Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)


The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) embraces recent advances in educational research and delivery and will be delivered in a blended mode. Key features include research informed learning and decision making with the inclusion of a distinct research component, recognition and utilization of graduate attributes, problem-based and self-directed learning, together with self-evaluation. The clinical component of the course has a strong and early emphasis, with patient-based clinical experience commencing in the first year. The use of new technologies is central to the delivery of the DMD program.

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Further information on the DMD

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is categorised as a professional postgraduate coursework degree, at the Master’s degree level because it accepts only graduates and uses postgraduate learning and teaching principles and methods. It is the initial professional entry degree to register as a dentist. The DMD fits within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) specifications for the Masters Degree (Extended) Australian Qualifications Framework Level 9. The DMD is distinct from the Faculty’s Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) which is the specialist degree following on from the first professional degree.

The duration of the course is four years and requires a previous undergraduate Bachelors degree. The DMD is open to applicants who have completed a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited University, including international institutions. Graduates of the DMD program will be fully qualified to practice dentistry upon completion of the degree, as well as being able to sit for the Dental Examining Board of Canada (DEB) examination to practice as a dentist (in Canada).

The Dental Board of Australia policy prevents dentists carrying blood-borne viruses from undertaking invasive procedures, which includes most aspects of clinical dentistry. Students are required to provide serological evidence of their status with respect to blood-borne transmissible viruses (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV). Students are also required to be screened for Tuberculosis (TB). Carriers of blood-borne transmissible viruses will not be permitted to enrol in the DMD program.

Please note there is no provision to transfer to the DMD from a Dentistry degree conducted at another university as candidates are required to have completed an undergraduate degree and the course delivery methods and sequencing are different. The Faculty does not conduct bridging courses for overseas trained dentists. If you wish to apply for the DMD, you are required to complete the full four year program. There are no credits granted for previous study.

Applications are sought from local and international students who have demonstrated academic excellence, adhere to the highest levels of professionalism and are keen to develop leadership capacity. 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 not able to be provided. Applicants can still nominate for a CSP place and updates will be provided when known on the website.

For 2015, the course fees for the Doctor of Dental Medicine are as follows:

Local fee-paying students: AUD$55,200
International fee-paying students: AUD$65,100

Aims of the Doctor of Dental Medicine

In recent years, the roles of the dental health care provider have changed considerably. Effective preventive measures, rapid advances in biomedical and genetic research and the development of new dental technologies and materials are just some of the factors that have altered the scope and challenges of modern dentistry. The aging of the population has led to an increase in chronic and multi-system illness and an associated increase in complex pharmacological management. There is also an increasing expectation that all health care providers adopt an evidence-based approach, ensuring that their patients receive the most effective treatment available.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) recognises these professional needs in the design and content of the DMD and also recognises academic maturity and graduate outcomes that students with a previous Bachelors degree possess in order to build on these qualities to:

  • gain, qualitatively and quantitatively, greater patient-based experience;

  • support research informed decisions through critique of available information and defend their treatment decisions as the most appropriate under the unique circumstances as presented by individual patients;

  • equip students with the confidence to accept supervised clinical responsibilities away from the parent institution and to embark on national and international electives from the end of Year 2 onwards;

  • develop leadership skills which distinguish the University of Sydney graduates and contribute to the dental profession, academia and public health service as ambassadors, community educators and promoters of heath at community level;

  • in addition to professional and ethical values, enhance a social conscience and a sense of social responsibility and cultural awareness;

  • instill a passion for life-long learning through a critical approach to learning and opportunities for self-evaluation.

Decision of Sydney University to offer a Doctor of Dental Medicine

The decision of the University of Sydney to adopt the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) has resulted from a major curriculum review conducted during 2008-2010. This new postgraduate coursework degree is based on the North American postgraduate model, aligned to international standards, with a focus on contemporary postgraduate content and learning and teaching methods.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is based on a full recognition of the greater level of academic maturity and higher level analytical, clinical and communication skills of postgraduate students. This allows for higher order learning with a greater emphasis on independent, self-directed study. Consequently it is expected that students will achieve quantitatively and qualitatively greater clinical ie patient based experience. Important features of the DMD include:

  • focusing medicine and health material in the dental context;
  • earlier patient-based clinical experience and increased clinical experience to be obtained in clinics in metropolitan, rural and remote areas;
  • science-based pre-requisite coursework;
  • utilising contemporary teaching and learning methods aligned to a course at a Masters degree level, with a considerably greater emphasis on electronic resources and self-directed learning to provide the foundation material/knowledge and then supported by tutorials to facilitate understanding and reflection.
  • development of graduates who consistently display higher-order cognitive skills to synthesise, integrate and translate research and knowledge to communication and clinical skills, and practice dentistry at the highest professional and ethical level.
  • a defined research component as foundation to an evidence-based approach to professional practice, clearly distinguishing the education from a skills-based approach. Furthermore this will prepare students for higher degree research studies and possible careers in research and or academia.
  • the development of leadership skills which distinguish the Sydney graduates and contribute to the dental profession, academia and public health services;
  • exposure, either in person or through mentoring, to international oral health activities.

Year structure overview

Year 1
During the first year of the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program, considerable focus is given to Integrated Life Sciences. The tutorial component requires students to listen to pre-recorded medical lectures and attend lectures which focus on dentally relevant medical learning and scenarios. Craniofacial Biology is presented on the Camperdown campus. Select dentistry-focused learning is provided on the Surry Hills and Westmead campuses. Underpinning Life and Biomedical Sciences knowledge provides a sound base from which students can build further knowledge as their level of sophistication and clinical experience grows. Additionally, time each week is devoted specifically to learning dental skills in a simulated learning environment, predominantly at the Sydney Dental Hospital, including some sessions at the faculty’s other simulation facility at Westmead Hospital. Students learn and practise dental skills and techniques progressively in preparation for patient based clinical training by the middle of the second year. Concurrently, students learn skills to enable them to communicate effectively to promote oral health and perform oral hygiene and preventive oral health procedures. Students are also introduced to research and learn to perform a critical analysis of dentally relevant publications. At the commencement of Year 1, students will be introduced to Information Technology and Research Methodology which will equip them to commence a critical review of dental literature. This inquiring approach underpins all learning during the full four years of the course.

Year 2
As the students acquire pre-clinical and clinical skills, they will develop personally and professionally, to meet the high standards required to emerge as leaders in the profession. In Year 2, a reduced level of Integrated Life Science teaching continues and students commence the year with a course in Local Anaesthesia. Simulated learning in restorative and endodontic procedures continues, preparing students for patient-based clinical training from the second semester onwards. Students also rotate between the Sydney Dental Hospital and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health situated at Westmead Hospital. Increasing didactic teaching of the other dental disciplines continue, together with select dentistry PBLs. Students commence their research project after having delivered proof of capabilities to critically analyse the dental literature.

Year 3
While students are now well prepared to enter the intensive clinical environments of the remainder of the course, simulated learning continues, alongside patient-based training, and by the end of Year 3, students will have experienced a broad range of clinical procedures expected of newly qualified dentists. Equipped with the necessary professional attributes, students increasingly receive clinical training in metropolitan, rural and remote community clinics and gain a strong sense of the needs of the general Australian population. Work on the research project continues throughout this year. At the completion of the academic year, students will have the opportunity to participate in an electives placement which may occur locally, interstate or overseas. It is an opportunity to prepare for a particular career direction, explore different experiences or enhance skills in particular areas of a student's choice. Successful completion of an Elective will be recorded on the student transcript.

Year 4
The final year of the Doctor of Dental Medicine commences with an intensive two-week course in Fixed Prosthodontics and Implantology. Following this, integrated learning continues through tutorial sessions, with the remaining time spent on honing clinical skills in metropolitan, rural and remote clinics. The research project is completed and submitted by the end of August for assessment.

Units of study

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is aligned to the oral health care needs of the Australian population on which the “Competencies of the newly graduated dentist” of the Australian Dental Board are based. The content is organised into Units of Study consisting of defined discipline areas. Each Unit of Study consists of clusters of closely related/cognate disciplines to promote/facilitate the delivery of the degree. While the didactic teaching is discipline based, once students commence patient-based training, disciplines are integrated as students acquire a greater scope of clinical skills.

The Units of Study are:

  • Foundations of Clinical Dentistry A (total 25 credit points)
  • Foundations of Clinical Dentistry B (total 21 credit points)
  • Integrated Life Sciences (total 44 credit points)
  • Research (total 12 credit points)
  • Integrated Clinical Dentistry A (total 26 credit points)
  • Integrated Clinical Dentistry B (total 29 credit points)
  • Integrated Clinical Dentistry C (total 35 credit points)
  • Electives (optional zero credit point)

The following discipline areas are represented within the Units of Study:

Cariology introduces the concept of primary care dentistry and provides students with an understanding of the nature of dental caries including its clinical presentation, natural history, epidemiology, determinants, prevention (both primary and non-invasive secondary prevention). Students acquire the skills to apply both primary and non-invasive secondary preventive measures.

Clinical Dentistry builds on the discipline specific content of the earlier years, to enhance student’s ability to integrate all aspects of patient care within the full range of teaching environments, including metropolitan and rural placements, as well as the main teaching centres of Sydney Dental Hospital and Westmead Centre for Oral Health. The objective is for the student to develop clear understanding of the scope of specialist services available to patients in each of the disciplines. In light of this, students will learn their limitations in providing aspects of patient care and will know when and where to refer patients for more specialised treatment. Students will also become competent in integrating their knowledge in treatment of medically compromised patients and be able to communicate effectively with a range of health practitioners to ensure the best possible standard of dental care.

Dental Material Science aims to provide students with a sound scientific basis for understanding the intrinsic properties of dental materials and biomaterials. The learning material aims to provide a sound foundation whereby the clinical applications and limitations may be understood.

Diet and Nutrition is delivered via workshop format and introduces the students to the concept of diet and nutrition in the dental setting and the relationship to dental caries and erosion. It covers the multitude of aspects that influence food choices and addresses the various methods of collecting and assessing dietary data and discusses the tools that can be utilised to assist patients in setting achievable dietary goals.

Endodontics provides students with an understanding of anatomy, histology and physiology of the pulp-dentine complex, the aetiology of pulpal disease and the required treatment. Training commences in the simulation clinic in Year 1 and with students progressing to patient-based experience, first performing endodontic procedures on single canal teeth and in Year 3 and 4 on multi-canal teeth.

Gerodontology teaches students how to render comprehensive oral health care and teach prevention to a dynamic, diverse and rapidly growing elderly population. Students learn the complexity of aging, patient management and the importance of dentistry in total patient care. It covers a wide range of lecture topics, from nutrition and aging to oral cancer and other pathologic lesions of the elderly patient.

Implantology introduces students to the application of dental implants in the Integrated Clinics and commences with a preclinical laboratory exercise for a single tooth. Specific treatment planning sessions in collaboration with the OMS guide students through decision making and work-up for single tooth implants and implant-retained overdentures; students assist during surgical and undertake prosthodontic procedures.

Life Sciences occupies a significant portion of learning in Year 1 and is incrementally replaced by clinically focused units of study as the course progresses. Foundation learning, in addition to relevant online medical lectures are provided by the Sydney Medical School. A hybrid problem based learning model is followed by the acquisition of an understanding of the human organ systems. Dentistry students review information obtained from lectures, in small groups, facilitated by dentistry educators, to gain an integrated understanding of common medical problems and their dental relevance. A unit of Craniofacial Biology is undertaken which, together with general foundation studies, provides the foundation knowledge which strengthens the understanding of, and integration with, the clinical disciplines.

Occlusion provides students with information on the dynamics of the jaw-joint-muscle-tooth system (stomatognathic system), as a dynamic system for function with implications for patients’ function, nutrition and general health. The learning material commences with an introduction to the handling of alginate impression materials, clinical procedures in recording a face bow transfer record and the applications of articulators taught in Years 1 and 2.

Oral Radiology guides students in the understanding of all terminology related to Dentomaxillofacial radiology and to gain the ability to apply the theory of physics and radiation biology, projection geometry and film/electronic sensor image acquisition and processing to clinical situations. Students also learn to recognise normal radiographic anatomy and identify abnormalities and pathology. Students practice taking bitewing radiographs of premolars and molars; periapical radiographs of the dentition using paralleling and bisecting angle techniques; film processing technique from the phase of exposure to the finished radiograph, using both conventional silver-halide-based film imaging and digital imaging, together with the accurate mounting of the radiographs and recording of patient details. In Year 3 students take and interpret Panoramic and Cephalometric extra-oral radiographs.

Oral Pathology and Medicine assists students to develop a critical understanding of the maxillofacial and oral diseases as well as systemic diseases with oral manifestations that they may encounter in the course of their professional career and be called upon to diagnose, prevent and treat. The content aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to understand the epidemiology, the aetiology and pathogenesis of conditions that affect the oral and maxillofacial tissues. This will facilitate the diagnosis of the more common oral conditions or to assist students in arriving at a differential diagnosis thereby allowing for correct patient management or referral to relevant specialists for appropriate management.

Oral Surgery commences in Year 2 with a course in Local Anesthesia and exodontia whereby students are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and practical skills to safely administer local anaesthetics and carry out extraction of teeth. This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills in the principles and practice of surgery. Emphasis is placed both on the technical aspects of surgery, as well as the integration of basic sciences to form the appropriate scientific basis for the clinical practice of surgery. The remainder of the course is presented in an integrated manner with Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine.

Orofacial Pain provides an understanding of the assessment and diagnosis of orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. Students gain an understanding of anatomy and physiology of craniofacial structures including the temporomandibular joints, jaw muscles and trigeminal nerve and particularly of the peripheral nerve distribution of the major trigeminal nerve trunks and other cranial nerves, the anatomical relations of the structures they innervate, and their primary central connections.

Orthodontics introduces students to orthodontics as a dental specialty and an understanding of the role it plays in general dentistry. Students gain an understanding of the concept of normal and malocclusion. Knowledge of craniofacial growth and development is acquired in a coordinated way together with basic histology and embryology to foster an understanding of the aetiology of orthodontic problems. Subsequent to this, students are able to diagnose different malocclusions, obtain and analyse necessary records and formulate a problem list with a tentative treatment plan. Students gain practical experience in the orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning process on real patients together with practical knowledge of the operation and mode of action of various orthodontic appliances, along with the indications for various appliances. In addition, students acquire an understanding of the common problems and complications associated with orthodontic treatment. Students gain an understanding of the process of comprehensive orthodontic treatment in the management of various malocclusions in different patient age groups, through observing specialists performing such treatment. The management of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) and how to diagnose and treat this condition is a further component to student experience in this module.

Paediatric Dentistry develops caring and professional dentists who have the basic knowledge and competency to manage paediatric patients in general dental practice and with the ability to maintain and update this knowledge. Teaching will focus on behaviour management, pain control, the management of caries and dental anomalies in paediatric patients, together with oral pathology and the management of paediatric patients with special needs.

Periodontology covers normal anatomy and histology of periodontal tissue, the composition and role of oral biofilm and periodontal disease, the removal of biofilm, classification of periodontal disease and the treatment and periodontal maintenance and supplementary treatment. Students are introduced to this discipline in the simulation clinics in the early stages and develop their skills through patient-based clinical experience throughout the course.

Population Oral Health aims to provide students with an understanding of how dental disease impacts on populations with Aboriginal communities, special needs and medically compromised groups, used as specific examples. In addition, the epidemiology of dental caries, periodontal disease and maxillofacial trauma are presented.

Professional Practice aims to provide students with the knowledge of efficient and effective clinical practice and applying occupational health and safety requirements in a team environment while delivering routine dental services. With the focus on professional and ethical conduct, with the patient’s interest as the primary priority, this unit equips students to run a successful private dental practice. Graduates will understand the implications of contractual obligations, equal employment requirements, generating income and fulfilling financial obligations. An important component of the teaching is effective communication skills for motivation and behaviour change that would be delivered in close association with primary care dentistry.

Prosthodontics in its earliest teaching aims to introduce students to the discipline or oral rehabilitation. The program develops students’ skills in the handling of impression and cast materials, taking alginate impressions, and pouring up impressions to produce stone casts. Students are subsequentially provided with the knowledge to understand the consequences of tooth loss, replacing missing teeth, types of dentures, and components of partial and full dentures and their function. In Year 3, students are introduced to Fixed Prosthodontics which aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills related to principles and technique of preparing teeth for full coverage restorations and partial aesthetic restorations ie porcelain veneers, including provisional restorations, shade selection, cementation and clinical outcomes. The program progresses from pre-clinical skills and knowledge development to clinical application in second semester. In addition, students participate in a five day intensive clinical program at the beginning of Year 4 during which, in addition to full gold and ceramo-metal crowns and bridges, each student restores a single tooth with an all-ceramic crown, with in-house processing from pouring the impression, trimming and sectioning the die and Procera scanning.

Research commences in Semester 1 of Year 1 by familiarising students with the library, conducting literature searches and managing information, followed by Evidence-Based Dental Practice and research methodology. Students, working in groups, submit a literature review during Year 2 and commence engaging in hands-on research. At the completion of this unit of study, students submit a manuscript in a format required for publication in a selected scientific journal. An important aim of this unit of study is to foster an evidence-based and strong inquiring approach to learning throughout the course.

Special Care Dentistry aims to develop basic knowledge and understanding of common intellectual and physical disabilities, neurodegenerative disorders and mental illnesses. The program aims to develop confidence and competence in the management of the special needs patient with a focus on building rapport, patience and modifications to treatment modalities to provide optimum oral health care. The importance of communication with both the patient and the care-giver is also highlighted.

Trauma is presented collaboratively between the disciplines of Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Paediatric Dentistry. Students receive training in the management of minor trauma to the oral hard and soft tissue.

Tooth Conservation covers clinical aspects of tooth conservation including treatment planning and handling patient concerns regarding restorative procedures and materials. Training commences early in Year 1 in a simulated learning environment where students are introduced to dental instrumentation and the dental operatory environment, together with simple restorative procedures. Complexity of restorative procedures increases throughout Years 2 and 3, with initial practice of all procedures in the simulation clinic.

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Terms and Conditions

The Faculty of Dentistry regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Dentistry Program. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods. Any new policy will be posted here when it is available. Please revisit this website on a regular basis for any updates. It is unnecessary to contact the University at this stage as no further information can be provided.

Admissions overview

The Admissions Guide 2015 contains detailed information about DMD admission requirements and eligibility.


There are five admissions criteria for entry into the program.

  1. Performance in a qualifying degree (indicated by GPA)

  2. Applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelors degree and have at least a credit average of 5 on a scale of 7 at the time of application, as indicated by Grade Point Average (GPA), to be considered for admission.
    Domestic applicants must have their bachelor degree assessed, and GPA calculated, by the UAC through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) prior to application.
    International applicants will have their bachelor degree assessed, and GPA calculated by the University of Sydney.

  3. Having met the Biology prerequisite:

  4. All DMD applicants are required to:
    • have completed in the last 10 years, or expect to complete in 2014, a medical science or health-related degree; OR

    • as a minimum, in the past 10 years, successfully completed one semester of a Biology subject equivalent to the University of Sydney units of study "Concepts in Biology" BIOL1001 or "Human Biology BIOL1003 at the time of application.

    More information on how applicants can meet the pre-requisite can be found at this link

    Applicants must supply supporting documentation as evidence that they have met the pre-requisite at time of application.

  5. Having met the English language requirements:

  6. Language requirements are as follows:
    IETLS: overall score 7.0 (minimum of 6.0 in any category)
    IBT 100 (23/22)

    Additional information is provided at English Language Proficiency Requirements

    To apply for an English language waiver, candidates are required to produce a letter from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution stating that the language of the institution and of instruction, examination and assessment, is English. If the institution is in a country where the primary language is English, it is not necessary to submit a waiver.

  7. Performance in an admissions test

  8. Applicants must be able to submit the results from an admissions test on application.
    Domestic Applicants must submit Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) results.
    International applicants must submit either Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or GAMSAT or Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) or Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (CDAT) results.
    The GAMSAT cut-off will be determined once all applications have been received.
    Please refer to Admissions Guide 2015.

  9. Performance in an interview process

  10. Applicants who meet both the GPA and admissions test requirements will be invited to attend an interview

    Note: Offers of admission are made by the Dean. At the University of Sydney, the Dean of a Faculty is responsible for the admission of candidates to courses within that Faculty subject to the policies of the Senate and the Academic Board and the authority of the Vice-Chancellor: clause 37.2 of the University of Sydney (Amendment Act) Rule 1999.
    The Dean, in exercising his/her responsibility in making any decision, will abide by University policies in relation to admission to Faculty of Dentistry award courses, including those that specify that applications for admissions are considered according to the criteria detailed in the relevant Faculty resolutions
    Note: The Faculty of Dentistry regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Dentistry program. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Selection criteria:


Qualifying degree, GPA and biology prerequisite 


Performance in degree, GPA and biology prerequisite

  • Applicants must have completed, or be in the final year of, a bachelors degree and have a at least a credit average at the time of application, as indicated by Grade Point Average (GPA), to be considered for admission.
  • DMD candidates are required to have met the biology pre-requisite.
  • If the bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before 1 January of the year of DMD enrolment, the applicant must, in addition, have completed a postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma (or equivalent) during this period.

GPA calculations Domestic Applicants International Applicants*

For 2015 entry, all domestic applicants to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) are required to have their bachelor degree assessed, and Grade Point Average (GPA) calculated, by the UAC through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) prior to appliation.

Standard applicants must have a minimum GPA of 5 to be considered eligible for entry; rural applicants must have a minimum GPA of 4.5 to be considered eligible for entry.

Please see the Admissions Guide for further details.

You do not need to have your qualifications assessed by UAC. Your GPA will be calculated by the University of Sydney. You must provide your record of academic achievement (e.g. transcripts) with your online application form.

You must achieve at least a credit average in your studies. Applicants with overseas qualifications are required to achieve an equivalent level (e.g. a GPA of 2.7 out of 4 for USA/Canada universities, a GPA of 3.3 out of 5 for Singapore universities, bachelor degree at a Lower II class for UK universities)

For 2015 entry, International applicants will be able to include a Masters degree by coursework in calculating their GPA.

DMD applicants must have an IETLS 7.0  or IBT 100.

 Admission test 
Performance in Admissions test All applicants must submit admissions test results as part of the application process. Please see the Admissions Guide for further details.
   Domestic Applicants  International Applicants*
  Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT

Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT or at least 8 in each section of the MCAT (the writing section will be excluded for the purposes of admission)

DMD applicants using the DAT or CDAT must achieve a minimum score of 15 in each section.

  Domestic Applicants International Applicants*
Performance in interview process

Applicants who meet the minimum GPA and GAMSAT/admissions test requirements will be considered for participation in the Interview process.

Applicants will be selected for interview based on their Overall GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT/CDAT scores. The overall cut-off will be determined once all applications have been received by Faculty of Dentistry.

The Interview process aims to broadly sample the candidate's competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.

Important dates/timeline:

Refer to the Sydney Medical Program webpage `Important dates'

Special entry schemes

There are three special entry schemes for DMD applicants:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait (ATSI) applicants

  • Applicants of rural origin

  • PhD or Masters by Research applicants

to the Admissions Guide 2015.
Refer to the Sydney Medical Program webpage `Special entry schemes'

How to apply:

ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: if you are intending to apply for both the SMP and the DMD you must submit two separate applications as only your first course preference for each application will be considered.

Refer to the Admissions Guide 2015
Refer to the `Sydney Course' to submit an application.

Applicants should be aware that the presentation of forged documents in connection with admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine is a criminal offence and the University may take appropriate action against such cases, or other admissions irregularities, including the withholding of relevant information.
Action may include cancellation of an application for admission, of an offer of admission, or of enrolment.

Other information:

Course specific requirements

The course requires you to undertake clinical placements in NSW Public Health Facilities, or other child-related placements, you will need to complete some additional checks and clearances as part of your enrolment.

The following will guide you through the steps necessary to ensure that all checks are completed prior to you commencing placement.

Change in Immigration Status

There are three possible outcomes for international applicants to the Doctor of Dental Medicine whose immigration status changes after they lodge their application:

  1. The applicant’s status changes before an offer is made.
    If an international applicant is granted permanent resident status (or New Zealand citizenship) before an offer is made, his/her application will be void. He/she may re-apply for a domestic place in a subsequent intake.
  2. An international applicant becomes a permanent resident of Australia (or a New Zealand citizen) after an offer is made and prior to enrolment.
    An international applicant who is granted permanent residency (or New Zealand citizenship) after an offer is made and prior to enrolment must be re-assessed for admission to a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). (For this purpose, a student is considered to have commenced his/her course at the date on which he/she attended enrolment for the course.)
    Eligibility for admission to a CSP is dependent upon:
    • the standard of results achieved in the applicant’s previous academic qualifications (and in any other entry requirements) relating to the Doctor of Dental Medicine being equivalent to that required by a domestic student to obtain a CSP in the course, and,

    • a CSP being available in the course (note there are limited CSP places in the DMD).
      If an applicant is not eligible for admission to a CSP in the course, he or she will be assessed for admission to a Domestic Full Fee Paying (FFP) place. Eligibility for admission to a FFP is dependent upon the standard of results achieved in the applicant’s previous academic qualifications (and in any other entry requirements) relating to the Doctor of Dental Medicine being equivalent to that required by a domestic student to obtain a FFP in the course.
    The date of becoming a permanent resident is the date stamped on the applicant’s passport or "Certificate of Evidence of Resident Status" from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), not the date on which the application for status is made.
  3. An international student becomes a permanent resident of Australia (or a New Zealand citizen) after enrolment.
    An international student who is granted permanent residency (or New Zealand citizenship) after enrolment may, according to the Higher Education Support Act 2003, transfer to a Domestic Full Fee Paying place. If the student obtains Permanent Residency Status or advises the University after the census date, the student will be classified as an international student for the remainder of that semester. The student will be classified as a permanent resident from the following semester or term.

Impermissible Conduct

Faculty of Dentistry reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the Faculty of Dentistry to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine program include:

  • failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • conduct that results in you being excluded from another higher education institution, or from a course or program offered by another higher education institution;
  • conduct that gives Faculty of Dentistry reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.

Special Consideration

In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the Faculty of Dentistry’s admission criteria, including the required Grade Point Average (GPA) and admissions test results, will not be considered for admission to the Dental Program. The GPA and admissions test results requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during the bachelor’s degree or test.

Students who are seeking special consideration should note that the other graduate-entry medical schools do not have identical admission requirements to those of the University of Sydney.


Faculty of Dentistry regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses, including the Doctor of Dental Medicine. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.


Deferment of enrolment following offer of a place in the Doctor of Dental Medicine Program is discouraged except in the following circumstances:

  • Progression to Honours, Masters or a PhD. Before deferment is granted supporting documentation must be provided giving details of enrolment, and written support from proposed supervisor(s) as to the nature of the program. Such deferment is to encourage applicants to undertake research in their chosen field.
  • Deferment will be granted for completion of "professional years" such as the pre-registration training period required of Pharmacy graduates.
  • Otherwise deferment of an offer will only be considered under exceptional circumstances which could not have been foreseen at the time of application.
  • Requests for deferment must be in writing and must be received by 29 November. Deferment can only be granted one year at a time and will not be expected to last longer than two years. Requests will be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.

Student Support

Australian students enrolled in the DMD may be eligible for income support payments eg Youth Allowance, Austudy and Pensioner Education Supplement through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)
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