Bachelor of Oral Health

The University of Melbourne

This program allows students to develop all the scientific, theoretical and clinical skills required for practice as oral health therapists (which includes both dental hygienist and dental therapist practice). These skills include: clinical treatment; communication; critical thinking and evaluation; analytical thinking and problem-solving; respect for intellectual integrity and scientific truth; planning and time management; leadership and advocacy. Please note that the Bachelor of Oral Health is not a direct pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Course Fee:

International: $196,744

Entry Requirements:

Satisfactory completion of the VCE and a study score of at least 25 in VCE units 3 and 4 in English (any other than EAL) and in Biology or Chemistry. A study score of 30 is required for English (EAL). International Baccalaureate (IB) students must achieve at least Grade 4 in (Standard or Higher Level) English and in one of (Standard or Higher Level) Biology or Chemistry. Students must achieve an overall IB score equivalent to the ATAR standard required for entry to the Bachelor of Oral Health course.


The Bachelor of Oral Health has four main components: oral health sciences, social sciences and health promotion, preventive and clinical dentistry, and vocational clinical practice.

Subjects you can Study:

Clinical and preventive dentistry; Dental and health sciences; Social sciences and health promotion; Vocational clinical practice in oral health therapy.

Study Pathways:

Graduates will be eligible for entry into a range of graduate courses in public health, health services management and research and Advanced Clinical Practice. A wide range of graduate courses in other areas are also available. Students can choose to undertake further study in humanities and social sciences, or professional areas such as business and economics, law, nursing, science, teaching and more. Bachelor of Oral Health with Honours is also available. The Bachelor of Oral Health is not a direct pathway to the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Melbourne.

Further information:

Applicants will be required to comply with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Infectious Diseases and Immunisation Policy and other requirements, including a police check and first aid certificates.


The Bachelor of Oral Health is recognised in all Australian states and in New Zealand and is accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Graduates are registered for practice by the Dental Board of Australia and are eligible for membership of the Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists' Association and the Dental Hygienists Association of Australia. Registration may be granted in some countries other than Australia, subject to entry requirements and requirements of the registering authorities.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville 82.85 No Full time 3 years
Numbers aren’t always important. But when you graduate from a university that's ranked one of the world’s best, you’ll share that reputation. Not just after graduation but long after you leave.


Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019


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