Doctor of Dental Surgery

University of Melbourne, The

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00116K

The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at University of Melbourne is the first Australian professional-entry, master’s-level dental degree. Based on advanced, evidenced-based clinical training, the degree leads to registration as a general dental practitioner with the Dental Practice Board in Australia and New Zealand, and creates a pathway to enter the Master of Philosophy, PhD or Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. The DDS uses the latest scientific evidence in oral health to impart the expertise, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice. It includes the teaching of advanced treatment options such as dental implants, all-ceramic restorations and use of advanced materials. The course is delivered by highly qualified academics, with research experience from leading universities around the world. The program emphasis is on pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry. All studies are conducted with the underpinning ethos of prevention of dental disease for which the Melbourne Dental School has a world-renowned reputation.


  • Dental practice
  • Dental research
  • Dental science
  • Dental surgery

Standard entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in any discipline, with studies to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Dental Surgery. For example, if you are applying for the 2019 intake then your undergraduate degree must have been completed from 2009 onwards, or For applicants whose most recently completed undergraduate degree was completed 10 or more years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Dental Surgery, a Graduate Diploma, Master or PhD degree or equivalent completed within 10 years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Dental Surgery;


Australian Dental Council. Registration as a dentist may be granted in some countries other than Australia, subject to requirements of the registering authorities.

Study pathways

The Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Science are ideal pathways to the Doctor of Dental Surgery. School leavers applying for either of these undergraduate courses at the University of Melbourne can secure a place in the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the same time through the Graduate Degree Packages program, subject to meeting entry requirements.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Parkville International: $396,531 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

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