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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics)

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Overview

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) provides the opportunity for you to develop skills and acquire knowledge essential for specialisation in orthodontics through a comprehensive curriculum of theoretical and clinical studies. This course is primarily clinical based with didactic sessions, complemented by a research component.

As a postgraduate dentistry student, you will learn from expert oral health professionals and researchers as you study at the Sydney Dental Hospital. Your will learn treatment options for a wide variety of patients with different malocclusions and age groups using full fixed appliances, orthopaedic appliances, temporary anchorage devices, surgical modalities as well as esthetic applications (Invisalign and lingual techniques). As a capstone to your studies, you will complete a research project in the field of orthodontics under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Ranked number 42 in the world for Dentistry,* the University of Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry is Australia's first dental school and has been training dental practitioners for more than 100 years. All our postgraduate courses are patient-centred, evidence-based, integrated with research and responsive to community needs. Graduates are engaged and globally aware and have the capability to become leaders in oral health, dentistry and research.

Accredited by the Australian Dental Council, the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) prepares graduates for work in a specialised practice in orthodontics or a specialist clinic in a hospital and also opens up further opportunities to pursue a career in research and clinical academic positions.

*Source: QS World Rankings by subject, 2016.

Important Information

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in dentistry.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Specialisations

There are no majors for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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How to apply

What you'll study

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) 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.

Units of Study

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

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) 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.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

 

Professional accreditation

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

Future study options

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.

Graduate opportunities

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

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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