Doctor of Dental Medicine

This course consists of a total of 26 units over four years comprising the integration of the following modules: DMD core modules, which include fundamental dental sciences and fundamental medical sciences; and DMD clinical practice modules, which include clinical dental sciences organised in four domains ranging from patient care to preventive and conservative dentistry to restorative dentistry to child and adolescent dental health.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Dental Medicine
Award abbreviation
DMD
Course code
90860
Course type
professional practice master's degree
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
072183C

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full-time only
Credit points required
192
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Doctor of Dental Medicine is accredited by: Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Standard course duration
4 years
Time limit
10 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Professor Camile Farah
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Students who fail units in the first year of the course and are deemed to have made unsatisfactory progress, may be required to take the remediation unit.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSDENT4123Integrated Dental Sciences Remediation Unit (24 points)
Prerequisites:
Failure to pass (all eight of DENT4101 to DENT4108) or (both of DENT4121 and DENT4122).

Take all units (48 points):

Year 1

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSDENT4121Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1 (24 points)
NSDENT4122Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2 (24 points)
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1

Take all units (48 points):

Year 2

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSDENT4201Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology, DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry, DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry, DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry, DENT4105 Introduction to Cariology, DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry, DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control, DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics, DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1, DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
NSDENT4202Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics; DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1; DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
NSDENT4203Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics; DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics; DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
NSDENT4204General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology and DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry and DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry and DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry and DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology and DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry and DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control and DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics and DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics and DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1
NSDENT4205Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
NSDENT4206Advanced Prosthodontics
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cariology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
NSDENT4207Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cariology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
NSDENT4208Exodontics and General Medicine
Prerequisites:
DENT4101 Anatomy Physiology and Cell Biology; DENT4102 Anatomy and Physiology for Dentistry; DENT4103 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry; DENT4104 Introduction to Research and Preventive Dentistry; DENT4105 Introduction to Cardiology; DENT4106 Introduction to Operative Dentistry; DENT4107 Introduction to Pain Control; DENT4108 Introduction to Removable Prosthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2

Take all units (48 points):

Year 3

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSDENT5301Oral Medicine I
Prerequisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics, DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics, DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1, DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics, DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth, DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics, DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2 and DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
NSDENT5302Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health
Prerequisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
NSDENT5303Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1
Prerequisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
NSDENT5304Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
Prerequisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics; DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics; DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1; DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics; DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1
NSDENT5305Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain
Prerequisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine and DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health and DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1 and DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
NSDENT5306Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma
Prerequisites:
DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics; DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites:
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
NSDENT5307Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2
Prerequisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1 DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics
Co-requisites:
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
NSDENT5308Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Prerequisites:
DENT4201 Endodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics; DENT4202 Immunology, Pathology and Periodontics; DENT4203 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 1; DENT4204 General Medicine and Surgery, Pain Control and Exodontics; DENT4205 Conservative Dentistry and Restoration of Endodontically Treated Teeth; DENT4206 Advanced Prosthodontics, DENT4207 Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2; DENT4208 Exodontics and General Medicine
Co-requisites:
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2

Take all units (48 points):

Year 4

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSDENT5401Research and Professional Development 1
Prerequisites:
DENT5301 Oral Medicine I (formerly DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders); DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health (formerly DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology); DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics; DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Co-requisites:
DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
NSDENT5402Integrated Dental Practice 1
Prerequisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics; DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Co-requisites:
DENT5401 Research and Options 1; DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
NSDENT5403Integrated Dental Practice 2
Prerequisites:
DENT5301 Microbiology, Oral Pathology and Temporomandibular Disorders; DENT5302 Research, Dental Public Health and Oral Implantology; DENT5303 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 1; DENT5304 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 1 and Orthodontics; DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Co-requisites:
DENT5401 Research and Options 1; DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
NSDENT5404Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
Prerequisites:
DENT5305 Special Needs Dentistry and Orofacial Pain; and DENT5306 Introduction to Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Infections and Trauma; and DENT5307 Complex Oral Rehabilitation 2; and DENT5308 Child and Adolescent Comprehensive Oral Care 2 and Research
Co-requisites:
DENT5401 Research and Options 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2
NSDENT5405Research and Professional Development 2
Prerequisites:
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; and DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
Co-requisites:
DENT5406 Integrated Dental Practice 3; and DENT5407 Integrated Dental Practice 4; and DENT5408 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2
NSDENT5406Integrated Dental Practice 3
Prerequisites:
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; and DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
Co-requisites:
DENT5405 Research and Options 2; and DENT5407 Integrated Dental Practice 4; and DENT5408 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2
NSDENT5407Integrated Dental Practice 4
Prerequisites:
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1; and DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1; and DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2; and DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
Co-requisites:
DENT5405 Research and Options 2; and DENT5406 Integrated Dental Practice 3; and DENT5408 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2
NSDENT5408Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 2
Prerequisites:
DENT5401 Research and Professional Development 1, DENT5402 Integrated Dental Practice 1, DENT5403 Integrated Dental Practice 2 and DENT5404 Australian Indigenous, Rural and Remote Oral Health 1
Co-requisites:
DENT5405 Research and Options 2, DENT5406 Integrated Dental Practice 3 and DENT5407 Integrated Dental Practice 4

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(1) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(2) the equivalent of a UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.5; and

(3) (a) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants;

or

(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 123/123/123/123 for international applicants;

or

(c) a Dental Aptitude Test (DAT);

or

(d) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in dental practitioners, and a spatial awareness test, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(1), (2) and (3), in alignment with the interview quota for the year;

and

(b) the intake quota for that year;

and

(c) (i) for non-rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT, GPA and interview;

or

(ii) for rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 192 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass all units that the student is required to undertake in that year.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) The Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, may assign a progress status of 'On Probation' or 'Excluded' to a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(2) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, and except as set out in (3), the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'On Probation' to a student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8.

(3) Unless it determines otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances, the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners, assigns a progress status of 'Excluded' to a student who—

(a) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 and has previously repeated two years of the course; or

(b) fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 in the same year of the course for a second time.

(4) A student who is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' under (3) (a) or (b) will not be permitted to re-enrol in the course.

[(4) is an exception to University Policy]

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Supplementary assessment

13.(1) Subject to (2), a student who fails a didactic (non-clinical) component of a unit may be granted supplementary assessment in that component.

(2) The Board of Examiners will not provide an opportunity for supplementary assessment to a student who—

(a) fails more than two units in any calendar year;

or

(b) fails a deferred examination.

Requirements of students on probation

14.(1) Students who have been assigned a progress status of ‘On Probation' must –

(a) repeat all units having a clinical component that they have previously attempted in that year of the course;

and

(b) subject to (2), repeat all other units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course

(2) Students are exempt from the requirement to complete one or more of the following units if they have a mark of at least 70 per cent in the unit(s) concerned: DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1; DENT4122 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2: DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health.

(3) At the discretion of the Dean and Head, UWA Dental School and the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences , a year 1 student ‘on probation' may be approved to complete a remediation unit DENT4123 Integrated Dental Sciences Remediation Unit in place of (1).

Leave and retention of credit

15.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with University Policy.

(2) Following a period of approved leave of less than two years, students retain credit for all units previously passed.

(3) Following a period of approved leave of two years or more, full credit is unable to be granted and students must repeat the units comprising the most recently completed year of the course.