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), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://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 referred to in these resolutions is a professional master's course, as defined by the Coursework Policy.

 

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 of the Faculty of Dentistry. In assessing sustained academic performance the 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 the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) or an equivalent admissions test approved by the Dean to a standard considered satisfactory by the Dean;
and
(e)
performance in an interview to a standard considered satisfactory by the 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 clause 14 of the Coursework Policy, 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.
(8)
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.
(9)
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.
(10)
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 Deferral

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.

 

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)
Subject to these resolutions, remediation and reassessment will be offered in accordance with the Faculty of Dentistry - Assessment Provisions 2017.
(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; or
(d)
adequate depth and breadth of clinical experience
will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to repeat. No reassessment will be offered.
(7)
Any student who successfully completes a reassessment, and has not yet reached the maximum period for meeting course requirements, will be permitted to progress.
(8)
Students who have reached the maximum period for meeting course requirements, as prescribed in the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014, will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.
(9)
When repeating a year or semester, no exemptions from normal course requirements will be permitted.
Year 1
(10)
Students who fail two or more units of study (i.e. fail to meet the unit of study criteria or fail to obtain an overall mark of 50 percent for the unit of study) will be considered to have failed the year and will be required to repeat the year. No reassessment will be offered.
(11)
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.
(12)
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 reassessment will be offered.
(13)
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 reassessment will be offered.
Year 2
(14)
Students who fail two or more units of study (i.e. fail to meet the unit of study criteria or fail 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. No reassessment will be offered.
(15)
Students may not progress to Semester 2 unless they have passed the Tooth Conservation and the Local Anaesthesia / Exodontia practical assessment in Semester 1.
(16)
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.
(17)
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
(18)
A student who fails three or more units of study will be required to repeat the year. No reassessment will be offered.
(19)
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.