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 / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CRICOS code
089787B

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)
Dr Mario Ferrari
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:
N/A = not available in 2019; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2020 or 2021.

Students who commenced in 2017 or before are advised to refer to the 2017 Handbook.

Students who fail units in the second year of the course in 2018 and are deemed to have made unsatisfactory progress, may be required to take the remediation unit in 2019.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/ADENT4123Integrated 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
NSDENT4211Developmental and behavioural sciences 1
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4 DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5 DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
NSDENT4221Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1, DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2 and DENT4233 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 3
NSDENT4231Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences and 1 DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and surgical sciences, DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2, and DENT4233 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 3
NSDENT4232Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3, DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1, and DENT4233 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 3
NSDENT4233Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 3
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3, DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1 and DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2
NSDENT4234Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4211 Developmental and behavioural sciences 1, DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5 and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
NSDENT4235Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4211 Developmental and behavioural sciences 1 and DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4 and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
NSDENT4236Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
Prerequisites:
DENT4121 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 1 and DENT4122 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2
Co-requisites:
DENT4211 Developmental and behavioural sciences 1 and DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4 and DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5

Take all units (48 points):

Year 3

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/ADENT5312Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2
Prerequisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 3; DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1; DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2; DENT4233 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 3; DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1; DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4; DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5; and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
Co-requisites:
DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 4; DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7; and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
N/ADENT5313Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 3
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 4; DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7; and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
Co-requisites:
DENT5323 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 5; DENT5341 Comprehensive Clinical Care 1; and DENT5342 Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
N/ADENT5322Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 4
Prerequisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences; DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1; DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2; DENT4233 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 3; DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1 DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4 DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5 and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
Co-requisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7; and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
N/ADENT5323Diagnostic and surgical sciences 5
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and behavioural sciences 2, DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2, DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7 and DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8
Co-requisites:
DENT5313 Developmental and behavioural sciences 3, DENT5341 Comprehensive Clinical Care 1 and DENT5342 Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
N/ADENT5337Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7
Prerequisites:
DENT4221 Diagnostic and Surgical sciences; DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1; DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2; DENT4233 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 3; DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1; DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4; DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5; and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
Co-requisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 4; and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
N/ADENT5338Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
Prerequisites:
DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1; DENT4231 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 1; DENT4232 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 2; DENT4233 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 3; DENT4211 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 1; DENT4234 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 4; DENT4235 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 5; and DENT4236 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 6
Co-requisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 4 and DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7
N/ADENT5341Comprehensive Clinical Care 1
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and behavioural sciences 2, DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2, DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7 and DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8
Co-requisites:
DENT5313 Developmental and behavioural sciences 3, DENT5323 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 5 and DENT5342 Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
N/ADENT5342Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2; DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7 and DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8
Co-requisites:
DENT5313 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 3; DENT5323 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 5 and DENT5341 Comprehensive Clinical Care 1

Take all units (48 points):

Year 4

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
N/ADENT5414Developmental and behavioural sciences 4
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and behavioural sciences 2, DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2, DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7, DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8, DENT5313 Developmental and behavioural sciences 3, DENT5323 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3, DENT5341 Comprehensive clinical care 1 and DENT5342 Comprehensive clinical care 2
Co-requisites:
DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4 and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
N/ADENT5415Development and behavioural sciences 5
Prerequisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and behavioural sciences 4, DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4 and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Co-requisites:
DENT5446 Comprehensive Clinical Care 6, DENT5447 Comprehensive Clinical Care 7 and DENT5448 Comprehensive Clinical Care 8
N/ADENT5443Comprehensive Clinical Care 3
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Development and Behavioural Sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 2; DENT5337 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 7; DENT5338 Restorative and Rehabilitative Sciences 8; DENT5313 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 3; DENT5323 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 3; DENT5341 Comprehensive Clinical Care 1; DENT5342 Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
Co-requisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 4; DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4; DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
N/ADENT5444Comprehensive Clinical Care 4
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and Behavioural sciences 2; DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2; DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7; DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8; DENT5313 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 3; DENT5323 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences 3; DENT5341 Comprehensive Clinical Care 1; and DENT5342 Comprehensive Clinical Care 2
Co-requisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and Behavioural Sciences 4; DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3; and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
N/ADENT5445Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Prerequisites:
DENT5312 Developmental and behavioural sciences 2 , DENT5322 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 2, DENT5337 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 7, DENT5338 Restorative and rehabilitative sciences 8 , DENT5313 Developmental and behavioural sciences 3, DENT5323 Diagnostic and surgical sciences 3, DENT5341 Comprehensive clinical care 1 and DENT5342 Comprehensive clinical care 2
Co-requisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and behavioural sciences 4, DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3 and DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4
N/ADENT5446Comprehensive Clinical Care 6
Prerequisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and behavioural sciences 4, DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4 and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Co-requisites:
DENT5415 Development and behavioural sciences 5, DENT5447 Comprehensive Clinical Care 7 and DENT5448 Comprehensive Clinical Care 8
N/ADENT5447Comprehensive Clinical Care 7
Prerequisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and behavioural sciences 4, DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4 and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Co-requisites:
DENT5415 Development and behavioural sciences 5, DENT5446 Comprehensive Clinical Care 6 and DENT5448 Comprehensive Clinical Care 8
N/ADENT5448Comprehensive Clinical Care 8
Prerequisites:
DENT5414 Developmental and behavioural sciences 4, DENT5443 Comprehensive Clinical Care 3, DENT5444 Comprehensive Clinical Care 4 and DENT5445 Comprehensive Clinical Care 5
Co-requisites:
DENT5415 Development and behavioural sciences 5, DENT5446 Comprehensive Clinical Care 6 and DENT5447 Comprehensive Clinical Care 7

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

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://matrix-prod.its.uwa.edu.au/handbooks2019/postgraduate/student-procedures'>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, which is calculated based on —

(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 the following unit if they have a mark of at least 70 per cent in the unit DENT5302 Research Design, Statistics and Dental Public Health.

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.

Entry from Medical Sciences Major at The University of Western Australia

16. Subject to completing other admission requirements, in recognition of prior learning, students who have satisfactorily completed the MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences Major may be granted up to 48 credit points towards year 1 of the Doctor of Dental Medicine Course.

Advanced standing

17. The Faculty may grant advanced standing for previously completed Dental units if they were completed as part of a postgraduate dental course recognised by the Faculty as equivalent to the Doctor of Dental Medicine of this University.