The University of Western Australia

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Graduate

Details

University Location Perth, Western Australia
City Population 2.1 million
Student Population 24,500
Int'l Student Population 4,500
Main Campus Crawley
Program Campus Nedlands
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $85,800 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake 2024
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places 6 (50 total)

Overview

The University of Western Australia Dental School 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 problem-based clinical situations, computer activities, lectures, and self-directed learning programs.

As a UWA dentistry student, you’ll be based at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, a high-tech dental teaching hospital and learning facility on the QEII Medical Centre campus in Nedlands. The UWA dental school is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital radiology suite. The centralized production lab is fully equipped with computer-aided design (CAD) / computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) facilities and dedicated high spec computers in a virtual learning centre (VLC) for students to undertake CA/CAM design. The VLC has fully functional digital radiology and virtual microscopy facilities.

Program

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) 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. You will learn by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, and by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions.

The DMD consists of 20 units within modularized streams covering comprehensive clinical care, developmental and behavioural sciences, diagnostic and surgical sciences, and restorative and rehabilitative sciences.

DMD core modules cover fundamental dental and medical sciences, while DMD clinical practice modules cover clinical dental sciences, including patient care, preventive and conservative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and child and adolescent dental health.

You’ll have early clinical exposure with dental immersion activities on introductory concepts in clinical dentistry, and pre-clinical exercises including dental simulation from first year. In your third year, you’ll actively engage in a research project. In your final year, you’ll undertake quasi-independent but supervised practice, which takes place inside and outside of the school with compulsory rural and private practice rotations.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of roughly 3.1/4 (approximately 76% – 77%) or B+ from last 3 years of your completed degree. Recommended courses include Grade 12 physics (or equivalent) and first-year chemistry and biology.

2. Admissions test
You must have completed the DAT (minimum score of 17 in all sections of the DAT), GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492) within the past 2 years.

3. Interview
Those students whose applications are found to be competitive will be invited to participate in an in-person interview, which will include successfully completing a spatial awareness component. Interviews are held in Canada (Toronto & Vancouver), as well as in Perth, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Interviews for the 2022 intake are taking place virtually.

Admission Timeline

*Applications for the 2023 intake closed June 30, 2022. For information about the 2024 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK.

2023 Intake Application Timeline

Application Deadline: June 30, 2022
Interviews: June – July (TBC)
Offers: Late July / early August (TBC)