Career Pathways

Become a dentist

Provide a wide range of oral health care to people of all ages

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How long will it take?

3 years Bachelor degree
4 years Doctor of Dental Surgery

Why study with us?

Learn a challenging and rewarding profession and be responsible for improving the oral health of individuals and the wider community.

Develop all the scientific, theoretical and clinical skills to practice in oral health therapy.

The Doctor of Dental Surgery is a masters-level qualification for training general dental practitioners.

Where will this take me?

Career outcomes

The Doctor of Dental Surgery is a professional graduate degree that provides ideal training for a career as an outstanding dentist.

  • Intensive clinical training and exposure to research
  • Clinical training in urban, rural and indigenous settings (both public and private) in Victoria
  • The opportunity to work with diverse populations and develop a strong sense of commitment to the principles of ethical dental practice.

Professional accreditation

  • The Dental Board of Australia
  • The Dental Council of New Zealand

What are the study options?

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

First you need to meet the entry requirements for your undergraduate degree.

2. Graduate degree

The Doctor of Dental Surgery has specific prerequisite and grade entry requirements, including completion of relevant studies in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology at a second-year level. Students applying for standard entry must also complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Other entry pathways

Graduate Degree Packages

The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia baseed on your ATAR.

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Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.

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The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Find a scholarship that's right for you

Guaranteed entry

Guaranteed entry means you’ll have the peace of mind of a secure graduate pathway with us without having to make any big decisions from Year 12. You will also be able to leave Melbourne with an undergraduate qualification if you decide further study isn’t right for you.

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Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Why study at the University of Melbourne

First-class facilities

First-class facilities

Learn in an advanced learning environment at the forefront of oral health, state-of-the-art technologies and international collaborations, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

Taught by leading experts

Taught by leading experts

Subjects are delivered by highly qualified academics, with research experience from leading universities around the world.

Industry ready skills

Industry ready skills

In your final year, you have a unique opportunity to experience working in a private practice setting, where you’ll learn how to run a small dental clinic.

Talk to us

Please speak to our expert staff to discover more about our learning opportunities and get support with your application.