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Bachelor of  Dental Science (Honours)

Program code: 2367
QTAC code: 712002
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


Herston, St Lucia


5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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.
  • 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
  • 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 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


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.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) in 2019:

1 99 42

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median1 / 99 1 / 99
Lowest4 / 95 1 / 99

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education studyN/P N/P
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience<5 <5
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
0 0%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
21 27.63%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students44 57.89%
Total76 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,233
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and 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.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is 712002. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

Entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the OP1/rank 99 cut-off are offered a place. Domestic applicants must sit UMAT. Applicants are selected on the basis of the UMAT aggregate scaled score. Refer to the UQ program cut-off list under 'Entry ranks' for the previous UMAT cut-off.

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.

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

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

UMAT Admissions Test will be replaced by UCAT in 2019
Applicants intending to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry to university in 2020, will need to sit the new University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), since UMAT will be discontinued. UCAT will become be a mandatory admissions test for the Doctor of Medicine (provisional entry) and Dental Science at The University of Queensland. The registration for the UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May. For more information about the new test, including testing dates and format visit

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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