely to remain in Scotland and work in the NHS.

‘The university and Scottish Government must ensure Scottish applicants are not being disadvantaged compared with applicants from elsewhere in gaining a place to study dentistry at Glasgow.’

Squeezed out

International students attending universities in Scotland to study dentistry can end up paying more for their course than Scottish students.

Universities are reimbursed for Scottish students by the Government at a rate of £1,850 per year.

Students are then required to work in the NHS for one to five years after qualifying.

International students can expect to pay around £39,500 a year in tuition fees, according to (2018).

‘This is a similar situation to the declining number of Scots being accepted to study medicine,’ Scottish Conservative Shadow Health Secretary, Miles Briggs, said.

‘Universities are being forced to take in more international students who pay fees for financial reasons.

‘That means Scots are being squeezed out of their own universities.

‘That’s not only harmful to their aspirations, but the future of the NHS, for whom international students are less likely to stay on and work after graduating.’

References (2018) accessed 1/10/18