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  • Australian Dental Schools in Australia
  • Charles Sturt Dental School
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University of Melbourne Dental School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

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University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Program: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville (downtown Melbourne)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: Jan/Feb each year
Next Intake: January 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $85,440 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total: $368,257 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

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OzTREKK student Scott Buckley talks about his experience as a Doctor of Dental Surgery student at the University of Melbourne.

The University of Melbourne Dental School offers a four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, which leads to the professional designation of dentist upon the completion of the program.

The University of Melbourne Dental School's Doctor of Dental Surgery program uses current scientific evidence in oral health to impart the philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice. This creates a graduate well versed in advanced treatment options such as dental implants, all-ceramic restorations and other advanced materials.

The curriculum is delivered using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes, clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry, case-based and online learning, as well as reflective practice of patient treatment cases. Students spend a significant time of their experience in provision of patient care using advanced materials and clinical methods. Part of the final-year curriculum incorporates the model of working in a private-practice like setting, which is supported by learning how to run a small business equivalent to a private dental practice.

The Melbourne Dental School is an international leader in oral health research and this experience will become part of the DDS experience where students will learn how to plan, seek and attain ethics approval, complete and analyse and finally prepare a research project for publication and oral presentation at the school research day. Students will graduate with advanced clinical skills and advanced knowledge in all aspects of oral health provision and will be ready to work having attained skills in managing a small business.

Why Canadians Love this Program

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Melbourne dentistry program!

"Likes: -exams are fair -preclinical courses are very well run and well taught -live and energetic campus -close knit dentistry community. Dislikes: - the lack of support for international students (subsidized public transit, lack of scholarships) -constantly needing to buy new equipment that should be included in tuition -a lack of transparency in regards to exactly what my tuition money is going towards if it isn't equipment, tools, etc. -some courses are disorganized and poorly run -a lack of communication within the faculty of dentistry and between professors (leads to a lot of redundancies)"

"- No dislikes about program or university. University of Melbourne is a beautiful university, with an amazing campus. Melbourne is a great city to live in and the different types of cultures and foods is phenomenal. The DDS program at Melbourne is top-notch, the staff are extremely helpful and the systematic approach of the course allows continuous practice and learning before stepping onto the next concept. Although the program is rigorous ( which is to be expected) the experience of applying knowledge to hands -on skills met and exceeded my expectations."

"I love how intensive and regulated the program is. Study lots, the material is very intensive but is taught in an exciting and interactive way."

"- I like the school campus, but I dislike the disorganized teaching curriculum"

"I like the multicultural city! I am very happy about everything (except perhaps the tuition)"

"Dislikes disorganisation of schedule. Others should Apply early to University of Melbourne DDS program."

"University of Melbourne is definitely one of the best uni in Australia. One of the best things about studying in UMel for dent is that it gives you the best resources for preclinical practice."

"I like the fact that I have the opportunity to perform practical applications of my knowledge as early as first year. I dislike the fact that our program is so disorganized and the fact that professors don't seem to be in communication with each other regarding material being taught. The program is fairly disorganized but we have a new simulation clinic, which is apparently state of the art. There is quite a bit of focus on practicals, which is great given the nature of our profession."

"Thus far the program has been quite good, and the city is quite fun. Since this is a fairly new program (recently changed from BDSc to DDS) there have been a few hiccups but nothing that is not to be expected when a program is completely changed. In the short time that I have been attending Melbourne University I have found that the staff are very kind and willing to help if asked. The same goes for the people in my cohort and the city."

"Likes -program and university are world renown -challenging and interesting dislikes -program is a bit disorganized. DDS at the University of Melbourne, for the most part, has been very challenging yet rewarding. There is a large number of Canadian students in the class, which helped with the transition to Melbourne."



Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

To be eligible to apply for the University of Melbourne Dental School's Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), eligible applicants must have

  • successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline at a recognized international university within the past 10 years; GPA weightings will be applied by weighting the first of the final three years by 1, the second year by 2 and the final year by 2.
  • completed prerequisite second-year subjects (one semester each) in human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry (approved by Melbourne);
  • completed an entrance examination: either the GAMSAT (only if you are an international student residing in Australia); Canadian DAT or US DAT. Please note that the carving portion of the Canadian DAT is not required for Melbourne Dental School and will not be considered. Test scores will not be considered if the exam results are more than 2 years old. There is no minimum cutoff GPA or DAT score for this program; however, a high level of academic standard is required for entry.

For more information about the University of Melbourne Doctor of Dental Surgery program, please read the Admissions Guide 2020.

Understanding Prerequisites

Some courses at the University of Melbourne have prerequisite subjects that must be completed in order to be eligible to apply. The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) requires applicants to have completed prerequisite subjects in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology equivalent to Melbourne's second-year level courses in these disciplines. For all three courses, the prerequisites must have been completed no more than 10 years prior to commencing. You may check the courses you have taken to date by clicking on the "International" link under the heading "List of assessed subjects."

The Univeristy of Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is responsible for assessing prospective students' courses to see if they meet application eligibility. If your subjects (human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry) have not been previously assessed, OzTREKK strongly recommends having your subjects assessed well in advance of applying. The assessment process may be lengthy, so try to have your subjects assessed as soon as possible before applying. Prospective applicants for the Doctor of Dental Surgery program must submit documentation through the University of Melbourne's prerequisite subject assessment webform for assessment by late April/early May of the year in which they wish to apply in order to be considered for admission for the following year. Applicants who submit complete documentation by this deadline will be advised of their prerequisite subject assessment outcome before the closing date for applications.

Note: Late submissions will be processed, but applicants will not receive the outcome until after the closing date. If the student's courses meet the prerequisites, course outlines do not need to be submitted with the application. If a prospective student's human anatomy, human physiology and biochemistry courses are not listed and a prerequisite assessment form was not sent to the university, course outlines must be submitted with the application.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The University of Melbourne's Doctor of Dental Surgery degree is accredited by the Australian Dental Council. Additionally, the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) recognizes the reciprocal agreement between the Australian Dental Council and the Commission of Dental Accreditation of Canada, which allows for accredited graduates of either body to practice dentistry in Australia or Canada. For Canadian students studying at the University of Melbourne, this means that they will return home and follow the same process as Canadian domestic graduates with licensure being granted after successfully sitting the National Dental Examination Board of Canada.

Admissions Timeline for 2020 Intake

  • Application deadline: July 30, 2019
  • Last date to submit DAT results: July 30, 2019
  • Last date to submit university transcripts (final results): July 30, 2019
  • Last date to submit prerequisite for assessment: July 30, 2019
  • Offers of admission issued: Early September
  • Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 8, 2019
  • Deadline to accept (unconditional) offer of admission and pay deposit: November 8, 2019
  • Enrollment deadline (undconditional offer): December 5, 2019
  • Enrollment deadline (conditional offer): January 4, 2019
  • Mandatory DDS Orientation: January 23 & 24, 2020
  • First day of class: January 27, 2020

Interested in a University of Melbourne application fee waiver? Of course you are! Be sure to apply before July 26, 2019 and the university will waive their app fee!

Total Number of Places in the Program: 90

Total Number of Places for International Students: 15 - 25

Application Deadline: July 30, 2019

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Alexa Graham

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