Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) Curriculum




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The BDSc has been replaced by a postgraduate qualification, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).  The DMD commenced in 2013

All applicants will require at least a bachelor degree before commencing the DMD programme

  • This initial bachelor degree can be in any discipline as no pre-requisite knowledge is required other than UWA's English Language requirement; however there are some recommended subjects

  • The DMD is a four-year fulltime professional degree course with a significant research component

  • Graduates will be able to register with the Dental Council of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately

  • Further information on the entry requirements and admission steps can be found here

The benefits of the DMD include:

  • Greater career opportunities within a global workplace
  • Improved links with industry and professional practice
  • A strong foundation and knowledge-base from an undergraduate degree
  • An advanced learning environment at postgraduate level
  • Significant research component
  • Early clinical contact


  • The course will be integrated in delivery
  • Scientific information will be contextualised and embedded in the curriculum both horizontally (i.e. within the same year) and vertically (across the years)
  • Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition of relevant knowledge in the basic medical sciences to support the staged development of clinical dental competencies and skills.
  • Early clinical contact is pivotal to the course and students will enter the clinic from the first semester of their study.
  • The course will commence in January and each year is of 42 weeks duration

Phases of the course:

  • The course is divided into two phases
  • The first phase (the build-up phase) will take place in semesters 1-4.  It aims to provide students with essential clinical competencies and skills.
  • The second phase (the broadening phases) will take place in semesters 5-8.  During these phases, clinical competencies and skills are expanded and contextualised in a patient-centred care model.

The expected outcomes for each year are:

Below are links to a generic description of the expected outcomes at the end of each year of study.  The descriptions on these links are dentally-oriented and it is assumed that knowledge of the biomedical and dental sciences will augment these competencies inside the units.