UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.

Graduate Diploma in Dentistry

This course familiarises students with current methodologies used by Australian-trained dentists. It provides students with the appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in the related health and social disciplines required to competently practise dentistry in Australia. All major subjects taught to undergraduate dentists are covered and the course can aid in students' preparation for the final Australian Dental Council (ADC) examination.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Dentistry
Award abbreviation
Course code
Course type
postgraduate diploma
not available in 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
3 years
Delivery mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant
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

Note: This course is not available in 2020.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2020;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1DENT5631Primary Dental Care
3 weeks full-time
3 hours per week
N/ADENT5633Removable Prosthodontics
3 hours per week
S2DENT5634Oral Diagnosis and Oral Radiography
3 hours per week
S2DENT5635Dento-Alveolar Surgery
3 hours per week
3 hours per week
N/ADENT5637Paedodontics and Orthodontics
3 hours per week
N/ADENT5638Fixed Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry
3 hours per week

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


Note: This course is not available in 2020.

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 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. 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.

Admission requirements

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

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

(ii) passed the first examination from the Australian Dental Council (ADC), unless the applicant is from a country which is exempt from the ADC examinations;


(b) a level and duration of education and professional experience considered by UWA to be sufficient to permit satisfactory completion of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

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

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 48 points.

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

Satisfactory progress

8. A student will not have made satisfactory progress if they—

(a) fail a unit twice;


(b) fail more than two units at the first attempt.

[Approved exceptions 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. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

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. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Time limit

13. The time limit is three years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


14. A student must enrol in at least one unit in each semester unless the Faculty permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances.