Why study the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
This programme educates the next generation of dental professionals at the most advanced tertiary oral health facility in Australia. With a focus on smaller cohorts and dedicated and specialist teachers, students will not only learn the science and acquire the technical skills to care for patients and prevent, diagnose, treat oral diseases & abnormalities, but also master the technical skills and knowledge needed to provide quality oral healthcare and make a genuine difference to the lives of others. This programme ensures graduates will be workforce ready. Along with gaining in-depth theoretical knowledge, students complete approximately 1,900 hours of practical placements in a variety of clinical settings with the possibility of a clinical placement in State Government and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Service clinics throughout Queensland or interstate.
Entry scores All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for admission into this programme. If you’re currently studying year 12 (or equivalent) in Australia or New Zealand, you need to meet this programme’s minimum OP or Rank score. If you’re currently completing your senior schooling elsewhere, you need to meet this programme’s minimum equivalent international entry score. If you’re not a current school leaver, your application will be considered on an individual basis.
OP1 or Rank 99, Year 12 or equivalent English and Chemistry (Biology also recommended), and UMAT (or ISAT for international applicants).
IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy below. In order to gain entry to an academic programme at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills. To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:
- a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programmes.
- at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programmes have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual programme requirements.
Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered. Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).
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).
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.
The Programme 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. To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.
Honours are awarded to all graduates of this programme. Honours are awarded in the following classes:
- Class I
- Class IIA
- Class IIB
- Class IIIA
- Class IIIB
Class of honours depends on your GPA.
Practicals, placements and internships
Students 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 their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life setting. Students will commence pre-clinical (simulated) placements from semester one of the program and will move into clinics treating patients from year three. Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies: Australian Dental Association
The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is accredited by: Australian Dental Council While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.