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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

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What you'll study

The Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) double degree may be undertaken in seven years full-time.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a professional postgraduate coursework degree and is the initial professional entry degree to register as a dentist.

In this double degree you will enrol in units of study to the value of 48 credit points per year in the first three years in Science. In fourth year you will progress to the dental program. The dental program focuses on the relevance of medical sciences to oral health and to dental practice, patient-based clinical experience and evidence-based learning.

Students in this double degree are required to complete the Dalyell stream. The requirements for the completion of this stream are in Table S of the Shared Pool for Undergraduate Degrees.

For course structure tables, refer to the Bachelor of Science course table and the Doctor of Dental Medicine course structure information.

Year 1

  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Degree core: Maths 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Dalyell units 4cp

Year 2

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Open Learning (OLE) 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Elective 6cp
  • Dalyell unit 6cp

Year 3

  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Science Major 1 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Minor/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp
  • Elective/Major 2 6cp
  • Dalyell unit 2cp
  • Compulsory Dentistry unit 0cp

Doctor of Dental Medicine (Years 4 to 7)

For Year 4-7 course structure tables, refer to the Doctor of Dental Medicine course structure information.

Units of Study

Completion requirements

Progression rules

You will need to complete all requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science, including the designated foundational knowledge units for dentistry, in order to progress to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

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.

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.

Timeline for 2019 admission

Please note:

  1. All dates below are subject to change
  2. Times and dates listed are Sydney, Australia time
  3. Last updated: 20 August 2018
  • Wed 1 August 2018: E12 applications open.
  • Tue 18 September 2018: Assessment via Skype for international applicants
  • Fri 28 September 2018: Close of on time UAC applications; E12 applications close
  • Wed 31 October 2018: Close of direct applications to the University
  • Fri 14 December 2018: ATARs released; close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 17 Dec
  • Sun 16 December 2018: Change of preference closing date for UAC December Round 2
  • Mon 17 December 2018: Assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR results.
  • Thu 20 December 2018: UAC December Round 2 offers released
  • Tue 15 January 2019: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 21 January
  • Mon 21 Jan 2019: Change of preference closing date for UAC January Round 2; 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 2019: Assessment via Skype for international applicants.
  • Fri 25 Jan 2019: UAC January Round 2 offers released

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics*or band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2) from 2019, if you are completing a senior secondary (year 12) qualification in 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.

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


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. 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.

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 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 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, 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.

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 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.

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