Charles Sturt University

Bachelor of Dental Science



University Location Orange, New South Wales
City Population 38,000
Student Population 42,300 (across all campuses)
Main Campus Orange
Program Campus Orange
Program Duration 5 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $60,800 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March
Next Available Intake 2022
Application Deadline Not accepting international applications*
International Places 10 (total 40)


Offered full-time at Charles Sturt University’s Orange Campus, the Bachelor of Dental Science is a five-year undergraduate dentistry degree developed in close association with the industry to prepare you for a career as a dental practitioner.

As a Charles Sturt dentistry student, you will begin your clinical experience and hand-skills development from Year 1. Clinical experiences of increasing complexity are combined with further development of hand skills through Year 2 and provide a strong foundation for extended clinical practice in Years 3 to 5.


During Years 1 and 2, there is a strong focus on core biomedical and dental sciences. Foundation theoretical materials will be presented in lecture style, but small-group seminars and case-based interactions will feature throughout the curriculum.

In Years 3 to 5, you will focus on understanding the medical, dental, social and community context of dental clinical practice. Your hand skills will be developed by using Charles Sturt Dental School’s state-of-the-art simulation equipment in their purpose-built facilities, which also includes a dental technology / clinical support laboratory, biodental science learning suite, and anatomy teaching facilities, including a PC2 teaching laboratory and a dry (computer) laboratory.

You will hone your knowledge and develop patient communication skills in Charles Sturt University’s Dental and Oral Health Clinics in Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange and Wagga Wagga, which include private and specialist practice areas. You will also observe specialists treating patients via video conference with the assistance of dental tools equipped with cameras.

This course includes practical experience through workplace learning. You will undertake intense clinical practice sessions in generalist and all specialist disciplines. There is also the opportunity to engage in clinical practice at a variety of sites (university, community, rural and metropolitan) so you can gain professional experience.


Admission Requirements

1. From high school
Must have completed a high school diploma with a minimum of 80% from top Grade 12 subjects.

2. From university
Approximately 80% (3.5/4.0 cGPA) from university studies.

3. Interview
The Charles Sturt Bachelor of Dental Science application process has two stages: an initial application and, if selected, attendance at an interview via Skype.

It is expected that all applicants have a strong science background (chemistry / mathematics / physics) and a high level of competency in English.

Applications are based on GPA. Applicants selected for interview will be interviewed by Skype. Final assessment will then be based on GPA and interview outcome.

Admission Timeline

*Please note Charles Sturt University is not accepting Bachelor of Dental Science international applications for the 2022 intake. We will post any updates here as they become available.

Interviews via Skype: June – July
Offers made: July – August


“Additional assessments are often provided if you fail any material…”

Like: - Simulation clinic begins in the second semester of the first year. (with clinical practice coming up next year) - Small class size - Additional assessments are often provided If you fail any material - The cost was cheaper than other Australian universities Dislike: - it was very difficult to get courses exempted, and the requirements seemed very arbitrary (I did eventually get 4 courses exempted halfway through the semester) - Many professors have quit in recent years ... Read More

Devon L.
Charles Sturt University, 2018