Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric 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 (Paediatric Dentistry) is aimed at qualified local and international dentists who wish to practice in the special needs of children's dentistry. You will study preventive dentistry, behaviour management, child assessment and treatment planning, the management of orofacial trauma, childhood dental anomalies and genetics, and paediatric oral pathology and medicine. You will also complete a research project in the field of paediatric dental surgery or practice under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Working within Dentistry one must possess a number of attributes in order to be successful in Dentistry. We have attached a list of inherent requirements that students should meet before considering Dentistry as a career.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric 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

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, intellectual and/or professional growth. For the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) all students will complete a thesis as a capstone experience. The research project is undertaken throughout the course.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

This course prepares candidates for work in a specialist practice in paediatric dentistry or a specialist clinic in a hospital.

Course accreditation

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry courses are accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC)

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 requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) will hold a Bachelor of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine 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 (Limited Registration for postgraduate training/supervised practice) and with a curriculum acceptable to the faculty.
Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the particular specialty that they are applying for, such as through participation in short courses or continuing education programs aligned to that particular specialty.
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 is desirable;
all applicants must be registered with the Australian Dental Board for practice (limited registration for international candidates) prior to admission to the program.
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. Some specialist programs also require applicants to sit an examination as a component of the selection process.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. Applications commencing in semester 1, 2017 will close on the 31st March 2016.

Ancillary expenses

Yes there are Ancillary costs for this course.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, 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 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 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.