Become a Student Member

Student Membership is for you if you are studying in the UK for a BDS or any other undergraduate dental qualification or traineeship.

By joining the College as a Student Member, you are demonstrating your commitment to upholding the highest standards of practice, to life-long learning and to enhanced career progression.

We offer two levels of membership for students

Student Affiliate – Free >

Our Student Affiliate level welcomes you into our professional community at the start of your career journey and demonstrates your commitment to your profession and to your future.

As a valued member of the College of General Dentistry, you can view and download our authoritative, evidence-based standards and guidance, accessing search, text-select and print functionality. And you can enjoy discounted rates on our events.

Membership fee: FREE

Student Member – £11 single payment >

In addition to the benefits of Student Affiliate membership, as a Student Member, you unlock online access to the Primary Dental Journal, the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to general dental practice, and our online learning hub.

Membership fee: £11 single payment

How to complete our membership application form

To complete our online application form, you need to ensure you’re signed in to our website or if you don’t have an account, register here. Top tip: copy the URL for this page so you can come back here once you’ve signed in.

STEP 1: What dental role are you studying for? >

Go straight to the section titled ‘Your dental role‘ and select the role for which you are training from the drop down menu. Click ‘NEXT’.

STEP 2: Which level of membership do you want? >

Head to the ‘Your Membership‘ section and select your preferred membership level. Choose from Student Affiliate (free) or Student Member (£11 single payment), which unlocks online access to the Primary Dental Journal and our online learning hub.

Click ‘NEXT’.

STEP 3: Add your personal details >

Complete the ‘Personal details‘ section, ensuring you include your name, address with postcode and telephone number. You can specify the name you prefer to be addressed by if you wish.

STEP 4: Your study details >

Add the dental school you’re studying at and your expected date of graduation*.

Click ‘NEXT’.

*Once you graduate and register with the GDC, you can apply to become an Associate Member of the College and enrol on our Certified Membership Scheme to start on your Career Pathway with structured one-to-one career support.

STEP 5: Confirm your application >

And finally, confirm your application details. If you’re applying to become a Student Member, you will need to make the £11 one-off payment.

Congratulations, once you’ve submitted your form, you are a member of the College of General Dentistry – welcome!

Joining the College as a student is only the start of your journey with us. As you gain further clinical and professional experience, skills and knowledge, you can upgrade your College membership to demonstrate your professional standing.

When you have graduated and registered with the General Dental Council (GDC), you are eligible to become an Associate Member of the College and can enrol on our Certified Membership scheme to access our Career Pathways and structured, one-to-one career support with a trained Facilitator.

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