Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry

Campus Teaching Hospitals
Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3BH022
3BH065
CRICOS 002789G

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for entry into a specialisation. You could be seeking answers to oral health questions no one else has asked. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

The Adelaide dental School is the number one ranked dental school in Australia*. Our prerequisites for honours study are at least a credit standard GPA and a demonstrated interest in and aptitude for research. You must have completed a Bachelor degree, or at least three years of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program.

 What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Conduct a research project on a chosen topic within the oral health field.
  • Partner with a mentor who’ll support and encourage your progress.
  • Produce an extended research report or thesis.

 *Good Universities Guide 2017/18

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Higher Education Study A 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    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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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,675

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $68,500

    Scholarships

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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • 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
  • 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
    and
    DENT 4210B Honours Dental Science Two Year Final
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019