Research course

Oral Health

University of Otago · Division of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Dean of Faculty of Dentistry, on the advice of the Admissions Sub-Committee of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the Faculty of Dentistry, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability to complete the programme. Every applicant must hold the degree of Bachelor of Oral Health from the University of Otago or another oral health qualification approved by the Admissions Sub-Committee and be registered in the areas of dental hygiene and/or dental therapy practice in his or her country of practice or residence. Applicants must have achieved a minimum grade point average of B+ in the final year of the qualifying degree or qualification.

If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Oral Health (MOH) graduate will attain advanced knowledge, skills and attributes in the scope of dental therapy and dental hygiene practice. The graduate will demonstrate a high level of research-informed clinical practice, the implementation of an oral health promotion project, the ability to produce research outputs (Level 9 NZQF) at a standard suitable for internationally peer reviewed publications and presentations, as well as the ability to embark on postgraduate study at the doctoral level.

Structure of the Programme

The programme of study shall consist of the following papers, to the value of 180 points: DEOH 501, DEOH 502, and DEOH 580; All papers must be passed for the degree to be awarded.

Duration of the Programme

A candidate for the degree shall normally follow a programme of study for one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study. The programme will take place over an academic year of 46 weeks (either full-time, or half-time for part-time students). A candidate will normally be expected to satisfy the requirements for the degree within two years of admission to a full-time programme or within four years of admission to a part-time programme.

Information for international students

Otago offers students an unrivalled campus experience and a vibrant, social student culture. The majority of Otago’s 21,000 students live, work and play in Dunedin - New Zealand’s only true university city. Otago is home to over 3,000 students, from over 100 countries.

Fees and funding

International students
NZ $63,428

New Zealand is a relatively affordable country to live in. Dunedin, being a student-focused city, has living and entertainment options for all budgets.

Students are eligible for the Otago International Excellence Scholarship.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MOH
    full time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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