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What will I learn?

The Faculty is the sole tertiary institution in Hong Kong dedicated to training dental undergraduates and postgraduates. It is today one of the world’s leading dental faculties, through innovative and cutting-edge research and world-class postgraduate training. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, it was ranked as the top dental school in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Specialty-based Research Areas
Dental materials science:
Design and interpretation of test methods in dental materials science; adhesion promotion in dentistry; dental implant materials; saliva chemistry; mechanical properties of bio-materials; materials in dental technology; dental procedures, equipment and materials: chemistry, physics, and mechanics; surface studies; computational chemistry in synthetic dental biomaterials.

Dental public health:
Epidemiological, health services and behavioural research of oral health status and its determinants; clinical intervention studies on prevention and treatment of common oral health problems and diseases; studies on oral health-related quality of life.

Efficacy of root-canal preparation techniques; mechanical and fatigue properties of root-canal instruments; treatment outcomes of various forms of endodontic therapy; clinical and laboratory studies of endodontics restorative materials.

Evidence-based therapy; tissue integration of implants; biology of oral implants; clinical research.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery:
Cleft lip and palate, navigational surgery and implantology; biology of distraction osteogenesis and its application; 3-D modelling in reconstructive surgery; minimal invasive surgery and 3-D facial soft tissue imaging; qualify of life of oral cancer patients; micro-vascular and micro-neural.

Oral biosciences:
Molecular microbiology pertaining to oral microbiology and pathology; oral candidal infections; biofilm formation; clinical epidemiology of HIV infection; artificial mouth studies; cariology.

Paediatric dentistry:
Early childhood caries; dental anomalies; developmental defects of enamel; cleft lip and palate; remineralising media; dentine bonding agents.

Epidemiological, behavioural and clinical research on periodontal diseases and their prevention and management; basic research on periodontal microflora and host response in the local population.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Dentistry

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,25,898) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Every month


The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree with a major other than common law with at least second-class honours, or an equivalent qualification. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor degree with English as the medium of instruction are required to satisfy the English language proficiency on the basis of one of the following recognised English tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - A score of 100 or above (internet-based test); or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - An overall band score of 7.5 or above with no sub-test below 6.5 and a minimum band score of 7.0 in the academic writing module; In each case, for admissions purposes, the test score report is regarded as valid for two years.

For international students

The basic qualification necessary for admission to research postgraduate studies is a good honours degree from this University or an equivalent qualification from a comparable institution. In addition, certain degree courses have more specific requirements. Qualifying examinations to test the applicants’ abilities to follow the prescribed courses and/or interviews may be conducted. Applicants with qualifications other than an honours degree are considered on their individual merits.

Applicants who wish to be admitted to higher degrees on the basis of a qualification from a university or a comparable institution outside Hong Kong where the language of teaching and/or examination is not English are required to obtain the following:

(a) a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as specified below:

Paper-based test

  • An overall score of 550 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 4 or above in the Test of Written English (TWE)

Internet-based test

  • An overall score of 80 or above
  • Additional requirement for applicants to the Faculty of Arts except the School of Chinese and the Centre of Buddhist Studies: 25 or above in the Writing section; or

(b) a minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic module); or

(c) grade C or above in the Overseas General Certificate of Education (GCE); or

(d) grade C or above in the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE); or

(e) grade C or above in the Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language (CPE);

unless in exceptional circumstances when they are exempted from this requirement.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally