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 SchoolStudents
University of Adelaide387
James Cook University384
University of Queensland373
University of Melbourne332
University of Sydney325
La Trobe University246
Charles Sturt University223
Griffith University219
University of Western Australia211

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

RankDental SchoolGraduatesStudentsOverall
2Curtin University81%88%88%
3Charles Sturt University90%80%85%
4University of Adelaide83%78%82%
5James Cook University78%77%80%
6Griffith University79%76%79%
7La Trobe University81%69%77%
8University of Melbourne77%77%
9University of Queensland90%61%76%
10University of Newcastle73%76%
11University of Sydney74%66%71%
12University of Western Australia51%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

RankDental SchoolEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1James Cook University91%0%9%$85,147
2University of Western Australia82%1%16%$78,536
3University of Queensland76%11%13%$77,269
4University of Adelaide78%1%20%$74,625
5Charles Sturt University90%0%11%$68,253
6La Trobe University86%2%12%$67,800
7University of Sydney69%5%26%$60,438
8University of Melbourne74%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.