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Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine

(DMD) EB082

Course Credit points for award Duration full-time
DMD 192 4 years


The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is 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). The DMD is distinct from the 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 bachelor's degree and, commencing in 2013, Human Biology to the equivalent of the University of Sydney BIOL1003. 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 practise dentistry upon completion of the degree, as well as being able to sit for the Dental Examining Board of Canada (DEB) examination to practise as a dentist (in Canada).

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 a completed an undergraduate degree to be eligible to apply for the DMD. 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.

For the 2012 admission of students, the number of CSP (Commonwealth supported places) will be similar to previous years (60 places). In addition, a small number of local fee-paying students will be offered (pending University approval). There will be approximately 15-25 international fee-paying places available for new students in 2012.

Course outcomes

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 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 lifelong learning through a critical approach to learning and opportunities for self-evaluation.

Features of the program

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 master's 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 practise dentistry at the highest professional and ethical level
  • a defined research component as foundation to an evidence-based approach to professional practise, 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 their contribution to the dental profession, academia and public health services
  • exposure, either in person or through mentoring, to international oral health activities.