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Thinking of studying Dentistry? The University of Hong Kong is the only institution in Hong Kong that provides undergraduate and postgraduate Dentistry courses. These include the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) for undergraduates and a variety of postgraduate programmes. For aspiring dentists, HKU has a great reputation: the university was rated third in the world in the QS World University Rankings for Dentistry 2024.

HKU Dental School: What Can I Study?

There is currently one undergraduate programme offered at HKU, with a range of postgraduate courses:

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) (6 years full-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Endodontics (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Periodontology (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Prosthodontics (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Science in Community Dentistry (1 year full-time / 2 years part-time)
  • Master of Science in Dental Materials Science (1 year full-time)
  • Master of Science in General Dentistry (1 year full-time)
  • Master of Science in Implant Dentistry (2 years part-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Implant Dentistry (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Science in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (3 years full-time)
  • Master of Science in Dental Materials Science (1 year full-time)
  • Master of Dental Surgery in Paediatric Dentistry (3 years full-time)
  • Advanced Diploma in Orthodontics (2 years part-time)

You can read more about each course on the HKU Dental School Courses page.

HKU Dental School: What Are the Entry Requirements?

Entry requirements vary between courses at HKU, but to take the undergraduate Bachelor of Dental Surgery course, the following subjects and grades are required:

  • Mathematics – Level 3 or above
  • Liberal Studies – Level 3 or above
  • English Language – Level 4 or above

The university also requires Level 3 or above in one of the following electives:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Combined Science
  • Integrated Science

HKU Dental School: How Do I Apply?

As with applications to Medicine, Dentistry applications should be completed using the Joint University Programme Admissions Scheme (JUPAS) by following the guide below:

  1. Create a personal online application – create your online account with JUPAS.
  2. Complete the online application – this form should include your personal profile and confirmed programme choices at HKU – make sure you check the entry requirements of all of your Dentistry schools before applying!
  3. Pay the application fee – at this stage, you will need to pay your non-refundable HK$420 fee. Your application for HKU Dental School will not be sent until you have paid this. It’s worth noting that the JUPAS deadline is usually around December, so make sure you have completed your application before then.

HKU Dental School: How Much Will It Cost?

If you’re planning to study undergraduate HKU Dentistry, your programme will cost HKD182,000 (£18,254) for non-local students per academic year. More broadly, student accommodation in Hong Kong is around HK$18,000 (£1,805) – 50,000 (£5,015) per year. Other living expenses total HK$30,000 (£3,009) – HK$50,000 (£5,015) per year.

As with studying Medicine, there are many grants and loans available to fund your studies in Hong Kong. For students from deprived economic backgrounds, the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme is available for those studying full-time at UGC-funded institutions, like HKU. For other students, the Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme for full-time Tertiary Students also provides loans for full-time local students up to the amount of the university’s tuition fees.

The university also offers scholarships based on academic merit that cover tuition fees, and living expenses in some cases, to both local and non-local students.

HKU Dental School: How Will I Be Interviewed?

The University offers little information for HKU Dentistry interviews, but they do state on their website that interviews will be carried out after the release of your HKDSE results.

Considering the number of applications, preference for interview invitation will be given to candidates who place the programme as their Band-A choice (meaning their top preference among all the options they are considering).

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