• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

Dental Technology from University of Otago is the technical side of dentistry where a dental technician, on prescription of a dentist, makes any prosthesis or appliance for the head and neck. 

This could consist of:

  • Artificial teeth such as complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges and implant supported dentures in various materials such as acrylics, alloys, and ceramics;
  • Removable orthodontic appliances consisting of springs and retainers in acrylic bases for the movement of teeth. Mouth guards to protect against sports injuries;
  • Maxillofacial appliances such as artificial eyes, ears, and facial prostheses that may be required after surgical treatment.

Dental technicians do not have direct contact with patients. Instead they work in a dental laboratory where various prosthetic appliances are custom made. 

Dental technicians can be thought of as artists who, with a thorough understanding of dental materials science, use their artistic skills to fabricate the form, colour and function of individual teeth or maxillofacial prostheses for a patient. The fact that the product can affect the health and appearance of a person demands of the technician a high level of responsibility and accuracy.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health
  • Dental Materials
  • Dental Technology
  • Oral Health Sciences for Dental Technology
  • Biological Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum 26 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8.
  • The numerical scores are normally calculated on the best three A-Level principal subjects (excluding the General Paper) taken at one sitting, or two A-Level passes with two A-Level Subsidiary passes at one sitting.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23521 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23521 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    9723 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9723 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • National: 16,011 NZD

International

  • Year 1 - 38,732  
  • Year 2 - 41,449  
  • Year 3 - 39,508

Living costs for Dunedin

  • 1000 - 2300 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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