The top 3 dental schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. James Cook University
  2. University of Adelaide
  3. University of Queensland

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • dental school size (student numbers)
  • graduate and student satisfaction with dentistry courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Dentistry includes: Dentistry and Dental Technology.

James Cook University

The College of Medicine and Dentistry at JCU tops the rankings for Dentistry in 2017.

JCU scores highly across all 3 quality measures, including having the highest indicative salary.

University of Adelaide

The School of Dentistry in Adelaide is among the top 3 in subject rankings for Dentistry in 2017.

The School is the largest in Australia (387 students) and scores well for student course satisfaction (82%) and indicative graduate salary ($74,625).

University of Queensland

The School of Dentistry at UQ is ranked 3rd in Australia.

The School is large and achieves good ratings for course satisfaction and salaries.

Dental School Rankings

Updated: 8 November 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Dental School Size

Dental School Students
University of Adelaide 387
James Cook University 384
University of Queensland 373
University of Melbourne 332
University of Sydney 325
La Trobe University 246
Charles Sturt University 223
Griffith University 219
University of Western Australia 211

Source: Department of Education and Training, 2015 Special Courses (Category: Dentistry)

Count of students enrolled in courses leading to registration as a dental practitioner.

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank Dental School Graduates Students Overall
1 CQUniversity 84% 88%
2 Curtin University 81% 88% 88%
3 Charles Sturt University 90% 80% 85%
4 University of Adelaide 83% 78% 82%
5 James Cook University 78% 77% 80%
6 Griffith University 79% 76% 79%
7 La Trobe University 81% 69% 77%
8 University of Melbourne 77% 77%
9 University of Queensland 90% 61% 76%
10 University of Newcastle 73% 76%
11 University of Sydney 74% 66% 71%
12 University of Western Australia 51% 37% 45%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by student and graduate satisfaction, with an adjustment for lower average satisfaction rates among current students compared to graduates. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank Dental School Employed Studying Other Salary
1 James Cook University 91% 0% 9% $85,147
2 University of Western Australia 82% 1% 16% $78,536
3 University of Queensland 76% 11% 13% $77,269
4 University of Adelaide 78% 1% 20% $74,625
5 Charles Sturt University 90% 0% 11% $68,253
6 La Trobe University 86% 2% 12% $67,800
7 University of Sydney 69% 5% 26% $60,438
8 University of Melbourne 74% 3% 23% $49,335

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.