Singaporeans Study: Top 5 FAQs About Dentistry 

Happy to see you again! In this week’s Singaporeans Study series, we are going to talk about oral and teeth! If you would like to become a legally authorized tooth fairy (aka dentist) in the future, read this blog and get all your queries answered about some of the popular courses offered by some of the best universities!

1. Only two universities in Australia are recognised by the Singapore Dental Council. Are there any rankings between the 2 universities?

The University of Adelaide and The University of Queensland are the only two Australian universities recognised by the Singapore Dental Council. Apart from a few private rankings lists, there are no standard or official rankings. Therefore, there are no rankings between these two universities. 

2. What are the differences in entry requirements for these two universities?

The University of Adelaide The University of Queensland
Bachelor of Dental Surgery 

  1. IELTS Overall Band: 7.0 (No band less than 7.0) 
  2. Eligibility: The students must pass the UCAT ANZ Test. Followed by this, they must clear the interview session.
Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons)

  • IELTS Overall Band: 7.0 (No band less than 7.0)
  • Eligibility: There are no tests or interviews. The university offers only 1 intake with 2 deadlines. Therefore, students who do not get through the first time can reapply for the second deadline in the same year. 

3. How many places are open for international students in these two universities?

4. Why does The University of Adelaide require an interview and a test while UQ does not?

The admission procedure for each university is different. Compared to The University of Queensland, The University of Adelaide has a lesser number of seats reserved for international students. Therefore, to ensure the admission of the most eligible candidates, the University of Adelaide, conducts both a test and an interview. 

5. What are the key highlights of these universities in terms of facilities and support?

The University of Queensland has always worked with government and business partners to bring solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. It houses the award-winning UQ Oral Health Centre (OHC), the largest in size and scope in the country. The facility contains around 150 dental chairs in over 11 clinics, a PC2 lab. It also has several dedicated patient clinics that are purpose-built for exceptional dental care and treatment.

As a member of the Group of Eight, 100% of The University of Adelaide’s research sub-fields are graded at or above world standard. Dentistry students can benefit from the Adelaide Dental Simulation Clinic containing a supporting Clinical Dental Education Unit, plaster laboratory, radiology and sterilization spaces, virtual reality dental simulators and CAD-CAM scanning technology. 

6. What about the postgraduate specialization opportunities?

The postgraduate courses at The University of Queensland are taken as standalone courses and also as a pathway to Ph.D. programmes at UQ. It offers courses such as: 

  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
  • Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Special Needs Dentistry

The University of Adelaide offers a Master of Philosophy programme in Dentistry. Special internship opportunities are available for international students pursuing postgraduate programmes. In addition to this, they also offer grants and scholarships for select postgraduate courses.

7. What is the status of Dentistry in Singapore?

An article published by the Strait Times last year reveals that the Q&M Dental Group’s full-year revenue from dental and medical outlets has increased by 6%, from $119.2m to $126.4m within a year. There has also been a steady increase in demand for special care dentistry. According to the prediction of the  National Dental Care Singapore, this demand will exceed supply by 2025.

Can’t wait to put a beautiful smile on people? If you would like to see yourself becoming a successful dentist, get in touch with our education counsellors at AECC Global. Our consultants have been helping students like you make their study abroad dreams come true. Start the first step of your study abroad path with us today! 

 

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