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

The School of Dentistry is pleased to announce that applications are now being invited for Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, and Special Needs Dentistry for enrolment in Semester 1, 2022.

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 14 April 2021 will be assessed and considered for enrolment commencing in Semester 1, 2022. Applications submitted after this date will not be assessed for admission in 2022.

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 (docx, 101 KB) 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 (PDF, 171 KB) 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):  14 April 2021

    Shortlisted applicants attend Clinical Assessment Program in Brisbane:  Mid-late June (to be confirmed)

    Please note that clinical assessment of applicants may 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 be made to successful applicants in July 2021.