Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

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The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine represents a new chapter in dental education. Not only will you graduate from this double degree as a dentist, eligible for registration with the Dental Board of Australia, you will also have an in depth understanding of a range of science areas that interest you.

The seven-year course is ideal for the dentistry student who wants challenge and flexibility in their degree. Not only will you improve your knowledge of the sciences, you will also be able to indulge your personal interests by studying subjects offered by other faculties.

Your first three years will be studying the Bachelor of Science (Advanced), where you will be exposed to cutting-edge research across a range of science areas that interest you. Many of these subjects will be at the Advanced level, designed to give you a greater challenge and experience. You have a choice of over 30 subjects to major in at either the advanced or normal level. See list below for advanced majors and visit the Bachelor of Science course entry for a complete list of science majors.

The remaining four years will be focused on completing the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, which qualifies graduates to practice as dentists. The first year and half is spent on the Camperdown campus and in the Sydney Dental Hospital with occasional visits to the Westmead Centre for Oral Health. From the second semester in year 2, you will increasingly engage in patient-based clinical training. Clinical training takes place in the two main academic hospitals and there is a compulsory community-based component through rotations in rural, remote and metropolitan dental clinics.

After graduation you will be eligible for immediate registration with the Dental board of Australia, allowing you to go straight into practice. As well as private practice, you might also wish to work in public service (hospitals, schools, health department), defence forces, academic careers and, on completion of professional and research experience, specialisation options.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified the Inherent Requirements for the dentistry. For more information about the requirements, please read the Inherent requirements for dentistry.

Please note: The course fee quoted on this page relates to the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) only. For course fees for the dental program please see Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Course outline

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) double degree may be undertaken in seven years full-time. You will enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points per year in the first three years in science. In fourth year you will progress to the dental program. The dental program focuses on the relevance of medical sciences to oral health and to dental practice, patient-based clinical experience and evidence-based learning. For course structure tables, refer to the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) course table and the Doctor of Dental Medicine course structure information.

Majors

What is a major?

A major is a specialisation in a chosen area of study and is designed to develop your knowledge and skills in a particular area. You will be able to choose a major as part of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) component of the double degree. Within the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) course, 29 majors are offered, and you are required to complete at least one major, in order to complete the course. Of these majors, only some are available for study at the advanced level. Some of the advanced majors include anatomy and histology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, mathematics, pharmacology, physics and statistics. To complete a major, you need to undertake an approved combination of subjects (units of study). Normally, but not always, you need to undertake 24 credit points worth of senior units of study in a particular subject area, to complete a major.

Further course information

Progression rules

To progress from the Bachelor of Science (Adv) to the Doctor of Dental Medicine program, students must:


  1. Complete the Bachelor degree in minimum time.

  2. Complete units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points

  3. Maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the Bachelor program

  4. Satisfactorily complete BIOL1001 Concepts in Biology or equivalent

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study (subject) which you are allowed to enrol in as part of your course and which will count towards the completion of your course. It differs to a core unit in that you have a choice about which electives, amongst a given set of electives, you want to study. You will be able to choose some electives as part of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) component of the double degree. Depending on how you structure your Bachelor of Science (Advanced) course, you could be doing up to a quarter of your units as non-science electives. Elective units are available from any other faculty at the University, provided that you receive permission from the relevant department and the Faculty of Science to add that elective to your course plan. See the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) study plan table to get an idea of how electives fit in amongst your other units of study.

Course opportunities

Most subject areas within the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) allow for students to take part in an international exchange program. The program enables students to enhance their skills in a language other than English and their knowledge of other societies and cultures. Outstanding students may be invited by the Dean of Science to join the Talented Student Program providing an opportunity to undertake a tailored course of study. Students in the Doctor of Dental Medicine have contact with patients from year one and have the have the opportunity to participate in an elective placement locally, interstate or overseas.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon graduation from the DMD, candidates would be eligible for immediate registration with the Dental board of Australia, allowing them to go straight into practice. Careers include private practice, public service (hospitals, schools, health department), defence forces, academic careers and, on completion of professional and research experience, specialisation options.

Course accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing them to go straight in to practice. Canadian students can undertake the examination of the National Examining Board of Canada, allowing registration and practice in their home country.

Further study

There are opportunities for further study either in between your BSc (Advanced) course and DMD course, or after you have completed the entire double degree. If you are interested in medical research, you have the opportunity to study for an honours course by completing an extra year of study and research. You can do so either by suspending your candidature from the DMD degree for one year, or after completion of the double degree. You might also wish to complete a postgraduate coursework program to concentrate further on an area of interest or to diversify your studies. The Faculty of Science offers a range of science-based postgraduate courses in a range of areas, at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's levels.

About honours

Honours is a widely recognised and highly regarded additional year of undergraduate study usually available to you after you complete your undergraduate course. It’s a unique opportunity for you to explore your research potential and put the theory from your undergraduate studies into practice. An honours qualification is not only well regarded in academia, but also in industry where further, concentrated studies in a specialised area is highly sought after. You can choose to do honours either after you have completed the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) course by suspending your candidature from the MD course for one year, or after you have completed the double degree. You would normally complete honours in the same area that you majored in.

Other study options

It is possible for non-degree students to enrol in a unit of study (subject) offered in the Faculty of Science without being enrolled in an award course (degree). This provides a valuable opportunity for professionals to update their knowledge to enhance career pathways or for personal interest. Non-degree students will pay full tuition fees, take the unit of study with award course students and are assessed at the same level. Students need to be able to meet the same prerequisites as students enrolled in an award course at the University of Sydney (or have completed equivalent units of study at another institution) to be able to enrol in any particular unit of study.

Admission

Admission requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply for the double degree in Dentistry at the first opportunity after graduating high school, regardless of when their results are available. Admission to this course is for a limited number of outstanding applicants each year, on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), and an interview conducted by the University. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. There are two basic admissions criteria:


  1. To be considered, you must have a very high ATAR. The required ATAR is expected to be 99.5 for domestic and international students. Non-NSW HSC results are converted to an ATAR equivalence. Domestic and international applicants who achieve the highest mark possible in some overseas qualifications may also be considered. International students can visit the academic entry requirements webpage for further information.

  2. Satisfactory performance in an interview.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Interviews will be held from December in the year prior to entry for international applicants and from January in the entry year for domestic applicants. Eligible applicants will be contacted by email or telephone. If you believe that you are eligible for interview and you have not been notified, please call 1800 793 864 (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) as soon as possible and no later than 31 January to check your eligibility.

Please check the Double Degree Dentistry webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information.

Further admission requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). The degree is, however, taught on the assumption that candidates will have successfully completed Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1. All students in the Science-Dentistry program must take ‘Concepts in Biology’ BIOL1001, at the University of Sydney, or an equivalent unit of biology. You may attend one of the bridging courses offered if you feel you need to.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2015 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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