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University of Western Australia Dental School

Program Overview - Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

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University and Faculty: University of Western Australia
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)
University Location: Perth, Western Australia
City Population: 2.1 million
Student Population: 24,500
International Student Population: 5,200
Campus Location: Oral Health Centre (Nedlands, a suburb of Perth), Crawley campus (main campus)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: January each year
Next Avail. Intake: January 2021
Est. Annual Tuition: $78,100 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $312,400 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

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The School of Dentistry, WA's only post-secondary dental training centre, offers aspiring and existing dentists a range of practical and innovative graduate and postgraduate courses. The Oral Health Centre also provides public dental services to eligible WA citizens.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia is a four-year full-time professional degree with a significant research component. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

The DMD is divided into two phases: The first phase aims to provide students with essential clinical competencies and skills. The second phase expands and contextualises clinical competencies and skills in a patient-centred care model.


Unique Features of the Program

The UWA School of Dentistry believes that students learn best when teaching and learning methods focus on student-centred approaches whenever possible. Students develop a broad base of knowledge, multi-faceted experiences and the ability to think critically and apply knowledge to solve problems through the use of problem-based clinical situations, computer activities, lecture and self-directed learning programs.

Students 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.

Students will be expected to commit to an 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily schedule. The first year of study will be 48 weeks in total.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The University of Western Australia's Doctor of Dental Medicine degree is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and is a member of the Australasian Council of Dental Schools.

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 in accredited Australian dental programs, this means 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.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible to apply for the University of Western Australia Dental School's Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), eligible applicants must

  • have completed a bachelor degree with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7;
  • *have completed the DAT, GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492).
  • be able to attend an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component.

The results for these tests will not be used in the final ranking, but will determine if an application proceeds to the final ranking.

In addition, it is recommended that applicants have undertaken the following units/subjects:

  • Physics to year 12 level
  • Chemistry to first-year university level (including completion of Grade 12 level chemistry)
  • Biology or human biology at first-year university level

*DAT scores from February 2017 will be considered for the 2020 intake. If you choose to submit the MCAT, it must be sat within two years prior to May 30, 2019 to be eligible (from May 31, 2017). Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based equally on DAT/MCAT/GAMSAT and GPA.


Total Number of Places in the Program: approximately 50

Total Number of Places for International Students: 6

Application Deadline: May 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Alexa Graham

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