Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

The University of Adelaide

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is designed to provide specialist dental training through clinical training and research, and offers dentists the chance to consolidate and extend their skills in the specialisation area of their choice. This degree is a professional postgraduate training program, not a PhD degree. As such, throughout the three years of the degree, students work in the clinical area as members of the health care team. Clinical placements may be undertaken in both metropolitan and rural public and private health care settings. Specialisations are available in endodontics, oral pathology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics and special needs dentistry. Graduates of the degree are prepared for careers in their area of specialisation, and will be eligible for specialty registration in Australia provided other qualifications and strict conditions outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) are fulfilled. Before applying, prospective candidates should ensure that this degree allows them to register in the country in which they intend to work. The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry specialisations are all accredited by the Australian Dental Council.

Course Fee:

Australian: $121,500
International: $157,500

Entry Requirements:

Relevant bachelor degree and 2 years' clinical experience, plus RACDS exam or H2A Hons or GDip or equivalent


The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a combined clinical training and research program normally taken over three years (minimum three years; maximum four years).

Subjects you can Study:

Endodontics; Oral pathology; Orthodontics; Paediatric dentistry; Periodontics; Prosthodontics; Special needs dentistry

Study Pathways:

Degrees that lead into this award: Honours degree of Bachelor of Science in Dentistry

Further information:

Not all speciality programs are offered every year.


Australian Dental Council; Dental Boards throughout Australia.

Who for:

Dental graduates wishing to specialise in specific disciplines

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info No Full time 3 years

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