Facts & figures
Facts and figures
- 86.8% full-time employed within 4 months of graduating
- $83,700 bachelor degree graduate salary
- 16.7% projected growth in employment over 5 years
- $1,750+ median weekly earnings
Facts & figures
Below we outline the two main pathways to studying dentistry at university, which on completion will enable you to register as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia.
For a small number of high-achieveing school leavers, direct entry into a double degree Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Dental Medicine (7-year degree) will give you the opportunity to study a three-year undergraduate science degree, before undertaking the four-year Doctor of Dental Medicine. To enter via this pathway you must:
Once you are enrolled, you will also need to complete the dentistry elective unit and achieve an average mark of at least 65.0 in each year of study during the Bachelor of Science study to progress into the Doctor of Dental Medicine.
*Due to high demand, the minimum ATAR score does not guarantee the opportunity to undertake the assessment process.
The majority of dental applicants apply for postgraduate entry into the Doctor of Dental Medicine (4-year degree) following the completion of an eligible university bachelor's degree. To enter via this pathway you must:
Once you have graduated with a degree in dentistry, it’s a legal requirement to register with the Dental Board of Australia before you can practise.
To continue practising as a dentist in Australia, you will need to renew your registration with the Dental Board of Ausralia each year and complete a minimum of 60 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities over a three-year cycle.
Sydney Dental School offers a year round program of CPD events, seminars and short courses across many major cities throughout Australia to assist dental graduates in meeting their CPD requirements.
These courses assist practitioners in their obligation to provide high quality patient care in endodontics, general dentistry, hygiene and therapy, implants, oral surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and more.
Many of our graduates also go on to pursue further postgraduate study in clinical dentistry, specialising in a range of areas including sedation and pain control, oral medicine, implants, surgery, orthodontics, paediatrics, periodontics, population oral health, prosthodontics and special needs dentistry.
All streams of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry prepare you for a career at specialist level in your preferred field, and provide a foundation to pursue a career in research and/or clinical academic positions.
To be admitted to one of our postgraduate dentistry programs, you must hold a qualification recognised by the Dental Board of Australia and have at least two years of general dental practice experience. More specific admission criteria may apply to individual programs.
Dental practitioners with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia should refer to the Dental Board website and the General Registration for Overseas-qualified Dental Practitioners Registration Standard (321kb, pdf).