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, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and more in a range of settings, including UQ's $138 million Oral Health Care Centre.
  • Commence 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
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  • Oral medicine
  • Orthodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Public health.

  • 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.

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Summary

  • Program code
    2367
  • 712002
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Undergraduate
  • Units
    80
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

OP1 or Rank 99, Year 12 or equivalent English and Chemistry (Biology also recommended), and UMAT (domestic* only).

* applicants that apply via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander alternative entry scheme are not required to sit UMAT.

Program structure

Courses

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

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 approximately 1,900 hours of 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.

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:

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