Postgraduate

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) is a three-year, full-time specialist training program for qualified dentists accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Graduates are eligible for registration as specialists in the appropriate discipline with the relevant registration authorities in Australia and New Zealand in their chosen field, provided they are eligible for registration as a dentist. The course consists of didactic work, clinical practice, laboratory and research work.
Graduates are eligible for registration as specialists in the appropriate discipline with the relevant registration authorities in Australia and New Zealand in their chosen field, provided they are eligible for registration as a dentist. The course consists of didactic work, clinical practice, laboratory and research work.
This course could lead to these

Career Opportunities

Further Study

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Fees and scholarships

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Domestic Fees

Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2019
$125,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

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International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2018
$195,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2019
$195,000.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a Bachelor of Dental Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) at least two years of full-time professional experience or equivalent in the practice of general dentistry;
and
(c) passed the Primary Examination for Fellowship or the MRACDS (GDP) for Membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA;
and
(d) current registration as a dentist in Australia.1
1 Applicants must be eligible and remain registered for the duration of the course.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) personal statement addressing; research expertise; years of clinical experience and training; other relevant training;
and
(b) two referees reports.

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

How to apply

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Course details


Programs are offered in the following specialist areas (Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry) and taught by experienced specialists in their field, subject to availability of places each year in a beginning of year or mid-year intake. Programs in Oral Pathology and Dentomaxillofacial Radiology will be offered subject to accreditation by the Australian Dental Council. On completion of the DClinDent program you'll be eligible for registration as a dental specialist with appropriate registration bodies in Australia and New Zealand. Our clinics and laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art digital technologies including CBCT, CADCAM and 3dMD in addition to rotary endodontics and surgical microscopes and the latest research infrastructure.

About The Course

The DClinDent is a degree by coursework and includes a supervised research project and report. Coursework covers topics in biostatistics, research methodology, oral and maxillofacial radiography and radiology, practical aspects of specialist dentistry and discipline-oriented research. The program involves didactic teaching, weekly seminars, journal clubs and clinics combined with a supervised research project. Interdisciplinary teaching and research opportunities are available. The research methodology and the research project are worth 25 per cent of the degree.
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90840
CRICOS code
  • 068911K
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
Status
  • Available 2019
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • The estimated time commitment for a standard full-time enrolment is approximately 46 hours per week (over 13 weeks) which includes contact hours, personal study and examinations.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 90840
CRICOS code
  • 068911K
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Course Structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Program

Applications open for 2019 and January 2020

The DClinDent program provides dentists with the opportunity to specialise in endodontics, orthodontics, oral medicine, periodontics, paediatric dentistry, or prosthodontics (with dento-maxillofacial radiology subject to accreditation by the Australia Dental Council).  

Limited places are still available in endodontics, oral medicine, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics for mid-year (July) 2019 intake and January 2020 intake for endodontics, orthodontics, oral medicine, paediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics.  

As part of the application process, you will need to submit a referee report [PDF, 116KB]. 

Apply before Friday 26 April 2019 for mid-year entry (July 2019) or before 28 June 2019 for Sem 1 entry (Jan 2020) .

For more information, contact (08) 6457 7634.

 
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry Program
specialisation

Prosthodontics

Program objectives:

Prosthodontics is the branch of dentistry pertaining to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance and health of the patient by the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.

specialisation

Program objectives:

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics) program is an evidence-based course, reflecting the oral health needs in the specialist area of prosthodontics. Graduating specialists will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute to improving oral health in their respective communities.
The curriculum is module based and independent from traditional discipline and departmental structures. It is based on defined learning outcomes, essential to the curriculum as a whole. Curricular competences, study paths, learning materials, contact hours (e.g. lectures, seminars and working groups) and assessment procedures are outlined. On completion of each module, the experiences gained are to be used in further areas of the curriculum.

Teaching

The DClinDent (Prosthodontics) program provides didactic and clinical tuition to the student through knowledge and understanding of the anatomy and physiology of oral and peri-oral tissues as well as the aetiology, pathobiology and clinical presentation of diseases affecting these tissues. It aims to provide the student with an understanding of biomaterial science relevant to prosthodontics.

Furthermore, this program provides the student with the knowledge to discern the impact of systemic diseases on oral tissues and oral diseases on systematic health and to provide a clear understanding of the behavioural, clinical and technical procedures involved in the treatment of patients requiring prosthodontic care. Communication individually with patients and professional colleagues will be taught as well as well as the ability to assess research. 

The student will be provided with a broad and sound understanding of the evidence base in prosthodontics and show professional judgement in the assessment and analysis of clinical problems and to provide appropriate solutions best on the best available evidence. This will require the ability to evacuate, synthesize and apply the relevant literature.

Students will need to use advanced problem solving and diagnostic skills and be able to develop comprehensive treatment plans while critically evaluating the scope and limitations of various techniques balancing out the risks, costs and benefits of treatment. In practical terms, the student will develop the skills to perform all appropriate clinical examinations proficiently collecting biological, psychological and social information needed to evaluate the oral and related medical conditions for all patients. Clinical care is to be provided at the highest ethical and technical standards in line with current knowledge and with the full and valid consent of patients, delivered in a clinically proficient manner. Finally students will be required to use effective communication skills with colleagues, patients and the broader community particularly in the area of continuing education. It is hoped they will continue to learn independently with a spirit of open-mindedness and critical enquiry. 

Research

Students are required to complete a research project as a part of this program. A diverse range of projects may be chosen and may include basic material science, applied technology in the area of CAD/CAM dentistry of clinical research. During the first year, students must consider the nature of the project and discuss these ideas with the Program Convenor/Discipline Lead and the Research Coordinator. 

Program Convenor/Discipline Lead
Associate Professor Vladimir Hotinski

Other staff
Dr Michelle Huang
Dr Poh Hun Loh
Dr Victor Matsubara
Dr Amr Fawzy

Specialisation

Periodontics

Program objectives:
The DClinDent (Periodontics) program is designed to lead to a specialist registration in the field of periodontics. This program comprises a well-balanced mix of didactic coursework, clinical work and a research project covering all aspects of modern periodontal and oral implantology practice. This includes the relevant biomedical sciences (such as microbiology, clinical immunology, oral medicine and oral pathology as they pertain to periodontics and implant dentistry) and multidisciplinary treatment planning with all dental speciality disciplines.

 
Specialisation

Program objectives:
Clinical teaching covers the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and conservative therapy of patients with periodontal and peri-implant diseases. Students also learn and practise the full range of periodontal surgical procedures (access surgery, mucogingival, resective and reconstructive surgery). Additional emphasis will be given to teaching and the practice of pre-prosthetic surgical procedures (such as crown lengthening, dental implant placement, hard and soft tissue augmentative procedures). Although this postgraduate program has a strong component that relates to implant dentistry, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Periodontics is designed for students to graduate as periodontal specialists not implant dentists.

Program description:

Teaching
Throughout the three years, students spend at least half their time in clinical practice (four to six weekly clinical sessions). In addition to these clinical sessions, all students supervise dental students in one or two sessions per week. The first year is introductory to the study of periodontal tissue and periodontal diseases. It is also the foundation for the application of periodontology for clinical treatment, management of periodontal conditions and the interrelation with other clinical disciplines. 

The second year is devoted to treatment of periodontal patients with non-surgical, surgical procedures and multi-disciplinary approach. The introduction and exposure to oral implantology with placement of dental implants also commences in this year. The final year mainly focuses on the treatment of more complex periodontal, implant and interdisciplinary cases. The didactic component of the program consists of a series of case presentations, journal clubs and assignments (seminars), held on a regular basis and presented by the students. 

Additional seminars on selected topics are offered by the periodontic academic staff members. Interdisciplinary seminars and lessons (Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Implants) are also offered throughout the three years.

Research

One-third of the program is allocated to conduct clinical or basic research. The research project is the basis for a thesis that should result in the production of a full text manuscript submitted to a scientific journal. The research component will be carried out within the Dental School’s Research Program in Oral Implantology and Periodontics. The program is committed to undertake research in the broad fields of implant dentistry and periodontics. Research aims to increase knowledge in the etiopathogenesis, immunopathology, diagnosis and treatment of peri-implant and periodontal diseases. Special emphasis is placed on the study of innovative procedures and biomaterials in oral implantology.

Program Convenor/Discipline Lead
Associate Professor Leticia Algarves Miranda

Other staff
Dr Bryar Koyi
Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Norbert Radny
Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Mehdi Valizadeh
Dr Julio Rincon
Dr Robert Childs
Dr Keith Gale

Specialisation

Oral Medicine

Program objectives:
Oral medicine is defined as the branch of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and predominantly non-surgical management of medically related disorders and conditions affecting the oral and maxillofacial region, in particular oral mucosal disease and orofacial pain as well as the oral health care of medically complex patients. 

 
Specialisation

Program objectives:
The course is designed to lead to specialist registration in the discipline of oral medicine in Australia. With this in mind, the curriculum is designed to guide the development of specialist trainees in Oral Medicine. This produces specialists who become experts in oral medicine and are included on the Dental Board of Australia specialist list in Oral Medicine. The standards have been developed from the existing competency document for Oral Medicine developed by the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia.

This course comprises a mix of didactic coursework, clinical work and a research project covering all aspects of oral medicine practice. These include the relevant biomedical sciences (e.g. microbiology, clinical immunology, general and oral pathology as they pertain to oral medicine) and multidisciplinary treatment planning with all dental speciality disciplines. Internal medicine and clinical medical rotations comprise an important part of the program. Clinical teaching will cover the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of patients with oral mucosal disease, salivary gland disorders, orofacial pain, TMD, and dental sleep medicine. On completion of the course, students are eligible to undertake examinations with the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons and the Oral Medicine Academy of Australasia.

Program description:
Teaching
Throughout the three years, students spend at least half the time in clinical sessions (generally six clinical sessions per week). All students also supervise dental students in clinic (generally one session per week). The didactic component of the program also consists of a structured series of case presentations, journal clubs, assignments, tutorials, oral pathology case reviews and seminars held on a regular basis and presented by the students in each of the three years of the program facilitated by the academic staff members. Interdisciplinary seminars (Orthodontics, Prosthodontics, Oral Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology) are offered throughout the three years. Rotations to other disciplines including Head and Neck Oncology, Dermatology, Pain, Psychiatry, and General Medicine are undertaken throughout the three years. 
 
Research
One-third of the course is allocated to learning and conducting clinical or laboratory-based research. The research project is the basis for a thesis which should result in the production of at least one original manuscript submitted to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. This research component will be carried out within the UWA Oral Oncology Research Program, led by Professor Camile Farah. The program is committed to undertake research in the broad field of oral medicine. Research aims at increasing knowledge in the etiopathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of oral mucosal diseases generally, and oral potentially malignant disorders specifically.
 
Program Convenor/Discipline Lead

Other Staff
Associate Professor Agnieszka Frydrych
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor Ramesh Balasubramaniam
Dr Omar Kujan
Dr Jacinta Vu

Course Accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC). Graduates are eligible for registration to practice as a specialist dentist in their chosen specialty in Australia and New Zealand.
Specialisation

Endodontics

Program objectives:
The DClinDent Endodontics program aims to teach and develop the necessary skills to enable students to provide ethical, high-quality, patient-centred and evidence-based specialist endodontic treatment to patients. It aims to develop graduates who have a broad scientific foundation of knowledge to become critical thinkers and to embrace the developing and ever-changing science of the discipline with enthusiasm and caution while also developing their technical skills to a high level.

 
 
Specialisation

Program objectives:

This program provides teaching and clinical tuition in endodontics and related subjects. This is largely achieved through an understanding and a firm command of contemporary endodontic literature. Students are trained in research methodology and are required to design and conduct a research project. The program allows for consolidation of knowledge of the basic sciences and expansion of clinical experience gained previously as well as during the course.

Program description:

Teaching
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and the peri-radicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences, including the biology of the normal pulp, and the aetiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and the associated peri-radicular conditions.

All aspects of endodontics and dental traumatology will be studied and practised in detail. The emphasis of the program is on the diagnosis and management of pulp, root canal and periapical conditions. Integrated and multidisciplinary treatment planning is an important aspect. Clinical training is provided within the Oral Health Centre of WA clinics. Opportunities may also be available for candidates to see interesting cases at other clinics and/or in private practice. Students will also spend some time teaching in the dentistry program (DMD degree).

The Endodontics program consists of three core units undertaken by all DClinDent students in the Dental School. These core units cover Dental Research Methodology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography and Radiology, and Biostatistics. The other units of study are discipline-specific and cover Endodontic Theory, Endodontic Clinical Practice and Endodontic Research. At UWA, each unit of study is allocated a point value and students are required to accumulate 144 points over the three-year course duration – that is, 48 points per year, split into 24 points per semester.

Research
All students must complete a research project with time allocated for this throughout the three years of the program. A research dissertation must be written and examined. The general areas of research currently being undertaken in the discipline include, but are not restricted to, pain management, dental trauma, resorption, mechanical effects of endodontics on tooth structure and case selection.
 
Program Convenor/Discipline Lead
Winthrop Professor Paul V. Abbott AO

Other staff
Associate Professor Christine Yu

Specialisation

Orthodontics

Program objectives:
The DClinDent program provides didactic and clinical tuition in orthodontics and related subjects. This is largely achieved through an understanding and a firm command of the contemporary orthodontic literature. Students are trained in research methodology and are required to design and conduct a research project. The course allows for consolidation of knowledge of the basic sciences and expansion of clinical experience gained previously as well as during the program.
The program aims to provide carefully selected dentists with the necessary skills to provide ethical, patient-centred, evidence-based orthodontic treatment.

Specialisation

Program Description:
Teaching

Year 1 includes didactic courses that are common to all DClinDent programs, including Dental Research Methodology, Biostatistics and Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography. In addition, didactic instruction in orthodontics is delivered in a unit, Orthodontics Theory, encompassing components including Anatomy for Graduate Students, Oral Pathology, Growth and Development 1 and 2, Biomechanics and Material Science, Orthodontic Diagnosis and Literature Review. The clinical instruction parallels the didactic coursework with extensive clinical instruction and experience in Orthodontics Clinical Practice.

Year 2 includes didactic instruction in Orthodontics Theory, encompassing components including Bone and Connective Tissue, Genetics, Occlusion - Function and Dysfunction 1, Adult Orthodontics and Periodontics, Dentofacial Deformities and Literature Review. The clinical instruction parallels the didactic coursework with extensive clinical instruction and experience in Orthodontics Clinical Practice.

Year 3 includes didactic instruction in orthodontics in Orthodontics Theory, encompassing components including Occlusion – Function and Dysfunction, Craniofacial Anomalies and Literature Review. The clinical instruction includes rotation through a number of private offices to experience aspects of practice management.

Research

Students are required to complete a research project as part of the DClinDent program. A diverse range of projects may be chosen after consultation with the faculty and may include basic science, applied technology or clinical research. During the first year, students must seriously consider the nature of the project and discuss these ideas with the Discipline Lead, the coordinator of our basic science research program.

Students are expected to present an oral research abstract at the Postgraduate Research Day which is held towards the end of the academic year. The presentation in first year relates to the research proposal, in second year, preliminary data, and finally, the oral research presentation in full at the end of third year.

 
Program Convenor/Discipline Lead

Other staff
Associate Professor Mike Razza
Associate Professor Carl Sim
Associate Professor Peter Tien
Dr Steven Naoum
Dr Consuela Loza

Specialisation

Paediatrics

Program objectives:
The major aim of the program is to train candidates to be clinically competent paediatric dentists. The DClinDent (Paediatric Dentistry) program facilitates development of the candidate’s diagnostic and technical skills while encouraging innovation and critical thinking to provide high-quality, patient-centred treatment to children from birth through the teenage years.

 
Specialisation

Program description:
Teaching
Training in research methodology is an integral part of the program and the aim is to achieve excellence in paediatric oral health-related research. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible for specialist registration in the field of Paediatric Dentistry in Australasia, provided they meet the other requirements of the Dental Board of Australia's relevant registration standards.

The DClinDent (Paediatric Dentistry) program provides didactic and clinical tuition in Paediatric Dentistry and related subjects. This is largely achieved through an understanding and a firm command of the contemporary literature related to and associated with paediatric dentistry. Candidates are also trained in research methodology and are required to design and conduct a research project.

The program involves outpatient clinical practice which includes a wide range of dental conditions which occur in children with an emphasis on medically compromised, cleft lip and palate and special needs patients, examination of new patients upon referral and presenting for emergency care, management of traumatic oro-facial injuries, treatment planning and primary care. Participation will be in small-group seminars to discuss treatment planning and treatment progress. The treatment of these patients may be rendered as in-patients and outpatients under general anaesthesia, inhalation and local anaesthesia. For the medically compromised children, treatment planning can be expected to involve liaison with other healthcare workers. Furthermore, candidates will have on-call duties at the children’s hospital.

Clinical and didactic training in Paediatric Dentistry will be undertaken at the Oral Health Centre of Western Australia (OHCWA), Princess Margaret Hospital/Perth Children’s Hospital, or at other facilities approved by the Program Convenor and the Dean and Head of the UWA Dental School. Clinical training will be under the supervision of specialist paediatric dentists.

Research
Some of the current research projects in the Paediatric Oral Health Research groups include, but are not restricted to, cariology in children, oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) changes, restorative materials, dentine adhesives, identification of genetic risk factors for dental and craniofacial anomalies, developmental defects of dental tissues, syndromes, and evidence-based evaluation of the current treatment approaches in paediatric dentistry. Furthermore, novel approaches for caries management and hypomineralised first permanent molars are also being trialled. All candidates must complete a research project with time allocated for this throughout the three years of the course. 

Program Convenor/Discipline Lead
Associate Professor Robert Anthonappa

Other staff
Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor John C Winters
Dr Jilen Patel