Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Medicine)

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 (Oral Medicine) will develop your skills in the non-surgical management of the full range of oral diseases as well as for the care of medically compromised patients in hospital and non-hospital settings. You will learn about the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of diseases of the oral mucosa and salivary glands, facial pain and oral manifestations of systematic diseases such as HIV. The course will provide you with an understanding of the oral health care needs of medically compromised patients, including transplant recipients, in close cooperation with the medical and surgical units of Westmead Hospital. Diagnostic oral and general pathology form integral parts of the course. You will also complete a research project in the field of oral medicine and oral pathology under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan


The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Medicine) is a three year full-time course. Students will enroll 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

Progression rules

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.

Capstone experience

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 (Oral Medicine) all students will complete a research project as a capstone experience. The research project is undertaken throughout the course.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This course is aimed at dental graduates preparing for a career in clinical oral medicine. Graduates will be prepared for specialist work within a large general hospital or in a private practice. Additional training in diagnostic oral pathology would permit work within a diagnostic histo-pathology.

Course accreditation

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry courses are accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC) http://www.dentalcouncil.net.au/

Further study

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Medicine) 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 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

Domestic students

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.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

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 students

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.

Annual review

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.