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University of Melbourne

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) degree at University of Melbourne is for general dentists who wish to become specialists.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
3 years full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months

About this course

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) degree at University of Melbourne is for general dentists who wish to become specialists.

The (DCD) degree is designed to provide the opportunity to advance professional knowledge and skills in one of the specialist areas to an expert level and engage new and emerging relevant fields of study.

The course aims to facilitate the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for students to further their career in specialty practice, academia or research. The course offers a choice of the following specialist fields:

  • Endodontics
  • Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Special Needs Dentistry

This course has been accredited by the Australian Dental Council for graduates to register with AHPRA and practice in Australian and New Zealand as a Specialist Dentist within one of these specialties. The degree was first offered and conferred in 2004 and is academically on a par with a Research Doctorate and Higher Doctorate - the highest level of degree in Australia.

The program is a three-year full-time course that provides advanced study and training in all areas of your chosen specialty.

Graduates will be prepared for specialty practice, hospital practice or teaching and research in a dental school. You will be able to undertake clinical experience through the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne and its associated clinics under the instruction of University of Melbourne staff. Practice also occurs at the new Melbourne Dental Clinic situated at 723 Swanston St, Carlton.

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What you will learn

Course structure

300 points

  • 75 points of course core subjects
  • Students choose one specialisation, consisting of 225 points of core subjects

Career pathways

With world-class academic support and access to seven clinical dentistry specialities, this program is unrivalled in Australia.

Catered specifically for high achieving dentists who are ready to pursue a clinical dentistry specialisation, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry can help you become a top specialist in your chosen field.

How to apply

Applications are now open for the 2022 Intake. Applications Close Friday 30 April 2021.

Please follow the link below in order to submit an application, you will need to enter the course code of ME-DCD when prompted.

Graduate outcomes

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