Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 100799

Level of study: Undergraduate


Launch your career in dentistry with this five-year industry Honours course.

While undertaking La Trobe's Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) you'll learn about oral health in rural and ageing populations and develop hands-on skills in clinical placements across regional Victoria. You'll treat patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians and participate in community-based oral health promotion programs. You can also complete a community-based project or research project, which can lead to PhD entry.

You'll learn:

Preclinical oral health

Develop knowledge in restorative, preventive and periodontal procedures. On completion, you'll be competent in preclinical skills including dental materials, infection control, OH&S, instrumentation and dental procedures.

Medicine for dentistry

Learn to take a comprehensive medical history and understand its role in safe dental health care. The implications of therapeutic drugs used in managing medical conditions will also be covered.

Clinical practice

Discover how to apply diagnosis, treatment planning and technical skills to the management of patients in a clinical setting.


Learn the principles of fixed prosthodontics through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions and apply them in practice during your clinical placement.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.


Graduate ready to practice dentistry in a variety of different spheres, including:

Public sector

Hospitals, public dental clinics and health education centres all have a need for general dental practitioners.

Private practice

You can practice dentistry in privately owned clinics or be self-employed.


The research pathway of this course offers you an opportunity to go on to complete aa PhD and pursue an academic career, or take on postgraduate specialties like orthodontics.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
73,400 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 5 years
Full time
Bendigo Campus
Edwards Road
Bendigo Victoria 3552

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 98 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 65.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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