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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Students commencing this course in Semester 1, 2021 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Surgical Dentistry) is a 1-year program that will upgrade your skills and clinical techniques in oral surgery for the general dental practice.

Alternatively, the candidate can complete a full 3-year Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) program to be eligible for specialist registration with the Australian Dental Board.

Why study surgical dentistry here?

  • World-ranked – ranked number 33 in the world for dentistry,* the University of Sydney School of Dentistry is Australia's first dental school and has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years.
  • Learning – all our postgraduate dentistry courses are patient-centred, evidence-based, integrated with research and responsive to community needs. You will be trained by our expert oral health professionals and researchers.
  • Graduate qualities – our graduates are engaged and globally aware and have the capability to become leaders in oral health, dentistry and research.

*Source: QS World Rankings by subject, 2018.

Important Information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in dentistry.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the inherent requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 1 September, 2 years prior to the commencement year

Applications close - 31 March of the preceding year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (January)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Application dates

Applications open - 1 September, 2 years prior to the commencement year

Applications close - 31 March of the preceding year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (January)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Surgical Dentistry) is a one year full-time course. Student must complete all units of study outlined for each semester.

You will complete a research project each semester.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 1,824 hours.

This translates to 38 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Admission criteria

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Surgical Dentistry) provides the opportunity for dentists registered in Australia to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for oral surgery through a comprehensive curriculum of theoretical and clinical studies. The course has a foundation of evidence-based practice. It will enable the provision of a range of oral surgery services including appropriate oral surgical management of medically compromised patients, and will include oral medicine and oral pathology components as well as implants. You will also complete a research project in the field of oral surgery under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Applicants will hold a Bachelor of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine or Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution; or an equivalent qualification that is recognised by the Australian Dental Board (Limited Registration for postgraduate training/supervised practice) and with a curriculum acceptable to the school. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the particular specialty that they are applying for, such as through participation in short courses or continuing education programs aligned to that particular specialty.

In addition to this criteria, admission to this course requires:

  • at least two years general dental practice;
  • completion of the primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or its equivalent is desirable;
  • all applicants must be registered with the Australian Dental Board for practice (limited registration for international candidates) prior to admission to the program.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date. Successfully ranked applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Sydney Dental School. Some specialist programs also require applicants to sit an examination as a component of the admission process.

The academic criteria that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

Important information

Disclaimer

Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Other requirements

  • As registered dental practitioners, applicants are required to be up to date with basic life support and CPR training, so a first aid certificate should be readily available on request. Find out more.
  • Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients. Find out more. 
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that all health disciplines will be required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent. Please note that this standard applies to all applicants for initial registration as a medical practitioner or medical specialist. Find out more.

Deferral

Applications for the deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place in this course will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, and require the approval of the PG Course Coordinator.

Transfer

Transfer of enrolment between dental schools or from a medical program is not possible due to our unique units of study, continuous long learning and assessment in dentistry at the University of Sydney. All students must apply through the standard admission pathway.

Change in immigration status

International applicants and students who change from international to domestic status are advised to refer to clause 39 of the University’s Coursework Policy 2014.

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the school to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to its programs.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to Sydney Dental School programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • Failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • Conduct that results in you being suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • Conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.

Career Pathways

This course is designed to enhance the surgical dentistry skills of candidates, and to provide a basis to pursue a career pathway in research and/or clinical academic positions.

Domestic students

International students

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