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Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Overview

This double degree gives you the opportunity to study science before undertaking dentistry. Designed for high school leavers who have achieved outstanding results, you will study a three-year undergraduate science degree, followed by the four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine. With a deeper understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin dentistry, you will graduate prepared for a rewarding career.

In the Faculty of Science you will be taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows and prestigious prize winners. You will study in world-class facilities including the multimillion-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, with its focus on diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

As Australia's first dental school, the Sydney Dental School has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years. Our courses are patient-centred, evidence-based, integrated with research and responsive to community needs.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. You will learn to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs in the community. We offer the latest facilities, internationally acclaimed academics and the opportunity for patient care from early in your degree.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Science listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors. During your Bachelor of Science, you will also complete studies in biology plus a zero credit point Dentistry unit.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

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What you'll study

Units of Study

Completion requirements

You may choose to undertake the Dalyell Scholars stream.

In order to progress to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, you will need to complete all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science, including the designated foundational knowledge units for dentistry. To remain in the Double Degree Dentistry program, all students must:

  • Complete their bachelor's degree in minimum time ie. within three years (or four years if you take an embedded honours component through the Bachelor of Advanced Studies), excluding any authorised periods of suspension
  • Complete undergraduate units of study having a total value of at least 144 credit points
  • Maintain a credit average or above in each of the first three years of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  • Satisfactorily complete a zero credit point unit of study in dentistry during candidature in the Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  • Satisfactorily complete at least three subjects in Science (Biology Physics and Chemistry) in the first three years of the program, and
  • Satisfactorily complete a junior biology unit of study equivalent to BIOL1003, or BIOL1006, or BIOL1007.

 

Progression within the Dalyell stream

(a) With the permission of the Dalyell coordinator, candidates may attempt units at higher levels than the usual sequence.
(b) Candidates must achieve a Weighted Average Mark at a level determined  by the Board of Interdisciplinary Studies in each year of study to continue in the Dalyell stream.
(c) Failure to maintain the required progression and minimum result requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the double degree to a Bachelor of Science degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1   Maths
Maths
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Elective
Elective
Dalyell units
2   Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
OLE
OLE
Elective
Elective
Dalyell unit
3   Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
Dalyell unit
Compulsory Dentistry unit
4   Doctor of Dental Medicine

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents). As a guide, a minimum ATAR of 99.5 or equivalent entry score is required to be considered.
  •  In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to participate in an assessment process including a written assessment and a panel discussion. The results of this assessment will form part of the ranking of applicants.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

You are only eligible for admission to the first available course intake following receipt of your final results. If your results are not available in time to be considered for the 2019 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2019 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2020 intake. Assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results. 

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for E12 applicants (a minimum ATAR of 99 to be considered) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Timeline for 2020 entry

Please note:

  1. All dates below are subject to change
  2. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
  3. Last updated: 12 June 2019
  • Wed 3 April 2019: UAC applications open; E12 applications open
  • TBC September 2019: Assessment via Skype for international applicants
  • Mon 30 September 2019: Close of on time UAC applications; E12 applications close
  • Thu 31 October 2019: Close of direct international applications to the University
  • Sun 15 December 2019: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 20 Dec
  • Tue 17 December 2019: ATARs released
  • Fri 20 December 2019: Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • Mon 23 December 2019: UAC December Round 2 offers released
  • Tue 14 January 2020: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 20 January
  • Mon 20 Jan 2020: Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • TBC Jan 2020: Assessment via Skype for international applicants.
  • Thu 23 Jan 2020: UAC January Round 2 offers released

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing them 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.
Future study options

There are opportunities for further study between your Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine course, or after you have completed the entire double degree. If you are interested in medical research, you may wish to undertake an honours course which involves an extra year of study and research. You may either suspend your candidature from the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree for one year, or take honours after completion of the double degree. You may also wish to complete a postgraduate coursework program to concentrate on an area of interest or to diversify your studies. The Faculty of Science offers a range of science-based postgraduate courses at the level of graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree.

Career Pathways

Our science and dentistry graduates can be found in a broad range of roles and careers, including:

  • private practice
  • public service (hospitals, schools, health departments)
  • defence forces
  • oral health research
  • academia.

We offer a range of specialisation options once you have professional and research experience.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate 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 in the course, and the specific units of study in which you 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.

Additional incidental costs


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) - price differentiation


Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

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 Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication 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. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) - price differentiation


The two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed is for students commencing the undergraduate degree as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed is for students commencing the postgraduate degree for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

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.

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