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Dentistry and oral health

Start a career in dentistry or specialise in your field
As an oral health therapist, dentist, specialist or researcher, you’ll contribute to the health and wellbeing of your community, and contribute to our mission to "put the mouth into health".

Why study dentistry and oral health with us?

The Sydney Dental School is a leader in oral health education and research. Our courses produce dental practitioners, oral health professionals, dental specialists and researchers of the highest calibre.

  • We're Australia's first dental school and have been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.
  • Our courses are patient-centred, evidence-based, integrated with research and responsive to community needs. You will be trained by our expert oral health professionals and researchers.
  • Our courses emphasise clinical experience, and we have connections with Sydney Dental Hospital, Nepean Hospital and Westmead Centre for Oral Health, as well as local health district dental hospitals in remote, regional and rural NSW (including Ballina, Broken Hill, Dubbo, Orange and Armidale).  
  • Most of our courses are accredited by the Australian Dental Council (see relevant course page for details).

Hear from our DMD/Double Degree Dentistry students

Where can our degrees take you? 

The dental team is made up of a number of dental professionals who have different roles in the effective treatment of individual patients and whole populations.

There are a number of rewarding career options for our graduates which include:

  • oral health therapy
  • private practice dentistry
  • public service dentistry, for example in hospitals or schools
  • defence forces
  • research.

After studying a Doctor of Clinical Dentistry, you could specialise in:

  • orthodontics
  • oral implants
  • oral medicine and oral pathology
  • paediatric dentistry
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • special care dentistry.

Download the Dentistry Study Pathways Guide (pdf, 40KB) to see where our degrees can take you.

How can I study dentistry and oral health? 

We are committed to lifelong learning, offering options for students seeking to enter a career in dentistry and oral health or for dental professionals looking to progress at all stages of their career.

Course options

This three-year, full-time undergraduate course qualifies graduates to become an oral health therapist.

This is a seven-year, full-time course for high school leavers with outstanding results and a passion for improving people's lives through oral health. You will first complete a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (three years) before entering the Doctor of Dental Medicine (four years). Entry for this course is highly competitive.

This is a four-year, full-time graduate entry course. As a graduate of the DMD you are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia. This program is available to applicants who have completed a recognised undergraduate degree in any discipline.

We also offer further postgraduate training for dentists who have completed at least two years of general practice. The completion of the Primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) or its equivalent is highly desirable.

We offer postgraduate courses in:

Population Oral Health units of study are offered through the Master of Public Health or the Master of Global Health degrees at the Sydney School of Public Health. Students must include the following three dental elective units in their program of study: Preventive Dentistry, Dental Health Services, and Population Oral Health.

This is a two-year full-time, or four-year part-time research degree. It may also be used as a foundation to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

This is a four-year full-time research degree.

Learn more about postgraduate research.

Continuing Education in Dentistry is a leading provider of continuing professional development courses for the whole dental team, with programs available throughout the year.