Information for applicants

Information for applicants



The Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses. We reserve the right to change these criteria and processes without notice.

Course details online provide general advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Inherent requirements for all dentistry courses

There are a number of attributes expected and required to succeed in the dentistry field. See here to a list of inherent requirements that students should meet before considering a career in dentistry

Ancillary Costs

Doctor of Dental Medicine application costs:

Additional Costs are involved pre-application and during the application process:

  • GAMSAT examination costs: $490
  • UAC Qualifications Assessment (GPA calculation): $121
  • International application processing fee (University): $100
  • Domestic applicant Interview fee: $150

N.B. Fees listed above are correct as of March 2017 and subject to change.

Please be aware that additional costs will incur for equipment and uniforms during your course in addition to your tuition fees and student administration fees.

Bachelor of Oral Health application costs

Additional Costs are involved pre-application and during the application process:

  • UAC Application fees: refer to UAC website
  • International application processing fee (University): $100

Please be aware that additional costs will incur for equipment and uniforms during your course in addition to your tuition fees and student administration fees.

Student costs for DMD and Bachelor of Oral Health

Additional costs associated with your degree may cover resources such as materials, equipment and uniforms. Click here for further details.

These approximate costs are indicative and subject to change on an annual basis. You will be given an order form and exact costs once your course begins.

NSW Health 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.

Personal health

Applicants need to be aware of their personal health status, including immunisation and infectious diseases, and the NSW Department of Health guidelines concerning the undertaking of "exposure-prone procedures".

Participation in screening and vaccination according to the NSW Health Department is a prerequisite for ALL students enrolled in the Sydney Dental School for clinical practice in the facilities of NSW Health.

The "Adult Vaccination Record Card" provided to students with their offer of a place must be completed and made available to the Health Service prior to the commencement of a clinical placement.

Please note it is the applicant's responsibility to be familiar and adhere to these requirements. The dental programs are both physically and mentally demanding, thus applicant's personal health is a factor to be considered when deciding to accept a place in the program.

Find out about the Australian National Guidelines for the Management of Health Care Workers known to be Infected with Blood-Borne Viruses.

Find out about the NSW Policy Directive: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases.

IELTS and AHPRA English language requirement

As an international student, you may need to demonstrate your English language proficiency to the Australian government (to obtain a student visa), and to the University of Sydney, to be eligible for entry to a university course. The exact requirements depend on the country you are from.

Find out more about English language requirements for students.

AHPRA requirements for graduates
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has recently announced that graduates in all health disciplines will be required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent. Please note that this standard applies to all applicants for initial registration as a medical practitioner or medical specialist.

AHPRA registration requirements.

First Aid Certificate

Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved First Aid Certificate at enrolment. Prospective students must meet their own cost of approx. $200 for the training for the First Aid Certificate as it is not funded by the faculty. The First Aid Certificate must be equivalent to the Red Cross First Aid Training Course. This course is a full two training course and must be updated every three years. However the CPR must be updated every 12 months. Other recommended First Aid providers are listed below. Please ensure that the First Aid that you select is equivalent to the Red Cross First Aid Training course:

  • Australian Red Cross Society
  • Medilife
  • New South Wales State Emergency Service
  • Royal Life Saving Society Australia
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • St. John Ambulance Australia
  • Canadian Red Cross (Canada)
  • St. John's Ambulance (Canada & USA)
  • American Heart Association (USA)


Applications for the deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place in the Doctor of Dental Medicine will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, and require the approval of the Associate Dean.
Requests for deferral must be in writing and must be received by 30 November. Applicants must accept a place before they can submit a request to defer. 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 Assoc. Dean of the Sydney Dental School. Supporting documentation must be provided in order for any request to be granted.


Transfer of enrolment between Dental schools or from a Medical program is not possible due to our unique units of study, continuous long learning and assessment in Dentistry at the University of Sydney. All students must apply through the standard admission pathway and commence in year 1 of the DMD program.

Change in immigration status

International applicants for the DMD and students who change from international to domestic status are advised to refer to clause 39 of the University’s Coursework Policy 2014.

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the faculty to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to its programs.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to Sydney Dental School programs include (but are not limited to):

  • 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 suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School 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.