The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry aims to fulfil the following goals:

  • Provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area. 
  • Engage with new and emerging fields of study.
  • Facilitate the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for you to further your career in academia, research or specialty practice. 

Course Description


Course Code: ME-DCD
CRICOS Code: 076196K

Specialist clinical training is provided for general dentists who have at least two years’ full-time clinical experience after graduating. 

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DCD) is classified under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as a level 9 extended-Masters Degree. Prior to 2012 the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry was classified as a level 10 Doctorate award. The courtesy title of Doctor is conferred at graduation. 

The course is full-time for three years.


The course is for general dentists who wish to become specialists.  The course is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  Local graduates of this course may apply for registration to practise in Australia in their designated specialty.  International graduates of this course must pass the ADC examinations in addition to the DCD in order to register to practise as a specialist in Australia.


On completion of the DCD course, you should be able to:
(i) demonstrate special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty;
(ii) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty;
(iii) conduct an original scientific investigation into a biological, clinical or community health problem; and
(iv) communicate the results of scientific enquiry.

You could reasonably expect to have acquired the following generic skills by the conclusion of this course:

  • advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base of a specialty;
  • ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature;
  • highly-developed problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach;
  • superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area;
  • ability to design, conduct and report original research;
  • capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
  • profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  • ability to offer leadership in the specialist area;
  • capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
  • understanding of the significance and value of your knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
  • capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society;

and possibly,

  • advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software, and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies

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