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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Overview

If you're a general dentist looking to specialise, the three-year Doctor of Clinical Dentistry postgraduate program will prepare you for specialist registration and practice.

This program enables you to become a registered specialist in dento-maxillofacial radiology, endodontics, oral medicine, orthodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics or special needs dentistry.

Study at the state-of-the-art $138 million Oral Health Centre at UQ’s Herston campus and develop a comprehensive understanding of the physiological, biochemical, structural and functional processes involved in general and oral health. Gain advanced diagnostic skills and clinical competence, as well as an in-depth understanding in scientific methodology, research and clinical practice.

You'll undertake extensive clinical placements at the Oral Health Centre, as well as dental clinics in hospitals and external healthcare facilities in Queensland. 

You'll also develop advanced abilities in scientific reasoning and research, and 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.

To be eligible for this program, you need an approved degree in dentistry from UQ (or equivalent) with a minimum two years of graduate clinical experience and be registered as a dentist with the Dental Board of Australia. You'll also need to provide a CV and nominate referees with your application. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a process of selection, which may include a theory and clinical skills assessment.

Location
Herston
Duration
3 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (18 Jan, 2021)
Program Code
5616
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston
Fees
A$73072 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (18 Jan, 2021)
Program Code
5616
CRICOS Code
058537K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study in a supportive environment at the largest and most advanced tertiary oral health facility in Australia.
  • Specialise in your preferred field and gain specialist registration with the Dental Board of Australia.
  • Develop advanced abilities in scientific reasoning and research and complete a supervised project for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Endodontics
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placements website.

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Orthodontist
  • Periodontist
  • Prosthodontist
  • Special needs dentist
  • Dento-maxillofacial radiologist
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  • Endodontist
  • Oral surgeon

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Academy of Australian and New Zealand Prosthodontists
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists
  • Australian Prosthodontic Society
  • Australian Society of Endodontology
  • Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • Australian Society of Periodontology
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Dental Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is accredited by:

  • Australian Dental Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2020 was 4.6.

Please see 'Additional application information' for further details on entry requirements.

Prerequisites

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.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0. The GPA cut-off for those offered a place in 2020 was 4.6.

Please see 'Additional application information' for further details on entry requirements.

English language requirements

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

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

Other OET - A minimum grade of B for each sub skill (L,S,R,W).

BE is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Additional application information

Applications submitted on or before 13 April 2020 will be assessed and considered for entry in Semester 1, 2021.

Applications for the Prosthodontics program are now being invited for a second round of offers (closing date 5 August, 2020).

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.

A late second round for selection may be considered if places are not filled or if other disciplines become available.

Supporting documentation
Applicants must provide supporting documentation with their application. Click here for detailed information.

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

At the commencement of the program, you will be required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR). You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum is required.

Additional application information

Applications submitted on or before 13 April 2020 will be assessed and considered for entry in Semester 1, 2021.

Applications for the Prosthodontics program are now being invited for a second round of offers (closing date 5 August, 2020).

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.

A late second round for selection may be considered if places are not filled or if other disciplines become available.

Supporting documentation
Applicants must provide supporting documentation with their application. Click here for detailed information.

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

At the commencement of the program, you will be required to obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card and First Aid Certificate (including CPR). You will also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. For more information, visit http://habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum is required.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

Explore all aspects of diagnostic radiology and radiography relevant to the maxillofacial region.

In this field of study, you'll become familiar with advanced imaging techniques at the Oral Health Centre on UQ’s Herston campus and visiting sessions at medical radiology practices and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Cone beam imaging is a major component of this field of study.

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Endodontics

Gain the knowledge and skills required for research and specialist practice in the field of endodontics.

In this field of study, you'll acquire knowledge on the recent developments in endodontics and professional practice, as well as knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to endodontic practice.

You'll gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

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Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine is a challenging and rewarding speciality where you'll 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 Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons to obtain a FRACDS fellowship (Oral Medicine special stream), which can be used as a post-nominal.

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Orthodontics

Explore all basic and applied aspects of orthodontics.

You'll study 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 management of complex malocclusions.

Your clinical work will be undertaken at the Oral Health Centre on UQ’s Herston campus and teaching hospital facilities, such as the Cleft Clinic at Queensland Children's Hospital, and orthognathic surgery through the Maxillofacial Unit (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital).

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Periodontics

Explore basic and applied topics relevant to the discipline of periodontics.

You'll study immunology, microbiology, oral medicine and clinical oral pathology, biology of the periodontium and pulp, periodontal restorative interrelationships, implantology and radiology.

You'll gain experience treating patients referred to the periodontal clinic, in addition to regular case presentation sessions and clinical tutorials.

You will learn a range of periodontal treatments during clinical training, including conservative, surgical, regenerative and mucogingival periodontal therapies. You will also gain skills in advanced case planning and regenerative and augmentation procedures.

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Prosthodontics

Gain specialist knowledge and skills in crown and bridgework, complete and partial denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and occlusion.

You'll be taught advanced concepts in prosthodontics through a seminar and tutorial program and clinical training.

You'll gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

View

Special Needs Dentistry

This program provides knowledge and skills in the oral health care of people affected by an intellectual disability or medical, physical or psychiatric conditions.

You'll 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 on UQ’s Herston campus. You'll 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 at selected public dental sector associated clinics.

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

Explore all aspects of diagnostic radiology and radiography relevant to the maxillofacial region.

In this field of study, you'll become familiar with advanced imaging techniques at the Oral Health Centre on UQ’s Herston campus and visiting sessions at medical radiology practices and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Cone beam imaging is a major component of this field of study.

View

Endodontics

Gain the knowledge and skills required for research and specialist practice in the field of endodontics.

In this field of study, you'll acquire knowledge on the recent developments in endodontics and professional practice, as well as knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to endodontic practice.

You'll gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

View

Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine is a challenging and rewarding speciality where you'll 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 Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons to obtain a FRACDS fellowship (Oral Medicine special stream), which can be used as a post-nominal.

View

Orthodontics

Explore all basic and applied aspects of orthodontics.

You'll study 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 management of complex malocclusions.

Your clinical work will be undertaken at the Oral Health Centre on UQ’s Herston campus and teaching hospital facilities, such as the Cleft Clinic at Queensland Children's Hospital, and orthognathic surgery through the Maxillofacial Unit (Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital).

View

Periodontics

Explore basic and applied topics relevant to the discipline of periodontics.

You'll study immunology, microbiology, oral medicine and clinical oral pathology, biology of the periodontium and pulp, periodontal restorative interrelationships, implantology and radiology.

You'll gain experience treating patients referred to the periodontal clinic, in addition to regular case presentation sessions and clinical tutorials.

You will learn a range of periodontal treatments during clinical training, including conservative, surgical, regenerative and mucogingival periodontal therapies. You will also gain skills in advanced case planning and regenerative and augmentation procedures.

View

Prosthodontics

Gain specialist knowledge and skills in crown and bridgework, complete and partial denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and occlusion.

You'll be taught advanced concepts in prosthodontics through a seminar and tutorial program and clinical training.

You'll gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

View

Special Needs Dentistry

This program provides knowledge and skills in the oral health care of people affected by an intellectual disability or medical, physical or psychiatric conditions.

You'll 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 on UQ’s Herston campus. You'll 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 at selected public dental sector associated clinics.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $73,072

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $59,360

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program. Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - April 13 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - April 13 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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