Postgraduate Coursework Resources
Resources available for Postgraduate Coursework Students in The Melbourne Dental School
This document details the facilities and resources available for postgraduate coursework students within this department.
Currently the School has 58 postgraduate coursework students enrolled.
The Director of Graduate Studies is:
Prof Louise Brearley Messer
+61 3 9341 1473
The Postgraduate Programs Officer is:
Ms Kim Hanson
+61 3 9341 1507
The Melbourne Dental School is located over two sites but all coursework students are located at 720 Swanston Street in the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne building.
The School conducts orientation sessions for students and information about coursework programs is available from the School’s website and the university’s postgraduate handbook. Many of the School’s postgraduate coursework students are dental specialists-in-training and these courses lead to specialist registration.
Students have access to a number of desktop PCs in any one of 5 dedicated postgraduate student study rooms located on the 5th floor of the building. These PCs are shared by all postgraduate coursework students. At present there is sufficient space for most students to have an individual desk area and there are access points at each desk for students to connect laptop computers. Students also have individual lockable storage cupboards and bookshelves available to them. Access to the building is limited to the opening hours of the Dental Hospital (approx 8am-9pm, 7 days a week) but students may stay on the study room floor 24/7.
The Microsoft Office suite of software is standard on the desktop PCs and additional software for students might require on the PCs or on their own laptops will be provided in consultation with the course convenor or the supervisor of the student’s research component. Students have access to network printing, technical advice and assistance with relevant academic software.
Specialised equipment required by students is readily available in the School. There is a postgraduate student dental materials laboratory and workshop, dedicated postgraduate removable prosthodontics laboratory, a fixed prosthodontics laboratory and specialised technical staff available to assist and instruct. Scanning, imaging and other equipment is also available.
The School has limited space available to it so there is no dedicated social meeting place in the School for either students or staff. However, there is a café on the ground floor of the building as well as a shared student/staff common room. Postgraduate coursework students may share the food preparation/break-out area available to staff on the 5th floor.
Postgraduate coursework students may apply for small research grants to assist with consumables for the research project component of the course. For full time students this is $800 per year for between 1-3 years depending on the course. Funding is available pro rata for part-time students.
Consumables available to postgraduate coursework students:
- Stationery: Free with limit
- Photocopying: Free with limit
- Printing: Free with limit
- Telephone: Free with limit (local calls only)
- Dial-in net access: Free with limit (monitored for excess usage)
- Interlibrary loans: Charge
For students also required to submit a minor thesis or research project only -
- Fax: Free with limit
- Outside mail: Free with limit – local mail only
Students for whom English is not their first language are made aware of the University’s English language courses and of the generic skills programs and short courses administered by SGS and Language and Learning Skills Unit both on-site and on-line. The School also employs a part-time Communication and Learning Skills lecturer who is available to provide remedial language and learning assistance.
The School’s facilities are brand new and student have access to a number of dedicated postgraduate teaching labs and workshops with excellent equipment. The School has a full-time Clinical Photographer and a number of full-time Laboratory Technical staff available to assist.
Clinical teaching facilities are located in the Royal Dental Hospital Melbourne and at other teaching hospitals such as The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital.
The School has an enviable research reputation ranking alongside Harvard and Toronto in research publications and citatations.