Our Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (BDSc (Hons)) program follows a unique educational model, providing graduating students with extensive experience through clinical placements prior to graduation.

Focusing on the application of scientific principles to the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of dental and orofacial diseases and abnormalities, the BDSc (Hons) program equips students with the knowledge, understanding, clinical and research skills and professional attributes required to become a competent general dental practitioner. Students undertake courses in oral biosciences, including pre-clinical simulation and workshops, throughout the first four years of the program. Clinical experience, paralleled by our virtual patient program, commences in first year and continues throughout the program, with direct patient care commencing in the latter half of the second year.

Students acquire an appreciation of the profession of dentistry in Australia and explore population oral health. They also design and conduct a research project, gaining research skills along the way. Direct patient care, chairside assisting, observations and community activities are undertaken in areas such as general dental practice, orthodontics, children’s dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics, special needs and aged care, oral medicine, radiology and surgery in a variety of facilities.

The School recently received reaccreditation of the BDSc (Hons) program from the Australian Dental Council until the 31st of December 2023. The School was commended on:

  • Our comprehensive and novel approach to curriculum development
  • The quality of facilities at the Oral Health Centre
  • The integration of basic science and clinical practice through the virtual patient approach
  • Our approach to student engagement, representation and partnership
  • Our Alliance with Metro North Hospital and Health Service