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Doctor of  Clinical Dentistry

Program code: 5616
CRICOS code: 058537K




3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (28 Jan, 2019)

Are you a general dentist looking to specialise? The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a three-year postgraduate program that will prepare you for specialist registration and practice.

  • The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry will develop your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of specialist practice. The application process involves a range of requirements – see 'Program Details' for more information.
  • Choose to specialise in one of the following fields: Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics or Special Needs Dentistry, and gain a registrable specialist qualification.
  • Undertake patient care at the $138 million Oral Health Centre, Herston, with the most modern equipment, technologies and teaching methods. The centre is the largest and most advanced tertiary oral health facility in Australia.
  • Develop advanced abilities in scientific reasoning and research. You'll study the role of research in dentistry and how it can support your clinical practice. You'll also complete a supervised project for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

UQ's School of Dentistry is recognised nationally and internationally for providing leading-edge dental education and for its contributions to dental research.

  • Fast Facts

    With age comes expertise

    The School of Dentistry has been educating students since 1937 and is one of the most respected dental schools in Australia. Our researchers also scored the highest possible rating in the 2015 ERA Outcomes, which highlights our international significance.

  • Professional experience

    Extensive supervised practise

    From your first semester, you’ll undertake supervised placements in a range of dental clinics, depending on your choice of specialisation. Locations include the Oral Health Centre, dental clinics in hospitals or other healthcare facilities in Queensland.

  • Research

    Renowned research reputation

    Research in the School of Dentistry covers everything from the biological sciences through to the technologies used during clinical practice. Students actively collaborate with leading researchers and showcase their work during an annual Research Day.

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  • In the classroom

    Personalised teaching

    Student numbers are capped across all fields in the program. You'll study in a supportive and close-knit environment, and be encouraged to engage with experts. This will assist you in reaching your professional and academic potential.

  • Orthodontics and Oral Medicine 2019 open

    Entry into the Orthodontics and Oral Medicine program is available for the 2019 intake. Applications can be lodged until 2 November 2018.

    Expression of interest
  • Students
    "There is a supportive student environment at the Oral Health Centre and the facilities are excellent for practical training." Alyssa Zhang, DClinDent student

Fields of study for this program

There are 7 fields of study available in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.

View all fields of study for this program

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry can apply for Specialist Registration with the Dental Board of Australia.

If you completed your undergraduate studies outside of Australia, you'll also have to pass additional examinations set by the Australian Dental Council before you can apply for Specialist Registration in Australia.

Specialist dentists typically open their own private practice, work in an established practice, or join a partnership.

Within the public sector, there are opportunities to work within hospitals, community health services, or school-based dental clinics. The Australian Defence Force also accepts dental officers on either a short service or permanent basis.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and proceed to enrol in a Master of Philosophy or PhD program, where they continue developing their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (28 Jan, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


Hold an approved degree in dentistry from the university (or equivalent) with a minimum two years of graduate clinical experience and be registered as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia.

Please note that due to limited places, entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the entry requirements are offered a place.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake extensive supervised clinical practice in a range of dental clinics in hospitals, external healthcare facilities and the Oral Health Centre (OHC) located at Herston.

Placements will commence in first semester of the program. Actual timing of the placement may vary depending on area of speciality.

Clinical placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area where you will be required to fund your travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Prosthodontic Society
  • Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England

Accreditation body

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is accredited by:

  • Australian Dental Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Dental Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

The Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology program covers all aspects of diagnostic radiology and radiography relevant to the maxillofacial region. Throughout the program, you will become familiar with advanced imaging techniques at the Oral Health Centre, Herston and visiting sessions at Medical radiology practices and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Cone beam imaging is a major component of the program.


The Endodontic program aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required for research and specialist practice in the field of Endodontics. It comprises a mix of coursework, seminars, tutorials, clinical work and research training. Students will acquire a body of knowledge that includes the extended understanding of recent developments in the discipline and its professional practice, as well as knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to endodontic practice. Students will gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine is a challenging and rewarding specialty where you will see a large range of conditions, ranging from mainly medical to mainly dental in origin. The program includes rotations in oncology, dermatology, pain diagnosis and management, sleep medicine and soft and hard tissue pathology including salivary gland disorders. Graduates often work in a multidisciplinary environment to ensure the best outcomes for patients. There may also be the opportunity through an MOU between UQ and the RACDS to obtain the FRACDS (Oral Medicine special stream), which can be used as a post-nominal.


The Orthodontics program covers all aspects of the discipline - basic and applied, through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical training and case presentations. These areas of study include cephalometric theory and practice, craniofacial anatomy, development and morphology, biological force systems and their application, radiology and radiography techniques. Major clinical pursuits include orthodontics, diagnosis and management of dental and craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip and palate, and interdisciplinary management of complex malocclusions.

Clinical work is undertaken at the Oral Health Centre, Herston and in conjunction with the Cleft Lip and Palate Service at Queensland Children's Hospital (formerly Lady Cilento Children's Hospital) and orthognathic surgery through the Maxillofacial Unit (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital).


The Periodontics program involves attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials as well as clinical sessions. Courses cover basic and applied topics relevant to the discipline of periodontics. These include immunology, microbiology, oral medicine and clinical oral pathology, biology of the periodontium and pulp, periodontal restorative interrelationships, implantology and radiology. Students gain clinical experience treating patients referred to the periodontal clinic, in addition to regular case presentation sessions and clinical tutorials. Exposure to a range of periodontal treatments, including conservative, surgical, regenerative and mucogingival periodontal therapies as well as implantology, including advanced case planning, regenerative and augmentation procedures, are part of clinical training.


The Prosthodontics program provides specialist knowledge and skills in crown and bridgework, complete and partial denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and occlusion. Advanced concepts in prosthodontics are taught through a seminar and tutorial program and clinical training. Students gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

Special Needs Dentistry

The Special Needs Dentistry program provides knowledge and skills in the oral health care of people affected by an intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric conditions. Students will be trained at postgraduate level to provide special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems and develop special dental treatment plans.

Specialised facilities in treating Special Needs patients are provided at the Oral Health Centre, Herston. Students will also gain clinical experience in the medical and surgical units of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and other teaching hospitals in Brisbane, as well as selected public dental sector associated clinics.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $69,264
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • Dental Board registration (approx total $2,640)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • Laptop computer (value at student's discretion)
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is 5616. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Late applications may be considered. Contact the School of Dentistry for further information.

Limited places are available in each discipline and entry is determined using a competitive selection process based on academic records, other postgraduate qualifications, work and research experience since graduation, commitment to the discipline and referee reports.

Supporting documentation
Applicants will be required to provide additional documentation and information with their application. This includes academic transcripts, full CV, contact details of two referees and a personal statement. Applicants are not required to submit academic transcripts for studies undertaken at UQ. Please visit the School of Dentistry website for detailed application information.

Clinical Assessment Program Shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a Clinical Assessment Program at the School of Dentistry. Such applicants will be responsible for all travel and accommodation costs incurred in undertaking the assessment in Brisbane.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

This program has modified teaching calendars for some courses which can be viewed here.

Students must maintain registration with the Dental Board of Australia for the duration of the program. International students should only apply for limited registration for study.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - May 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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