Doctor of Dental Medicine
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Doctor of Dental Medicine is a graduate-entry program qualifying graduates to practice as dentists. It is presented across four years utilising postgraduate methods of delivery and assessment. Six units of study, each composed of a number of cognate disciplines, have an initial didactic component in association with simulated learning, progressing to eventually become exclusively patient-based clinical training in Year 4.
Included in the degree is a compulsory Research Unit commencing in Year 1 with a didactic component and culminates in the final year with the presentation of research in a publishable format.
This program has evolved due to changing market demands for newly graduated dentists to confidently and ethically assume clinical practice and assume leadership positions in the profession, as well as be adequately prepared to continue with further research if they wish. The first year and half is spent on the Camperdown campus and in the Sydney Dental Hospital with intermittent visits to the Westmead Centre for Oral Health.
Much of this time constitutes the Integrated Life Science Unit of Study, interspersed with simulated dental clinical learning and some patient contact. From the second semester in year 2, students will increasingly engage in patient-based clinical training. The clinical training will take place in the two main academic hospitals and there is a compulsory community-based component through rotations in rural, remote and metropolitan dental clinics.
Students complete the equivalent of 24 credit points, or four units of sudy per semester for the entire duration of the course.
Further course information
Candidates must pass all units of study designated for each year of enrolment and satisfy the requirements of the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) Licence, before proceeding to units designated for the subsequent year of study. Failure in any single units of study results in a failure of the year and requires the candidate to retake the units designated for the entire year, without credit or exemption for work previously completed.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
For the Doctor of Dental Medicine, students complete 12 credit points of research study as part of the degree. This research component is equal to the research required for the Honours component of the Graduate Medical Program.
Course outcomes and further study
Posible careers for graduates of this course include private practice dentistry, public service dentistry and dental education.
Graduates from the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree will satisfy the requirements for registration as a dental practitioner in Australia and New Zealand.
Graduates may sit for the Dental Examining Board of Canada (DEB) examination to practice in Canada as a dentist.
The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree is identified as a Level 9 Masters degree in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The Faculty of Dentistry offers a range of professional postgraduate courses in various disciplines including: orthodontics; oral medicine and oral pathology; paedeatric dentistry; periodontics; prosthodontics; special care dentistry; conscious sedation and pain control and oral implants. Outstanding graduates may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. Please see the postgraduate study information on the faculty webpage.
The Faculty of Dentistry also offers cutting edge continuing education courses.
It is recommended that intending applicants download a copy of the Admissions Guide before starting their application. For more information please visit the course information on the faculty website.
Please note that in order for all Sydney Medical Program (SMP) and Doctor of Dental Medicine program (DMD) applications to be processed in time for interview, the Sydney Medical School and Faculty of Dentistry will only process first preference applications: i.e.
o Applications for DMD must nominate DMD as their first preference;
o Applications for SMP must nominate SMP as their first preference;
o Applicants wish to apply for both DMD and MD must submit two separate applications to be considered.
The Federal Government is currently considering how it will provide long-term funding of postgraduate programs across the entire tertiary sector, and the outcomes of this review may impact the extent to which the Faculty of Dentistry can continue to offer commonwealth supported places (CSP) in the DMD for domestic students commencing in 2015. Until the University knows the Government¹s final policy on this issue, information on the availability of CSPs in the DMD for commencing domestic students in 2015 is unable to be provided. Applicants can still nominate for a CSP place and updates will be provided when known on the website.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University. Students should download and read the admissions guide
All students will need to purchase specific equipment and supplies as part of their course. A list of required equipment is available under 'indicative ancillary costs'
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent). Students should download and read the admissions guide
Ancillary expenses for international students
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
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.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. 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 in this prospectus, 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.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
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. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.