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Overview

This double degree gives you the opportunity to study science before undertaking dentistry. Designed for high school leavers who have achieved outstanding results, you will study a three-year undergraduate science degree, followed by the four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine. With a deeper understanding of the scientific fundamentals that underpin dentistry, you will graduate prepared for a rewarding career.

In the Faculty of Science you will be taught by dedicated scientific thinkers, including members of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Research Council Fellows and prestigious prize winners. You will study in world-class facilities including the multimillion-dollar Sydney Nanoscience Hub and the Charles Perkins Centre, with its focus on diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

As Australia's first dental school, the Sydney Dental School has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years. Our courses are patient-centred, evidence-based, integrated with research and responsive to community needs.

The Doctor of Dental Medicine offers you the opportunity to develop skills through practice-based learning and will expose you to new dental technologies and research. You will learn to draw on evidence to treat patients effectively and respond to the changing oral health needs in the community. We offer the latest facilities, internationally acclaimed academics and the opportunity for patient care from early in your degree.

For your Bachelor of Science major, you can select your subjects from those offered by our academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Science listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors. During your Bachelor of Science, you will also complete studies in biology plus a zero credit point Dentistry unit.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

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

English language proficiency

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

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place .

Refer to the UAC website . Also check the timeline under 'Admission Criteria' on this page for important application dates. 

Refer to the UAC website .

Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Also check the timeline under 'Admission Criteria' on this page for important application dates. 

Closing dates 

Direct applicants: 

Semester 1 - 31 October of the preceding year

Please also check the admission timeline under 'Admission Criteria' on this page for important dates.

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

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website. Also check the admission timeline under 'Admission Criteria' on this page for important dates. 

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

What you'll study

Units of study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 1350 hours.

This translates to 45 hours per week.

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

Completion requirements

You may choose to undertake the Dalyell Scholars stream.

In order to progress to the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree, you need to meet all progression requirements during your first degree studies as specified under the BSc/DMD course resolutions found in the respective Faculty Handbook.

You need to complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science, including the designated foundational knowledge units for dentistry offered by the Faculty of Science within three years (or four years if candidates take an embedded honours component through the Bachelor of Advanced Studies), excluding any authorised periods of suspension.

You also need to achieve a Weighted Average Mark of at least 65.0 in each year of study for each 48 credit point block in the Bachelor of Science to continue in the double degree, this being the minimum achievement required for admission into the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Failure to maintain the minimum progression requirements will result in candidates being transferred from the double degree program to a Bachelor of Science degree with full credit for all units of study successfully completed.

Progression within the DMD is as specified in the Resolutions for the DMD.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1   Maths
Maths
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Elective
Elective
Dalyell units
2   Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
OLE
OLE
Elective
Elective
Dalyell unit
3   Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Science Major 1
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
Dalyell unit
Compulsory Dentistry unit
4   Doctor of Dental Medicine

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or programs studied.

Admission criteria

Applying for Admission

The University is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and we remain guided by NSW Government instructions and restrictions. The admissions process for 2021 intake has been reviewed, but may be subject to further changes. Please revisit this website on a regular basis for any updates.

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents). As a guide, for 2021 entry a minimum ATAR of 99.6 or equivalent will be required to be considered.
  • an online assessment process including a written assessment followed by a panel discussion. The results of this assessment will form part of the ranking of applicants.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

You are only eligible for admission to the first available course intake following receipt of your final results. If your results are not available in time to be considered for the 2021 intake (ie prior to the issue of invitations to the January 2021 assessment), you may be eligible to apply for the 2022 intake. Assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR (or other secondary education qualification) results.  

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for E12 applicants (a minimum ATAR of 99 to be considered) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

For details on the mathematics prerequisite, please visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

Timeline for entry

Please note: dates for 2021 entry may be subject to change. Please use the below as a guide.

  • Wed 1 April 2020: UAC applications open; E12 applications open
  • Sun 20 September 2020: E12 applications close
  • Wed 30 September 2020: Close of on time UAC applications
  • Wed 21 October 2020: Online assessment for international applicants
  • Sat 31 October 2020: Close of direct international applications to the University
  • Mon 14 December 2020: Online assessment for international applicants
  • Mon 14 December 2020 Midnight: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 19 December 2020
  • Fri 18 December 2020: ATARs released
  • Sat 19 December 2020: Online assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR (or other secondary education qualification) results.
  • Wed 23 December 2020: UAC December Round 2 offers released
  • Sun 10 January 2021: Close of adding the BSc/DMD as a preference to be considered for the Assessment on 18 January 2021
  • Mon 18 January 2021: Online assessment day - assessment dates are not negotiable and eligible candidates must attend the first assessment day after the release of their ATAR (or other secondary education qualification) results.
  • Mon 18 January 2021: Online assessment for international applicants.
  • Thu 21 January 2021: UAC January Round 2 offers released (Domestic)

Domestic applicants will attend an assessment day online for 2021 entry only.

Important information

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for this course.

Disclaimer

Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses including this degree. 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.

Deferral

  • Deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place will be considered ONLY if applicants are required to fulfill mandatory obligations (e.g. National Service).
  • Requests for deferral of enrolment with supporting documentation must be submitted to the University Admissions Office via email: admissions.dentistry@sydney.edu.au within 14 days of the date of the offer letter.
  • Applicants will receive the outcome of the request by email in due course.

Special Consideration

In the interest of equity and fairness to all applicants, those applicants who do not meet the admission criteria, including the required ATAR (or equivalent) and performance in the assessment, will not be considered for admission to the double degree. The ATAR (or equivalent) requirements shall apply, regardless of circumstances such as illness, misadventure or disadvantage during secondary school or high school studies.

No exemptions and advanced standing

It is not possible for candidates to obtain credit/advanced standing or exemptions for previous tertiary studies.

Additional requirements

Most students enrolled in this double degree who have met all the requirements of their bachelor's degree will be permitted to begin the DMD without being required to sit the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT), or participate in the assessment selection process for entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Prior to commencing their observational study, students are required to comply with requirements for entering NSW Health facilities.

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 Dental School to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to the Doctor of Dental Medicine 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.

Change in immigration status

International applicants to the double degree whose immigration status changes after they lodge their application should refer to the information on the University’s website at http://sydney.edu.au/future-students/international/undergraduate/predeparture-orientation/australian-student-visa.shtml.

Professional accreditation

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Dental Medicine are eligible for immediate registration with the Dental Board of Australia, allowing them to go straight in to practice. Canadian students can undertake the examination of the National Examining Board of Canada, allowing registration and practice in their home country.
Future study options

There are opportunities for further study between your Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Medicine course, or after you have completed the entire double degree. If you are interested in medical research, you may wish to undertake an honours course which involves an extra year of study and research. You may either suspend your candidature from the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree for one year, or take honours after completion of the double degree. You may also wish to complete a postgraduate coursework program to concentrate on an area of interest or to diversify your studies. The Faculty of Science offers a range of science-based postgraduate courses at the level of graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree.

Career Pathways

Our science and dentistry graduates can be found in a broad range of roles and careers, including:

  • Academia
  • Defence forces
  • Oral health research
  • Private practice
  • Public service (hospitals, schools, health departments)

We offer a range of specialisation options once you have professional and research experience.

We’ve reimagined the Sydney Undergraduate Experience – the way we teach and the way you’ll learn – to prepare you for a future full of possibilities.

Domestic students

International students

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