The University of Adelaide

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

The University of Adelaide

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00123M

Studying dentistry leads to a flexible and rewarding career that benefits people's lives by improving their oral health. The only professional dental degree in South Australia, the Bachelor of Dental Surgery supports students' learning to become highly skilled dentists who provide patient-focused care. The degree offers hands-on experience with an emphasis on preventive-based approaches to oral diseases. Clinical experience is embedded into the degree from first year, and students learn through a variety of innovative and flexible learning approaches including case studies and simulation. The Dental Simulation Clinic is a high-tech environment where students develop their patient care skills using equipment found in real-life clinical settings. Dentistry students also have the opportunity to learn in Australia's newest dental teaching hospital, located in the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building. Extensive clinical placements across metropolitan and rural settings are built into the degree, along with a community outreach dental program that allows students to develop their skills while helping to improve the dental health of disadvantaged people across Adelaide and South Australia. University of Adelaide dental graduates become advocates for their patients and for the community's future oral health needs. Graduates have the knowledge and skills required to register as a dental practitioner in Australia and have a variety of employment opportunities in both private and public practice; as well as the defence force, academia and other areas.


The degree consists of an integrated course in each year level with clinical experiences 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 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.


  • Dental surgery

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 Prerequisites: SACE Stage 2: two Science subjects: one chosen from Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. 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). Applicants must not have completed more than 2 years full-time equivalent university study (48 units)
  • Have an ATAR of 90 or above, or IB score of 31 or above
  • Plus sit the UMAT and top UMAT performers must also attend a structured Interview. For more information, visit:


The 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. Once registered, graduates are also eligible for membership of the Australian Dental Association.

Study pathways

No automatic credit is available in the Bachelor of Dental Surgery for studies in the specified course.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
North Terrace International: $402,500 No
  • Full-time : 5 years

Further information

All applicants are advised to read the Dental Surgery and Oral Health Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree. Failure to read this document will not be grounds for special consideration. Visit:

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