Bachelor of  Dental Science (Honours)

Program code: 2367
QTAC code: 712002
CRICOS code: 082620D


Herston, St Lucia


5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Want something to smile about? When you study dentistry at UQ, you'll learn in the largest and most advanced university oral health facility in Australia.

  • The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is a five-year program that will teach you how to prevent, diagnose and treat oral diseases and abnormalities. It's also the only AQF Level 8 undergraduate dental program in Australia.
  • Complete supervised clinical practice as you learn about general practice dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics, oral medicine, public health and more, in a range of settings including UQ's $138 million Oral Health Centre.
  • Begin pre-clinical (simulated) placements from semester one of your first year of study and move into clinics treating patients from year two as part of our oral health alliance with the Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
  • Undertake an extended placement (40 weeks) in your final year in a range of clinical settings, including the Oral Health Centre as well as government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service clinics throughout Queensland.

Master the technical skills and acquire the knowledge to provide quality oral health care and make a genuine difference in people's lives.

  • Fast Facts

    Oldest and largest dental school in Queensland

    The School of Dentistry has been educating students since 1937 and is one of the most respected dentistry schools in Australia. Our researchers also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which means our research is internationally significant.

  • Research

    Benefit from our research

    Research in the School of Dentistry covers everything from the biological sciences through to the technologies used during clinical practice. Students actively collaborate with leading researchers and showcase their work during an annual Research Day.

  • In the classroom

    Personalised learning

    Enjoy the benefits of smaller cohorts with dedicated and specialist teachers who will support you throughout your entire degree.

  • Accreditation

    Professional recognition

    This program is accredited by the Australian Dental Council until 2023.

  • Professional experience

    Rural placements

    Gain valuable rural experience in UQ-managed clinics at Dalby and St George through our partnership with Goondir Health Services.

  • In the classroom

    Treating virtual patients from semester one

Career outcomes

Once you're registered with the Dental Board of Australia, you can establish your own private practice, work within an established practice, or join a partnership.

Within the public sector, there are opportunities to work within hospitals, community health services, or school-based dental clinics across Australia. The Australian Defence Force also accepts dental officers on either a short service or permanent basis.

Postgraduate study offers opportunities to develop specific interests and qualify as a specialist in fields including:

  • Dento-maxillofacial radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics
  • Special Needs Dentistry.

  • Alumni
    "A few years back I had the opportunity to use a UQ Advantage travel grant to go to Cambodia and volunteer for a few weeks at a dental non-government organisation that provides dental care for orphans. I also got to visit a small village and help set up a dental clinic there for future volunteers." Hooman Baghaie, BDSc (Hons) graduate
  • Students

    Happy students

    UQ is ranked number one in overall student satisfaction when compared with other Queensland institutions teaching dentistry according to the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Year 12 or equivalent English and Chemistry (Biology also recommended), and UCAT (domestic* only). View how UQ applies the UCAT scores here.

* applicants that apply via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admissions pathway are not required to sit UCAT.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings including the new Oral Health Centre (OHC) as well as government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service clinics. During your placements, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life setting.

You will commence pre-clinical (simulated) placements from semester one of the program and will move into clinics treating patients from year three.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is accredited by:

  • Australian Dental Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Dental Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $73,936
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Additional practice teeth can be purchased at the student's discretion
  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Dental instruments and equipment including models (approximately $1500).
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Lab coat (approx. $50)
  • Laptop computer (value at student's discretion)
  • Models may be provided for use during assessments. A charge will be incurred if not returned in working condition (approximately $320 per set or $160 for an upper or lower).
  • Phantom head masks are provided, however a charge will be incurred if not returned in working condition (approximately $200)
  • Purchase of minimum number of teeth for compulsory pre-clinical learning activities (approximately $50 - $400 per year)
  • Safety glasses (approximately $25)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Application due dates for 2021 commencement

  • Application closing date 16 March 2020; Offer round 1: week commencing 30 March 2020
  • Application closing date 30 September 2020; Offer round 2: week commencing 19 October 2020

Application due dates for 2020 commencement

  • Application closing date 18 March 2019; Offer round 1: week commencing 1 April 2019
  • Application closing date 12 August 2019; Offer round 2: week commencing 26 August 2019
  • Application closing date 30 September 2019; Offer round 3: week commencing 14 October 2019

Applicants are encouraged to apply to early. Only complete applications meeting the minimum entry requirements will be considered for an offer.

At the start of the program, you must obtain, and hold for the duration of the program, a current First Aid Certificate (including CPR) and Blue Card. You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit

This program has modified teaching calendars for some courses which can be viewed here.

International students currently enrolled at UQ

International students who are currently enrolled in a different UQ program and are seeking to program change to the BDSc(Hons) should lodge a new application with International Admission as early as possible, and no later than 30 September in the year prior to commencement. As places are limited, students who submit an internal program change request via mySi-net cannot be guaranteed an offer, even if pre-requisites are met.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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