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Doctor of Dental Medicine

Study dentistry at the University of Sydney School of Dentistry

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Overview

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

To receive an offer of admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), applicants must meet the following four criteria:

  1. Satisfactory performance* in an eligible bachelor’s degree at the time of application, as indicated by Grade Point Average (GPA).
  2. Satisfactory performance* in an admissions test – Domestic applicants must submit valid Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) results with their application. International applicants may alternatively submit valid Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) results, United States Dental Admission Test (DAT) or Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (CDAT) results.
  3. Satisfactory performance* in an interview - Applicants who meet the minimum GPA and admission test requirements will be considered for participation in the interview process, the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI). Note: For 2020 entry, domestic applicants who attend a face-to-face interview will be required to complete a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) Trial (pdf, 152KB) after the MMI.
  4. The biology pre-requisite (pdf, 134KB).

*Satisfactory performance is defined in the relevant Admissions Guide (see below).

Important dates for the 2020 intake are available below:

Timeline for the application process (pdf, 76 KB)

You will be ineligible to apply if:

  • You have not been or will not be qualified for an eligible bachelor’s degree by 1 January of the year in which you intend to enrol in the DMD.
  • You have previously applied unsuccessfully for admission to the DMD at the University of Sydney and have commenced studies in postgraduate dentistry at another University.

If you have previously accepted an offer of a place in the DMD at the University of Sydney, and have:

(a) failed to submit any outstanding documentation to proceed with an unconditional offer or to enrol; or

(b) enrolled in and subsequently withdrawn from or discontinued the DMD without prior approval from the Head of School and Dean;

you will be ineligible for admission to the DMD for a period of two years from the date of application or enrolment, as relevant.  

Facilitated admission pathways

Facilitated admission pathways are available to the following applicants:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

o    Indigenous Facilitated Admission Pathway (for applicants with a bachelor’s degree and GAMSAT results)

  • Australian citizens of rural origin as defined by the Australian government.

Please refer to the MD and DMD Domestic Admissions Guide (pdf, 1.1MB) for definitions and information on facilitated admission pathways..

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. It is possible that GPA scores will, in the future, be incorporated into the ranking of applicants for entry into the DMD. It is also possible that the GPA requirement will be increased. Applicants are advised to consult this website on a regular basis for any changes to entry criteria or program updates.

Assumed knowledge

The Sydney Dental School intends to discontinue the current biology pre-requisite for DMD students commencing study from 2021.  Although final approval for the foreshadowed changes will be made by the University's Academic Board, it is anticipated that in line with separate changes in the Sydney Medical School, first-year DMD students will be required to have assumed knowledge in some areas.

From this, applicants in 2020 for 2021 entry, will no longer be required to meet a biology pre-requisite. The proposed assumed knowledge will be in physiology and molecular-cellular biology.

Upon acceptance and enrolment in the DMD Program in 2021, students will be required to complete an online Foundation Knowledge Course and self- assessment, developed and delivered by the Faculty of Medicine and Health. This online course will cover the assumed knowledge, and permit students to confirm their preparedness for the commencement of the DMD. Further information will be posted in due course.

Additional costs

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

All students will need to purchase specific equipment and supplies as part of their course. Find out more.

You can find information on health cover for international students here and the University provides a guide for living away from home costs here

Other requirements prior to commencement of the DMD

Students who are offered and accept a place in the DMD will be required to provide a current approved First Aid Certificate and meet Clinical Compliance requirements

Post-degree Registration Requirements: Please refer to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website and the Dental Board of Australia website for further information.

Deferral

Applicants should be prepared and ready to commence the course in the year for which they have applied. 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. Deferral 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 Associate 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 and students who change from international to domestic status should refer to clause 39 of the Coursework Policy 2014 and the rules below:

1. An international applicant’s status changes before an offer is made:

International applicants who change to domestic status before an offer is made, will have their application assessed as a domestic applicant.

2. An international applicant’s status changes after an offer is made and prior to enrolling in the DMD:

International applicants who change to domestic status after an offer is made and prior to enrolling in the DMD, will have their offer cancelled and their application assessed as a domestic applicant.

3. A student’s status changes after enrolling in the DMD:

International students who change to domestic status after enrolling in the DMD, will be handled in accordance with sub-clauses 39(8), and 39(9) of the Coursework Policy 2014:

3.1 Sub-clause 39(8)

If an international postgraduate student changes from international to domestic status before the census date for their course, the student will be transferred to a domestic fee-paying place.

3.2 Sub-clause 39(9)

If an international postgraduate student changes from international to domestic status after the census date for their course, the student will continue as an international fee-paying student for that semester and transfer to a domestic fee-paying place in the subsequent semester.

4. The assessment referred to in points 1 and 2 above will be conducted by the Sydney Dental School in accordance with the selection criteria for admission by domestic applicants to the DMD in the year of the application. Applicants must therefore submit Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) results at the time of application to be eligible for admission to the DMD as a domestic student. Please note that MCAT results or other admissions test results cannot be accepted for admission as a domestic applicant. 

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject an application for admission or to vary or cancel an offer of admission if an applicant’s conduct during the admissions process or prior to enrolment causes the Sydney Dental School to form the view that the applicant is unsuitable for admission to the DMD.

Examples of conduct that might make an applicant unsuitable for admission to the DMD include (but are not limited to):

  • Failure by the applicant 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 written or verbal communications;
  • Failure by the applicant to act honestly and ethically in their dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • Conduct that results in the applicant being excluded from another higher education institution, or from a course or program offered by another higher education institution;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling the applicant in clinical training may place them, their peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • Conduct that results in the applicant being charged with a criminal offence.

Inherent requirements

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.

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:

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

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/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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, protective 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.