Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

The University of Melbourne

This course is designed for practicing dentists in order to advance their skills and knowledge in a selected specialist discipline, so as to become a specialist practitioner within their chosen field of study. It will facilitate and expand the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for a graduate to further a career in specialty practice, academia, or research.

Course Fee:

Australian: $141,837
International: $206,804

Entry Requirements:

Dental degree with high academic merit (graduating in the top 10% of the class will be look upon favourably); two years' full-time continuous professional clinical work since graduation (internship year is not included). Completion of professional development courses, postgraduate diplomas and a strong record in research publications would be highly regarded.


Seven disciplines available, each being a clinical specialty. Approx. 50% of the course is devoted to clinical training and experience, and the remainder to coursework (20%) and research (30%).

Subjects you can Study:

Endodontics; Oral medicine; Orthodontics; Paediatric dentistry; Periodontics; Prosthodontics; Special needs dentistry.

Study Pathways:

There are no additional study pathways apart from via general dental degree training and clinical practice. Recognition of prior learning is approved on a case-by-case basis.

Further information:

The application process is highly competitive due to the strict quota placed on this course by the availability of clinical dental chairs. Therefore, many applicants choose to complete the Primary Examinations for the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeon Fellowship to strengthen their application.


Australian Dental Council; The Dental Board of Australia recognises this course for specialist practice for people with current General Registration. International graduates require ADC examinations before or after completing the course if they do not hold General Registration in order to register to practice as a specialist in Australia.

Who for:

General dentists wishing to train as specialists

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

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