Note: This course is not available in 2021.
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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.
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 an health and medical sciences 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;
(b) a Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score of 123/123/123/123 for international applicants;
(c) a Dental Aptitude Test (DAT);
(d) a place in a Direct Pathway into this course.
(4) Admission via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Entry Pathway for graduates with a UWA MBBS, or MD, or equivalent as recognised by the School.
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;
(b) the intake quota for that year;
(c) (i) for non-rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT/MCAT/DAT, GPA and interview;
(ii) for rural applicants, equal weighting of the GAMSAT, GPA, interview and rurality ranking.
(d) for candidates via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Entry Pathway:
(i) a personal statement addressing motivation and relevant clinical experience and training;
(ii) a structured interview;
(iii) two referee reports;
(iv) the intake quota for that year.
Articulations and exit awards
6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.
7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 192 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 48 points.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
(3) Students who have completed the Integrated Dental Sciences Major MJD-DENTS are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.
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.
Supplementary to the Doctor of Dental Medicine course rules, there is a document governing what constitutes satisfactory progress in the the course, and what rules are applied in the case of unsatisfactory progress.
[Approved exception to University Policy]
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
10.(1) The School, 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 School, 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 School, 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;
(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.
13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).
14.(1) Subject to (2), a student who fails a didactic or non-clinical practical 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;
(b) fails a deferred or supplementary examination;
(c) has a progress status of 'On Probation'.
Requirements of students on probation
15.(1) Students who have been assigned a progress status of ‘On Probation' must repeat all units that they have previously attempted in that year of the course.
Approved leave and retention of credit
16.(1) Students may apply for a period of approved leave in accordance with University Policy on Student Enrolment.
(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.
Requirement to attend and complete prescribed work
17.(1) Students must attend compulsory teaching and undertake practical and clinical work at the University, at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, and at other institutions or locations as approved by the UWA Dental School.
(2) Providing approval is granted, a student is permitted to take a maximum of 10 University days annually as leave. Leave can include compassionate leave, medical leave, or personal/other leave.
(3) Leave is administered and managed as outlined in the UWA Dental School Student Handbook.
(4) Students who are absent for more than 5% or 10 clinical sessions, whichever applies in the specific academic year, will be required to make-up/replace the equivalent number of sessions during the remainder of that academic year.
Entry from Integrated Dental Sciences Major at The University of Western Australia
18. Subject to completing other admission requirements, in recognition of prior learning, students who have satisfactorily completed the MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences Major may be granted up to 48 credit points towards year 1 of the Doctor of Dental Medicine Course.
Entry via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Entry Pathway
19. Students entering the DMD course via the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery pathway will not be eligible for recognition of prior learning.
20. The School may grant advanced standing for previously completed Dental units if they were completed as part of a postgraduate dental course recognised by the Dental School as being equivalent to the Doctor of Dental Medicine of this University.
Infection Control Requirements
21. At admission and during enrolment students must comply with the University's Infection Control Requirements, appended to relevant UWA policies.
Mode of study
22.(1) Students must enrol on a full-time basis unless the School permits otherwise in exceptional circumstances.
(2) Students who have been permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of one level will not be permitted to enrol on a part-time basis in units of the next level.