How do I get into Melbourne Dental School?

8 January 2015

The Melbourne Dental School offers the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program which incorporates all aspects related to the provision of advanced general dental care to patients as well as teaches students to prepare, develop, execute and write for publication a small research project. This program is very popular among OzTREKK students!

University of Melbourne Dental School
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How do I get into Melbourne Dental School?

To be eligible to apply to the Melbourne Dental School’s DDS program, eligible applicants must have

  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years;
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the Canadian DAT or US DAT. Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School; however, if you have completed the carving section of the test, this score will be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.

If you’re interested in apply to the Melbourne DDS program for the 2016 intake, please note that the MCAT will no longer be accepted as an admissions test as it has been for previous intakes.

Understanding Prerequisites

Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) requires applicants to have completed prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology equivalent to Melbourne’s second-year level courses in these disciplines. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing.
The University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students’ courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry) have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page. You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the “International” link under the heading “Have you already assessed my subjects?”
Prospective applicants for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne’s prerequisite subject assessment webform for assessment by early May of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of their prerequisite subject assessment outcome before the closing date for applications. Note: Submissions received after this date will be processed but applicants will not receive advice about the outcome of the request until after the closing date for applications. If the student’s courses meet the prerequisites, course outlines do not need to be submitted with his/her application. If a prospective student’s human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry courses are not listed and he/she did not submit a prerequisite assessment form, course outlines must be submitted with the application.

Apply to the Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery

Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 4 years

Apply now to Melbourne Dental School!


Would you like more information about the Melbourne DDS and about studying dentistry in Australia? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at any time to assist you with your application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia. Email Adam at or call 1-866-698-7355.