UWA Dental School
WA's only tertiary dental training centre
The UWA Dental School is WA’s only tertiary dental training centre, offering aspiring and existing dentists a range of practical and innovative postgraduate courses in a high-tech dental teaching and learning facility.
The graduate Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program extends over 4 years and is clinically focused with early clinical contact and exposure to research activity. The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) postgraduate speciality training extends over 3 years, offering programs in Dento-maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Medicine. These programs enrich the training environment at the School, and offer opportunities for advanced patient care.
The School operates the Oral Health Centre of WA (OHCWA), a centralised public tertiary referral centre and dental teaching hospital, where eligible patients are treated on behalf of the State Government of WA. OHCWA offers a full range of general and speciality dental services to the Western Australian community, and we are proud of the high standard of care provided by our clinicians, dental clinical assistants and laboratory technicians.
“We strive to integrate education, research and clinical care; so our graduates can serve both individual patients and communities. Dentists also need skill sets and knowledge which enable them to participate with other health care professionals, to holistically cater for health needs of the Western Australian, Australian and overseas communities.”
Professor Hien Ngo, Dean and Head, UWA Dental School, and Director, Oral Health Centre of Western Australia.
Our vision, mission and motto
To be recognised internationally as a contemporary, progressive, innovative and vibrant centre of excellence in dentistry.
To achieve excellence in dental education, research and oral health care to the benefit of our local community and the advancement of dentistry globally.
Achieve excellence, pursue impossible.
Doctor of Dental Medicine
You'll be based at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia, a high-tech dental teaching hospital and learning facility on the UWA Health campus in Nedlands. You will learn by treating patients under close supervision by highly experienced and skilled tutors, or by observing general and specialist dentists treating a wide range of dental conditions. Successful graduates can register with the Dental Board of Australia as a dentist and enter the profession immediately.
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a three-year, full-time specialist training program for qualified dentists accredited by the Australian Dental Council for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Visit the DCD course page for further information on our specialisations which include Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Medicine.
Applications for 2023 commencement have closed for most specialisations. Please refer to admissions requirements for information regarding eligibility and the selection process.
Our research at The University of Western Australia aims to understand the cellular molecular mechanism of oral biology to support and aid oral tissue regeneration and healing.Read more about Craniofacial Biology
Oral imaging research at the UWA Dental School aims to improve diagnostic imaging skills and knowledge to benefit patient care and health.Read more about Oral imaging
Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Group
Our group members are nationally and internationally reputed for their outstanding contribution to the recent advances in the field of oral diseases.Read more about Oral Medicine & Pathology Research Group
Periodontics and Oral Implantology
Our research focuses on clinical and translational research to benefit patient care and health.Read more about Periodontics and Oral Implantology
Paediatric Oral Health
Paediatric oral health at UWA is tailored to meet the major oral health-related needs of children, adolescence, and individuals with special healthcare needs.Read more about Paediatric Oral Health
Biomaterials and Nano-Dentistry
This research group aims to translate biomaterials and nanotechnology research to clinical dentistry to provide better dental treatment for patients.Read more about Biomaterials and Nano-Dentistry
Researchers all smiles about dental screening app
A smartphone app that enables remote screening of children’s teeth by dental professionals has passed a feasibility study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.Read more
New Indigenous judge addresses graduates
West Australia’s first Indigenous Supreme Court judge urged law graduates from The University of Western Australia to take on cases that will have ‘lasting impact’ and embrace public service and pro bono work.Read more
Six researchers from UWA named the country's best
Six researchers from UWA have been named as being at the top of their field in The Australian newspaper's 2023 Research Magazine.Read more
AJ Herman Fellowship Lecture
Each year the Dental School invites a distinguished scholar from outside Western Australia to the University to undertake research or to teach in the School. A lecture is presented by the Fellowship awardee.
In 2019, the School welcomed Professor W. Murray Thomson, an experienced dental researcher and specialist in dental public health. He is well known for his influential life-course work in the renowned Dunedin Study.