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University of Otago Dental School teach oral health therapists, dental technicians, and dentists, dental specialists, and researchers, while also providing best-practice dental services to the community.


Health Sciences First Year

Duration: 1 Years Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$35,216* /yearly average

The Health Sciences First Year course is a general course designed to prepare students seeking entry into any one of the Health Sciences professional degrees:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
  • Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (BMLSc)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty)

Note: Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is not the same as Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc).

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is a course to be completed in the first year that provides a foundation for the Bachelor of Dental Technology, Bachelor Oral Health, and Bachelor of Radiation Therapy, as well as advanced study in the biological, biomedical and other sciences.

Admission to second year classes in Dentistry, Medical Laboratory Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy is determined by Admissions Committees and is most commonly gained through a competitive Health Sciences First Year.

Health Sciences First Year



Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Duration: 1 + 4 Years Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$100,085* /yearly average

Dentistry is not just about teeth, but all the oral and maxillofacial tissues—and it is increasingly being recognised that good oral health is important for good general health.

Dentists prevent oral diseases, and diagnose and treat pre-existing conditions. Dentists have many roles: they may have a family dental practice, they may specialise in high-tech implants and restorative procedures, and they may work with medically or socially-disadvantaged patients.

As a graduate there are opportunities for full-time or part-time work in New Zealand or overseas; and opportunities include private general or specialist practice, academic careers, or hospital-based practice.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Duration: 3 Year Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$68,141* /year

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) degree provides graduate training in ten disciplines in dentistry. The aim of each discipline programme is to prepare graduate students to become registered specialists in that discipline.

The programmes include clinical research and clinical practice and prepare students to be both practitioners and advisory consultants in their chosen areas of specialisation. Within each programme, course work includes papers on research methods and practice, advanced clinical science, and advanced clinical practice.

  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Pathology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics
  • Special Needs Dentistry


Bachelor of Oral Health

Duration: 3 Years Intakes: Mar Fees: NZ$37,320* /year

A dental therapist is a highly-skilled professional member of the oral health team who provides quality dental care to various sections of the community, particularly preschoolers, children, and adolescents. Early detection of dental disease and preventive treatment is a key aspect of the work of a dental therapist.

An oral health professional can be registered to practise as a dental hygienist or as a dental therapist or both. Both disciplines are skilled at promoting healthy lifestyles and have a strong awareness of the socio-cultural influences on health.

Master of Oral Health

Duration: 1 Year Intakes: Mar
Fees: NZ$97,344* /year

The Master of Oral Health (MOH) provides an opportunity for Bachelor of Oral Health graduates, or graduates of another approved oral qualification, and registered in the scopes of dental therapy and/or dental hygiene, to develop advanced theoretical, clinical and research skills.

This qualification will provide a stepping stone to a PhD and a pathway to an academic career in oral health or to an advanced clinical career.


Bachelor of Dental Technology

Duration: 3 Years Intakes: Mar Fees: NZ$36,888* /year

Dental Technology is the technical side of dentistry where dental technicians make appliances to improve patients’ appearance, speech, or ability to chew. Dental technicians are a crucial part of the dental team. They use their understanding of dental material science, and their skills of design and fabrication, to recreate people’s teeth.

During your study you will learn about:

  • The oral environment
  • Biomaterial
  • Design principles
  • Practical skills in designing and fabricating appliances for the mouth

Master of Dental Technology

Duration: 2 Years Intakes: Mar, Jul
Fees: NZ$39,099* /year

The Master of Dental Technology (MDentTech) programme usually requires two years’ full-time study. It consists of three 500-level papers plus a thesis.

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