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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

What’s your speciality?

Adelaide Dental School is ranked 1st in Australia and number 39 in the world*. Our leading-edge expertise gives our graduates a competitive edge in a flexible and rewarding profession. 

This 3-year degree provides specialist dental education through clinical training and research.

What will you do?

Our Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is a professional postgraduate training program, not a PhD. You will:

  • undertake clinical placements in metropolitan, rural, public and private health care settings
  • conduct evidence-based clinical research
  • propose, present and submit a major dissertation
  • advance your knowledge and technical skills in a specialisation of your choice.

We offer the following specialist training areas: 

  • Endodontics
  • Oral Pathology
  • Orthodontics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Special Needs Dentistry.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to change lives on your chosen dentistry path. You’ll be eligible for specialty registration in Australia provided you’ve fulfilled all the qualifications and strict conditions outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.


  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree may permit specialty registration in Australia, provided other qualifications and strict conditions are fulfilled. Furthermore, candidates should ensure that the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry degree from the University of Adelaide is registrable in the country in which they intend to work.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement
Throughout the program, students will work in the clinical area as members of a health care team. Clinical placements will be undertaken at public and private health care facilities.
Students undertaking clinical placements in the dentistry program are required to obtain the following clearances:

AHPRA registration
criminal history clearance
prescribed communicable infections screening
tuberculosis screening

Potential careers
Oral Pathologist, Orthodontist, Paediatric Dentist, Periodontist, Prosthodontist, Endodontist, Special Needs Dentist, Specialist Dental Practitioner, Dentist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

  • Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.
  • Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.
IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
Tertiary Qualifications
Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent or higher. Applicants who hold a relevant Honours or Master's degree or equivalent will also be considered. 
Applicants must have: 
* at least two years of general practice AND an Honours (research training) degree OR 
* successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons OR 
* successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons (UK).
A short description of research interests and aptitudes. 
Evidence of professional qualifications.
Details of employment history.
2 professional referees.
Full CV including work history and publications.
Students applying for the following specialisations must complete an interview in person via phone or skype: Periodontics, Oral Pathology, Endodontics, Paediatric, Special Needs and Prosthodontic. 
Students applying for the specialisation in Orthodontics must complete a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI, in person) and manual dexterity assessments. Strict quotas apply. 

  • Course Code: 088341G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 180000 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD