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Guidelines for Undergraduate Admissions 2019
Applications are welcome from eligible candidates for admission to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme at the Faculty of Dentistry, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Please note the following categories of applicants and the relevant application procedures:
The scheme is for local secondary school students applying for admission on the strength of results obtained at the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination. Current secondary school students in local schools sitting for the HKDSE Examination in 2019 (referred to as “school applicants”) or “non-school applicants” but are applying for admission on the strength of HKDSE results should apply for admission to the HKU BDS programme through the JUPAS. Preference would be given to candidates who put BDS as one of their Band A choices. Further details can be found at the JUPAS website.
Additional BDS programme entrance requirements for JUPAS candidates
Level 4 or above in English and Level 3 or above in Mathematics and Liberal Studies.
One elective subject at Level 3 or above from the following:
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, or Integrated Science.

Candidates who are, at the time of application, already enrolled in a full-time or sandwich bachelor’s degree programme in JUPAS participating institutions other than HKU should apply through the International Admissions Scheme/Non-JUPAS Admissions Scheme, regardless of whether you are applying on the strength of the HKDSE results.

Please note:
  1. The term “4-Year Curriculum” in the HKU and JUPAS websites corresponds to “6-Year Curriculum” at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry.
  2. The medium of instruction of the BDS programme is English.
Applicants who are
  1. non-local candidates (these refer to those candidates holding (a) student visa/entry permit to study in Hong Kong, (b) dependent visa who are aged 18 years old or above before September 1 of the year of admission, or (c) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates, issued by the Director of Immigration of the Hong Kong Immigration Department); or
  2. local candidates who DO NOT require a student visa to study in Hong Kong and who are applying for admission to HKU on the strength of qualifications other than HKDSE or mainland China’s National Joint College Entrance Examination (NJCEE/Gao Kao) (Note: local candidates at international schools or local schools in Hong Kong must have completed at least 6 years of secondary education by September 2019); or
  3. Associate Degree/Higher Diploma (i.e. sub-degree) graduates (or those who expect to obtain such a qualification by August 2019)
are welcome to apply for admission to the BDS programme through the IAS/NJ.
Information on HKU’s admissions standards, application procedures, and the application form are accessible from the HKU website. Although the BDS programme does not set additional programme entrance requirements on top of HKU’s admissions standards for non-JUPAS candidates, interested candidates are advised to make reference to the subject requirements for JUPAS candidates. Preference would be given to candidates who study science subjects in secondary education or above, have good academic records, have working knowledge of Cantonese, and list BDS as their first programme choice.
There are no fixed quotas for non-JUPAS applicants. The number of students to be admitted is dependent on the quality of applicants each year from both the JUPAS and IAS/NJ schemes.
Main Round Application
The deadline for Main Round applications is 12:00 noon, November 20, 2018 (HKT). Offers for Main Round applications will be made from January 2019 onwards.
Late Application
Late applications will be accepted after the Main Round application deadline and before 12:00 noon, July 15, 2019 (HKT).
For enquiries on the BDS programme, please e-mail to the Faculty of Dentistry at
Enquiries in relation to application procedures, documentation, fees, scholarships, and University entrance requirements should be directed to the HKU Admissions Office at

Please note:
  1. The term “4-Year Curriculum” in the HKU and JUPAS websites corresponds to “6-Year Curriculum” at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry.
  2. The medium of instruction of the BDS programme is English.
Undergraduate Programme
BDS Curriculum Overview
The new 2012 undergraduate degree curriculum at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry is future-oriented and builds on its international reputation as an integrated, student-centred, inquiry-based educational experience.
Professional competencies and learning outcomes are designed to prepare students to become dental professionals serving the needs of modern Hong Kong, global thinkers, and future leaders. In meeting these aims, the new curriculum model will encompass both compulsory “University Requirements” and the “Professional Core”.
University Requirements
The Common Core Curriculum is designed to broaden horizons beyond dentistry and give students the opportunity to explore issues of profound significance to humankind in the 21st century. Language courses support academic English in the Common Core Curriculum and focus on academic dentistry, including medical and dental terminology for the early years, in the Professional Core.
Professional Core
Inquiry-based learning
The undergraduate degree curriculum is led by an inquiry-based philosophy with many learning experiences occurring in small-group, facilitated discussions drawing on problem-based, case-based and journal-based formats. In problem-based learning tutorials, students discuss a series of structured, integrated, and interesting dental “problems” to introduce them to the main elements of biomedical, behavioural, social, and clinical sciences that underpin dental surgery. Case-based learning examines clinical cases in depth. Journal-based learning supports research and evidence-based approaches to understanding complex clinical problems.
Inquiry-based approaches encourage deeper understanding and make it easier to acquire and retain knowledge, instil life-long learning habits, and foster teamwork skills, all attributes of a good dentist. Whole-group classes and hands-on learning in practical sessions support the inquiry-based approach.
Early introduction to clinics and patient care in tandem with the inquiry-based approach exposes students to real-world applications and motivates learning.
Students will develop requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes through the integration of key aspects of modern dentistry:
  • Biomedical, behavioural, social, and clinical sciences underlying oral diseases and oral disorders
  • Prevention, clinical features, and management of oral diseases
  • Diagnostic, operative (manual), interpersonal, and communication skills to allow students to develop into competent dental practitioners
Capstone Experience
The final year “Portfolio” represents a culmination of student learning activities across the Professional Core. Sample tasks required in the portfolio include case presentations, written reports and reflections.
BDS Regulations and Syllabuses
These regulations are applicable to students admitted to the BDS curriculum in the respective academic year and thereafter, save and except that they are not applicable to students admitted in a subsequent year if new degree regulations are later introduced and applied to those students.
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Undergraduate students
Graduate employment rate
Undergraduate alumni
Undergraduate Programme
Summary of the 6-Year BDS Programme
Professional Core
University Requirements
Integrated Semesters
Clinical Skills Blocks
Integrative Projects
University Courses
The healthy person: A biopsychosocial model
CAES1000 Core University English
CDEN9001 Practical Chinese for Dentistry Students / CDEN9002 Functional Chinese for Dentistry Students
Common Core Curriculum (4 Courses)
The dental team in prevention and management of oral diseases
Common Core Curriculum (2 Courses)
The dentist in the management of oral diseases and conditions
The compromised patient and advanced clinical care
Complex, integrated patient care across the years and communities
DENT5001 DENT5002
DENT5032 Community Health
CAES9350 Academic English for Dentistry
The dentist into practice
DENT6101 DENT6102
DENT6131 International Capstone Experience
Undergraduate Programme
Spaces of Learning
Multidisciplinary learning takes place at the HKU Faculty of Dentistry in:
Venues for learning
  • Problem-based Learning Suite: Inquiry-based learning
  • Virtual Reality (Haptics) Training Unit; Simulation Laboratory; and Dental Technology Laboratory: Operative skills development
  • Polyclinics and discipline clinics: Provision of comprehensive dental care to patients under the supervision of experienced clinical tutors
  • Blended learning: Virtual resources and online support
Venues for learning
  • HKU Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine: Practical classes and case-based learning
  • Government clinics, hospitals and private dental practices: Structured observations
  • Hong Kong communities: Community health projects
Venues for learning
  • Visiting dental schools and research institutions
  • Supporting communities in need
Undergraduate Programme
Guidelines for Incoming Electives
Applications from dental students who wish to spend an elective period in the Faculty of Dentistry are considered in the light of the applicant’s previous experience as an undergraduate, the proposed area of study, and the capacity of the Faculty to accept the applicant for the chosen period.
In each case applications should be endorsed by the Dean of the applicant’s dental school or another nominated responsible person. Elective studentships are approved for periods normally between one and two weeks. Opportunities for elective study during the months of July and August may be limited.
Non-local students who have been admitted for an elective programme at the Faculty of Dentistry are required to apply for a student visa. In general, the HK Immigration Department takes around 6-8 weeks to process student visa applications.Students should send their visa application documents to CEDARS.
  1. Elective students work under the supervision of a nominated full time teacher in the Dental Faculty, who is responsible for arranging the study programme.
  2. There are no formal provisions, at present, for visiting elective students to undertake tasks which involve patient treatment and clinical care.
  3. It is not usually possible to arrange programmes involving work of a specialised nature which does not fall within the Faculty’s existing activities.
  4. No fee is charged for elective periods of study, and no stipend is paid to the student.
  5. The University is NOT responsible for obtaining accommodation for students who should, if possible, make their own arrangements with friends, family, etc. in Hong Kong. If satisfactory arrangements cannot be made for an applicant’s accommodation, he/she will not be accepted for an elective attachment.
  6. Accommodation may occasionally be available in a University hall of residence. Further information may be obtained from:
    Centre of Development and Resources for Students – Campus Life
    The University of Hong Kong
    Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
    Tel: (852) 2859 2305
    Fax: (852) 2546 0184
  7. An applicant should have sufficient finances to cover expenses during the period in Hong Kong.
  8. Elective students are strongly advised to arrange medical insurance cover for the period of their stay in Hong Kong, as the University itself cannot undertake to provide medical care.
  9. Applications should be made by completing Parts I and II of the attached application form (document D.87/104: Appendix A) and return to:
    Dr James Tsoi
    The University of Hong Kong
    Faculty of Dentistry
    Prince Philip Dental Hospital
    34 Hospital Road
    Hong Kong
    Fax: (852) 2858 6114
  10. A copy of your protocol should be sent with the application form if you plan to conduct a small research project in Hong Kong during your elective study.
    Download Application for Elective Study
  11. Overseas students should apply for their elective study at least 6 months ahead of their proposed date of visit because it takes time to find a supervising teacher and student visa application.
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