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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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. ATAR

For both domestic and international applicants, the minimum ATAR required for consideration is expected to be 99.50. Meeting the minimum ATAR for consideration does not guarantee an invitation to interview. Applicants will be invited to interview in accordance with ATAR order, subject to course capacity.

For international applicants with non-Australian secondary qualifications, their results are converted to an ATAR equivalence. International applicants can visit the academic entry requirements web page for further information.

2. Satisfactory performance in an interview

The interview process includes both a written assessment and an interview. These 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 by the University. If you believe that you are eligible for assessment and you have not been notified, please call 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864) (from inside Australia) or +61 2 8627 1444 (from outside Australia) as soon as possible, no later than 16 January, to check your eligibility.

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.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a < a href="http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places">Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants must also apply through the Cadigal Alternative Entry Pathway. Please check the Double Degree Dentistry webpage for the admissions timeline and other important information. 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.

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 ‘Life and Evolution’ BIOL1006 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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

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

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the undergraduate degree in 2017 as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the postgraduate degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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