The School of Dentistry offers graduate programs leading to the award of degrees of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent), Master of Philosophy (MPhil)Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Dental Science (DDSc). The MPhil program is undertaken by research, and the DClinDent program is undertaken by coursework which leads to specialist registration.  

Students in these programs undertake courses at the Dental School which is situated in the new UQ Oral Health Centre in Herston, Australia's largest and most advanced oral health facility.


The DClinDent program provides graduates with a professional qualification as a dental specialist. Students undertake a plan of study in their nominated specialty which consists of basic science/dental science courses undertaken in first year and major clinical courses undertaken throughout the three year program, as well as a research project and report. Research may take the form of a clinical or laboratory investigation, or a meta-analysis of clinical data relevant to the specialty area.

Research Higher Degrees

The School of Dentistry offers Doctor of Philosophy  (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) research projects to students with undergraduate degrees in various disciplines including but not limited to Dentistry. Alternatively, you may have an undergraduate degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Mathematics or Social Sciences.

All prospective Research Higher Degree (RHD) Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students are expected to undertake their research in one of the School’s research programs. If you are interested in a Research Higher Degree within the School of Dentistry please contact the School on 07 3365 8022.

For information on obtaining research scholarships please visit the Graduate School website.

 Opportunities Open to Graduates

  • Specialty Practice. Graduates with DClinDent degrees may apply for registration as specialists. (In Australia, this applies only to graduates who have completed their primary (Bachelor's) dental degree in Australia or New Zealand)
  • Research. Opportunities are available for graduates wishing to further their research careers at universities of postgraduate institutes in Australia and overseas.
  • Teaching. Graduates with postgraduate experience and higher degrees may apply for permanent lectureships which become available from time to time. Temporary lectureships are occasionally available and may be offered to graduates who intend studying for higher degrees.

Academic Advising and Course Planning

Plans of study for students in the clinical programs are recommended by appointed supervisors and must be approved by the School of Dentistry. Students will be notified of their study plans and supervisors following approval.

Further Information

All enquiries should initially be directed to the Student and Academic Services Office on 3365 8022.

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