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THE STUDENT BODY
Total students % International % Domestic
Estimated average Teaching quality Generic skills
tuition costs for
The fees shown are for the whole course and are approximate. Confirm with the institution concerned. For an explanation of abbreviations, see page 424.
Emma - Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry
Why did you choose to study
I was always interested in studying a
health science course, but was unsure
about the exact field. Having had a
great family dentist growing up, I was
left with such a positive perception of
the profession and thought that it could
be something that I would really enjoy
What is the best thing about your course?
Dentistry is hard work, but it can also be very rewarding. It's
amazing how a person's dental health and appearance can
influence their self-confidence. Knowing that I have helped to
take people out of pain, improve their wellbeing and given
some patients the confidence to socialise and smile is very
satisfying. There is also a large emphasis on practical classes
and clinical experience, which gave me the opportunity to live
in areas where I might not normally have the chance to visit
and experience. I love interacting with patients in a real
clinical setting - it's a great way to get an idea of what it is
like working as a real dentist.
What is the worst thing about your course?
The workload of the course cannot be underestimated,
particularly in the last few years. As great as it has been to be
on rotation, it also presents its challenges. With travelling
around so often and being on full-time placement, as well as
having study commitments, holding down a part-time job or
finding time for a social life can be difficult. Financially, the
course also has a number of large expenses.
What does your course involve?
The earlier years of the course involve mostly lectures, some
tutorials and plenty of pre-clinical experience (on mannequins
with plastic teeth). The first year also involves anatomy
classes in a wet lab with cadavers, which is an interesting
experience. Clinical experience begins in third year, with
occasional lectures and tutorials.
What are your prospects after graduating?
There are many opportunities after graduating, working
publically or privately as a general dentist, in many areas
around Australia or abroad. I am hoping to stay in a regional
or rural area, where dental positions are currently more
What advice would you give to students considering
Be prepared for the course expenses along the way and
making sacrifices to prioritise placement and study. For those
with sporting commitments, children or part-time work
commitments, moving town so often can add some strain to
day-to-day life. In relation to looking for work after graduating,
it's important to find a workplace where you feel comfortable
and can be supported by good mentors.
Will you complete further study?
At this stage, I don't have the intention of completing further
studies, but regular study courses are still required as a
general dentist to constantly update knowledge on the latest
treatment approaches and products available. To be the best
dentist you can be, you will always need to continue to study
National average rate of retention
ATAR range 87-93 94-100
GRIFFITH 1 00%
LA TROBE 1 00% 1 00%
ADELAIDE 1 00% 96%
MELBOURNE 1 00%
National average rate of retention by ATAR range 100% 94%
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Despite excellent job prospects and the highest starting salaries
of any field ($77,633), many recent dentistry graduates were not
satisfied with teaching quality, skill development or the course
overall. That said, the situation does vary from state to state and
from institution to institution.
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