Melbourne Dental School

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)


Dental students in the pre-clinical laboratory

The Doctor of Dental Surgery is Australia's only masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners. With its first intake in 2011, the Doctor of Dental Surgery creates a new benchmark in 21st century education.

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 MPhil, PhD or Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.

With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery uses new infrastructure, including a 100 seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic, for advanced clinical teaching.

Highly qualified academics with qualifications and research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry, case-based and online learning.

The curriculum is based on up-to-date scientific evidence in oral health, imparting advanced philosophies, skills and knowledge related to all areas of clinical dental practice and research.

As part of the four year full-time degree, students spend significant time in provision of patient care, using advanced materials and clinical methods, as well as undertake a two-year research project in oral health. In final year, students have the unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, as well as learning how to run a small business.

Located in Carlton, the Melbourne Dental School provides a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

How do I apply for the 2015 intake?

Applications for entry to the Doctor of Dental Surgery commencing in 2014 open on 30 April 2014.  Closing date for local applications is 30 May 2014.  Local applicants must have completed the GAMSAT on 22 March 2014 or in 2013 and must apply via GEMSAS.

International Applications

International applications open on 14 April 2014. International applicants apply direct to International Admissions at the University of Melbourne or via an overseas education representative by 23 June 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).The Admissions Guide for International Applicants will be an important document for you to read before you submit your application. International applicants who qualify for a graduate course guarantee will need to indicate this using the University's Online Application Form. Please note: Doctor of Dental Surgery applicants are not required to provide referees.

Local offers for the 2015 intake of the Doctor of Dental Surgery will be made from late October 2014. International offers will be made from mid-October 2014.


Applications cannot be made via VTAC.

CRICOS code for the Doctor of Dental Surgery - 071303G

Deferral Policy

Deferments are not possible for the DDS. Students wanting to defer will need to reapply for admission to the course in future intakes.

Graduate English language requirements. 

All applicants must meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible to be offered a place.

For more information visit:


Doctor of Dental Surgery enquiry form

top of page