Study pathway to

Dental surgery

Part-time and accelerated study options available

Dentistry is a challenging and rewarding profession that is responsible for the oral health of individuals and the wider community. Good oral health is integral to good general health, and dentistry is recognised as a primary healthcare profession.

To become a dentist:

Step 1
Choose either the Bachelor of Biomedicine or the Bachelor of Science as your first degree. You must complete anatomy, physiology and biochemistry at second-year level (or eqivalent) as part of your studies.

Step 2
Choose the Doctor of Dental Surgery to qualify as a dentist.

Example pathway

Year 1 Undergraduate Year 2 Year 3   Year 4 Graduate Year 5 Year 6 Year 7
Bachelor of Biomedicine Doctor of Dental Surgery
Bachelor of Science        

About the Doctor of Dental Surgery
The Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) offers intensive clinical training in dental surgery, dental practice and dental research.

As a graduate you can pursue a career as a dentist (in private practice, public hospitals, the health services and the armed services), as well as other areas such as academia or dental science research.

Entry requirements
This program may have specific entry requirements such as prerequisite subjects, a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) or an entry test that must be completed to be considered for entry.

Guaranteed entry
The University offers guaranteed entry into selected graduate degrees to domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia. Eligible students must enrol in a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree immediately following year 12, or be granted a deferral by the University. These guarantees are usually based on your ATAR/notional ATAR.

Find out if you’re eligible for guaranteed entry.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
Chancellor’s Scholars at Melbourne are guaranteed a place in the graduate program of their choice, and participate in a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Find out more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship