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Overview

Information for 2021 applicants

The Faculty of Medicine and Health has re-developed the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy. From 2021, the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy will be delivered under one new central name and course code. Both degrees are now available for application for 2021 commencement. The new courses will aim to offer greater research flexibility and interdisciplinary learning across all faculty areas of study. 

The Master of Philosophy (Dentistry) course is aimed at those who intend to pursue academic careers in oral health or a related field and can be used as a foundation to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

At the University of Sydney School of Dentistry, our aim is to put the mouth back into health by progressing a deeper understanding of the links between oral and systemic health.

Normally completed over two years full-time, or four years part-time, the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research-based degree in which students undertake supervised research in a range of dental specialisations or disciplines.

This course offers students the chance to work with a supervisor who is actively contributing to the development of new knowledge and understanding in the field of dentistry.

MPhil students are required to successfully complete a unit of study on research methods, although the thesis is the major examinable assessment requirement for the degree. The word limit for a thesis submitted to the Sydney Dental School is 80,000 words.

MPhil students are based primarily at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and Sydney Dental School and benefit from their peers, teachers and the wider health community that is accessible through the University.

Studying at Sydney Dental School provides a unique opportunity for collaborative research and interaction with other health disciplines. Our research is shaped by the big picture. We look at real-world problems from all angles, combining the expertise and talents of scholars from many disciplines.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
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 requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

Applications are open all year round.

Apply well in advance (at least 6 weeks prior to your start date) to allow for a timely response to your application. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period.

Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan 

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the 'How to Apply' website.

Applications are open all year round.

Apply well in advance of your start date to allow for a timely response to your application and necessary visa and travel arrangements. If your application cannot be processed in time, it will be considered for the next possible research period.

Separate scholarship application deadlines apply.

Starting date

Research Period 1: Start date 1 Jan

Research Period 2: Start date 1 Mar

Research Period 3: Start date 1 Jul

Research Period 4: Start date 1 Oct

Refer to key research dates on the 'How to Apply' website.

Research areas

MPhil candidates at the Sydney Dental School may undertake supervised research in one of a range of dental specialisations or disciplines, including:

  • biomaterials science
  • community oral health and epidemiology
  • occlusion
  • oral biology
  • oral diagnosis and radiology
  • oral pathology.
  • oral surgery, medicine and diagnostics
  • orthodontic and paediatric dentistry
  • restorative and reconstructive dentistry.

What you'll study

The MPhil comprises research and culminates in a thesis, which is the examinable assessment requirement for the degree. Candidates are not normally required to attend classes or to undertake coursework units of study.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

How to apply 

1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.

2. Contact a research supervisor either through Research Supervisor Connect or email and provide: your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript your CV/resume the area of interest why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor

3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a preliminary research proposal (see 'Preparing your research proposal' below).

4. If you intend to study part-time, you will also need to supply: evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for part-time enrolment a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.

5. Your research proposal should be submitted along with your CV, academic transcripts and other supporting documents.

6. Applications are made via the University's online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the 'Apply Now' button on the right hand side of this page.

Please note - Except for IPRS and UsydIS scholarships for international students, you must complete a separate scholarship application

Completion requirement

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule 2011.

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

  • If you will be doing research within a NSW Ministry of Health facility and making contact with clinical areas, 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. 

Deferral

Applications for the deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, and require the approval of the Associate Dean.

Requests for deferral must be in writing and must be received by 30 November. Applicants must accept a place before they can submit a request to defer. Deferment can only be granted one year at a time and will not be expected to last longer than two years. Requests will be considered by the Admissions Committee and the Assoc. Dean of the Sydney Dental School. Supporting documentation must be provided in order for any request to be granted.

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 - see above for information on transferring from the Master of Philosophy (Dentistry) at the University of Sydney.

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.
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Admission criteria

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply in plenty of time, and even before completion of their current qualifying degree.  

To apply for a Master of Philosophy, you need to demonstrate sufficient prior research experience and capability. In these circumstances, referee reports are essential as part of the application for admission. In most cases, to be eligible to apply you will have:

  • a bachelors degree with first or upper second class honour; OR
  • a masters degree performed at a high academic standard, and which includes a substantial component of original research; OR
  • an equivalent qualification that demonstrates research experience, excellence and capability.

These criteria constitute the minimum requirements for eligibility and do not guarantee admission. That remains at the discretion of the Associate Dean (HDR) for a given school or faculty.

Career Pathways

This course is aimed at those who intend to pursue academic careers in oral health or a related field and can be undertaken in a range of dental specialisations. It may also be used as a foundation to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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