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Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

University of Otago
Dunedin
English
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Program description

Most graduates in Dentistry enter general practice on their own or in association with others. Some undertake postgraduate study and research training in preparation for an academic career. Others obtain further experience and complete postgraduate clinical qualifications before entering specialist practice.

Dentistry

Dentistry is an important part of the health service. It offers a rewarding and worthwhile career to anyone who has an interest in and a concern for the needs of people, an even temperament and a sense of precision. As a profession Dentistry gives an unusual opportunity to contribute to appearance, well-being and general health. One of its great attractions is its emphasis on caring for people and encouraging them to find the means to care for themselves.

Most graduates in Dentistry enter general practice on their own or in association with others. Some undertake postgraduate study and research training in preparation for an academic career. Others obtain further experience and complete postgraduate clinical qualifications before entering specialist practice.

The Dental Council of New Zealand requires all dentists to register to practice in New Zealand. The minimum qualification is the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Otago. Graduates in Dentistry from the University of Otago, which has New Zealand's only School of Dentistry, enjoy an excellent reputation internationally. Their acceptance for practice and postgraduate study in overseas countries is high and many New Zealand graduates hold senior academic and hospital posts abroad.

Programme Requirements

1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Note: Students enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course will be required to achieve a satisfactory mark in a standard diagnostic English test or another approved measure of achievement.

2nd year

  • DENT 261 The Dentist and the Patient 1
  • DENT 262 Biomedical Sciences 1
  • DENT 263 The Dentist and the Community 1

3rd year

  • DENT 361 The Dentist and the Patient 2
  • DENT 362 Biomedical Sciences 2
  • DENT 363 The Dentist and the Community 2 or
  • DENT 364 Dentistry in the New Zealand Context

4th year

  • DENT 461 The Dentist and the Patient 3
  • DENT 462 Biomedical Sciences 3
  • DENT 463 The Dentist and the Community 3

5th year

  • DENT 551 The Dentist and the Patient 4
  • DENT 552 Biomedical Sciences 4
  • DENT 553 The Dentist and the Community 4

* DENT 364 is available only for approved students admitted under the International Medical University Partnership Programme and having previously passed appropriate courses; students who pass the paper will be credited with the First, Second, and Third Year courses of the programme.

Honours degree are available.

Tuition fees

The minimum requirement for students is the completion of a high school qualification plus satisfactory completion of one year's study at an approved tertiary institution or successful completion of New Zealand Foundation Year programme.

We also accept the following International qualifications: International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 26 points; GCE Advanced Levels: minimum grade of 8.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); Internet-based TOEFL Score of 80 (writing 20); Paper-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (TWE 4.5); Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169); CIE - E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements; International Baccalaureate - English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher level in Language B; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.

About school

 University of Otago

University of Otago

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University of Otago

362 Leith Street
9016 Dunedin
New Zealand


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