Dental Medicine

 

Doctor of Dental Medicine


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://www.sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course Resolutions

1 Course Codes

Code

Course and stream title

MADNTLMD-01

Doctor of Dental Medicine

 


 

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for these courses is full time only.

 

3 Qualification level

The master's degree in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

 

4 Admission to candidature

(1)
Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit, according to the following admission criteria.
(2)
Admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine requires:
(a)
completion of a bachelor degree comprising at least three full-time equivalent years of study from either:
(i)
a bachelor degree (pass) accredited at Level 7 under the Australian Qualifications Framework or a bachelor degree (with honours) accredited at Level 8 under the Australian Qualifications Framework) from an Australian university or self accrediting higher education institution; or
(ii)
a bachelor degree from an overseas university listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide, provided that the degree is equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree (pass or with honours);
and
(b)
completion of a human biology or cellular biology subject at University level, of a minimum of one semester’s duration;
and
(c)
a demonstrated sustained academic performance to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Associate Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry. In assessing sustained academic performance the Dean or Associate Dean may, at his or her discretion, consider performance in the bachelor's degree(s) and/or performance in any graduate diploma, master or doctoral degree (or equivalent);
and
(d)
performance in an admissions test approved by the Dean or Associate Dean to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Associate Dean;
and
(e)
performance in an interview to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean or Associate Dean;
and
(f)
The minimum English requirement at IELTS (academic module) 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band.
(3)
If the bachelor’s degree was completed more than 10 years before 1 January of the year for which the applicant is seeking enrolment, the applicant must, in addition, have completed within this 10 year period, or complete prior to 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Dental Medicine, a postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma (or equivalent), which will be either:
(a)
a postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma accredited at Level 8, 9 or 10 under the Australian Qualifications Framework from an Australian university or self-accrediting higher education institution; or
(b)
an overseas university listed in the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition Guide, provided that the postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma is equivalent to an Australian postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma accredited at Level 8, 9 or 10 under the Australian Qualifications Framework.
(4)
An applicant will not be admitted to candidature for the Doctor of Dental Medicine unless he or she has completed a bachelor degree prior to 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Dental Medicine.
(5)
The official results listed on an applicant’s transcript, and his or her admission test results, will be taken as the awarding and testing authorities’ assessment of the academic standards reached by the applicant, taking due account of illness and misadventure according to the authorities’ policies.
(6)
A person who has commenced the Doctor of Dental Medicine in a fee-paying place at the University will not be eligible for admission or transfer to a Commonwealth supported place in the Doctor of Dental Medicine.
(7)
In accordance with subclause 49(2), of the University of Sydney (Amendment Act) Rule 1999 (as amended), the selection criteria and selection process for international applicants may differ from those for locals in that:
(a)
the Faculty may use a different definition, calibrated to reflect the same standards as for other applicants, of sustained academic performance in the bachelor degree (and/or the postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma);
(b)
the Faculty may approve one or more different admissions tests, calibrated to reflect the same standards as for other applicants, for international applicants;
(c)
the Faculty may approve a different interview process for international applicants;
(d)
international applicants may be ranked separately to local applicants;
(e)
the Faculty may set a quota for the number of places in the Doctor of Dental Medicine available to international students.
(9)
In recognition of the educational disadvantage associated with rural origin, the Faculty may establish a special admission scheme, subject to the approval of the Academic Board, for applicants who comply with the published definition of being of rural origin.
This scheme may:
(a)
use a definition of sustained academic performance in the bachelor degree (and/or the postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma) that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(b)
use a definition of satisfactory performance in an admissions test approved by the Faculty of Dentistry that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(c)
use a definition of satisfactory performance in an interview approved by the Faculty of Dentistry that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(d)
establish a quota for admitting applicants under the scheme;
(e)
rank applicants under the scheme separately from other applicants, or give bonus points to applicants under the scheme, in order to facilitate their ranking against other applicants.
(10)
In recognition of the educational disadvantage suffered by Indigenous people, the Faculty may establish a special admission scheme, subject to the approval of the Academic Board, for Indigenous applicants.
This scheme may:
(a)
use a definition of sustained academic performance in the bachelor degree (and/or the postgraduate degree or postgraduate diploma) that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(b)
use a definition of satisfactory performance in an admissions test approved by the Faculty of Dentistry that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(c)
use a definition of satisfactory performance in an interview approved by the Faculty of Dentistry that differs from, but is calibrated to the same standards as, that applied to other local applicants;
(d)
establish a quota for admitting applicants under the scheme;
(e)
rank applicants under the scheme separately from other applicants, or give bonus points to applicants under the scheme, in order to facilitate their ranking against other applicants.
(11)
A committee consisting of the Dean and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) may confirm or withdraw an offer which has been made to an applicant but which is not in accordance with the admission criteria.

 

5 Deferment

Deferral of enrolment may be granted under the following circumstances:
(1)
progression to Honours, Masters or a PhD;
(2)
for completion of 'professional years' such as the pre-registration training period required of Pharmacy graduates.
Otherwise, deferral of an offer will only be considered under exceptional circumstances which could not have been foreseen at the time of application.

 

6 Requirements for Award

(1)
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete a fixed curriculum of 192 credit points in the order prescribed in the Table of Units of Study: Dental Medicine as described in the Faculty Handbook.
(2)
Students must attend clinical simulation and clinical placements to meet the requirements of the program.

 

7 Progression Requirements

All Years
(1)
These progression requirements should be read in conjunction with the relevant Unit of Study Outlines, Faculty Local Provisions and Faculty Resolutions.
(2)
Satisfactory performance requires a mark of 50 percent, unless otherwise stated in the relevant unit of study outline.
(3)
Progression at the end of each year or semester requires satisfactory performance in each of the following:
(a)
All components within each unit of study
(b)
Clinical and academic professionalism
(c)
Continuous sessional assessment
(d)
Clinical experience (Years 2-4)
(e)
Attendance
(4)
Where a student fails a component of a unit of study, which results in the student being considered to have failed the whole unit of study, a grade of Fail (FA) and a mark of 45 percent will be awarded for that unit of study.
(5)
Any student who fails to meet the unit of study criteria or fails to obtain an overall mark of 50 percent for the unit of study will not be permitted to progress or graduate.
(6)
Any student who fails to meet the requirements of:
(a)
continuous sessional clinical or pre-clinical assessment; or
(b)
clinical and academic professionalism assessment; or
(c)
attendance;
(d)
adequate depth and breadth of clinical experience; or
(e)
all components in each unit of study
will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to repeat. No remediation or reassessment will be offered.
(7)
In any semester, a student who fails to meet the assessment criteria or obtain an overall pass mark of 50 percent, in two or more units of study will be required to repeat the semester or year, or may be offered the option of an exit award.
(8)
Subject to complying with the maximum time limit for the award course, any student who successfully completes a reassessment will be permitted to progress.
(9)
If repeating a year or a semester would cause a student to exceed the maximum time limit for the award course, the student will not be allowed to progress further in the course.
(10)
When repeating a year or semester, no exemptions from normal course requirements will be permitted.
Year 1
(11)
Students who fail two or more units of study (i.e. fails to meet the unit of study criteria or fails to obtain an overall mark of 50 percent for the unit of study) will be considered to have failed the year and required to repeat the year, subject to the maximum time limits for completion.
(12)
Students may not progress to Year 2 unless they have passed each of the following practical assessments:
(a)
Endodontics
(b)
Periodontics
(c)
Radiology; and
(d)
Tooth Conservation.
(13)
Students who fail all practical assessments at the first attempt will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to repeat it. No remediation or reassessment will be offered.
(14)
Students who fail all components of Integrated Life Sciences (Medical Sciences, Oral Biosciences and Head and Neck Anatomy) will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to repeat it. No remediation or reassessment will be offered.
Year 2
(15)
Students who fail two or more units of study (i.e. fails to meet the unit of study criteria or fails to obtains an overall mark of 50 percent for the unit of study) will be considered to have failed the year and required to repeat, subject to the maximum time limit for completion.
(16)
Students may not progress to Semester 2 unless they have passed the Tooth Conservation and the Local Anaesthesia / Exodontia practical assessment in Semester 1.
(17)
Students may not progress to Year 3 unless they have passed each of the following practical assessments:
(a)
Endodontics (Semesters 1 and 2 aggregate marks); and
(b)
Periodontics.
(18)
Any student who fails all of the practical assessments at the first attempt will be considered to have failed the year. No remediation or reassessment will be offered.
Year 3 and 4
(19)
A student who fails three or more units of study will be required to repeat the year, subject to the maximum time limit for completion.
(20)
A student who fails the requirements of clinical work or continuous assessment will not be permitted to progress or graduate.

 

8 Credit for previous study

Credit for previous study will not be granted in this course. However, for medical graduates from Australian and New Zealand medical schools who have graduated in the last 10 years, some aspects of the Integrated Life Sciences theme will be waived. Further details are available in the Faculty of Dentistry Admissions Policy, available in the relevant Faculty Handbook.