UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

This course is designed to train dentists in one of these specialty disciplines: Endodontics, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Orthodontics, Periodontics or Paediatric Dentistry. Graduates are eligible for registration as specialists in the appropriate discipline with the relevant registration authorities in Australasia and New Zealand in their chosen field, provided they are eligible for registration as a Dentist. The course consists of didactic work, clinical practice, laboratory and research work.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Clinical Dentistry
Award abbreviationDClinDent
Course code90840
Course typeclinical master's degree
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code068911K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull-time only
Credit points required144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationDoctor of Clinical Dentistry is accredited by: The Australian Dental Council (ADC).
Standard course duration3 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Camile Farah

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (18 points):

S1DENT5603Dental Research Methodology
S2DENT6849Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography and Radiology
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I

Endodontics specialisation

Take all units (126 points):

S1, S2DENT6801Endodontics Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6802Endodontics Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6803Endodontics Theory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6804Endodontics Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6805Endodontics Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6806Endodontics Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6807Endodontics Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6808Endodontics Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6809Endodontics Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6810Endodontics Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6811Endodontics Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6812Endodontics Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6851Endodontics Research Dissertation (30 points)

Oral Medicine specialisation

Take all units (126 points):

S1, S2DENT6813Oral Medicine Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6814Oral Medicine Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6815Oral MedicineTheory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6816Oral Medicine Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6817Oral Medicine Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6818Oral Medicine Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6819Oral Medicine Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6820Oral Medicine Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6821Oral Medicine Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6822Oral Medicine Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6823Oral Medicine Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6824Oral Medicine Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6852Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology Research Dissertation (30 points)

Oral Pathology specialisation

Take all units (132 points):

S1, S2DENT6870Oral Pathology Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6871Oral Pathology Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6872Oral Pathology Theory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6873Oral Pathology Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6874Oral Pathology Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6875Oral Pathology Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6876Oral Pathology Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6877Oral Pathology Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6878Oral Pathology Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6879Oral Pathology Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6880Oral Pathology Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6881Oral Pathology Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6882Oral Pathology Research Dissertation (30 points)

Orthodontics specialisation

Take all units (126 points):

S1, S2DENT6825Orthodontics Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6826Orthodontics Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6827Orthodontics Theory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6828Orthodontics Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6829Orthodontics Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6830Orthodontics Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6831Orthodontics Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6832Orthodontics Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6833Orthodontics Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6834Orthodontics Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6835Orthodontics Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6836Orthodontics Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6853Orthodontics Research Dissertation (30 points)

Paediatric Dentistry specialisation

Take all units (126 points):

S1, S2DENT6854Paediatric Dentistry Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6855Paediatric Dentistry Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6856Paediatric Dentistry Theory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6857Paediatric Dentistry Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6858Paediatric Dentistry Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6859Paediatric Dentistry Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6860Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6861Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6862Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6863Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6864Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S2DENT6865Paediatric Dentistry Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6866Paediatric Dentistry Research Dissertation (30 points)

Periodontics specialisation

Take all units (126 points):

S1, S2DENT6837Periodontics Theory I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6838Periodontics Theory I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6839Periodontics Theory II Part 1
S1, S2DENT6840Periodontics Theory II Part 2
S1, S2DENT6841Periodontics Theory III Part 1
S1, S2DENT6842Periodontics Theory III Part 2
S1, S2DENT6843Periodontics Clinical Practice I Part 1
S1, S2DENT6844Periodontics Clinical Practice I Part 2
S1, S2DENT6845Periodontics Clinical Practice II Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6846Periodontics Clinical Practice II Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6847Periodontics Clinical Practice III Part 1 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6848Periodontics Clinical Practice III Part 2 (12 points)
S1, S2DENT6850Periodontics Research Dissertation (30 points)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 6.5.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Dental Science, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) at least two years of full-time professional experience or equivalent in the practice of general dentistry;

and

(c) passed the Primary Examination for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons, or equivalent, as recognised by UWA;

and

(d) current registration as a dentist in Australia.1

1 Applicants must be eligible and remain registered for the duration of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points which must include course core units and specialisation units. The course comprises the following specialisations:

  • PG-ENDTC Endodontics
  • PG-OMEDC Oral Medicine
  • PG-OPTHY Oral Pathology
  • PG-ORDTC Orthodontics
  • PG-PDENT Paediatric Dentistry
  • PG-PRDTC Periodontics

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they—

(a) fail a unit twice;

or

(b) fail more than two units at the first attempt.

[Approved exceptions to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules

Time limit

13. The time limit is four years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Enrolment

14.(1) Unless the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Dentistry, permits otherwise, a student must enrol in units to the value of at least 48 points in any year of enrolment.

(2) Students are required to maintain registration with the Dental Board of Western Australia throughout their enrolment.

Substitution

15. Under exceptional circumstances assessed on a case by case basis, the Faculty, on recommendation by the course coordinator, may permit a student to substitute units up to a maximum of 12 points in another unit or units of equivalent value.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Credit

16.(1) Credit will normally only be granted for coursework completed within the last five years.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

(2) Credit granted for work completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution will not exceed 24 points.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Appointment of examiners

17.(1) Following submission of a dissertation, the School of Dentistry appoints at least two examiners to conduct appropriate examinations and consider the research dissertations, one of whom must be an external examiner unless the Faculty determines otherwise.

(2) The examiners results are reported to the Board of Postgraduate Studies of the School of Dentistry.