Boost your studies with DDU membership

Student membership is free, plus you’ll get the DDU journal, savings on dental textbooks, indemnity for your elective and access to DF1 interview support.

You can turn to our dento-legal helpline for confidential advice if you face criticism from patients during the clinical aspects of your course or need support at a local investigation.

DDU student membership is only available to dental students in the UK who are on a GDC recognised dental degree or training programme. Excludes clinical activity undertaken outside of a training post.

Why you should choose the DDU

What are the benefits?

  • Great savings on textbooks from leading publishers, plus sponsorship for student events.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, student articles, ethical dilemmas and the DDU journal.
  • Make light work of planning your elective with exclusive access to The Electives Network, plus free indemnity for your elective.
  • School talks from our dento-legal advisers about preparing for DF1.
  • Robust defence and personal support if you ever face GDC student fitness to practise procedures.

Becoming a member

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Complete your application

Simply fill out our student application form.

I was grateful to have the DDU’s assistance during a PCT investigation into a patient’s complaint and delighted to be cleared. However, no sooner had I breathed a sigh of relief than I was devastated to receive a negligence claim from the same patient’s solicitor. It really shook me to read the allegations being made and in those circumstances it is easy to start questioning oneself. The DDU in-house solicitor and claims handler were totally professional and thorough in their response and listened to my side of the story.”

General dental practitioner

Last year I was unfortunate enough to receive a GDC complaint. Having only qualified a few months prior, the complaint was a huge shock for me and nearly led me to terminating my career. The DDU really held my hand throughout the whole process, advising me on what to do, reassuring me, and helping me draft replies. Thankfully the case was closed a few months later with no repercussions.”

General dental practitioner

Frequently asked questions

Why do I need membership?

We support members throughout their careers. For students, this means access to services and resources that will help you make the most of your student years.

DDU student membership is free and is only available to dental students in the UK. It provides access to a wide range of services and support in addition to the core benefits of membership and can assist you throughout your studies.