Postgraduate

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) is a three-year, full-time specialist training program for qualified dentists accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Address

Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Graduates are eligible for registration as specialists in the appropriate discipline with the relevant registration authorities in Australia and New Zealand in their chosen field, provided they are eligible for registration as a dentist. The course consists of didactic work, clinical practice, laboratory and research work.
Graduates are eligible for registration as specialists in the appropriate discipline with the relevant registration authorities in Australia and New Zealand in their chosen field, provided they are eligible for registration as a dentist. The course consists of didactic work, clinical practice, laboratory and research work.

Further Study

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - full fee paying students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points. (Courses may teach up to 72 points in a year)

 

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For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying' and chose your course to see the annual and total course fees.

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For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator select 'Postgraduate Coursework Commonwealth-Supported' and chose ‘I want to price my units’.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2022
$129,300.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2021
$207,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2022
$214,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Programs are offered in the following specialist areas (Dento-maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry) and taught by experienced specialists in their field, subject to availability of places each year in a beginning of year intake.  On completion of the DClinDent program you'll be eligible for registration as a dental specialist with appropriate registration bodies in Australia and New Zealand. Our clinics and laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art digital technologies including CBCT, CADCAM and 3dMD in addition to rotary endodontics and surgical microscopes and the latest research infrastructure.
 
 

About the course

The DClinDent is a degree by coursework and includes a supervised research project and report. Coursework covers topics in biostatistics, research methodology, oral and maxillofacial radiography and radiology, practical aspects of specialist dentistry and discipline-oriented research. The program involves didactic teaching, weekly seminars, journal clubs and clinics combined with a supervised research project. Interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities are available. The research methodology and the research project are worth 25 per cent of the degree.
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • January
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90840
CRICOS code
  • 068911K
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • January
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90840
CRICOS code
  • 068911K
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • January 2023
Application Open
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022
Application Close
  • Thursday 31 March 2022

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Program

Applications

Prosthodontics 2023 commencement: the Dental School has extended applications for the Prosthodontic specialisation.  Applications will close 14 October 2022. To be considered, commence an application via the online application portal - note that you will not be able to select the DCD course at this stage - contact the Specialist Admissions team to proceed further. Review the admissions requirements and contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have any queries regarding eligibility.


Paediatric Dentistry 2023 commencement: the Dental School has extended applications for the Paediatric Dentistry specialisation.  Applications will close 6 November 2022. To be considered, commence an application via the online application portal - note that you will not be able to select the DCD course at this stage - contact the Specialist Admissions team to proceed further. Review the admissions requirements and contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have any queries regarding eligibility.


For other specialisations please contact our Future Students team for advice regarding admissions requirements for future application periods.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Program
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Periodontics

Specialisation

Periodontics

Program objectives:
The DClinDent (Periodontics) program is designed to lead to a specialist registration in the field of periodontics. This program comprises a well-balanced mix of didactic coursework, clinical work and a research project covering all aspects of modern periodontal and oral implantology practice. This includes the relevant biomedical sciences (such as microbiology, clinical immunology, oral medicine and oral pathology as they pertain to periodontics and implant dentistry) and multidisciplinary treatment planning with all dental specialist disciplines.

 
Specialisation
Specialisation

Oral Medicine

Program objectives:
Oral medicine is defined as the branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients.

 
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Dento-maxillofacial Radiology

Specialisation

Dento-maxillofacial Radiology

Next intake to be advised (currently unavailable)

Program objectives:
As defined by the Dental Board of Australia, Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology is the branch of dentistry that deals with diagnostic imaging procedures applicable to the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region, and to other structures that are relevant for the proper assessment of oral conditions. It involves the skills and knowledge of how to select the correct imaging modality for each type of pathology and the skills and knowledge to interpret the acquired images accurately. A Dento-Maxillofacial Radiologist plays a key role in the diagnostic process as well as in the follow up of certain treatments as an adequate differential diagnosis can be provided to any other discipline in dentistry. The latter benefits both the dental care provider and the patient. 

 
 
Specialisation

Course accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Graduates are eligible for registration to practice as a specialist dentist in their chosen specialty in Australia and New Zealand.

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specialisation

Prosthodontics

Program objectives:

Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.

2023 Commencement - applications extended

The Dental School has extended applications for 2023 commencement in this specialisation.  To be considered, commence an application via the online application portal - note that you will not be able to select the DCD course at this stage - contact the Specialist Admissions team to proceed further. Applications will close 14 October 2022.

Review the admissions requirements and contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have any queries regarding eligibility.

specialisation
Specialisation

Endodontics

Program objectives:
The DClinDent Endodontics program aims to teach and develop the necessary skills to enable students to provide ethical, high-quality, patient-centred and evidence-based specialist endodontic treatment to patients. It aims to develop graduates who have a broad scientific foundation of knowledge to become critical thinkers and to embrace the developing and ever-changing science of the discipline with enthusiasm and caution while also developing their technical skills to a high level.

 
 
Specialisation
Specialisation

Orthodontics

Next intake planned for January 2024

Program objectives:
The DClinDent program provides didactic and clinical tuition in orthodontics and related subjects. This is largely achieved through an understanding and a firm command of the contemporary orthodontic literature. Students are trained in research methodology and are required to design and conduct a research project. The course allows for consolidation of knowledge of the basic sciences and expansion of clinical experience gained previously as well as during the program.
The program aims to provide carefully selected dentists with the necessary skills to provide ethical, patient-centred, evidence-based orthodontic treatment.

Specialisation
Specialisation

Paediatrics

Program objectives:
The major aim of the program is to train candidates to be clinically competent paediatric dentists. The DClinDent (Paediatric Dentistry) program facilitates development of the candidate’s diagnostic and technical skills while encouraging innovation and critical thinking to provide high-quality, patient-centred treatment to children from birth through the teenage years.

2023 commencement - applications extended

The Dental School has extended applications for the Paediatric Dentistry specialisation.  Applications will close 6 November 2022. To be considered, commence an application via the online application portal - note that you will not be able to select the DCD course at this stage - contact the Specialist Admissions team to proceed further. Review the admissions requirements and contact the Specialist Admissions team should you have any queries regarding eligibility.

 
Specialisation
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Paediatrics