September 2024 (Tentative)

2-Year Full-time

HK$70,000 per academic year


While there are a number of HK citizens with gum diseases, simply educating the public about the proper way to clean teeth cannot completely eradicate this problem.Professional help from a well-trained dental hygienist may be required in many cases. In response to the demands of the community, the Hospital together with HKU SPACE offers a 2-year Higher Diploma programme in Dental Hygiene since 2002. The Hospital is the only teaching institute in Hong Kong to provide dental hygienist training.

Programme Details

For application details, please refer to the webpage of HKU SPACE (click here)

Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene

In the academic year 2024/25, eligible local students will be enrolled to this 2-year course, leading to the award of Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene.


Course Aims

This course aims to provide the relevant professional training and knowledge needed to prepare the Student Dental Hygienists for a career in dental hygiene. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible to apply to the Dental Council of Hong Kong for enrolment as Dental Hygienists and are qualified to practise dental hygiene in Hong Kong.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

ILO1. Communicate ideas in a manner appropriate to the circumstance using English and Chinese languages (oral and written) in social and academic contexts;
ILO2. Use information technology and quantitative/numerical skills to manage information and solve daily life problems;
ILO3. Perform comprehensive oral hygiene care for a variety of patients;
ILO4. Apply knowledge learnt to help patient control and prevent periodontal disease and dental care;
ILO5. Promote dental health education.


Course Structure

Teaching activities of this 2-year full-time course will be conducted throughout the calendar years, including the summer period. It consists of two essential components: Generic Skills subjects (24 credits) and Dental Hygiene specialism (42 credits).


Generic Skills subjects include Fundamentals of the Human Body, Quantitative Analysis I, Information Technology Fundamentals, Introduction to Academic English, English for Academic Purpose I, English for Healthcare Professionals, Practical Chinese, and Intra- and Inter-personal Competencies.


Admission Requirements

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE)
• Level 2 or above in five subjects*† (including English Language and Chinese Language#); AND
• Level 2 or above in Biology or Level 3 or above in Combined Science (Biology), or equivalent;
Other Qualifications
• Diploma in Foundation Studies; or
• Diploma of Applied Education, Diploma Yi Jin or equivalent qualification(s); or
• Equivalent qualifications (e.g. GCE A-level, International A-level, IB Diploma, SAT) will be considered by the College.


Special consideration may be given to applicants who have experience of working in a dental clinic and / or are holders of a Diploma in Dental Surgery Assisting or an equivalent qualification.


Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications but are aged 21 or above with relevant working experience will be considered on individual merit.


* Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows:
-“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above in the HKDSEE;
-“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3 in the HKDSEE; and
-“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSEE.

† If one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the requirement will be “Attained” for the subject.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

Tuition Fee

HK$70,000 per academic year (in two equal instalments)

Tuition fees are subject to annual revision; and non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.


Sponsorship Scheme

To attract talented individuals to join the professional field as dental hygienists, the Department of Health of the Government of HKSAR has set up a sponsorship scheme to provide financial assistance to the graduates of the Higher Diploma in Dental Hygiene 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. For details, please click here.



For application details, please refer to the webpage of HKU SPACE (click here)


This programme is jointly organised with HKU SPACE.


HKU SPACE: 3416 6338