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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 of scientific methodology, research and clinical practice.

You'll undertake extensive clinical placements at the Oral Health Centre, as well as public dental sector associated clinics and external healthcare facilities in South East 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.

Location
Herston
Duration
3 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (17 Jan, 2022)
Program Code
5616
AQF
Level 9
Location
Herston
Fees
A$74672 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (17 Jan, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5616
CRICOS Code
058537K
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from interdisciplinary learning and patient care at the state-of-the-art Oral Health Centre with the most modern equipment, technologies and teaching methods.
  • Take advantage of collegial support and interaction with leading specialists from the first week in the first year of study.
  • Maintain a research focus over all 3 years of the program.

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

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

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

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

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Clinical Science
  • Advanced clinical practice
  • Data Collection & Analyses
  • Research Completion & Report

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
  • Specialist in special needs dentistry
  • Dento-maxillofacial radiologist
  • Endodontist
  • Oral medicine specialist

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 and New Zealand Academy of Endodontists
  • Australian & New Zealand Academy of Periodontists
  • Australia New Zealand Academy of Special Needs Dentistry
  • Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • 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 UQ (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 2021 was 4.77.Please see 'Additional application information' for further details on entry requirements.

Prerequisites

Hold 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.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 2021 was 4.77.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

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.

Applications for Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentistry are being invited for a second offer round (closing date 31 October 2021).

Please note that applications for Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics and Periodontics for enrolment in Semester 1, 2022 closed on 14 April 2021 and places have now been filled.

Applications for all disciplines will re-open in early January 2022 for enrolment in Semester 1, 2023.

Applicants must currently hold general or limited registration from the Dental Board of Australia to be eligible for consideration.

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

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

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

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. Please note that if you are an overseas trained dentist and/or from a non-English speaking background, you will need to provide evidence satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements.

Additional application information

Applications submitted on or before 14 April 2021 will be assessed and considered for entry in Semester 1, 2022.

Applications for entry in 2022 are being assessed in the specialities of Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Special Needs Dentistry.

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.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

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. Please note that if you are an overseas trained dentist and/or from a non-English speaking background, you will need to provide evidence satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements.

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:

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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Gain specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the discipline of endodontics

This field of study consists of practical and theoretical components and is designed for the student to acquire the advanced skills needed for evidence-based patient treatment and transition to high-quality practice in endodontics. The three year field of study offers formal coursework and clinical training with internationally recognised experts in the field.

This field of study highlights current developments in technology and strategies that are directly applicable to endodontic practice. The clinical education is underpinned by in-depth instruction in research methodology including an original research project culminating in a publishable thesis.

In-line with the expectations of a dental specialist in private practice, this field of study includes interdisciplinary work in courses, seminars and tutorials jointly with other disciplines.

Clinical training emphasises patient and practice management, strategies for complex treatment challenges and understanding evolving technical advancements in the field.

Surgical operatories feature modern equipment, instrumentation, dental operating microscopes and hospital trained assisting teams.

View

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 field of study 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 a memorandum of understanding 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

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

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 implantology, advanced case planning and regenerative and augmentation procedures.

View

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

This field of study 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:

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

Gain specialist knowledge and skills relevant to the discipline of endodontics

This field of study consists of practical and theoretical components and is designed for the student to acquire the advanced skills needed for evidence-based patient treatment and transition to high-quality practice in endodontics. The three year field of study offers formal coursework and clinical training with internationally recognised experts in the field.

This field of study highlights current developments in technology and strategies that are directly applicable to endodontic practice. The clinical education is underpinned by in-depth instruction in research methodology including an original research project culminating in a publishable thesis.

In-line with the expectations of a dental specialist in private practice, this field of study includes interdisciplinary work in courses, seminars and tutorials jointly with other disciplines.

Clinical training emphasises patient and practice management, strategies for complex treatment challenges and understanding evolving technical advancements in the field.

Surgical operatories feature modern equipment, instrumentation, dental operating microscopes and hospital trained assisting teams.

View

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 field of study 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 a memorandum of understanding 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

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

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 implantology, advanced case planning and regenerative and augmentation procedures.

View

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

This field of study 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

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $51,040

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry at 2022 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

AUD $74,672

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry for the 2022 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

Additional costs

  • Digital Camera (value at students discretion)
  • 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.

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

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - October 31 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 - October 31 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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