What’s it like to be a first-year UQ dentistry student?

6 February 2020

Are you thinking of studying dentistry?

Want something to smile about? When you study dentistry at UQ, you’ll learn in the largest and most advanced university oral health facility in Australia.

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As a first-year UQ dentistry student, you will be introduced to dental practice and oral rehabilitation and undertake courses in oral biosciences and biomedical foundations in oral health. The remaining four years of the program consist of three years of applied dental science and one year (34 weeks) of extramural clinical practice.

Clinical work begins in second year and is broadened in the third and fourth years of study. You will be assigned patients and will be responsible for the dental care of these patients. Clinical work in areas such as general dental practice, operative dentistry, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics is undertaken at the UQ School of Dentistry.

Clinical placements
You will gain experience in the areas of oral medicine and oral and maxillofacial surgery in Brisbane dental teaching hospitals. You will undertake an extended placement (40 weeks) in your final year in a range of clinical settings, including the Oral Health Centre as well as government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health service clinics throughout Queensland.

Here’s a clip from UQ, featuring a former OzTREKK student!

Admissions Requirements

1. From high school
Must have completed a high school diploma with completed prerequisite subjects Grade 12 English and chemistry (biology is also recommended); and have attained an average of 90% or higher in top five to six Grade 12 classes (depending on your province).

2. From university
Must have completed at least one year of full-time studies toward an undergraduate degree; completed prerequisite subjects including Grade 12 English and chemistry, or an equivalent or higher-level course at a university level; and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.5 on a 7-point scale in university studies.

Admission Timeline

The Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) implemented offer rounds for 2021 intake:

Offer round 1: March 13, 2020
Final round: September 29, 2020

You are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 

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Do you have any questions about applying to UQ dentistry? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer at dentistry@oztrekk.com for more info!