The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Dental Surgery



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 4.8 million
Student Population 69,000
Int'l Student Population 27,000
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $88,864 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2021
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 25 – 30 (98 total)


Located in the city of Melbourne, the Melbourne Dental School is an advanced learning environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations.

The four-year Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program is delivered by highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world. The program places emphasis on pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry and teaches you to prepare, develop, execute and write a small research project for publication.

As a Melbourne dentistry student, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art technologies and new learning infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic for advanced clinical teaching. The DDS leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand.


The program begins with the introduction of specialized oral health subjects to allow you to enter the clinic as quickly as possible to maximize your experience in all aspects and phases of clinical treatment.

As part of the four-year, full-time degree, you will spend significant time in provision of patient care, and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In the final year, you will have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, where you will learn how to run a small dental clinic.


Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years. GPA weightings will be applied by weighting the first of the final three years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 2.

2. Prerequisites
Prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne) are required. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing. To see if your courses meet the prerequisites, please go to the University of Melbourne’s prerequisites page. Select the drop-down menu titled “List of assessed subjects” and click “International” to download the current list of subjects.

3. Admissions test
You must have completed either the Canadian DAT, US DAT (no minimum score required; however, competitive average is generally 20–21), or GAMSAT. Carving portion of the Canadian DAT is neither required nor considered. Exam results must be from within the last 2 years.

For more information, please read the Melbourne International Admissions Guide.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2020 intake closed July 30, 2019. For information about the 2021 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

2020 Intake Admissions Timeline

Application deadline: July 30, 2019
Last date to submit DAT results: July 30, 2019
Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 30, 2019
Last date to submit prerequisite for assessment: July 30, 2019
Offers of admission issued: Early September
Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 8, 2019
Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 8, 2019
Enrollment deadline (unconditional offer): December 5, 2019
Enrollment deadline (conditional offer): January 4, 2019
Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 23 & 24, 2020
First day of class: January 27, 2020


“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.

University of Melbourne 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.

University of Melbourne 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.

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