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Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

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Overview

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.

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Information for New Applicants

Applications for 2015

Open: August 2014
Close: 15 September 2014

Information regarding the guidelines for admission can be found on the following website.
Division of Health Sciences

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Subject Area

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Year Papers Points
1st year

Health Sciences First Year Course

Notes:
(i) 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.
(ii) No student will be permitted to take an examination in a subject of the first year course in which a pass has already been gained.

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2nd year

DENT 261  The Dentist and the Patient 1

DENT 262  Biomedical Sciences 1

DENT 263  The Dentist and the Community 1

33

72

15

3rd year

DENT 361  The Dentist and the Patient 1

DENT 362  Biomedical Sciences 2

DENT 363  The Dentist and the Community 2

or

DENT 364 * Dentistry in the New Zealand Context

72

36

12

 

72

4th year

DENT 461  The Dentist and the Patient 3

DENT 462  Biomedical Sciences 3

DENT 463  The Dentist and the Community 3

90

18

12

5th year

DENT 551  The Dentist and the Patient 4

DENT 552  Biomedical Sciences 4

DENT 553  The Dentist and the Community 4

72

18

30

* 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.

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Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    Notes:
    (i) All applicants seeking admission to the second year of the Dental Surgery programme must have completed the requirements of the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (or equivalent for the Graduate and Alternative admissions categories).
    (ii) For specific enquiries about admission to the Dental Surgery programme intending students should make an appointment with the Health Sciences Admissions Office (health-sciences@otago.ac.nz).

    1. Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme shall be determined by the Dental Admissions Committee.
    2. Admission to the second year of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery programme is limited to 60 Domestic students (but see regulation 1(i) regarding International student admissions).
    3. Note: 'Domestic student' is defined in the Admission to University Statute 2011, clause 3.3.

    4. Applications for admission may be made under the following categories:
      Health Sciences First Year (see 1(f))
      Graduate (see 1(g))
      Alternative (see 1(h))

    5. The University of Otago is committed to initiatives that increase the number of students of Māori and Pacific ancestry. The Division of Health Sciences is focused on ensuring that New Zealand’s need for a diverse health workforce is met, honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and promoting academic equity for under-represented groups.

      Applicants in any category (see regulation 1(c)) who have fulfilled the requirements as described in 1(f), 1(g), or 1(h) may also be considered in one or both of the following sub-categories:

      1. Māori.
      2. Indigenous Pacific (see note).

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must provide verified evidence of either Māori whakapapa or indigenous Pacific ancestry, be a permanent resident or citizen of New Zealand, and complete a written statement describing their commitment to Māori and/or Pacific health.

      An applicant in either or both of these sub-categories must have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Dental Admissions Committee from year to year in the course of study on which the application is based.

      Note: Students applying under the Indigenous pacific sub-category need to provide verified evidence of family ancestry originating from one or more of the following Pacific nations: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawai'i, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).

    6. Applicants in any category (see regulation 1(c)) who have lived, or been educated, in a rural area of New Zealand (see Note) may seek admission under the New Zealand Rural Origins sub-category.
    7. Note: To qualify for the New Zealand Rural Origins sub-category applicants must:
      (i) have undertaken a minimum of four years of their pre-tertiary education at a school in a rural area of New Zealand; or
      (ii) have resided in a rural area of New Zealand for a minimum of four consecutive years following the completion of their secondary education; or
      (iii) have undertaken a combination of pre-tertiary education at a school in a rural area of New Zealand and residence in a rural area of New Zealand, for a minimum of four consecutive years.
      See the Guidelines for Admission on the Health Sciences website (www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences) for definitions of rurality used for this sub-category. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Health Sciences Admissions office prior to applications closing with any questions regarding eligibility for the Rural Orgins Sub-Category.

    8. To be considered for admission under the Health Sciences First Year category, an applicant must:
      1. be enrolled in the Health Sciences First Year course at the University of Otago (see also 1(j));
      2. pass all of the papers prescribed for the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course, normally with a minimum average of 70%, with no paper grade less than B- (65%) (but see 1(d));
      3. have a current Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) result that is above a threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee;
      4. have undertaken a Dental Admissions interview and achieved a threshold level, determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee. Applicants will not normally be invited for a Dental Admissions interview unless they achieve the threshold level in all three of the UMAT Sections.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their average mark in the Health Sciences First Year papers.

      Notes:
      (i) If an additional optional paper from the approved list is taken, and provided all of the prescribed papers are passed at or above the required minimum standard, the results in the highest scoring seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
      (ii) To be admitted to the Health Sciences First Year course, the applicant must not have studied any university degree-level papers that include a subject that is the same, similar to, or contains significant portions of any of the prescribed Health Sciences First Year papers. Prior university degree-level study in any subject area must not comprise more than one year of equivalent full-time study.

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    9. To be considered for admission under the Graduate category, an applicant must:
      1. have completed, normally in the minimum academic time, at least one of the following qualifications awarded by a university in New Zealand:
        - a bachelor's degree; or
        - a bachelor's honours degree; or
        - a bachelor's degree followed by a postgraduate diploma equivalent to a bachelor's honours degree from the awarding university;
      2. Note:
        (i) The qualifying degree for the Graduate category will be the first university degree awarded to that applicant.
        (ii) The grades obtained in a bachelor’s honours degree (if separate from the qualifying degree) or an equivalent postgraduate diploma will be included in the GPA calculation, along with the qualifying degree.

      3. have a current Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) result that is above a threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee;
      4. have undertaken a Dental Admissions interview and achieved a threshold level determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee. Applicants will not normally be invited for a Dental Admissions interview unless they achieve the threshold level in all three of the UMAT Sections.

      Applications must be received within three years of completion of the qualifying degree. Normally, the date of completion will be taken as the end of the teaching period in which the final paper or papers included in the programme are undertaken. Repeat applications within the eligibility period are allowed.

      The applicant must have passed the papers of the Health Sciences First Year course or their equivalents. The average grade for all papers in the qualifying programme must be at least B (grade point average (GPA) of 5) (but see 1(d)).

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on their GPA, as calculated by the Division of Health Sciences.

      Note: For guidance on how average grades are calculated, see the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html

    10. To be considered for admission under the Alternative category, an applicant must
      1. hold a degree from a New Zealand university, and no longer be eligible under the Graduate category;
        or
        have completed a degree at an overseas university at a standard of at least NZQF Level 7;
        or
        hold a master’s or doctoral degree;
      2. have passed the equivalent of the papers prescribed for the Health Sciences First Year course, and have achieved a minimum academic standard to be determined by the Dental Admissions Committee in any papers undertaken at university level (usually a minimum of a B (GPA of 5) (Otago equivalent)) (but see 1(d));
      3. have a current UMAT result that is above a threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee;
      4. have undertaken a Dental Admissions interview and achieved a threshold level, determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee. Applicants will not normally be invited for a Dental Admissions interview unless they achieve the threshold level in all three of the UMAT Sections.

      Selection of applicants who have met these criteria will be based on academic merit and an interview.

    11. The Dental Admissions Committee shall have discretion to offer a limited number of additional places in second year classes to International students who meet all the requirements determined by the Dental Admissions Committee. (See Note (i) below.)

    12. Admission to the programme shall be subject to applicants’ meeting an English language requirement as determined by the Dental Admissions Committee, dependent on the category under which the application is made.

    13. Notwithstanding any of the above provisions, the Dental Admissions Committee shall have discretion to consider any applicant who, not having satisfied these regulations in a particular aspect, warrants admission to the programme for exceptional reasons.

    14. Any applicant who
      1. is, or who has been, the subject of criminal charges; or
      2. is, or has been, subject to disciplinary proceedings of a tertiary institution or professional body; or
      3. has a mental or physical condition that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. who is found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (j)(i)-(iii),

      may be declined admission to the programme by the Dental Admissions Committee on the recommendation of the Health and Conduct Review Group. Any offer of admission made before responses to medical tests or requests for information regarding an applicant’s health status or past conduct have been received is conditional on the information received confirming the applicant’s suitability for admission.

      Notes:
      (i) See the Guidelines for Admission into the Health Sciences Professional Programmes at www.otago.ac.nz/healthsciences/students/professional/otago034699.html.
      (ii) The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.
      (iii) Applicants for admission must have a current UMAT result that is above a threshold determined annually by the Dental Admissions Committee. UMAT scores can be used for admission only in the year following the test.

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  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. Every programme of study shall satisfy the programme requirements above.
    2. No student may take a paper additional to those prescribed for the second, third, fourth and final years of the programme without the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.

  3. Credits

    The Faculty of Dentistry may grant such credits as it deems appropriate for work done previously by a candidate.

  4. Assessment

    1. Assessment for all papers will usually comprise two components: a theoretical component, and a clinical, practical or technical component.
    2. Both components will have summative internal assessments and may have a final examination.
    3. Summative internal assessments will be complemented by formative assessments and shall consist of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessments, either singly or as part of a group, as the Faculty requires. Students will be advised of the requirements for summative assessment at the commencement of each year of study.
    4. Final examination of the theoretical component shall consist of written papers and may include oral examinations or alternative examination formats as the examiners require. Final examination of the clinical, practical or technical component shall consist of such oral, clinical, practical or technical examinations as the examiners may require.
    5. To pass any paper a mark of 50% or above must be gained in both the theoretical component and the clinical, practical or technical component.
    6. The weighting of theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components to determine the final mark may vary from paper to paper.
    7. If either the theoretical component or the clinical, practical or technical component of a paper is failed, the paper will be deemed to be failed. If a paper has multiple modules, candidates will be required to pass the theoretical and clinical, practical or technical components of each module. On the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, a student may be given an opportunity to undertake remedial activity and to be re-assessed in a special examination in the component that has been failed. Special examinations may take the form of such written, clinical, practical and oral assessment as the Faculty requires.
    8. Candidates will be informed whether they are required to undertake remedial activity and sit special examinations when results are submitted to the Examinations Office.
    9. If more than one component is failed, the student may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners and with the approval of the Faculty, be required to repeat the paper. A student who repeats a paper must repeat both components of that paper.
    10. Special consideration may be given if a student is unavailable to sit a summative internal assessment or final examination due to health problems or unforeseen personal circumstances. Supporting documentation must be submitted to the Faculty Operations Manager as soon as practicable.
    11. A candidate who in the opinion of the Board of Examiners, has reached an exceptionally high standard in any paper shall be granted a pass with distinction in that paper.

  5. Withdrawal from the Programme

    1. A student who withdraws on or before 10 July in the year of admission to second year classes will be required to reapply for admission to second year classes in Dentistry.
    2. A student who withdraws at any other time during the programme will be required to apply for readmission to the Faculty Operations Manager by 1 September of the year prior to that for which readmission is sought. Such a student will be readmitted only on the recommendation of the Faculty.

  6. Exclusion from the Programme

    1. Any student who, in two academic years, fails to qualify for admission to, or to pass all papers which constitute a complete year of the programme, may be excluded from further enrolment for the degree by the Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.
    2. Any student who, during the course of their studies, is
      1. subject to criminal charges;
      2. subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or
      3. found to have an issue in connection with their mental or physical health that could adversely affect their fitness to practise; or
      4. found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (b)(i)-(iii),

      may be excluded from further study towards the degree by the Academic Board of the Division of Health Sciences on the recommendation of the Faculty of Dentistry.

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  7. Level of Award of the Degree

    The degree may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  8. Variations

    On the recommendation of the Faculty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

    Notes:
    1. All the papers prescribed for the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course must be passed, with a B (70%) GPA or better and with no paper grade less than B-. If an additional optional paper from the approved list is taken, and provided all of the prescribed papers are passed at or above the required minimum standard, the results in the best seven papers will be counted for admission purposes.
    2. The due date for applications for enrolment in the second year course is 15 September in the year before admission.
    3. Applicants for admission must have valid UMAT results as defined by the Australian Council of Educational Research, which is responsible for the development and administration of UMAT.
    4. Entries for special examinations must reach the Manager, Student Administration, by 10 January.

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