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Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry

Campus Teaching Hospitals

Degree Type Honours Bachelor

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.


CRICOS 002789G

The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry offers an opportunity for students to undertake a research project in a discipline related to oral health. The main component of the degree is the conduct of a research project, leading to the production of a research report or thesis.

The Honours degree enables students to explore and investigate more deeply in the oral health field and to develop the research skills required for study at a higher level.

Graduates of the degree have the research skills and knowledge to complement their prior studies and prepare them for research roles in a variety of industries.  For registered dental graduates, the degree offers the desirable research skills for entry into specialisation.

Students must have completed a Bachelors degree, or at least 3 years of the BDS program. In addition, applicants are required to:
  • have a good university academic record (a credit-level GPA is normally required at a minimum)
  • demonstrate to their potential supervisor an interest in and aptitude for research.


  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February
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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 002789G
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Completed 3 year relevant bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0. OR
    Successful completion of at least 3 years of a relevant Australian bachelor degree of 4 or more years duration (or equivalent) with a minimum academic performance equivalent to a GPA of 5.0.

    Student enrolments will be limited to the number of honours projects available.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $67,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of the degree are prepared for research careers in health related disciplines. Graduates who complete the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry in addition to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery are better prepared for entry into future specialisations.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Researcher, Academic

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Graduates with a minimum three-year Bachelor’s degree relevant to the project can choose to study the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry either full-time over one year of study, or half-time over two years of study.

    A concurrent honours is available to domestic Bachelor of Dental Surgery students, permitting them to complete their Honours requirements at around the same time that they graduate with the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. Students can enrol from the end of the third year of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. The concurrent program is NOT available to international Bachelor of Dental Surgery students.

    Research Projects

    Research projects may be available in the following areas:
    > Craniofacial Biology and Oral Health: studies of normal and abnormal craniofacial growth and development, and oral health. A focus on oro-facial genetics and incorporating studies of the teeth, faces and oral health of Australian twins and other populations.
    > Dental Education: studies of education and learning theory and practice, with a focus on dental education.
    > Tooth Wear: tribological investigations of the mechanisms of tooth erosion, abrasion and attrition.
    > Forensic Odontology: studies of methods of identification, including the use of photographic superimposition techniques.
    > Oral Microbiology: studies of oral micro-organisms involved in dental caries and periodontal and endodontic diseases.
    > Oral Pathology: studies of pathobiology of cancer treatment related to mucosal toxicity; mucosal pathology; oral cancer.
    > Periodontology: properties of dental materials, ultra-structural investigations of tooth-restoration interfaces, and bio-dental imaging modalities.
    > Population Oral Health: research in community and preventive dentistry, risk factors for oral disease, and evaluation of dental services.
    > Orthodontics, Restorative Dentistry, Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core course
    DENT 4300A/B Honours Research Methods and Ethics Parts 1 & 2

    Research Project
    DENT 4200A/B Honours Dental Science Parts 1 & 2

    In the case of a part-time enrolment the following two courses must be completed in two consecutive years:

    DENT 4210A Honours Dental Science Two Year Continuing
    DENT 4210B Honours Dental Science Two Year Final
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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017