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:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville 82.85 No Full time 3 years

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

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

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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