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Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree in which students undertake supervised research to prepare a substantial piece of work representing a significant contribution to a particular field of study. In addition it trains candidates in the general area of research methodology, equipping them with skills which will serve them in any area of research. The culmination of this degree is the production of a thesis. The PhD in the Faculty of Dentistry is aimed at those who intend to pursue academic careers in oral health.

Admission normally requires a master's degree, or a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney, or another approved institution.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research degree in which students undertake supervised research leading to the production of a thesis.

The MPhil is aimed at those who intend to pursue research careers in dentistry. It may also be used as a foundation to commencing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

For admission requirements please contact the program coordinator.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology)

The program aims to develop the skills necessary for 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.

The program develops skills in 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. It provides for the oral health care needs of medically compromised patients, including transplant recipients, in close co-operation with the medical and surgical units of Westmead Hospital. Diagnostic oral and general pathology are integral parts of the program.

The program is aimed at local and international dental graduates preparing for a career in clinical oral medicine and oral pathology.

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent plus two years general practice experience. The closing date for applications is 31st March for commencement in the following year. It is desirable for International candidates to have passed the Australian Dental Council (ADC) Examinations to qualify for this course.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry requires three years of full-time study.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics)

The program provides the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for specialisation in orthodontics.

A comprehensive curriculum of theoretical and clinical studies. Technique instruction is based on fixed appliance therapy, comprising Begg and Edgewise philosophies, including a self-ligating bracket technique.

The program is aimed at local and international dental graduates preparing for a career in orthodontics.

Admission requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent plus a minimum of two years general practice experience. If shortlisted, applicants are required to attend the university for an interview, written examination and assessment of clinical skills. The closing date for applications is 31st March for commencement in the following year.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry requires three years of full-time study.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry)

The program aims to develop the skills necessary for specialisation in paediatric dentistry. The program is aimed at qualified local and international dentists who wish to specialise in paediatric dentistry.

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent plus a minimum of two years general practice experience. In addition, candidates are required to attend an interview prior to selection for admission. The closing date for applications is 31st March for commencement in the following year.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry requires three years of full-time study.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Periodontics)

The program provides the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for specialisation in periodontics. The program is aimed at local and international qualified dentists who wish to specialise in periodontics.

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent plus a minimum of two years general practice experience. In addition, candidates are required to hold a pass in the primary examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or an equivalent. Candidates require registration as dentists by the Dental Board of New South Wales, and will be required to attend an interview prior to selection for admission. The closing date for applications is 31st March for commencement in the following year.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry requires three years of full-time study.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Advanced Restorative)
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry (Advanced Restorative)


The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry component is completed over three years full-time. Students have the option of entering and/or exiting with a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Restorative) following completion of two semesters full-time study or the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry (Restorative) following successful completion of one semester full-time study.

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent plus a minimum of two years general practice experience. In addition, candidates are required to attend an interview prior to selection for admission. The closing date for applications is 31st March for commencement in the following year. Applicants have the option of applying for entry at the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters level; the level they are admitted at will be at the discretion of the Course Coordinator.

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry requires three years of full-time study. The Graduate Diploma requires one year of full-time study and the Graduate Certificate one semester of full-time study.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Special Care Dentistry)

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.
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 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 of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Graduate Diploma in Dentistry (Oral Implants)

The program aims to provide dental graduates with the skills and knowledge to provide oral implant treatment in general dental practice.

The program focuses on the clinical practice of oral implant restoration. The program is aimed at local dental graduates wishing to develop skills in oral implant treatment for general dental practice.

Admission normally requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent, which is registrable for practice with the NSW Dental Board. In addition, applicants must demonstrate interest in and knowledge of oral implants and have experience in dental-alveolar surgery. Applications close 31st March for commencement in the following year. Note: There is no admission to this course in 2015, next course will be 2016

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Graduate Diploma in Dentistry (Conscious Sedation and Pain Control)

This program aims to provide the opportunity to develop skills and acquire knowledge in the growing field of conscious sedation and pain control.

Major areas of study include: the practice of sedation; differential diagnosis of collapse; advanced life support. The program is aimed at dental graduates wishing to upgrade skills for general dental practice. Admission requires a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent, which is registrable for practice with the NSW Dental Board. Applications close 31st March for commencement in the following year.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.

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Postgraduate Studies in Population Oral Health

Candidates wishing to pursue a program in Population Oral Health begin by completing the Master of Public Health (MPH) or the Master of International Public Health (MIPH) degree through the School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School. Students must include in their degree the following three dental elective units of study: Preventive Dentistry, Dental Health Services, Population Oral Health.
Upon successful completion of the MPH or MIPH,students may then be able to proceed to study a research degree (MPhil or PhD) and a career in Dental Public Health in Australia. Registration as a specialist with the Dental Board of Australia will likely follow.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date of 31st March for the following year. 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.


The minimum English language requirements for international students is an IELTS of 7.0 with no band below 6.5.

Please see website:
http://www.usyd.edu.au/future_students/international_postgraduate_research/admissions/entry_requirements/english_language.shtml

Faculty Resources and Facilities Available

The Faculty is housed within the Sydney Dental Hospital (SDH), Surry Hills and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (WCOH), Westmead Hospital. These hospitals provide high quality clinical and research facilities and supervision to postgraduate students. These include: a well resourced Institute of Dental Research, Oral Pathology Laboratory, Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit, Population Oral Health Unit at WCOH, Biomaterials Laboratory and Orthodontics Research Unit at Sydney Dental Hospital and facilities for clinical research in general and specialist dentistry. In addition these are, specialist clinical departments (oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine and oral pathology, orthodontics, paedodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, special care dentistry and comprehensive dental laboratory services); student computing facilities in SDH and WCOH, and the dentistry library located at SDH, and a library with medical and dental holdings at WCOH.

Research and clinical collaborations exist between disciplines and with other Faculties and hospital departments and institutes. Postgraduate candidates are encouraged to attend local and international research and clinical meetings and at the Faculty's Research Day.

WCOH also houses the internationally recognised Jaw Function and Orofacial Pain Research Unit and a well resourced Oral Pathology Laboratory.

Fees and Financial Assistance Available to Postgraduate Students

Fees

Domestic students enrolled in the research degree programs such as the PhD or MPhil are financially covered under the Research Training Scheme (RTS) and are fee and HECS exempt provided these degrees are completed within a prescribed timeframe - eight (8) full-time semesters for a PhD and four (4) full-time semesters for a MPhil or their part-time equivalents (16 semesters and 8 semesters respectively). Students will be required to pay the University's Student Union Fees upon enrolment.

International students enrolled in research degree programs are required to pay up-front tuition fees to the University. Details on fees for international research students are available on this link and search in the area of Dentistry.


Domestic coursework students are required to pay upfront tuition fees for the duration of their course, which are paid on each semester of enrolment. A current list of course fees is available on this link and search in the area of Dentistry.


International students enrolled in coursework programs will also be required to pay tuition fees; these are detailed on this link
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Students enrolled in a research degree such as the PhD or MPhil
are eligible for postgraduate research scholarships offered by the University. Full details on scholarships offered, including amounts, eligibility and application dates are available on this link for more information.


FEE-HELP is an interest-free loan facility for eligible local students who are enrolled in fee-paying, postgraduate non-research courses. Unlike HECS-HELP liable courses, institutions set the tuition fee for fee-paying postgraduate courses and students are required to pay the full amount. FEE-HELP enables local students enrolled in the Faculty's postgraduate coursework programs to obtain a loan from the Commonwealth Government to pay all or part of their tuition fees. Eligibile students repay their loan through the taxation system once their income reaches the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment, click this link for more information.

Key Contacts

Prospective student should contact the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit for all enquiries relating to applications process, key dates, financial matters, rules and regulations. This information is detailed at Postgraduate Student Administration Unit or telephone on (02) 9351-3132 or e-mailing info@med.usyd.edu.au.

Please submit 3 references with your application.

Enquiries of an academic nature may be directed to the Faculty of Dentistry's Postgraduate Course Coordinators/research discipline heads, or through the Postgraduate Administrator, Ms Tracey Bowerman on (02) 9845-7892 or e-mail tracey.bowerman@sydney.edu.au.

Postgraduate Coordinators/research discipline heads

Biomaterials Science
Professor Michael Swain
Ph: (02) 9351-1814 or michael.swain@sydney.edu.au

Conscious Sedation & Pain Control
A/Professor Douglas Stewart
Ph: (02) 9845-7915 or Douglas_Stewart@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

Foundation Studies in Oral Rehabilitation
Professor Iven Klineberg
Ph: (02) 9845-9030 or implants@dentistry.usyd.edu.au

Occlusion
Professor Iven Klineberg
Ph: (02) 9845-7192 or natasha.pavic@sydney.edu.au

Oral Biology
Professor Neil Hunter
Ph: (02) 9845-8762 or neil.hunter@sydney.edu.au

Oral Implants
Professor Iven Klineberg
Ph: (02) 9845-9030 or implants@dentistry.usyd.edu.au

Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine
Associate Professor Hans Zoellner
Ph: (02) 9845-7401 or hans.zoellner@sydney.edu.au

Oral Surgery
Dr Stephen Cox
Ph: (02) 9845-7405 or stephen.cox@sydney.edu.au

Orthodontics
Professor Ali Darendeliler
Ph: (02) 9351-8314 or maria.apostol@sydney.edu.au

Paediatric Dentistry
Dr Sally Hibbert
Ph: (02) 9845-7446 or sally_hibbert@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

Periodontics
Associate Professor Axel Spahr
Ph: (02) 9293-3274 or axel.spahr@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Population Oral Health
Professor Anthony Blinkhorn
Ph: (02) 8821-4362 or anthony.blinkhorn@sydney.edu.au

Prosthodontics
Professor Iven Klineberg
Ph: (02) 9845-7192 or natasha.pavic@sydney.edu.au