La Trobe University

Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
5 years full-time (not available part-time).
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.
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 experience from the start, and offers a focus on rural health needs.

You'll study human biosciences, public health, dental science and 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 fourth year, you'll study prosthodontics - prosthetics for the jaw and teeth including crowns, bridges, implants and dentures. In fifth year, you'll learn more about specialist disciplines including comprehensive patient care, and 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 with a placement in Bendigo. During fourth and fifth years, you'll undertake clinical placements in Melton, Wodonga, Mildura and Bendigo. Here you'll treat patients under the supervision of experienced clinicians and participate in community-based oral health promotion programs.

Before starting this degree, you'll need to comply with requirements set by the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) and La Trobe's Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, which include Level 1 First Aid/CPR certification, a police check, vaccination and a Working With Children Check.

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.

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 35 in any English; and a study score of at least 25 in Biology; and a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Special consideration

La Trobe considers Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) criteria; and a regional bonus may apply.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.


If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

Most Australian dentists work as general practitioners in both public and private practice, but other careers are available in research, academia and as specialists.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry may be eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

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Additional costs

All prices below are approximate. Students can purchase required items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property. Students are encouraged to complete a First Aid Level II course, which is not conducted by La Trobe University, variable cost approximately A$160 (is recommended students complete a Level II/Senior First Aid Certificate but it is not a course requirement), and a Police Check A$15.50, and immunisations, as these are prerequisites for some professional placements. Other approximate costs include: A$5,000 for first-year instruments, A$1,952.50 for first year books, A$52 for clinical shirt (purchased from official La Trobe supplier), A$70 for gown, A$10 for name badge and A$6,000 per year in years 4 and 5 for accommodation whilst on clinical placement rotations. Please visit Additional Costs to view a full price list.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

Additional information

Please note students will be required to relocate to various clinical facilities around Victoria as part of their clinical placement. Deferrals are not available for commencing dentistry students. Please note that students are responsible for accommodation costs whilst on clinical placement. This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. You can study this course through our Regional Reward. Learn more.

Advanced Standing (credit)

If you have undertaken previous tertiary study, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This is called Advanced Standing. It is important to note that Advanced Standing for this course is limited given this course is designated for entry into first year only Find out more

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.