Postgraduate

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Home to WA's only tertiary Dental School, UWA has trained future dentists for more than 75 years. Taught by dedicated staff in state-of-the-art facilities, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) students are trained for full registration as dentists upon graduation

Careers and further study

Explore the career opportunities available to you.

Career Pathways

Following completion of this course, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately. Students may pursue careers in private or public practice.
Following completion of this course, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately. Students may pursue careers in private or public practice.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Further postgraduate studies include the Graduate Diploma in Dental Public and Primary Health, Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Higher Degree by Research Preliminary - Dentistry, Master of Dental Public and Primary Health, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The UWA Dental School is also committed to providing quality professional development and research opportunities for graduates, and is pleased to partner with the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch) in providing high-level continuing professional development as part of the WA Dental CPD Committee.
Further postgraduate studies include the Graduate Diploma in Dental Public and Primary Health, Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology, Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Higher Degree by Research Preliminary - Dentistry, Master of Dental Public and Primary Health, Doctor of Clinical Dentistry and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The UWA Dental School is also committed to providing quality professional development and research opportunities for graduates, and is pleased to partner with the Australian Dental Association (WA Branch) in providing high-level continuing professional development as part of the WA Dental CPD Committee.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Full Fee Paying (FFP) & Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points. (Courses may teach up to 72 points in a year)

 

FFP
For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying' and chose your course to see the annual and total course fees.

CSP
For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Commonwealth-Supported' and chose ‘I want to price my units’.

Course Credit Points
192
Average Annual Fee (CSP only) - 2023
$9,133.65
Typical Fee Range (CSP only) - 2023
$4,124.00 - $15,142.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2022
$343,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2023
$356,800.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Domestic School Leaver

Assured Pathway entry to Dentistry for domestic applicants

The Assured Pathway to Dental Medicine is available for high-achieving domestic school leavers. Eligible school-leaver applications are via TISC, and will open in line with TISC timelines and close late September for dentistry. You must apply as a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen.

Thoroughly read through all sections for a detailed understanding of the requirements.

Domestic School Leaver

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(1) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(2) the equivalent of an health and medical sciences grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; and
(3)(a) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants;
or
(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 123/123/123/123 for international applicants;
or
(c) a Dental Aptitude Test (DAT);
or
(d) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.
OR
(4) Admission via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Entry Pathway for graduates with a UWA MBBS, or MD, or equivalent as recognised by the School.
International student

Assured Pathway entry to Dentistry for international students

International Assured Pathway students will first complete a three year UWA Bachelor's degree, and then a three year postgraduate qualification (Doctor of Dental Medicine). The total course duration is 6 years.

Applicants should ensure their application preferences reflect their true career aspirations. A course offer for an Assured Pathway to Dental Medicine is specific to that course and cannot be transferred.

Entry into the Assured Pathway is competitive. Applicants will be ranked according to their academic performance, admissions test and interview score, with the highest-ranking applicants being offered a place.

Details regarding eligibility requirements, application timelines and the selection process are below.

International student

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in dental practitioners, and a spatial awareness test, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(1), (2) and (3), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
and
(b) the intake quota for that year;
and
(c)(i) for non-rural applicants, a selection score determined by the GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT, GPA and interview;
(ii) for rural applicants, a selection score determined by the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking.
OR
(d) for candidates via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Entry Pathway:
(i) a personal statement addressing motivation and relevant clinical experience and training;
(ii) a structured interview;
(iii) two referee reports;
(iv) the intake quota for that year.
University graduate

Graduate entry to Dentistry

Bachelor degree holders or students who are in their first bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Students who are in progress of their first bachelor’s degree may apply during their final year, with any course offer being conditional on completion of all bachelor’s degree requirements by 31 December of the application year.

Graduate entry into the DMD is a competitive process based on GPA, GAMSAT (or equivalent) score and an interview process. Places are limited and are awarded to the highest-ranking applicants.

Details regarding eligibility requirements, application timelines and the selection process are below.

University graduate
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

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. 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. Successful graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately.

About the course

The course consists of a total of 20 units within modularised streams covering comprehensive clinical care, Developmental & Behavioural Sciences, Diagnostic & Surgical Sciences and Restorative & Rehabilitative Sciences. DMD core modules cover fundamental dental and medical sciences. DMD clinical practice modules cover clinical dental sciences, including patient care, preventive and conservative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and child and adolescent dental health.
Doctor of Dental Medicine

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence mid-January each year.
Weekly contact time
  • Students will be expected to commit to an 08.00 to 17.00 daily schedule. The first year of study will be 39 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91860
CRICOS code
  • 089787B
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence mid-January each year.
Weekly contact time
  • Students will be expected to commit to an 08.00 to 17.00 daily schedule. The first year of study will be 39 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91860
CRICOS code
  • 089787B
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years
Doctor of Dental Medicine

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • January 2024
Application Open
Application Close

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Doctor of Dental Medicine students and the local community

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Top reasons to study Dental Medicine at UWA

  1. Home to WA's only tertiary Dental School, UWA has trained future dentists for more than 75 years. Taught by dedicated staff in state-of-the-art facilities, Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) students are trained for full registration as dentists upon graduation in the dental profession
  2. You will undertake real-world experience at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA) as well as in the clinical placements in the Dental Health Services in Metropolitan and Rural areas and community settings.
  3. Following completion of this course, graduates will be able to register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately. Graduates may pursue careers in private or public practice
 

Doctor of Dental Medicine

Doctor of Dental Medicine

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Course accreditation

The Doctor of Dental Medicine course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council and Approved by the Dental Board of Australia as a registrable qualification which allows graduates to register as a dentist upon graduation

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