Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry

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

  • Australia's #1 Dental School^
  • 16.7% industry growth predicted in Australia by 2025
  • Gain a competitive career edge

^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH022, 3BH065
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study 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. Applicants must first find a supervisor and project opportunity, and submit an Expression of Interest. You can find more information about our Honours programs, projects, and the application process here: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/our-research/honours-and-higher-degrees-by-research
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH022, 3BH065

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $11,800

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

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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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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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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
DENT 4210B Honours Dental Science Two Year Final


If you like science and you like using your hands, then dentistry is a great career for you.

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 Sep 2022