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Facts & figures

Global leaders in dentistry

  • #33 in the world 2018 QS Subject Rankings
  • 88% full-time employed within 12-months of graduating (GOS 2017)
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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".

Courses in dentistry

For more than 100 years, Sydney Dental School has been providing education and training in dentistry and oral health, offering a range of study options for students seeking to enter the profession, dental practitioners looking to progress their careers and researchers.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate courses

Postgraduate courses for dentists

These courses are open to dentists who have completed at least two years of general practice. Completion of the Primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) or its equivalent is highly desirable.

Professional development and short courses

Continuing Education in Dentistry (CED) is a leading provider of continuing professional development courses for the whole dental team. From short courses through to seminars, we offer a variety of flexible options to assist with your professional learning and CPD requirements, with programs available throughout the year.

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Postgraduate research

Units of study

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.

Learn more about what to expect from our DMD/Double Degree Dentistry students

Why choose Sydney Dental School?

  • We're Australia's first dental school and have been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.
  • In 2021 the new Susan Wakil Health Building will open, offering state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary learning and research facilities.
  • Our courses are taught by experienced clinicians and researchers and are patient-centred, evidence-based and responsive to community needs.
  • 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).
  • 90% of undergraduate and 88% of postgraduate students gain full-time employment within 12-months of completing their course*
*based on the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS)

Careers in dentistry and oral health

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.

General dentistry and oral health career paths:

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

Specialist dentistry and oral health career paths include:

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

Student profile

Yasmin sitting in dental simulation clinic
Yasmin Samiee
"At the start of the program, we could barely manipulate our dental drills. By mid-second year, we had gained enough experience to provide basic treatments for our patients."
Student experience

Alumni profile

Dr Jalal Khan in front of mobile dental truck
Dr Jalal Khan
Once a month, Dr Jalal Khan bids farewell to his North Sydney dental practice and takes a dental truck to outback towns.
Alumni stories