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University of Sydney Dental School

Program Overview - Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

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University and Faculty: The University of Sydney
Faculty of Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 4.6 million
Student Population: 51,394
International Student Population: 10,588
Campus Location: Dental Hospital campus (Surry Hills, a suburb of Sydney) and Camperdown/ Darlington campus (main campus)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Intake: February 2015
Est. Annual Tuition: $65,100 AUD (2014)
Est. Total Tuition: $260,400 AUD (based on 2014 fees)
University of Sydney Agent ID: OzTREKK educational services TP01544

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 Medicine!

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Sydney dentistry program!

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.

Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying at the University of Sydney, this means that they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.



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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

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 5.5 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.

Sydney Dental School has decided to continue their trial including the results from coursework master degrees in the calculation of the GPA. The trial will be limited to international applicants who are applying in 2014 for enrolment in the Sydney dentistry program in 2015. During the trial, international applicants who hold a master's degree by coursework as well as a bachelor's degree will be permitted to either

  • nominate their bachelor's degree for use in the GPA calculation, or
  • nominate that both their master's and their bachelor's degree be used in the GPA calculation.

The GPA will be calculated on all years of the most recent bachelor's degree equally, including an honours year if undertaken. Postgraduate research or coursework qualifications are excluded from the GPA calculation. There is no standardized GPA scale used by Canadian universities, and grading systems differ among post-secondary institutions here in Canada.

Students from a wide variety of undergraduate studies are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Program Prerequisite

All DMD applicants are required to have completed a human biological science degree or, as a minimum, completed one semester of a Biology subject equivalent to the University of Sydney units of study: "Concepts in Biology" BIOL1001 or "Human Biology" BIOL1003 or equivalent. This may be achieved as part of the undergraduate degree or may be studied on a non-degree basis through a winter or summer school program. A degree in medical science will be deemed equivalent.

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 or 8/8/M/8 or a computerized numerical aggregate of 24 with a grade of M
  • GAMSAT: a minimum level of 50 in each of the three sections

Test results from January 2012 onward will be accepted for the 2015 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.

In order to meet the Sydney DMD application deadline of July 7, 2013 for the 2014 intake, applicants must have valid admissions test results at the time of application.

Admission Tests Deadlines for Sydney DMD 2014 Intake:

  • Latest test date to sit the Canadian DAT for 2015 entry: February 2014
  • Latest test date to sit the U.S. DAT for 2015 entry: various test dates (ensure score report is submitted to OzTREKK before the deadline date of July 7, 2014)
  • Latest test date to sit the MCAT for 2015 entry: May 31, 2014 (AAMC tentative score release date is July 1, 2014)

Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old.

For more information about the University of Sydney Doctor of Dental Medicine, please read the Admissions Guide 2015.


Application Timelines

Application deadline for the 2015 intake: July 7, 2014 (10 a.m. Sydney time)*
Interview invitations: July 16 - 19, 2014
Interviews held: July 28 - August 1, 2014 & August 4 - 5, 2014
Offers will begin to be sent: August 11, 2014
Late round interview invitations: September 29 - October 2, 2014
Late round interviews held: October 13 - 15, 2014
Late round offers: October 20, 2014

*In order for your complete Sydney DMD application to be submitted on time, all documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 4, 2014.


University of Sydney Agent: OzTREKK educational services TP01544

Total Number of Places in the Program: approximately 80

Total Number of Places for International Students: 15 - 25

Application Deadline: July 7, 2014 (10 a.m., Sydney time). In order for your complete Sydney DMD application to be submitted on time, all documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, July 4, 2014.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Adam Smith

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