Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry) is aimed at qualified local and international dentists who wish to practice in fields of special care. Oral biology, oral medicine, oral pathlogy and internal and general medicine will form the basis of your foundation year in the course. You will then complete advanced studies in behaviour and dental management, restorative dentistry, and growth, development and aging. You will also complete a research project in the field of special care dentistry under the supervision of an academic staff member.
The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry) is a three year full-time course. Students will enrol and complete all units of study outlined for each semester. This course is primarily clinical based with didactic sessions and a research component in each semester.
Further course information
The faculty requires candidates to demonstrate satisfactory progress with their studies as set out in the current relevant University policy on progression. Candidates are required to successfully complete an end of semester assessment before being able to progress to the units of study in the subsequent semester. Candidates must remain registered with the Australian Dental Board for the duration of their candidature. Where a candidate does not remain registered with the Australian Dental Board, the faculty may terminate candidature.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry) all students will complete a thesis as a capstone experience. The research project is undertaken throughout the course.
Course outcomes and further study
This course is designed to prepare candidates for a career at the specialist level in Special Care Dentistry, and to provide a basis to pursue a career pathway in research and/or clinical academic positions.
Doctor of Clinical Dentistry courses are accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) http://www.dentalcouncil.net.au/
The training in research component of this course will provide a basis for an academic career, which would involve further research training through a Doctor of Philosophy.
A successful applicant for admission to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry) will hold a Bachelor of Dentistry or Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution; or an equivalent qualification that is recognised by the Australian Dental Board and with a curriculum acceptable to the faculty; or have completed the shorter embedded course in the relevant stream with sufficient merit. In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires at least two years’ general dental practice, completion of the primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or its equivalent; and any examination and/or an interview as prescribed by the faculty. Local applicants are also required to be registered with the Australian Dental Board (Limited Registration for postgraduate training/supervised practice) for practice at the time of application or immediately upon admission for international applicants.
All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date. Successfully ranked applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Faculty of Dentistry in April/May. Offers to all successful applicants will be issued in late June early July.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on the last working day of March the year before commencement.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.