Master of Dental Science (Clinical-Thesis)

Course 252CT (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Research Higher Degree
Duration & Credit Points: Students are expected to complete this research in 1.50 years full time, or equivalent part time.




Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
MDHS Student Centre / Learning and Teaching Unit
Level 1, Brownless Biomedical Library
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 5890



Future Student Questions:

Course Overview:

This course is unavailable to new students and teaching is being phased out.

The MDSc by research aims to enhance the academic and research skills of dental graduates interested in developing an academic or research career. This course could leadon to a PhD. In this course you would define and manage an original, independent research project. This would equip you for more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research positions in a wide context. The clinical thesis is available in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery only. Students enrol in the single subject 511621 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Learning Outcomes:

In this course you would define and manage an original, independent research project. This would equip you for more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for applied research positions in a wide context.

Course Structure & Available Subjects:


Entry Requirements:

You must hold an undergraduate degree in dentistry with very good academic results, and have completed at least two years full-time, continuous clinical work experience since graduation. Completion of professional development courses and a strong record in research publications would be highly regarded.

The following selection criteria are also taken into account:

  • Referees' reports and interviews -You will need to nominate three professional referees. An interview, in person or by telephone, may also by conducted.
  • Evidence of additional study - Many applicants will have completed primary Fellowship examinations, a postgraduate diploma or higher degree.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Overview, Objectives and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:

Graduate Attributes: None
Generic Skills:

Our research masters graduates should develop:

  • an ability to initiate research projects and to formulate viable research questions;
  • a demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
  • an ability to manage time to maximise the quality of research;
  • an understanding of the major contours of international research in the research area;
  • a capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature;
  • well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline;
  • the ability to analyse research data within a changing disciplinary environment;
  • the capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
  • an understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area;
  • a profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of research and scholarship;
  • a capacity to cooperate with other researchers;
  • an ability to manage information effectively, including the application of computer systems and software where appropriate to the student's field of study.
Links to further information:

1. Research projects are subject to the availability of teaching and supervisory staff.

2. This course does NOT qualify international students without a registerable undergraduate degree to practice dentistry in Victoria. Please refer to the Dental Practice Board of Victoria for further information (

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