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Doctor of Dental Medicine

Overview

The Doctor of Dental Medicine will prepare you for a rewarding career as a qualified dental practitioner to enrich and provide quality oral healthcare within your local community.

This 3.5 year full-time program is a graduate-entry program intended for those with a background in health, allied health, or physical or biological sciences.

This innovative curriculum is designed to condense your studies and provide you with all the training, skills, and knowledge to be able to prevent, diagnose and treat oral conditions.

During your program, you will practice advanced critical thinking and reasoning to develop a research-informed clinical practice.

Location
Herston
Duration
3.5 years
Start Semester
Summer Semester (25 Nov, 2024)
Program Code
5763
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Graduate ready as a highly sought after oral health professional eligible for general registration to practice as a dentist.
  • Gain the skills needed to provide patient-centred dental services to the community, including preventive, restorative, prosthodontic, and endodontic care.
  • Undertake approximately 2000 hours of supervised clinical placements from your second year to apply your knowledge and broaden your clinical skills.
  • Study at the UQ Oral Health Centre, Australia's most advanced tertiary oral health facility, and benefit from smaller cohorts with dedicated specialist teachers.

1 in Queensland for dentistry

QS World University Rankings 2023

54 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Dentist
  • Clinical dentist
  • Clinical academic
  • Researcher
  • Dento-maxillofacial radiologist
  • Endodontist
  • Oral medicine specialist
  • Orthodontist
  • Periodontist
  • Prosthodontist

Graduate salary

Dentistry (undergraduate)

$88K–$130K

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Next steps after graduation

If you're interested in specialising, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry provides a recognised pathway for specialist training in:

  • dento-maxillofacial radiology
  • endodontics
  • periodontics
  • prosthodontics
  • oral medicine
  • orthodontics
  • special needs dentistry.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Dental Association
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Dental Board Of Australia

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by:

  • Australian Dental Council

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in health, allied health, physical sciences or biological sciences, and
  • to have successfully completed university-level study in human anatomy and human physiology or cellular physiology, within the 10 years prior to program commencement, and
  • to have completed the GAMSAT within 4 years prior to the year of commencement.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.The overall average GAMSAT score will be used as a secondary differentiator for applicants with the same GPA.If your bachelor's degree was completed more than 10 years prior to program commencement, you must have completed either a postgraduate qualification or 4 courses of university-level study (in addition to the university-level subject prerequisites listed above) within 10 years prior to program commencement.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in health, allied health, physical sciences or biological sciences, and
  • to have successfully completed university-level study in human anatomy and human physiology or cellular physiology, within the 10 years prior to program commencement, and
  • to have completed the GAMSAT within 4 years prior to the year of commencement.
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.The overall average GAMSAT score will be used as a secondary differentiator for applicants with the same GPA.If your bachelor's degree was completed more than 10 years prior to program commencement, you must have completed either a postgraduate qualification or 4 courses of university-level study (in addition to the university-level subject prerequisites listed above) within 10 years prior to program commencement.

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

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Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

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Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

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Additional application information

Applicants must have successfully completed 2 units (1 course) Human Anatomy - musculoskeletal anatomy; and 2 units (1 course) in Human Physiology - systems physiology.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). This program has a different study load so actual fees may be higher or lower. Check the courses and program structure for more details. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase. 

$72,624

2024

$72,624

2024

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Additional costs

  • Additional practice teeth can be purchased at the student's discretion
  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $80 per year)
  • Dental instruments and equipment including models (approximately $1500).
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $130 renewed every 3 years)
  • Lab coat (approx. $50)
  • Laptop computer (value at student's discretion)
  • Models may be provided for use during assessments. A charge will be incurred if not returned in working condition (approximately $320 per set or $160 for an upper or lower).
  • Phantom head masks are provided, however a charge will be incurred if not returned in working condition (approximately $200)
  • Purchase of minimum number of teeth for compulsory pre-clinical learning activities (approximately $50 - $400 per year)
  • Safety glasses (approximately $25)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Doctor of Dental Medicine pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

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Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Dental Medicine is 5763

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

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Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Summer - September 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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