Bachelor of Dental Surgery

James Cook University (JCU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Study the foundational theory of dental science and the promotion of oral healthcare in underserved communities. Train alongside experienced, supportive professionals and explore issues of concern, particularly relating to tropical, rural and indigenous practice. Be equipped with practical work skills in JCU’s world-class dental teaching complex, with a state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratory. Apply your theoretical knowledge as you assess, diagnose and perform dental work on real patients. Expand your network and experience through extensive professional placements.


120 credit points. The first 3 to 4 years are offered at the Cairns Campus. Final year placements are in public and private dental clinics across northern Queensland, including Mackay, Proserpine, Atherton and Thursday Island. Part-time study is not permitted in Levels 3, 4 and 5.


  • Dental surgery

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • English (Units 3/4,C), Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4,C), Chemistry (Units 3/4,C). Recommended Knowledge - Biology (Units 3/4,C)


Australian Dental Council

Study pathways

Honours is offered to students who meet the stated criteria, available on a full or part-time basis.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns International: $359,800 No
  • Full-time : 5
  • Part-time : 7

Further information

If students identify as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, JCU can assist students in their pursuit of a health career through the Indigenous Health Careers Access Program (IHCAP). International student visa-holders must not enrol in more than a third of the total credit points for the course in online, distance or external study.

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