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Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

Overview

Prepare for an exciting and rewarding career as a qualified dentist, with the latest knowledge and skills to prevent, diagnose and treat oral diseases and abnormalities.

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) educates the next generation of dental professionals at the UQ Oral Health Centre – the most advanced tertiary oral health facility in Australia.

Join one of Australia's most respected dental schools and benefit from smaller cohorts with dedicated specialist teachers. You'll learn the science and acquire the technical skills to care for patients, and prevent, diagnose and treat oral diseases and abnormalities.

You'll develop in-depth knowledge of general practice dentistry, periodontics, endodontics, prosthodontics, oral medicine, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and public health. You'll also gain the experience needed to provide quality oral healthcare to make a genuine difference to the lives of others.

Location
Herston, St Lucia
Duration
5 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
712002
Program Code
2367
AQF
Level 8
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$73936 (indicative per year)
Duration
5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
QTAC Code
712002
Program Code
2367
CRICOS Code
082620D
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Start pre-clinical placements from your first year.
  • Move into clinics treating patients in your second year as part of our oral health alliance with the Metro North Hospital and Health Service.
  • Undertake a 40-week placement in your final year at health service clinics throughout Queensland and interstate.

1 in Queensland for clinical, pre-clinical and health

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

66 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

Placements and work experience

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 two.

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Dental Practice 1
  • Head and Neck Anatomy for Dentistry
  • Immunology and Microbiology for Dentistry
  • Professions, People and Healthcare

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Dentist
  • Oral health therapist
  • Community health officer
  • Clinical dentist

Graduate salary

Dentistry (undergraduate)

$80K–$102K

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Next steps after graduation

If you're interested in specialising, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry provides a recognised pathway for specialist training in:

  • dento-maxillofacial radiology
  • endontics
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • oral medicine
  • orthodontics
  • special needs dentistry

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Dental Board of Australia

Program accreditation

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

  • Australian Dental Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C) (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.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C) (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.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
19942

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

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 UCAT. Applicants are selected on the basis of the UCAT score.

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 http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

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.

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

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 http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

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.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Dental Science (Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median1 / 991 / 99
Lowest4 / 941 / 99

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

2025.64%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
00%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
1316.67%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

4456.41%

Total

78100%

"<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.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $73,936

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,417

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is 712002.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is 2367.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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