Dentistry

Curious about studying dentistry? You can study at a world-class Australian dental school and return to Canada to practice! Get an exceptional education and clinical training all in an amazing location. OzTREKK has helped more than 500 Canadians achieve their dreams of studying dentistry.

OverviewStudying dentistry

Understanding graduate and undergraduate pathways

If you have a bachelor’s degree and have completed the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test or the American Dental Admission Test, you are eligible to apply to graduate dentistry degrees like the Doctor of Dental Medicine or the Doctor of Dental Surgery.

Just finishing high school? Partially finished an undergraduate degree? You’ve got options, too! Undergraduate dentistry degrees like the Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Dental Surgery don’t require the DAT as part of their admissions requirements and allow students direct entry from high school and those with partially or fully completed one or more post-secondary degrees. These programs are generally five years in length.

 

What do OzTREKK students say about using our services?

 

Compare DegreesAdmissions Requirements

Graduate-entry dentistry degrees

University Min. DAT Min. GPA Interview Prerequisites
University of Melbourne No minimum No minimum No Strict prerequisites of human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry
University of Otago N/A 2.7 / 4.0 Yes Foundations of Biochemistry
Cell and Molecular Biology
Chemical Basis of Biology & Human Health
Human Body Systems I
Human Body Systems II
Biological Physics
Population Health
University of Sydney 15 in each section 2.7 / 4.0 Yes One semester of human biology (cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology)
University of Western Australia 16 in each section 3.1 / 4.0 Yes No prerequisites, but Grade 12 physics (or equivalent) and first-year chemistry and biology are recommended

Undergraduate-entry dentistry degrees

University Min. DAT Min. GPA Interview Prerequisites
Charles Sturt University N/A 3.5 / 4.0 Yes Gr. 12 English required, science & math recommended
Griffith University N/A 3.1 / 4.0 No Gr. 12 English required, science & math recommended
James Cook University N/A 3.5 / 4.0 In-person “meetings” Gr. 12 English, math, & chemistry required
University of Queensland N/A 3.7 / 4.0 No Gr. 12 English & chemistry required, biology recommended

Licensing Practicing in Canada

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 you can 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.

For more information, please visit our Practicing Dentistry in Canada page.

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“It has an amazing hands-on program with great professors.”

I love it! It has an amazing hands-on program with great professors. The University campus is also very beautiful.

Sydney S
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“I enjoy studying dentistry because it is something that I have always wanted to do”

I like university simply because I am taking a degree that I always wanted to take. Being able to go and learn new things every day is what I really enjoy about university. I am enjoying my program. I enjoy studying dentistry because it is something that I have always wanted to do. I also find the course material quite interesting.

JCU Australia Brandon K
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
James Cook University, 2019

“There is great clinical experience”

Yes. There is great clinical experience and I have made very close friends since moving. Unlike undergrad I am actually taking steps that are directly applying to the job that I would like to do when I graduate.

University of Sydney Ayden L
Doctor of Dental Medicine
The University of Sydney, 2019

“Professors are great and highly knowledgeable… very approachable and supportive”

University of Melbourne is amazing. It's very comprehensive and have most of specializations. Professors are great and highly knowledgeable, experienced and helpful! The school has access to a dental hospital which makes it even more desirable to study dentistry here as you get such more in-depth experience during your clinical sessions. The program is amazing! they recently made it full-year terms instead of semesters. This is very good as it allows students to connect and bet... Read More

Ali E
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“…they emphasize clinical work, and really want us to push ourselves to be the best clinicians possible”

I like it because they emphasize clinical work, and really want us to push ourselves to be the best clinicians possible. Educating students is one thing, but to inspire students to reach a certain level of clinical excellence is a whole new ball game. I'm living the dream every single day that I wake up. How many people can say that!

Kunal M
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“We are very advanced in terms of exposure to patients and simulation clinic”

I really love UniMelb, the campus is gorgeous and the atmosphere is great. It's a world renowned university and I am proud to be a student here. Only downfall is that there is not a lot of student spaces in the Dental Hospital for us to study or relax, since it is shared with all other staff working in the hospital. I am enjoying my program a lot, it's intense but manageable in my opinion. I love the mix of hands-on labs/simulation clinic, and the education side learning about ... Read More

Brittany T
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2019

“Dentistry students get access to home groups inside the dental building 24/7”

Yes, there's many fun events going on all the time to enjoy and also quiet areas to study! Dentistry students get access to home groups inside the dental building 24/7 and we can study there whenever, also there's a fridge and microwave available which is very helpful!! Overall, amazing facilities as well. [The program is] very hands on and I am learning heaps!

JCU Australia Ibadat S
Bachelor of Dental Surgery
James Cook University, 2019

“… love the program”

The location is amazing and so is the program. love the program bc it recognizes credits from Canadian uni's

Stephen
Bachelor of Dental Health Science / Master of Dentistry
Griffith University, 2019

“Overall I am very satisfied with my choice to come here, and would highly recommend other Canadian students do the same.”

The campus is beautiful and very nicely located in Sydney, but we aren't actually there much at all after 1st semester. The program curriculum is great and very hands-on from very early on, but is fairly disorganized at times, particularly in the Medicine-heavy first semester. Sometimes it feels like we are not kept in the loop as well as we could be, but it is also a graduate program and therefore it is somewhat expected that we should have the skills necessary to dig around o... Read More

University of Sydney Daniel P.
The University of Sydney, 2018

“We have amazing, top-class facilities with instructors who are always available to help.”

Studying dentistry at UQ has been such a rewarding experience. I have the pleasure of studying with classmates coming from so many diverse backgrounds. Because of strong emphasis on hands-on clinical activities here at UQ, we have learned to work as a team, with each of us precisely aware of our role, whether that may be assisting, operating, or being a patient. We have amazing, top-class facilities with instructors who are always available to help.... I look forward to spending the next 4–5 years with my amazing cohort.

Sean C.
Bachelor of Dental Science Honours
The University of Queensland, 2018

“This university definitely sets students up for returning back to Canada…”

I like that UoM focuses a lot on clinical practice. But they also focus a lot on theoretical knowledge in order for us to become knowledgeable and practical clinicians. This university definitely sets students up for returning back to Canada such as my colleague.

Kaho H.
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2018

“There are also plenty of Canadians to ease the potential struggle of being away from home.”

My experience at the Dentistry program at the University of Melbourne has been wonderful so far. The cohort is relatively small at around 100 students so you get to know most of the people in your program. There are also plenty of Canadians to ease the potential struggle of being away from home. The program while demanding, does afford you the time to enjoy what Melbourne has to offer. It has a nice balance of theory mixed in with practical application of dentistry skills.

Ramiz A.
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2018

“Professors are approachable and care about student progress and learning.”

The program has been a really smooth transition from undergrad. The pre-clinical experience has been challenging but great and the facilities are top notch. Exams are fair and I really feel like I am learning a lot. Professors are approachable and care about student progress and learning.

Alannah Anita-marie C.
Doctor of Dental Surgery
The University of Melbourne, 2018

“Additional assessments are often provided if you fail any material…”

Like: - Simulation clinic begins in the second semester of the first year. (with clinical practice coming up next year) - Small class size - Additional assessments are often provided If you fail any material - The cost was cheaper than other Australian universities Dislike: - it was very difficult to get courses exempted, and the requirements seemed very arbitrary (I did eventually get 4 courses exempted halfway through the semester) - Many professors have quit in recent years ... Read More

Devon L.
Dentistry
Charles Sturt University, 2018

“My dental program provides state of the art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition.”

I love my University and program; I love having the balance of studying and fun in the Gold Coast. My dental program provides state of the art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition. I also got credited for many courses which saved me a lot of time and money.

Fatima E.
Griffith University, 2018

“Wish I did this sooner. ”

Excellent amount of clinical time! It is great! Wish I did this sooner.

JCU Australia Brock M
Dentistry
James Cook University, 2018