Oral Health Science

Major/Minor/Specialisation !BH-BMED-SPC+1009 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Dr Laila Huq


Melbourne Dental School

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The Honours year is a valuable addition to your Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Biomedicine degree. Honours graduates obtain skills and qualifications which can lead to higher education degrees such as a Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. It is also an alternate pathway to the Bachelor of Dental Science degree. An Honours degree is also a strong entry point into careers in science, medical research and industry.

The Honours year with the Melbourne Dental School is designed to provide opportunities for you to gain an understanding of the practice of biomedical research, and to teach you how to:
• design a scientific project and consider ethical principles and processes used in biological research;
• locate and utilise information available in scientific and medical literature, and ensure an understanding of experimental data in order to construct a rational scientific argument;
• introduce the student to research techniques and enable them to apply the techniques to a specific project;
• enhance problem solving skills by undertaking methodological approaches to research;
• establish time management skills and to manage the completion of specific tasks;
• collect and critically analyse information, including statistical assessment of experimental data;
• communicate research results in both written and oral form, including the organisation of knowledge and identification of the potential scope of the research project.

Learning Outcomes:

You should expect to develop skills in the following areas:

• critical analysis and decision making;
• how to seek and retrieve relevant information;
• how to work effectively in a team environment;
• planning and organization;
• problem solving;
• time management;
• extended observation;
• good oral and written communication.

Structure & Available Subjects:

The Honours program consists of 100 credit points completed over 12 months full time (or part time equivalent) comprising of two (2) Advanced Coursework subjects and a Research Project.

To be awarded Honours with a specialisation in Oral Health Science, students must successfully complete the following:

  • BIOM40001 - Introduction to Biomedical Research (12.5 points)
  • DENT40003 - Advanced in Oral Health Research (12.5 points)
  • DENT40002 - Oral Health Sciences Research Project (75 points)

There are no elective subjects in this Honours program.

Subject Options:

Coursework Component

Students must complete 25 credit points of advanced coursework subjects. This is achieved by enrolling in the following subjects in the appropriate semesters.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Research Component

Students must complete a total of 75 credit points of research across the duration of the Honours program. This is achieved by enrolling in a combination of the following subjects in the appropriate semesters.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Links to further information: http://www.dent.unimelb.edu.au/
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)
Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)

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