La Trobe University

Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This five-year, full-time dentistry course covers the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the mouth including teeth and supporting structures. The course introduces clinical skills development from the start, with a focus on rural health needs. You'll study human biosciences, public health, dental science, research, and all aspects of oral health practice. You'll also explore the differences between rural and urban health and how these relate to health policy and rural health services. In years three and four, you'll study prosthodontics. In Fifth Year, you'll apply knowledge of specialist disciplines to support comprehensive patient care, explore aspects of law, ethics and dental practice management. From First Year, you'll work in our clinical simulation lab. You'll also gain direct experience in public clinics from your Third Year. During Fourth and Fifth Years, you'll undertake clinical placements in rural and regional settings across Victoria. Here you'll treat patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians and participate in community-based oral health promotion programs. We offer grants for disadvantaged students to offset the costs of equipment and clothing, along with optional accommodation packages for students on rural clinical placement. In the final two and a half years of the course you will complete either a major industry honours project, or, if eligible, may apply to enter the research honours stream and complete a research honours project.

Standard entry requirements

Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Prior to commencing a placement, students are required to meet all of the requirements of the degree in relation to immunisation and testing for blood borne viruses. Students must visit a medical practitioner who will complete and sign the Immunisation and Health Record form. Further information will be provided post enrolment. First Aid and/or CPR certification is required to meet the professional requirements of the degree. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last two years): VCE: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 30 in English other than EAL. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Biology. Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry. Bridging and enabling courses: Successful completion of Unilearn Biology (which must include online lab activities) with an overall grade of at least 60% satisfies the Biology prerequisite for this course.


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 completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Bendigo International: $367,000 No

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