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 the profession 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

Study and Research Plan

The DClinDent program involves 48 units taken over a period of three years (six semesters). Programs commence mid-January each year. The content of each program varies depending 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 program coordinator. 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 about 30% of total program time.

The School currently offers the DClinDent program in Orthodontics, Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine and Prosthodontics.


The Orthodontics program covers all aspects of the discipline - basic and applied, through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical training and case presentations. These areas of study include 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 interdisciplinary management of complex malocclusions. Clinical work is undertaken at the UQ Oral Health Centre, and in conjunction with the Cleft Lip and Palate Service at Lady Cilento Hospital and orthognathic surgery through the Maxillofacial Unit (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital).

Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

The Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology program covers all aspects of diagnostic radiology and radiography relevant to the maxillofacial region. Throughout the program, you will become familiar with advanced imaging techniques at the UQ Oral Health Centre and visiting sessions at Medical radiology practices and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Cone beam imaging is a major component of the program.

Oral Medicine

Oral Medicine is a challenging and rewarding specialty where you will 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 a MOU between UQ and the RACDS to obtain the FRACDS (Oral Medicine special stream), which can be used as a post-nominal.


The Prosthodontics program provides specialist knowledge and skills in crown and bridgework, complete and partial denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and occlusion. Advanced concepts in prosthodontics are taught through a seminar and tutorial program and clinical training. Students gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

Pending accreditation by the Australian Dental Council, The University of Queensland may also offer specialisations in Endodontics, Periodontics, and Special Needs Dentistry from 2018.  If you are interested in applying for Endodontics, Periodontics or Special Needs Dentistry in the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Program, please lodge your expression of interest here.

Application and Selection

Applications for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics, Dento-maxillofacial Radiology, Oral Medicine, Prosthodontics specialties) can be made online. The closing date is 30 May to commence in Semester 1 of the following year.

Please note that due to limited places in each discipline, entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the entry requirements are 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 online application system. Please do not approach Heads of Discipline directly.

Supporting Documentation

Several documents should be uploaded with your online application.  Please make sure you upload the following documents to your online application by the closing date: academic transcripts, full CV (including evidence of clinical experience and research publications), personal statement, and if applicable, English Language Proficiency, evidence of RACDS Primary Examinations or equivalent, evidence of AHPRA registration and ADC certificate.  Applicants are not required to submit academic transcripts for studies undertaken at UQ.

Referee reports (two to be submitted)

A request for referee reports will be forwarded (via email) to your nominated referees once your online application is submitted.  Please notify your referees and advise them of the application closing date before submitting your online application. 

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

Application and Selection Timeline

Closing date for applications: 30 May

Shortlisting of applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements: 15 June

Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation to attend a clinical assessment program: Mid June (18 June for Orthodontics applicants)

Shortlisted applicants attend Clinical Assessment Program in Brisbane: 17 – 21 July (10 – 13 July for Orthodontics applicants)

Offers made to successful applicants: August 3


Research Higher Degrees

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are research higher degrees, creating pathways to discovery in dentistry. Research within the School is focused on a number of themes, and crosses a range of areas from stem cell and tissue engineering and biological sciences through to technologies applied in clinical practice, dental public health and dental education.

The School’s Annual Research Day showcases the research undertaken by staff and students of the School.