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Doctor of Dental Medicine

Become a dentist

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Overview

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is a graduate-entry program qualifying graduates to practice as dentists. It is presented across four years utilising postgraduate methods of delivery and assessment. Four units of study, each composed of a number of cognate disciplines, have an initial theoretical and practical component, in association with simulated learning, progressing to eventually become exclusively patient-based clinical education in Year 4.

Included in the degree is a compulsory Research Unit commencing in Year 1 with a research methods and research literacy component and culminates in the final year with the presentation of research in a publishable format.

This program has evolved due to changing market demands for newly graduated dentists to confidently and ethically assume clinical practice and assume leadership positions in the profession, as well as be adequately prepared to continue with further research if they wish.

The first year and half is spent on the Camperdown campus and in the Sydney Dental Hospital with intermittent visits to the Westmead Centre for Oral Health.

Much of this time constitutes the Integrated Life Science Unit of Study, interspersed with simulated dental clinical learning and some patient contact. From the second semester in year 2, students will increasingly engage in patient-based clinical training. The clinical education will take place in the two main academic hospitals and there is a compulsory community-based component through rotations in rural, remote and metropolitan dental clinics.

Working within Dentistry one must possess a number of attributes in order to be successful in Dentistry. We have attached a list of inherent requirements that students should meet before considering Dentistry as a career.

Specialisations

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 sudy 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 requirements

It is recommended that intending applicants download a copy of the The Domestic Admissions guide 2018 or a copy of the International Admissions Guide 2018 before commencing their application. For more information please visit the faculty website

The Sydney Medical School and Faculty of Dentistry 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 wish to apply for both DMD and MD must submit two separate applications to be considered.

Please note the Faculty of Dentistry 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.

Please note that the selection requirements 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 on our website 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.

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.

Future study options

The Faculty of Dentistry offers a range of professional postgraduate courses in various disciplines including: orthodontics; oral medicine and oral pathology; paedeatric dentistry; periodontics; prosthodontics; special care dentistry; conscious sedation and pain control and oral implants. Outstanding graduates may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy. Please see the postgraduate study information on the faculty webpage. The Faculty of Dentistry also offers cutting edge Continuing Education courses.

Graduate opportunities

Possible careers for graduates of this course include private practice dentistry, public service dentistry and dental education. Graduates from the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree will satisfy the requirements for registration as a dental practitioner in Australia and New Zealand. Canadian Graduates may sit for the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) exams to register in Canada to practice Dentistry.

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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. 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.

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