Master of Dentistry in Australia

Master of Dentistry in Australia

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Kanti KhadkaMon Sep 13 2021

Master of Dentistry in Australia is a 1-2 years postgraduate course in the field of dentistry. It prepares dentists and dental hygienists for leadership positions in areas that complement their clinical expertise.

Bachelor of Dentistry graduates often pursue a master’s degree focusing on two different specialities.

  •  Coursework masters: It focuses on improving your skills in dental practice and broadens your knowledge of advanced procedures.

  • Research Masters: Though less preferred, this allows you to undertake research and primarily assess their findings. It is ideal for those looking to work in dental research or academia.


A limited number of universities offer Masters of Dentistry courses in Australia. However, it is one of the most rewarding programs with a high job placement rate upon graduation. 

Moreover, dentists fall amongst some of the highest-paid professionals in Australia, with an average earning of A$ 100k per annum. Besides, dentistry is also one of the highly skilled occupations in Australia. 

If you are interested in studying MD in Australia, explore the reasons to study Masters of Dentistry in Australia, universities and the courses offered, scholarships, eligibility, job opportunities, PR opportunity and other information, stay with us till the end!

Why study Master of Dentistry in Australia?

  • Australia has 3 universities ranked among the world’s top 50 dental schools – the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and University of Melbourne. 

  • There is high demand for Dentistry professionals in Australia and the scope is increasing every year.

  • Dentists are the highest paid professionals in Australia. The average salary of a dentist ranges from A$75000- $164000 per year. 

  • Dentistry in Australia falls under one of the skilled and highly sought professions, which paves your pathway to permanent residency in Australia. 

Best Universities in Australia for Master’s degree in Dentistry

The Masters of Dentistry offers effective courses to the students in the form of tutorials, lectures, face to face classes, internships, externships and observerships. 

Below is the list of best universities for masters in dentistry in Australia.

Australian Universities

Location

Global Ranking

Griffith University

Gold Coast

290

The University of Sydney

Camperdown, Sydney

38

The University of Melbourne

Victoria, Melbourne

37

The University of Adelaide

Adelaide

25

Master of Dentistry specialisations in Australia

The master of dentistry courses in Australia lets you choose from the following specialisations:

  • Endodontics

  • Oral Medicine

  • Orthodontics

  • Paediatric Dentistry

  • Periodontics

  • Prosthodontics

  • Special Needs Dentistry

  • Conscious sedation and pain control

  • Oral implants

Fees to Study Master of Dentistry in Australia for International Students 

Universities

Courses

Annual Fees (AUD per year) 

Course duration

Griffith University

Masters of Dentistry

$82,000

2 years

The University of Sydney

Master of Dental Public Health

$51,000

1year (part-time)

2 years (full time)

The University of Adelaide

The Master of Philosophy (Dentistry) 

$51,000

2 years

The University of Melbourne

Master of Philosophy (Dental Science)

$46,368

2 years (full time)

Postgraduate Dentistry Requirements in Australia

Students need to meet specific eligibility criteria to study MD in Australia. 

One is the academic requirement, and the other is the English proficiency test requirement (if you are an international student from a non-English speaking nation).

Below is the list of universities and the language proficiency required to enrol for Masters in Dentistry in Australia. 

University

English Language requirements (minimum)

Academic requirements

Application requirements

Griffith University

IELTS: 

Overall band: 7.0


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading: 7.0


TOEFL:

Overall: 94


Writing: 27

Speaking: 23

Listening: 24

Reading: 24


PTE:

Overall: 65


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading: 65

4-year bachelor degree with an average of 75% in a relevant discipline with a research component equivalent to at least 25% of one-year full-time study.


OR, 


A masters degree in a relevant discipline with an average of 75% in a relevant discipline with a research component equivalent to at least 25% of one-year full-time study.

 

Relevant Bachelor degree (transcript, provisional and character certificate )


Relevant postgraduate diplomas in case of irrelevant degree


Experience letter if required


Resume/ CV

Passport


Intermediate level transcript, provisional and character certificate


Proof of Scholarships, if any


A valid English proficiency test


Reference letter if asked

The University of Sydney

IELTS: 

Overall band: 7.0


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading: 7.0


TOEFL: 

Overall band: 96


Writing: 25


Listening, Speaking  and Reading: 23


PTE:

Overall: 68


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading:  68

Bachelor, doctoral degree or equivalent in dentistry


OR,


Bachelor degree or equivalent in dentistry, and

a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree


OR,


Qualification considered equivalent by the faculty 

Relevant Bachelor degree (transcript, provisional and character certificate )


Relevant postgraduate diplomas in case of irrelevant degree


Experience letter if required


Resume/ CV

Passport


Intermediate level transcript, provisional and character certificate


Proof of Scholarships, if any


A valid English proficiency test


Reference letter if required 

The University of Adelaide

IELTS:

Overall band: 6.5


Writing and speaking: Min 6.5


Listening and Reading: 6.0


TOEFL:

Overall: 79


Writing: 24

Speaking: 22

Listening: 13

Reading: 13


PTE:

Overall: 65


Writing: 65

Speaking: 65

Listening: 58

Reading: 58

A relevant bachelor or equivalent in dentistry with a minimum of a distinction average


OR,

A relevant Master by coursework degree of the University of Adelaide with a minimum of 12 credit points research with a GPA of 6.0 or higher.


OR,


Candidate with a demonstrated outstanding level of academic achievement with experience in research evidenced by significant research publications or written reports on research work carried out by the applicant.

The proposed research topic must be accepted by the university and the school/discipline.


Applicants must discuss their research with the respective supervisors/school before submitting the Master of Philosophy(Dentistry) application.


The applicant must have the required academic background and experience.


Applicants must fulfil English language proficiency requirements.


The University of Melbourne

IELTS: 

Overall band: 7.0


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading: 7.0


TOEFL: 

Overall band: 94+


Writing: 27

Listening: 24

Speaking: 24

Reading: 24


PTE:

Overall: 65+


Writing, Speaking, Listening and Reading: 65

4-year bachelor degree with an average of 75% in a relevant discipline with a research component equivalent to at least 25% of one-year full-time study.

The proposed research topic must be accepted by the university and the school/discipline.


Applicant must discuss their research with the respective supervisors/school before submitting the Master of Philosophy(Dentistry) application.


The applicant must have the required academic background and experience.


Applicants must fulfil English language proficiency requirements.


Scholarship for International Students for Postgraduate Dentistry in Australia

The majority of Government and University-funded scholarships are offered in the final round, with a generous provision of scholarships around mid-year. All the provided scholarships include tuition fees and a living allowance.

The details on the scope and provisions of awards are provided by the Australian Government and Research Training Program Scholarship Policy. The terms and conditions of University awards are listed in the table below.


 Scholarship for International Students by The University of Sydney

Scholarship

Value

Eligibility

Dr Ann Formaz-Preston Scholarship

Up to $2000

Applicant must be a Third-year/ Stage 3 MD or MBBS student


Must be a student at the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School


Applicant must be taking an elective term in Australia

Dean’s Elective Term Scholarship

Up to $3000

Applicant must be a full-time MBBS or MD student taking an elective term overseas

Sydney School of Health Sciences Dean's International Scholarship

Up to $6000

The applicant must be an international student with exceptional academic performance.

 

The Applicant must have received an unconditional offer to study an undergraduate or graduate entry masters degree at the Sydney School ofHealth Sciences.

 Scholarship for International Students by The University of Melbourne

Scholarship

Value

Eligibility

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Total value:
$20,000 - $16,000,000 (allocated for at least 1500 candidates each year)

Applicants must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of a research career and should not have a doctoral degree.

Graduate Research Scholarships

100% fee remission and up to $110,000

Applicant must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne,


 OR,


Applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne

Research Training Program Scholarship

100% fee remission and up to $110,000

Applicant must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne,


 OR,


Applicant must be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne

Melbourne Research Scholarship

100% fee remission and up to $110,000

Applicant must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne,


 OR,


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne.

Rowden White Scholarship

Up to $6,500

Applicant must have applied for and meet the entry requirements for a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne,


 OR,


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate research degree at the University of Melbourne Dental School, Melbourne Medical School, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences or Faculty of Science.

Jesuit Scholarships and Bursaries at Newman College

$2,000 - $15,000

Applicants must be successfully enrolled in the University of Melbourne.


Applicants must be a resident at Newman College.


Students who are disadvantaged will be preferred

Newman College Rector's Exhibitions - Research

$3,000 - $10,000

Applicants must be successfully enrolled in the University of Melbourne.


Applicant must be a resident at Newman College

Myers Family Scholarships and Bursaries at Newman College

$2,000 - $15,000

Applicants must be successfully enrolled in the University of Melbourne.


Applicant must be a resident at Newman College

Janet Clarke Hall College Scholarships

$2,000 - $7,000

Applicants must be a student living at Janet Clarke Hall. 

 Scholarship for International Students by The University of Adelaide on Masters of Dentistry 

Scholarship

Value

Eligibility

Betty Fanning Scholarship

$30000

Applicants must be enrolled or enrolled in a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research program of study in the Adelaide Dental School of the University of Adelaide.

Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation Supplementary Scholarship

$5,000 per annum

Applicants must have been accepted for a PhD or thesis-based Master at the University of Adelaide.


OR,


Applicants must have received major scholarships such as  RTPS, University of Adelaide Divisional Scholarship or equivalent.

Scholarship for International Students by The Griffith University on Masters of Dentistry 


Not available for international students

Job Opportunities After Masters in Dentistry in Australia

Dentistry offers specialist knowledge and technical skills. Upon graduation, the vast majority work as dentists in private dental practices, hospitals and community dental services. 

Besides these, you can also work in:

  • Defence forces

  • Clinical dental education

  • Dental academia

Other jobs where the dental degree would be useful include:

  • Anatomical pathology technologist

  • Health improvement practitioner

  • Higher education lecturer

  • Health service manager

  • Medical sales representative

  • Teaching Laboratory technician

  • Science writer

For further information on job profiles that the Master of Dentistry aspirants are engaged in, go through the table below.

Master of Dentistry Jobs in Australia

Average annual salary in AUD

General Dentist

$75,108 - $194,835 per annum

Oral Therapist/Hygienist

$ 104,000- $124, 799 per annum

Dental academia (Senior researcher)

$82,753.81 - $164,506.01 per annum 

Dental technician 

$67,540 to $99,270 per annum

Senior lecturer

$125,639 - $144,523 per annum 

Science writer

$70,000- $120,087per annum

PR opportunities after studying Master’s of Dentistry in Australia

Medical degrees in Australia are highly valued due to the increasing demand for health professionals in the Australian healthcare industry. Dentistry in Australia can get expensive. However, it is a one-time investment. Upon completing your Master’s of dentistry in Australia and being a dentist improves your overall portfolio increasing your chances of getting Australian PR. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to become a dentist in Australia?

In Australia, the dentistry degree is generally 4 years when starting as a university graduate. An undergraduate degree in dentistry is at least 3 years. To sum up, this pathway takes at least 7 years.

Can I practise dentistry in Australia upon completion of a Master’s in dentistry?

No, you cannot. You must be registered with the Dental Board of Australia before you start practising dentistry in Australia.


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