Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Keep your community smiling
Dentists work to improve oral health in our communities. They’re lifelong learners who care about their patients and their work.
Dentistry is a science and an art. It’s flexible and rewarding, and it changes lives.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Dental Surgery supports you in becoming a highly skilled and patient-focused dentist. You will:
- build clinical experience starting in your very first year
- learn in Australia’s newest dental teaching hospital, in the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
- explore the full range of dental therapies—from complex restorative to preventative-based treatments
- practise using equipment in our Dental Simulation Clinic
- tackle real-life case scenarios in teams
- benefit from extensive placements across metropolitan and rural settings
- improve lives through community outreach programs.
Where could it take you?
You could work in a local or community dental clinic or provide dental care for people in the developing world. You might become a defence force dentist. Perhaps you’ll be a researcher, making new discoveries to improve oral health care.
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SATAC Code 314122 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Minimum eligibility score 90 Additional criteria considered Additional criteria Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. To be considered as a secondary school leaver, applicants must not have completed more than 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) university study (48 units) at an Australian or overseas institution.
For full details of Tertiary Entrance Rules under the SACE/NTCE refer to the Tertiary Entrance Booklet 2020, 2021, 2022 published by SATAC (available at their website: www.satac.edu.au from July 2019 onwards). Academic Score (ATAR)
To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program at the University of Adelaide, year 12 applicants (school leaver applicants) must achieve an Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors) of 90 or above, an International Baccalaureate score of 33 or above or the interstate/ overseas equivalent.
Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BDS program.
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: two Science subjects: one chosen from Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If year 12 studied prior to 2017, the equivalent Mathematics subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics; and one chosen from Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics; OR IB: two Science subjects (one of Chemistry, Mathematics (SL or HL) or Physics AND one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics); OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all BDS entry pathways. Assumed Knowledge A necessary precursor for success in the BDS program is a high proficiency in the written and oral use of the English language. Additional Entry RequirementsApplications for 2019 have closed. To apply for entry to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program in 2020 please see below: All applicants are advised to read the Dental Surgery Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) program. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. Merit Ranking Process: Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the three components of the admissions process: *Interview Results: First Ranking Level *UCAT Results: Second Ranking Level *Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level Applicants who have listed Dentistry (BDS) among their preferences will be asked to enter their UCAT identification number during the online application process. Applications will not be considered complete without a valid UCAT identification number entered prior to the closing date. Formal offers will be made by SATAC. However, to secure your place in the BDS degree, you MUST enrol in all first year courses for the BDS degree by the deadline stated in the SATAC offer letter. Supporting information regarding the above will be provided by the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. Please note: the University reserves the right to make offers outside of the formal SATAC offer rounds until all places are filled. Offers can be made up to and during March. Higher Education Study To meet the minimum academic threshold as a Higher Education applicant, you must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study, achieving at least a credit average (a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more). Calculating your GPA Higher Education applicants must also meet the prerequisite subject requirements (refer above). Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the BDS program. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2019). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 314122
CRICOS 002788J Intake February
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 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7 TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27 Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65 C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185 Additional English Tests accepted Occupational English Test (OET) - A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 90 International Baccalaureate (IB) 34 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 92 ISC & CBSE [India] 90% ISBE [India] 95% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1410 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 12 Abitur 2.3 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0 STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83 Eynesbury Foundation Program 412 ANU Foundation Studies 75 Monash Foundation Year 78.5 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83 UNSW Foundation Year 8.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 72 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: two Science subjects: one chosen from Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If year 12 studied prior to 2017, the equivalent Mathematics subject was called Mathematical Studies), Specialist Mathematics, Physics; and one chosen from Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Physics; OR IB: two Science subjects (one of Chemistry, Mathematics (SL or HL) or Physics AND one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics); OR Equivalent University courses (i.e. 1st year Human Biology as part of the Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences program). Subject prerequisites are applicable to all BDS entry pathways. International Qualifications Two subjects: One from Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics and one from Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics. Assumed Knowledge High proficiency in written and spoken English.
Additional Entry RequirementsThe 2021 Dental Surgery Admissions Guide for International Applicants details important information regarding the additional entry requirements for entry at the University of Adelaide. All applicants are advised to read the Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery for Semester 1 2021, failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration.
1. Register for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ) for Australia and New Zealand.
Last day to register for UCAT ANZ is Monday 18 May 2020.
2. Submit a formal Application online via the University's International website. Applications for 2021 must be submitted by Tuesday 30 June 2020 (11:59PM SA Time).
3. Closing dates are strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be accepted.
4. Applicants who have not yet completed their current qualification will still be required to apply by this date.
5. In addition to this application, please note that any student studying for an Australian Year 12 qualifications or for the IB in Australia must also apply directly to SATAC before SATAC's September closing date to be considered for other preferences.
Applicants will be ranked in consideration for an offer based on their performance in the three components of the admissions process:
* Interview Results: First Ranking Level
* UCAT ANZ Results: Second Ranking Level
* Academic Results: Meets threshold and Final Ranking Level (to separate applicants with equal summed Interview and UCAT ANZ scores).
Important information for International students who obtain Australian Permanent Residency (or some other immigration status that entitles you to the educational benefits of Permanent Residency) is also contained in the 2021 Dental Surgery Admissions Guide for International Applicants
2021 Dental Surgery Admissions Guide for International Applicants
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $80,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessAs a University of Adelaide-qualified dentist, students will be ready for a dynamic career in the dental industry and will be sought-after by employers. Some of the choices graduates might have are:
- Private practice: once students are registered with the Dental Board of Australia they can enter private practice on their own, work as an associate with an established practitioner, or join a partnership.
- Public sector: students can work as a dentist in government, and community or school-based dental clinics across Australia.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry PlacementFrom first year, students undertake compulsory clinical placements in a range of metropolitan and rural settings. These compulsory placements can extend beyond the academic year and can include after-hours and weekend work.
Professional AccreditationThe Bachelor of Dental Surgery is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.
To be eligible to work in Australia as a dentist, graduates are required to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Dental Board of Australia on the completion of the degree. In order to register, all applicants must comply with the English language skills requirements as determined by AHPRA. For further details, visit ahpra.gov.au/Registration.aspx
The Bachelor of Dental Surgery qualification is recognised by:
- The Dental Board of Australia. Once registered, graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Dental Association.
- The Dental Council of New Zealand under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement.
- The Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada. Further examinations are necessary to work in Canada.
- Singapore Dental Council
Dental Practitioner, Dentist
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Overseas ExperienceDentistry students have the opportunity to undertake part of their clinical placement during a two-week study tour to Vietnam, working as a clinical team in schools and private practices.
Degree StructureThe Bachelor of Dental Surgery consists of an integrated course in each year level, with clinical experiences being provided from day one.
The focus of the degree is to emphasise a holistic, preventive-based approach to oral health care, with a minimally invasive approach if restorative treatment is required. Students will be expected to apply and integrate knowledge and understanding of relevant biological and medical sciences in managing their patients and demonstrate high levels of professionalism, including an ability to effectively monitor their performance and a desire to continue to learn and grow as a member of the dental profession.
The dynamic curriculum uses a case-based learning approach to integrate learning across disciplines. The emphasis is on learning relevant scientific information throughout the degree at the same time as the development of clinical skills.
From first year, students will undertake compulsory clinical placements in a range of settings, including a city-based dental hospital and community dental clinics located in metropolitan Adelaide, rural South Australia and interstate.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 DENT 1005AHO / DENT 1005BHO Dental Science and Practice I Parts 1 & 2 Year 2 DENT 2005AHO / DENT 2005BHO Dental Science and Practice II Parts 1 & 2 Year 3 DENT 3005AHO / DENT 3005BHO Dental Science and Practice III Parts 1 & 2 Year 4 DENT 4004AHO / DENT 4004BHO Dental Science and Practice IV Parts 1 & 2 Year 5 DENT 5005AHO / DENT 5005BHO Dental Science and Practice V Parts 1 & 2
All courses are compulsory. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery does not contain elective courses.
From a patient-centred care focus, this stream introduces students to the practice of dentistry and provides a foundation for understanding the normal structure and function of a healthy body. This includes the oral cavity, evidence-based maintenance of patients' health and dentistry as a career. By working through a series of integrated learning activities, students develop an integrated knowledge base related to evidence-based patient care and related biodental, clinical and behavioural sciences, clinical skills and professional behaviours. These integrated learning activities provide small-group discovery experiences (SGDE) for students by presenting various practice situations that focus on the initial phases of patient care. Student learning from these SGDE involve development of research skills and are supported by class meetings, laboratory, tutorial and simulation and clinical exercises. Learning is also supported by independent study and discussion of findings in class. Students work in a collaborative environment to learn to critically evaluate themselves, and plan and implement strategies for improvement.
Second year builds on first year, maintaining the focus on patient-centered care. The aim is to develop an understanding of the changes that occur in the oral cavity when an imbalance of the oral ecosystem develops. The emphasis will be to restore and maintain the balance towards health. As in first-year, students’ SGDE involve participation in integrated learning activities, supported by class meetings, laboratory, tutorials, simulation and clinical sessions and independent study. Second year continues the emphasis on a scientific basis of dentistry by integrating research-informed knowledge of the structure and function of body with an emphasis on developing systematic scientific skills to examine, assess risk and systematically manage healthy patients with minor conditions.
Years 3 & 4
Students will extend their Dental Sciences studies to include the understanding of dental disorders and the human diseases which have direct relevance to oral health and dental practice. The scientific basis of dental practice, and the health and the community components will continue throughout the year. Students clinical skills in comprehensive treatment planning will be developed further through the provision of supervised care for patients in both general dental practice and dental specialities. As in previous years, students’ SGDE involve participation in integrated learning activities, supported by class meetings, simulation and clinical sessions and independent study
In fifth year, students integrate the knowledge gained from the previous four years of study and consolidate their clinical skills in a range of settings in order to develop as dental professionals and manage patients with an increasingly complex range of dental problems.
A range of assessment formats are used throughout the program. Assessment consists of examinations that may be in the format of written papers using a range of question formats or clinical assessments. There is also continuous self-monitoring of clinical performance and tutor feedback during each clinic or simulated clinic session. At the end of a clinical placement period, tutors complete summative assessments of clinical performance. Other forms of assessment during the semester include Tests of Understanding, assignments, and participation in small group tutorial sessions.
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Last updated: Sunday, 22 Mar 2020