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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent)

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) degree provides graduate training in ten disciplines in dentistry. The aim of each discipline programme is to prepare graduate students to become registered specialists in that discipline.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Course Code
DClinDent

About this course

The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) degree provides graduate training in ten disciplines in dentistry. The aim of each discipline programme is to prepare graduate students to become registered specialists in that discipline. The programmes foster development of critical analysis, research skills, and advanced clinical skills that will be recognised for specialist registration.

The programmes include clinical research and clinical practice and prepare students to be both practitioners and advisory consultants in their chosen areas of specialisation. Within each programme, course work includes papers on research methods and practice, advanced clinical science, and advanced clinical practice. A candidate's research will be presented in a thesis and demonstrate a significant contribution to knowledge in a particular field.

Because of the different training requirements for registration in each area of specialisation, the programme entry requirements and lengths vary.

The DClinDent degree may be awarded in any of the following subjects:

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Faculty of Dentistry.
  2. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
    1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery of a university in New Zealand;
    2. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the degree.
  3. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their previous academic record (normally with a grade average of a B+ or greater), their graduate experience and academic achievements, their commitment to the specific discipline, evidence that they are committed to ongoing education, and reports from three referees.
  4. Initial admission to the degree programme shall normally be provisional, and shall be confirmed after attaining at least a B+ grade in each of the first year papers (CLDN 910 and CLDN 920).
  5. If admission to the degree programme is not confirmed, then either the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may approve provisional admission for a further period of up to one year or the candidate shall be required to enrol for another qualification or withdraw. If, after a period of extension, admission is not confirmed, the candidate shall be required to enrol for another qualification or withdraw.

Note: A small number of dental postgraduate training programmes require both Medical and Dental degrees. With the approval of the Academic Boards of Dentistry and Medicine on the recommendation of the Combined Medicine and Dentistry Programmes Board of Studies, an MB ChB graduate may be admitted directly to the 3rd Year of the BDS programme.

Study locations

Dunedin