OzTREKK student Kyle Schaltz talks about his experience about studying at the University of Sydney Dental School.
Professor Heiko Spallek, Pro-Dean of Faculty of Dentistry explains what it is like to study dentistry at the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney's
Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) is a graduate-entry dental program that focuses on teaching dental health with a strong emphasis on clinical skills.
Throughout the four-year program, students develop their clinical skills through early patient-based teaching and are given
the necessary foundations for independent learning through simulated exercises at a research hospital.
Responsibility and leadership skills are built upon in the early years of the Doctor of Dental Medicine program as the
students benefit from supervised learning in a clinical setting outside the university by the end of the second year of the program.
Practical development outside of the faculty serves to bolster the clinical component of the dental program through immersion in
the field, and by their final year students will have experience in Australian dentistry practices ranging from metropolitan clinics
to rural hamlets.
Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout the dental program, postgraduate coursework is coupled with technical
training. The comprehensive design of the Doctor of Dental Medicine assures students that they will have a complete and thorough
knowledge of all aspects of the dental health profession. Throughout the program, students will study modules covering tooth
conservation, trauma, oral surgery, periodontology, and many others. Moreover, the University of Sydney's focus on comprehensive
education affords students the unique opportunity to take an active role in their training by undertaking a research thesis during
their second year and submitting their findings to an academic dentistry journal for publishing by the end of their final year.
Unique Features of the Program
The Doctor of Dental Medicine has been purposefully designed to adhere to the well-rounded course structure of the North American
postgraduate dental school model, but has also maintained the sophisticated clinical training for which the University of Sydney
has come to be renowned, giving students an applicable knowledge of dental health from the community to the laboratory.
Sydney's Dental School is about comprehensive learning, and embracing all the aspects of becoming a successful dentist.
Sub-units integrate academic disciplines such as endodontics and orthodontics with the requisite training needed to evolve dental
health knowledge into the highly specialized skills of a dental health professional.
Students seeking to pursue careers beyond simply practicing dentistry can learn about their options from the members of
the several research initiatives housed in Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry including the "Cellular Molecular Pathology Research Unit,"
the "Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit," and the world's oldest-named dental institute, Sydney's own
"Institute of Dental Research."
Why Canadians Love this Program
Students studying dentistry in the Doctor of Dental Medicine program can rest assured that they are receiving a world-class
education, and upon graduation, will have gained competitive credentials that will allow them to pursue their career goals back
home in Canada with the addition of having the great experiences only found while studying abroad.
The internationalism espoused by the University of Sydney brings students from all around the globe to study in the Doctor of
Dental Medicine, and the Faculty of Dentistry maintains academic relationships with other international dentistry schools in many
other countries including China, France, Japan and the United States.
Students at the University of Sydney have access to one of the finest campuses in all of academia. Just outside the sandstone
classrooms is Sydney itself, a global metropolis that offers culture and a much-needed break from the rigours of the Doctor of Dental
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Sydney dentistry program!
2015 Intake Reviews
"Like: great mentors and students. dislike: tuition is too expensive. It is a good program"
"I like that the program allows us to dive straight into the clinical portion and couples this portions really harmonically
with the academic portion. Having said that, the program is highly disorganized and incoming students are looking at an
approximate two to three months of adjustment period where things finally will start to make sense. That while the program
is disorganized adding to the stress of the already heavy workload and new environment, everyone is in the same boat and your
classmates as well as the program administrators will readily help you so don't hesitate to ask."
2014 Intake Reviews
"The dental faculty at the University of Sydney is a bit unorganized and are not getting enough recognition from the med faculty.
I am enoying the clinical sessions and working outside the classroom setting. It is great if you want to get hands on expeirience
at an early stage and want a change of scenery."
"I like the skills I'm learning, and a lot of the beautiful facilities. I dislike the disorganization. It has a good reputation,
and I'm enjoying it, but it is expensive and you have to be very self-motivated to do well. Exams are cumulative and spread out,
so you have to be organized to not become overwhelmed."
"It is a friendly environment. Almost half of my class is made up of Canadians which makes the transition over seas a little
easier. I have so far been impressed with my school/program, although I have no other professional school experience so it is
hard to compare my experiences. The University of Sydney has a beautiful campus and it is in a great location. As a first year
dentistry student, I am taking a lot of lectures with first year medical students and I feel that the medicine lectures can
be disorganized or not well presented. It is a relatively easy transition to make. Overseas experiences can be very valuable."
"Love the fact that we get into a clinical setting early in our program. Dislike the organization of the program, could definitely
be improved. I would say that it is wonderful, takes time to get used to but all in all great University and better program."
"Like: Clean and beautiful campus Easy and reliable program website to access lecture slides, learning resources, and news.
Loving every moment of it. You are able to meet many new people and make life-long friends. There is a strong Canadian
representation at USyd, so you'll never feel alone and rarely homesick. DMD at USyd has been a great experience so far.
I've had the chance to meet many locals and our class is a tight-knit group."
"Price (its getting a little ridiculous- banks are not covering full amount of tuition which is going to pose an issue if
they continue to increase tution) Dislike- how much the program revolves around the medical school (many of our classes
are overlapped on theres so we have to do extra work) Like- early hands on in the dental practice, cadaver studies, some
great professors. Uni of Sydney is a great experience thus far. It is a bit pricey but if you can afford it you will enjoy it."
"Like: Amazing peers, a lot of amazing faculty members. Dislike: Program a bit disorganized at times. Studying at the
University of Sydney has, so far, been a very enjoyable experience. Students are very friendly, and the majority of the faculty
has been very accommodating. Studying here has felt very similar to studying at a Canadian university. The DMD program at the
University of Sydney has been great, as well. It is a challenging program, but it is also one that fosters a very close-knit
and supportive cohort."
"Sydney is a lovely city with a lot of beautiful places to see and visit! I really like how helpful the students in the upper
DMD year are to the first year students. They have helped us a lot, especially in the overwhelming first few weeks! I also like
the program, although it is very rigorous, it is also a lot of fun! What I dislike is the amount of school related stress, and
it is tough to find the time for other fun activities at times. It is a great program and the faculty is very determined into
shaping each one of us into real healthcare professionals. I am happy to have the opportunity to attend University of Sydney
and especially to be in the DMD program!"
"the faculty is unorganized. It's a good way to get into dentistry, but not run how you're used to a Canadian University being run."
"I like how the university has a lot of Canadians in the same program so it made the transition a lot easier. What I dislike
about the program is sometimes the disorganization of some events or even accessing class content online. Due to so many
Canadians in the program it really has a familiar feel when surrounded by many students who are experiencing or going through
the same things as you do."
"The schedule is often poorly disorganized. It can get quite frustrating having a 4-5 hour break in the middle of the day.
Overall it is a really good program. You get a lot of hands on experience right from the beginning. I love that the ocean is
always close by, it's only a few minutes to walk to a harbour at all times."
"The switch to the DMD program is fairly new and as such it has not always been the most organized and has had its fair share
of bumps so far. The weather is amazing but the people are even better. Everyone in the class is so fun and friendly. The program
is demanding and expensive but the instructors are very knowledgeable which makes me confident that I will be successful upon
graduating. However, there is a bit of fear based teaching in the program which in my opinion is not the greatest motivational
technique. Also, the libraries close quite early compared to Canada :P"
2013 Intake Reviews
"University of Sydney is an amazing university. I like that there are many educational, extra-curricular, and personal resources
that are available to students. Because the DMD program is quite new, it is still growing and working out many kinks. However,
it offers its students a wide exposure to many relevant topics and subjects. University of Sydney is a beautiful campus. There
are lots of students, so the libraries can get quite busy. However, there are lots of student services and opportunities to get
involved with the school. The DMD program is quite new to University of Sydney, so the faculty is still working out the structure
of the program. It can be a little ambiguous at times in terms of the organization of the program, but the faculty is really
helpful. It is a really intense program, but manageable. The class size is appropriate as well - a good variety of students
but also small enough so you get to know everyone."
"I like the history and prestige associated with the uni and my program. The campus is beautiful and the teaching staff is very
helpful. The only dislike I have with Sydney and my program is that it can get really hot and humid, and the class coordination
of dentistry and medicine conflicts far too often. Studying abroad is an amazing experience that I highly recommend! In addition
to your education, you gain lifelong friends and perspective."
"Seeing new places, meeting new people, and all the challenges that are presented as a part of the move. I really like the early
hands on/clinical work we get to do however I find that the coordination with the medicine program is lacking. I would tell them
that it is a very different university to what they would find in Canada in terms of the campus and that I would choose it again
if I had the chance."
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
The University of Sydney's Doctor of Dental Medicine degree is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and the
Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Admission for international applicants to the Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program is based on the following criteria:
1. Performance in an undergraduate degree (and coursework master's degree, if applicable)
Students can apply to Sydney Dentistry if they have completed a bachelor's degree in any discipline, and achieve a grade point
average (GPA) of 5.0 out of 7.0 (or equivalent) from a recognized university. The grade requirement is generally equivalent to a
GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0.
International applicants will have their bachelor's degree (and coursework master's degree if applicable) assessed and GPA
calculated by the university.
Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply.
For the 2017 intake, the University of Sydney will require DMD applicants to complete one or more courses covering the content their
"Concepts in Biology" BIOL1001
course in order to meet their human biology requirement. While there is no list of pre-assessed courses that meet this requirement,
candidates will need to have taken one or more subject(s) that included one of the following components: cell biology, biochemistry,
molecular biology or genetics.
Contact Adam at OzTREKK
to discuss whether you meet the Sydney DMD program prerequisite.
2. Performance in an Admissions Test: Canadian DAT, U.S. DAT, MCAT, or GAMSAT
Students must achieve a minimum performance in one of the following admissions tests:
Canadian Dental Aptitude Test (DAT;)
US Dental Admission Test (DAT); or
Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT);
Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test (GAMSAT).
Most Canadian applicants choose to sit the DAT or the MCAT. All of the above tests are acceptable, and only one is required.
The minimum scores required to be considered for an interview:
CDAT or DAT: minimum score of 15 in each section (carving score will not be used)
MCAT: 8/8/8 (minimum score of 8 in each subsection); or a total of 500
GAMSAT: a minimum level of 50 in each of the three sections
Test results from January 2015 onward will be accepted for the 2018 intake.
3. Performance in an Online Interview
Those students whose applications are found to be competitive will be invited to participate in a multiple mini interview (MMI).
The MMI aims to sample a candidate's competencies in order to gain a more accurate picture of strengths,
weaknesses and suitability for the Sydney Dentistry program. International applicants' interviews will be conducted via an online
link using Skype.
Application Timeline for 2018 Intake
The University of Sydney has not yet released the admissions timeline for the 2018 intake. Please see below for an
example of 2017 intake.
Application deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Deadline to submit all documents: Monday, June 27, 2016
Situational Judgement Test (research trial): from early- to mid-July 2016
Skype interviews: August 1 - 10, 2016
Offers made: from late August 2016 (and may continue to be made until January 2017)
Classes start: Monday, January 30, 2017
Total Number of Places in the Program: approximately 80
Total Number of Places for International Students: 15 - 25
Application Deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, applications closed June 21, 2016.