Melbourne DDS learning outcomes

27 May 2015

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Melbourne Dental School uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic for advanced clinical teaching.

University of Melbourne Dental School
Inside the Melbourne Dental School

Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes of the Melbourne DDS

  • acquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health team
  • disease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatment
  • professional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitioner
  • the ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problems
  • induce oral health changes in individual patients and their families
  • practice effectively in oral health promotion and education
  • achieve the competencies identified by the Dental Practice Boards of Australia necessary for practice as a registered general dentist
  • communicate effectively with patients and their relatives, also  with professional colleagues and members of other health professions

University of Melbourne Dental School

The Melbourne DDS 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. Students will spend their entire final year in clinical settings including the planned Melbourne Dental School private dental clinic, community health centres and rural community clinics which will include provision of oral health care to the aboriginal community. Students will also learn how to run a private practice based on a small-business model.
Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application Deadline for the 2016 Intake: July 31, 2015. Please note that all application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 12 noon in order for your complete application to be submitted to the university on time.

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For information about the Melbourne DDS program and about the 2016 intake, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at