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University of Queensland Dental School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

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University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Program: Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.3 million
Student Population: 52,331
Campus Location: St Lucia/Herston, Queensland
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $70,080 AUD (2019)
Est. Total Tuition: $395,047 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

The University of Queensland dental school offers the Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) Honours program. This dentistry program provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require in order to become competent practitioners of dentistry. These include the application of scientific principles to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases and abnormalities. First-year students are introduced to dental practice and oral rehabilitation, and also undertake courses in oral biosciences and biomedical foundations in oral health. The remaining four years of the program consist of three years of applied dental science and one year (39 weeks) of extramural clinical practice.

Along with gaining in depth theoretical knowledge, students complete approximately 1,900 hours of practical placements in a variety of clinical settings. Clinical work begins in second year and is broadened in the third and fourth years of study. Each student is assigned patients and is then responsible for the dental care of these patients. Clinical work in areas such as general dental practice, operative dentistry, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics is undertaken at UQ's School of Dentistry. Students gain experience in the areas of oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial surgery in Brisbane dental teaching hospitals. The final year of study provides external clinical experience. Students will be rotated to a variety of state government health clinics throughout Queensland, including rural, school, hospital and community clinics.


Unique Features of the Program

Virtual Patients
Commencing in the pre-clinical years and right throughout the Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) program, students will work with Virtual Patients. Virtual Patients provide students with a connection between the dental sciences and the practice of dentistry by immersing them in real-world situations through the use of patient simulations.

This innovative program is an alternative to traditional teaching methods and provides our students with a challenging and engaging student-centred learning environment, enabling students to practice their clinical skills using simulations, before they enter the clinical years of the program. In later years, the program exposes students to a diverse range of complex cases.

An Integrated Approach
The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc) Honours program at the University of Queensland embraces an integrated approach to study, with student-centred modes of learning as the principal learning style. The second year of the dental program provides the major scientific foundations, and in later years builds on this base, particularly through problem-based learning.

The aim of this integrated curriculum is to provide clinically relevant education in basic sciences and scientifically based education in clinical care. The curriculum focuses on outcomes and on preparation for general practice.

The Clinical Practice Year
A critical component of the curriculum is the final clinical practice year, during which time students are placed within Queensland health clinics throughout the state for a period of 39 weeks. This occurs as a series of rotations through different zones and includes clinics in rural, school, hospital and community-based settings.

Students are able to apply and further develop their diagnostic and clinical skills in a relatively independent environment with access to experienced practitioners.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Bachelor of Dental Science Honours is a five-year undergraduate program that qualifies a graduate to register as a dentist in all Australian states and New Zealand. Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying in accredited Australian dental programs, this means they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

There are two entry pathways in to the Bachelor of Dental Science Honours program at the University of Queensland:

1. High School

To be eligible to apply via this pathway, applicants must have

  • completed a high school diploma;
  • completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and chemistry (biology is also recommended);
  • attained an average of 90% or higher in their top five to six Grade 12 classes (depending on your province); and
  • not have completed any post-secondary studies

2. University

To be eligible to apply via this pathway, applicants must have

  • completed at least one year of full-time studies towards an undergraduate degree;
  • completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and Chemistry, or an equivalent or higher level course at a university level; and
  • have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in university studies, approximately 3.7/4.0 or 94% depending on your university's GPA scale.


Admissions Timeline for 2020 Intake

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is now implementing offer rounds for 2020 intake:

Offer round 1: Application closing date March 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified if they are successful in the week commencing April 1, 2019.

Offer round 2: Application closing date August 9, 2019. Applicants will be notified if they are successful in the week commencing August 26, 2019

Offer round 3: Application closing date September 25, 2019. Applicants will be notified if they are successful in the week commencing October 14, 2019

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


Total Number of Places in the Program: 40

Number of Places Available for International Students: 40

Application Deadline: Varying rounds: March 15 / August 9 / September 25. Candidates are encouraged apply as early as possible as this program fills quickly.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Alexa Graham

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