Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

UQ’s Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) is a three year fulltime Level 9 extended Masters (Australian Qualifications Framework) leading to a registrable specialist qualification. You will experience:

  • Interdisciplinary learning and undertake patient care in a state-of-the-art facility with the most modern equipment, technologies and teaching methods.
  • Collegial support and interaction with leading specialists from the first week of your first year of study.
  • Research focus over all three years of the program.

Duration: 3 years full-time
Location: Herston campus

Applications submitted by the closing date (13 April 2020) for enrolment in Semester 1, 2021 have now been considered for all disciplines.  Applications for the Prosthodontics program are being invited for a second round of offers (closing date - 5 August 2020).

If you would like to register your interest in submitting a future application for Oral Medicine, please complete this online expression of interest form.


Study and Research Plan

The DClinDent program is comprised of 48 units taken over a period of three years (six semesters). Programs commence in mid-January each year. The content of each program varies dependent on the candidate’s chosen specialty. The DClinDent program includes:

  • Common core courses in basic science
  • A nominated field of Dental Science
  • A research project and report

Participants attend seminars, tutorials, practical classes, clinical work and other relevant courses as required by the Discipline Lead. Participants also prepare a cumulative log summarising practical work performed in the principal program area for presentation to examiners if requested.

This program also features a research project occupying approximately 30 per cent of total program time.


Application and Selection

Applications for Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Special Needs Dentistry submitted on or before 13 April 2020 will be assessed and considered for enrolment commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will not be assessed for admission in 2021 at this stage, but may be considered at a later date if a second application round is conducted.  A late second round for selection may be considered if places are not filled or if other disciplines become available.

All applications for the above available disciplines must be submitted online. The program code for the DClinDent is 5616.  

Due to limited places, entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be offered a place. Entry is determined using a competitive selection process and is based on academic records, other postgraduate qualifications, work and research experience since graduation, commitment to the discipline and referee reports.

Applications will only be accepted through the University's online application system.


Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation must be uploaded with your online application. Please make sure you upload the following documents to your online application by the closing date:

  • Official academic transcripts including the grading scale (UQ transcripts do not need to be submitted)
  • Degree award certificates (UQ degree award certificates do no need to be submitted)
  • Full CV (including evidence of clinical experience, research publications and contact details of two referees)
  • Completed personal statement form
  • Evidence of AHPRA registration (and ADC examinations certificate if relevant)
  • Evidence of RACDS Primary Examinations or equivalent (if completed)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency* if applicable
  • Evidence of Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian permanent residency i.e. citizenship certificate, passport or birth certificate

*Please note that if you are an overseas trained dentist and/or from a non-English speaking background, you will need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency (i.e. IELTS overall band score of 7, with a minimum of 7 in each sub-band - reading, writing, listening and speaking, obtained within the past two years from the date of program commencement). Please see UQ’s English Language Proficiency policy for further information.

    Please use the Application Checklist to ensure that you have included all necessary documentation with your application, as incomplete applications will not be eligible for assessment.

    Nomination of Two Referees

    The names and contact details (including email addresses) of two nominated referees are also required. A request for referee reports will be forwarded to nominated referees for applicants who have been shortlisted. Please notify your referees and advise them of their nomination before submitting your online application by the due date. 

    Please note that nominated referees must be a current/former employer, mentor or professional colleague suitably qualified to assess your clinical abilities and professional attitude and character.

    Clinical Assessment Program

    Shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a Clinical Assessment Program to be held at the School of Dentistry, which may include activities such as clinical observation, a situational judgement test, virtual case discussion and assessment,  and a presentation task. Such applicants will be responsible for all travel and accommodation costs incurred in undertaking the assessment in Brisbane.

    Important Dates

    Submission closing date for applications to be assessed (major round):  13 April 2020

    Shortlisted applicants attend Clinical Assessment Program (major round):  Mid-late June (Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry).  (All shortlisted applicants have now been contacted.)

    Clinical assessment of shortlisted applicants for Dentomaxillofacial Radiology is currently being planned for mid-late July, and Orthodontics is being planned for mid-late August.

    Applications for a second round of offers for the Prosthodontics program is now open.  Submission closing date for applications to Prosthodontics to be assessed:  Wednesday, 5 August 2020

    Please note that clinical assessment of applicants will be undertaken where possible by videoconferencing (Zoom).  Clinical assessment which is required to be conducted in person at the School of Dentistry may be subject to change depending upon COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

    It is intended that offers will made to successful applicants shortly after the selection process has been completed.