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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.

For your Bachelor of Science major, you can select your subjects from those offered by our academic schools:

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

My qualification is from

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

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 need to meet all progression requirements during your first degree studies as specified under the BSc/DMD course resolutions found in the respective Faculty Handbook.

You need to complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science, including the designated foundational knowledge units for dentistry offered by the Faculty of Science within three years (or four years if candidates take an embedded honours component through the Bachelor of Advanced Studies), excluding any authorised periods of suspension.

You also need to achieve a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in each year of study for each 48 credit point block in the Bachelor of Science to continue in the double degree, this being the minimum achievement required for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Failure to maintain the minimum progression requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the double degree program to a Bachelor of Science degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.

Progression within the DMD is as specified in the Resolutions for the DMD.

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 is required to be considered.
  • 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 2020 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2020 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2021 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.

Prerequisites

For details on the mathematics prerequisite, please visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

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: 9 September 2019
  • Wed 3 April 2019: UAC applications open; E12 applications open
  • Mon 23 September 2019: Assessment via online video link 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

Important information

Disclaimer

Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses including this degree. 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.

Deferral

  • Deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place will be considered ONLY if applicants are required to fulfill mandatory obligations (e.g. National Service).
  • Requests for deferral of enrolment with supporting documentation must be submitted to the University Admissions Office via email: admissions.dentistry@sydney.edu.au within 14 days of the date of the offer letter.
  • Applicants will receive the outcome of the request by email in due course.

Special Consideration

In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the admission criteria, including the required ATAR (or equivalent) and performance in the assessment, will not be considered for admission to the double degree. The ATAR (or equivalent) requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during secondary school or high school studies.

No exemptions and advanced standing

It is not possible for candidates to obtain credit/advanced standing or exemptions for previous tertiary studies.

Additional requirements

Most students enrolled in this double degree who have met all the requirements of their bachelor's degree will be permitted to begin the DMD without being required to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT), or participate in the assessment selection process for entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Prior to commencing their observational study, students are required to comply with requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.

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 Dental School to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine 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.

Change in immigration status

International applicants to the double degree whose immigration status changes after they lodge their application should refer to the information on the University’s website at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/predeparture-orientation/australian-student-visa.shtml.

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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