Postgraduate

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Home to WA's only tertiary Dental School, UWA has trained future dentists for more than 70 years. Taught by dedicated staff in state-of-the-art facilities, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) students are trained for full registration in the dental profession.

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355) 35 Stirling Highway Perth Western Australia 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Following completion of this course, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately. Students may pursue careers in private or public practice.
Following completion of this course, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately. Students may pursue careers in private or public practice.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Further postgraduate studies include the Graduate Diploma in Dental Public and Primary Health, Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Higher Degree by Research Preliminary - Dentistry, Master of Dental Public and Primary Health, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The UWA Dental School is also committed to providing quality professional development and research opportunities for graduates, and is pleased to partner with the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch) in providing high-level continuing professional development as part of the WA Dental CPD Committee.
Further postgraduate studies include the Graduate Diploma in Dental Public and Primary Health, Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Higher Degree by Research Preliminary - Dentistry, Master of Dental Public and Primary Health, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The UWA Dental School is also committed to providing quality professional development and research opportunities for graduates, and is pleased to partner with the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch) in providing high-level continuing professional development as part of the WA Dental CPD Committee.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Average Annual Fee - 2019
$8,786.00
Typical Fee Range - 2019
$6,566.00 - $10,958.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2018
$312,400.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$312,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(1) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(2) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; and
(3)(a) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants;
or
(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 123/123/123/123 for international applicants;
or
(c) a Dental Aptitude Test (DAT);
or
(d) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.
ADMISSION INFORMATION

Entry to a professional degree

The professional degrees of medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine and pharmacy are offered at postgraduate level only. For application information relating to these degrees, visit our admissions page.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in dental practitioners, and a spatial awareness test, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(1), (2) and (3), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
and
(b) the intake quota for that year;
and
(c)(i) for non-rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT, GPA and interview;
or
(ii) for rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

You'll be based at The Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, a high-tech dental teaching hospital and learning facility on the QEII Medical Centre campus. You can learn either by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, or by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions. Successful graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately.

About The Course

The course consists of a total of 32 units within modularised streams covering comprehensive clinical care, Developmental & Behavioural Sciences, Diagnostic & Surgical Sciences, Restorative & Rehabilitative Sciences. DMD core modules cover fundamental dental and medical sciences. DMD clinical practice modules cover clinical dental sciences, including patient care, preventative and conservative dentistry, restorative dentistry and child and adolescent dental health.
Doctor of Dental Medicine

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence at the end of January each year.
Weekly contact time
  • Students will be expected to commit to an 08.00 to 16.00 daily schedule. The first year of study will be 45 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90860
CRICOS code
  • 089787B
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence at the end of January each year.
Weekly contact time
  • Students will be expected to commit to an 08.00 to 16.00 daily schedule. The first year of study will be 45 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90860
CRICOS code
  • 089787B
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Students who commenced in 2017 or before are advised to refer to the 2017 Handbook.

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Undergraduate Admissions Test Information

The Admissions Test for undergraduate entry into Dentistry is changing in 2019

For students who have applied for 2019 entry into the Direct Pathway to Dentistry, and have sat UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) in July 2018, nothing has changed. If you have a current application the information on the UMAT website still applies.

For students intending to apply for 2019 for 2020 into the Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Dental Medicine, the test is changing. 

 

Undergraduate Admissions Test Information

For students who have applied for 2019 entry into the Direct Pathway to Dentistry, and have sat UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) in July 2018, nothing has changed. If you have a current application the information on the UMAT website still applies.

For students intending to apply for 2019 for 2020 into the Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Dental Medicine, the test is changing. 

From 2019, for entry into 2020, all applicants to the domestic High Academic Achievement, Rural and Broadway School Leaver Pathways to the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) must sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). UCAT replaces UMAT.

UCAT assesses a range of abilities identified as important by university medical and dental schools for success in their programmes or courses, and later as clinician. 

The UCAT is a 2-hour computer-based test. Candidates will sit the test at Pearson VUE test centres located in Australia, New Zealand and some overseas centres. Full details of all available test centre locations will be published on the UCAT website when registrations opens in March 2019. 

The first sittings of the UCAT will take place in July 2019. The UCAT will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

To sit the test during 2019 you will need to register for UCAT between 1 March and 16 May 2019 and book a test date, time and location for July 2019.

Details of the test format, including how to register, are available on the UCAT website.

Free, Comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests will be available on the UCAT website in early 2019.

All resources contained on the UCAT website are FREE.  Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for the test (currently known in the UK as the UKCAT), ACER does not provide additional information to any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials.

For more information, see the UCAT website: www.ucatofficial.com

 

Course Accreditation

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by the Australian Dental Council, allowing graduates to practice in the profession immediately.
Student Experience

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Student Experience
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UWA Dental School

UWA’s Dental School is WA’s only tertiary dental training centre, offering aspiring and existing dentists a range of practical and innovative courses.

Direct Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Direct Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.