Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery)


The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) will develop your skills in the surgical management of the full range of oral diseases in hospital and non-hospital settings, complemented by a research project in the field of oral surgery under the supervision of an academic staff member.

As a postgraduate dentistry student, you will learn from expert oral health professionals and researchers as you study at the Nepean Hospital and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health. The program also takes place in regional hospitals and clinics across NSW with the benefit of a broad representation of clinical presentations and settings. This course has a foundation of evidence-based practice. It will enable the provision of the full range of Oral Surgery services including appropriate oral surgical management of the medically compromised patient. Diagnosis and management of oral pathology including soft and hard lesions and salivary gland anomalies. You will also complete a research project in the field of Oral Surgery, or related area, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Who should study this course?

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) is suitable for qualified local and international dentists preparing for a career in oral surgery.

Graduate opportunities

This course is aimed at dental graduates who are preparing for a career in clinical oral surgery. Graduates will be prepared for specialist work within public or private hospitals, teaching institutions and public dental clinics.

Course accreditation

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

Study plan

This is a new course in Australia. Hence the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Oral Surgery) is a three-year full-time course which is completed in two parts. Students will enrol in the one year program (Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Surgical Dentistry)) and complete all units of study outlined for each semester. Many applicants have indicated that they wish to complete only the one-year course. Those who wish to complete the full program would therefore need to apply for the final two years. This course is primarily clinical based with didactic sessions and a research component in each semester. It is recommended that applicants have the RACDS Part 1 Examination (or equivalent), and a portfolio which includes research, clinical teaching and rural experience.

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