Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Course 661AA (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Year and Campus: 2015 - Parkville
CRICOS Code: 076196K
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 300 credit points taken over 36 months full time.


Professor Ivan Darby Tel: +61 3 9341 1470 Email:


Postgraduate Administrator Tel: +61 3 9341 1507 Email:

Course Overview:

This course is offered in seven specialty areas: Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry.

Learning Outcomes:


  • To provide the opportunity to advance your knowledge and skills in a specialist area.
  • To engage with new and emerging fields of study.
  • To facilitate the advanced development of clinical, academic and research skills necessary for you to further your career in specialty practice, academia or research.


On completion of the DCD course, you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate proficiency and special skills in the provision of clinical services applicable to the specialty
  2. demonstrate a detailed understanding of the principles, current developments and research methods applicable to the specialty
  3. conduct an original scientific investigation into a biological, clinical or community health problem; and
  4. communicate the results of scientific enquiry.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:




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Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
• an undergraduate degree in Dentistry; and
• at least two years of documented relevant clinical work experience; and
• nomination of two referees.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance; and
• the professional experience; and
• the referee reports.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:


Graduate Attributes:


Generic Skills:

You could reasonably expect to have acquired the following generic skills by the conclusion of this course:

  • advanced understanding of the changing knowledge base of a specialty;
  • ability to evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature;
  • highly-developed problem-solving abilities characterized by flexibility of approach;
  • superior capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations;
  • advanced understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialist area;
  • ability to design, conduct and report original research;
  • capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work;
  • profound respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
  • ability to offer leadership in the specialist area;
  • capacity to value and participate in projects which require team-work;
  • understanding of the significance and value of their knowledge to the wider community (including business and industry);
  • capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society;

and possibly,

  • advanced working skills in the application of computer systems and software and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies.
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