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Apply for the Bachelor of Dental Technology with Honours (BDentTech(Hons)) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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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.

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Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 8889

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See the full list of Dentistry (DENT) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Year Papers Points
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


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.

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Bachelor of Dental Surgery with Honours (BDS(Hons))

Year Papers Points
Fifth year

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.





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Master of Dentistry (MDent)

Endorsement Papers Points
Aesthetic Dentistry

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




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Diploma for Graduates (DipGrad) endorsed in Dentistry

Papers required
  • CLDN 910 Research Evaluation and Design
  • CLDN 920  Clinical Practice - Research Evidence

(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.

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