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Doctor of Dental Medicine

Study dentistry at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry

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    The University has been providing education, training and research to oral health and dentistry students for over 100 years.

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Overview

Domestic applications will close at 10am on Tuesday 29 May 2018 and international applications will close at 10am on Thursday 21 June 2018 (Sydney, Australia time).  All applicants are required to read and understand the Admissions Guide 2019 prior to submitting an application. The Domestic Admissions Guide 2019 and the International Admissions Guide 2019 are available on the Sydney Dental School's website.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine will teach you to be a confident, ethical and qualified dentist. You will build skills through practice-based learning, in a four-year dentistry degree developed to meet the changing oral health needs of the community.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry course that will allow you to have a rewarding career as a dentist, eligible for registration with the Dental Board of Australia.

Why study dentistry here?

When you study the Doctor of Dental Medicine at the Sydney Dental School, you will:

  • Access the latest technology, facilities and teaching laboratories
  • Understand how to make treatment decisions that are most appropriate for patients as individuals
  • Gain confidence in treating patients through simulation and practice-based experience
  • Develop leadership skills to enable contribution to the dental community
  • Learn the skills to make informed decisions by critiquing research and evidence
  • Be taught by internationally-renowned dental professionals, who are some of the most highly respected academics in Australia and the world, and
  • Undergo clinical education at the University of Sydney Camperdown Campus, as well as Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental Hospital.

Who should study this course? 

Postgraduates from any discipline who are interesting in becoming a dentist, with a passion for healthcare and improving people’s lives through oral health.

Important information

To assist students in making informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in dentistry.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

What you'll study

Students complete the equivalent of 24 credit points, or four units of study per semester for the entire duration of the course.

Units of study

Capstone experience

A capstone experience comprises of one or more units of study designed to provide an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the course, synthesise this with prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.

Admission criteria

It is recommended that intending applicants download a copy of the Domestic Admissions Guide or the International Admissions Guide before commencing their application. For more information please visit the school website

The Sydney Dental School will only process first preference applications: i.e.

  • Applications for Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) must nominate DMD as their first preference;
  • Applications for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) must nominate MD as their first preference;
  • Applicants who wish to apply for both DMD and MD must submit two separate applications to be considered.

To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine, applicants must:

  • Have graduated from a bachelor’s degree with a satisfactory grade point average (GPA)
  • Undertake a Multi Mini Interview (MMI) with satisfactory performance
  • Undertake the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT), Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), United States Dental Admissions Test (DAT) or the 
    Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (CDAT) (dependent on applicants residency)
  • Complete the biology prerequisite, and
  • Provide proof of your English language proficiency (dependent on educational background and country of origin).

The Doctor of Dental Medicine has two facilitated admission pathways for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, and
  • Rural origin applicants

Please refer to pg. 23 of the MD and DMD Admissions Guide for more information.

Please note that the admission criteria for entry to the DMD in 2018 and beyond are subject to change. For example there is a possibility that the GPA requirement might be increased at some time after the 2018 enrolment round, and/or that a different GAMSAT calculation formula might be introduced. Any new policy will be posted here when available.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Important information

Disclaimer

Please note the Sydney Dental School 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.

Additional costs

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

  • GAMSAT examination costs
  • UAC Qualifications Assessment (GPA calculation)
  • International application processing fee (University)
  • Domestic applicant interview fee.

All students will need to purchase specific equipment and supplies as part of their course. Information and approximate costs for your study can be found under  'indicative ancillary costs'.

Other requirements

  • Successful applicants must provide evidence that they hold a current approved First Aid Certificate at enrolment. Find out more.
  • Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients. Find out more. 
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that 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. Find out more.

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. 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

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.

Professional accreditation

The Doctor of Dental Medicine degree is identified as a Level 9 Masters degree in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Graduates can apply for general registration with the Dental Board of Australia.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Doctor of Dental Medicine are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing you to go straight in to practice. Canadian students can undertake the examination of the National Examining Board of Canada, allowing registration and practice in their home country.

You can then work in:

  • Private practice dentistry
  • Public service dentistry (eg. in hospitals or schools)
  • Defence forces.

You could also then undertake further study at the Sydney Dental School, and specialise in:

  • Orthodontics
  • Oral medicine and oral pathology
  • Paediatric dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Special care dentistry
  • Conscious sedation and pain control
  • Oral implants.

Outstanding graduates may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.