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Advanced Diploma in Dental Therapy

Course Code
Application Code

Study mode
Start Date
01 Nov 2024 (Fri)
1 year
Course Fee
Deadline on 28 Jul 2024 (Sun)
2975 5697
3104 9137
How to Apply
Sponsorship Scheme To attract talented individuals to join the professional field as dental therapists, the Department of Health of the Government of HKSAR, has set up a sponsorship scheme to provide financial assistance to the graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Dental Therapy programme. Upon successful completion of the programme, the graduates can receive a full sponsorship of the tuition fees under the conditions specified by the government. The annual sponsorship amount is up to HK$70,000.


This one-year Advanced Diploma programme aims to prepare Dental Hygienist to pursue a career as Dental Therapist. The programme comprises lectures, tutorials, practicums, discussions, demonstrations and clinical practice. Graduates could be part of the dental team in the Department of Health to deliver oral health services within the framework of the School Dental Care Service.

The Department of Health provides annual dental check-up, basic and preventive dental treatment for all the primary school children in Hong Kong through the School Dental Care Service (SDCS). The services of SDCS are performed by qualified Dental therapists and that include oral health education, scaling and polishing, fluoride application, sealant application, radiograph-taking, simple restoration and extractions.


Programme Details

The programme consists of four modules: 

1.  Managing Dental Caries in Children

2.  Medical and Dental Problems in Children

3.  Dental Public Health and Ethics

4.  Clinical Dentistry


Mode of Delivery

Lectures will be delivered in English. Clinical sessions may be conducted in Cantonese. Most of the lectures will be delivered at The Prince Philip Dental Hospital and clinical practice will be carried out in the School Dental Care Service of the Department of Health.


Students are assessed by quizzes, tests, written examinations, practical exercises and examinations, case evaluation and clinical viva examinations. The attendance requirement of each module is at least 90%.


The Advanced Diploma in Dental Therapy will be awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE to candidates who have successfully attended, completed and passed the assessments of ALL modules.

Sponsorship Scheme Details

(I)   Training Sponsorship Scheme (“the Scheme”) Aims

·   The Scheme targets to attract talented individuals to join these disciplines so as to strengthen the workforce of DHy and DTh in the public sector. The Department of Health (“DH”) or designated non-government organizations (“NGO”) may offer placement to all sponsored students upon graduation.

(II)   Amount of Sponsorship

·   Annual tuition fee ($70,000) fully sponsored by the Scheme under conditions specified by DH.

(III)   Eligibility

·   Be a Hong Kong permanent resident with the right of abode in Hong Kong;

·   Has been offered a training place in this Advanced Diploma in Dental Therapy programme; and

·   Passed the selection interview.

(IV)   Undertaking and Indemnity to the DH

·   Sponsored students are required to sign an undertaking with DH to acknowledge and agree to the following

(a) to complete the training programme to the satisfaction of the recognised training institution and DH;

(b) to work in DH or be deployed to other specified institution (e.g. NGOs participating in publicly-funded dental initiatives) for one year after graduation;

(c) to lose the right to be reimbursed the tuition fee if he/she is in breach of the undertaking in (a) above; and

(d) to repay DH the tuition fee in full or in part under conditions specified by DH.

(V)   Details

Further details set out by DH will be distributed by the training institution to all students after admission.

Application Code 2255-GS007A -

Days / Time
  • Mon - Fri, 8:45am - 5:30pm
  • The normal duration of the programme is 12 months.


Application Fee

HK$150 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$70000 (Subject to review)

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall hold a Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

Applicants with other equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.


Application Form Application Form

Enrolment Method

Applicants should submit:

  • duly completed application form;
  • a copy of HKID Card;
  • certified true copies of relevant certificates and transcripts;
  • preferably a recommendation/ reference letter from the employe; and
  • appropriate application fee in form of a crossed cheque made payable to 'HKU SPACE';
  • preferably a recommendation / proof letter from the employer.

and send to:

College of Life Sciences and Technology

HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education,

13/F, Fortress Tower,

250 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Attention: Ms. Winnie Choi

Or to any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres

Please note that Course Start Date is tentative and subject to change.


Payment Method

Course fee can be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to "HKU SPACE". Please specify the programme title for application, student's name, and student card no. (if applicable).

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard.

Holders of the Bank of East Asia's HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment for courses with a tuition fee of HK$2,000 to $40,000. The cardholder must also be the course applicant himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any of the enrolment centres. 

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