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 practise 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.
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
- Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech)
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Honours) (BDS(Hons))
- Bachelor of Dental Technology (Honours) (BDentTech(Hons))
- Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dentistry (PGDipComDent)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology (PGDipCDTech)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (PGDipClinDent)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Therapy (PGDipDentTher)
- Master of Dentistry (MDent)
- Master of Community Dentistry (MComDent)
- Master of Oral Health (MOH)
- Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent)
- Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc)
See the full list of Dentistry (DENT) papers.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
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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
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DENT 361 The Dentist and the Patient 2
DENT 362 Biomedical Sciences 2
DENT 363 The Dentist and the Community 2
DENT 364 * Dentistry in the New Zealand Context
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DENT 461 The Dentist and the Patient 3
DENT 462 Biomedical Sciences 3
DENT 463 The Dentist and the Community 3
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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.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours (BDS(Hons))
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DENT 561 General Practice Dentistry for Honours
DENT 563 Community Service Learning
DENT 580 Dental Honours Research Project 1
DENT 581 Dental Honours Research Project 2
Note: Papers in the First, Second, Third and Fourth Years are the same as in the Schedule for the ordinary degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery.
Master of Dentistry (MDent)
AEST 801 Principles of Aesthetic Dentistry
AEST 802 Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry
AEST 880 Research Dissertation
|Rural Oral Health Care||
ROHC 801 Principles of Medicine and Surgery for Rural Oral Health Care
ROHC 802 Advanced Principles in General Dental Practice
ROHC 880 Research Dissertation
Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) endorsed in Dentistry
(for students withdrawing from a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry programme).
Note: Endorsement may require enrolment in papers totalling more than 120 points, depending on the extent of prior study in relevant subjects and whether the student wishes to be eligible for postgraduate study in the subject of endorsement.