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 $78,100 AUD (2019 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake January
Next Available Intake January 2021
Application Deadline May 30 each year*
International Places 6 (50 total)

Overview

The UWA School of Dentistry 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, lecture and self-directed learning programs.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) at the University of Western Australia 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. Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.

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 full functional digital radiology and virtual microscopy facilitates.

Program

The DMD is divided into two phases: The first phase aims to provide you with essential clinical competencies and skills. The second phase expands and contextualizes clinical competencies and skills in a patient-centred care model.

During your first year of the UWA DMD program, you will gain the necessary background knowledge in biomedical sciences. Three times a year, for two weeks at a time you will be part of immersion teaching blocks to introduce you to the clinical and pre-clinical settings, spending time with the staff and with second-, third- and fourth-year students, in order to acclimatize you and prepare you for the challenges ahead.

In second year, you will build on the knowledge accumulated in first year and will be exposed to discipline-based teaching across the streams. You will also develop fundamental knowledge of how to merge disciplines into a coherent treatment plan while providing you with your first clinical contact, aiming at developing essential dental clinical skills. You will also actively engage in a research project and take part in several rotations in and outside of the school.

Third year is dedicated to deepening the knowledge accumulated in the first two years in comprehensive clinical streams in addition to broadening the scope of patient care by introducing multi-disciplinary dental units.

The final year is dedicated to structured independent practice which will take place in and outside of the school, with compulsory metro and rural rotations. There is time allocated for lectures and case-based discussion throughout the year. This includes the use of Problem Based Learning sessions which involve brainstorming of cases by students in order to come up with usable treatment plans and management protocols.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 5.5 out of 7.0 (roughly 3.1/4 or B+) from last 3 years of the 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 16 in all sections of the DAT), GAMSAT or MCAT (123/123/123/123 and an overall minimum of 492) from 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 2020 intake are schedule to take place July 22 – August 2, 2019.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is May 30 each year, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Interviews: July – August 2019
Offers made: August – September 2019
Classes start: TBA