What will I learn?

Programme Aims and Features

The intent of the BDS curriculum at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong, is to educate and train students to become dentists in its mission of providing oral health care for individuals and the community in the Hong Kong context. The integrated Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) curriculum is outcomes- and competency-based and adopts a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in achieving this mission. The dental degree curriculum lasts six years.

Learning principally takes place in the Prince Philip Dental Hospital, the only dental teaching hospital in Hong Kong; There are also classes in the general medical and surgical wards of the University Departments of Medicine and Surgery, and with the ward and operating theatre of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Queen Mary Hospital. Learning also occurs at a variety of dental clinics and oral health education delivery settings throughout Hong Kong.

Professional Recognition

The Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) of The University of Hong Kong is recognized as a registrable primary qualification by the Dental Council of Hong Kong (DCHK). The BDS degree has been accredited by the DCHK under section 8(1)(b) of the Dentists Registration Ordinance in Hong Kong SAR.

Career Prospects

A degree in dentistry can open various career paths. More information about dentistry in Hong Kong is available on the faculty's website at facdent.hku.hk, and on those of the Hong Kong Dental Association and the College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong.

Graduates can pursue any of the following careers:

  • Private general dental practice
  • Hospital dentistry
  • Government dental practice
  • Institutional general practice
  • Further studies
  • Specialist practice
  • University teaching and research

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Dentistry

Study options

Full Time (6 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (US$ 22,042) per year

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

Application deadline

15 July 2020

More details

Start date

1 September 2020

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

G14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 41 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1A level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1400; SAT Subject Tests: 700 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 4 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

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About this uni

University of Hong Kong had ten of its disciplines ranked in the top 20 globally in the QS World University Rankings by subjects 2019.

  • Recognized as ‘most international’ university in the world
  • Professors ranked among world’s top 1 % of scientists
  • Intensive international collaboration with top universities
  • Graduate employment rate of nearly 100% for 13 years