The Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) degree provides graduate training in nine 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:
- Oral Medicine
- Oral Pathology
- Oral Surgery
- Paediatric Dentistry
- Special Needs Dentistry (not offered in 2023)
Applications for the DClinDent open on 1 April and close on 31 May of the year prior to study. When applications open, a link to apply will appear on this page.
Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent)
Nature of the degree
The degree of Doctor of Clinical Dentistry is awarded on the basis of submission of a thesis and the completion of course work including clinical research and clinical practice. The thesis should give evidence of the candidate's ability to carry out research, that the candidate has shown originality and independence, and that the candidate has made a significant contribution to knowledge in the particular field. It is expected that some of the work in the thesis would be worthy of publication. The research should be of a kind which a diligent and competent student might reasonably be expected to complete within the three years of the study programme.
Admission to the programme
- 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.
- Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:
- have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery of a university in New Zealand;
- have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the degree.
- 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, reports from three referees, and postgraduate English requirements (where applicable).
- Admission to each of the endorsements within the programme is limited to the respective number of candidates determined by the Council annually on the basis of available resources.
- 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).
- 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.
Structure of the programme
- The degree may be awarded in any of the following subjects:
- The programme of study shall consist of two papers (CLDN 910 and CLDN 920) together with clinical practice, and a programme of supervised research, leading to the submission of a thesis (CLDN 9). The two papers, the clinical practice requirements, and the thesis must each be completed satisfactorily.
- The candidate shall, before commencing the research investigation to be described in the thesis, secure the approval of the Faculty of Dentistry for the topic chosen, the supervisors and the proposed course of the investigation.
- A candidate will be required to pass both papers in the first year of the programme with at least a B+ grade in each paper to be able to continue to the second and third years of thesis research, clinical research and clinical practice.
Duration of the programme
- A full-time candidate should normally satisfy the requirements of the degree within three years.
- A part-time candidate should normally satisfy the requirements of the degree within six years. The first year papers will usually be taken in Dunedin.
- The Faculty of Dentistry shall, on the recommendation of the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee, appoint at least two supervisors to oversee the research work of the candidate.
- The Faculty of Dentistry shall, on the recommendation of the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee approve the research topic.
- One of the research supervisors must be an appropriately qualified member of the academic staff of the Faculty of Dentistry.
- In the case of a dispute between a candidate and a supervisor, the Faculty shall have discretion to replace that supervisor.
Withdrawal from the programme
Where a candidate withdraws from the programme after completing both the prescribed first-year papers, CLDN 910 and CLDN 920, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may recommend the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (endorsed in Dentistry), or determine which papers shall be credited towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry.
Submission of the thesis
- A thesis embodying the results of the research shall be submitted for examination, in accordance with the regulations governing Presentation of Theses.
- Theses shall be limited to 100,000 words, excluding appendices, footnotes and bibliographies.
- A candidate may not present a thesis which has previously been accepted for another degree.
- Written and Clinical Examinations
- Examinations shall be taken at times appropriate to the structure of the programme.
- A candidate who fails an examination may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be permitted by the Faculty to be re-examined one further time.
- Examiners appointed in each discipline will include at least one internal examiner from the Faculty of Dentistry and one examiner external to the Faculty.
- Thesis Examination
- The thesis shall be submitted to three examiners appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) and the Head of Department concerned in consultation with the supervisors.
- One examiner shall be from outside New Zealand, one shall be from within New Zealand but external to the University and one shall be internal to the University.
Note: Normal patterns for examiners may be varied in exceptional circumstances.
- A supervisor shall not be an examiner of the thesis.
- The thesis examination shall be supervised by an independent Convener appointed by the Senate on the recommendation of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
- The supervisors shall make a report on the work of the candidate which may be released to the Convener of the examiners.
- Each examiner shall supply a written report on the thesis, together with a preliminary recommendation for an examination result.
- An oral examination on the topic of the thesis and on the general field to which the topic belongs may be held on the recommendation of the examiners or the Convener of the examiners or at the request of the candidate.
- The oral examination shall be conducted by two examiners, one of whom is external to the University.
- At the discretion and invitation of the Convener, the supervisors and Head of Department concerned may contribute to the oral examination.
- After consultation with the examiners, the Convener may approve the attendance of others at the oral examination.
- Written and Clinical Examinations
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis
- be accepted, or be accepted with minor editorial corrections.
- be accepted after amendments have been made to the satisfaction of the Convener of the examiners in consultation with the internal examiner.
- be revised and resubmitted for examination.
- be rejected and referred to the appropriate authority within the University for consideration of the award of another qualification.
- be rejected with no right of resubmission.
- Where the examiners cannot agree on a result, the Convener shall so report and the Faculty shall arrive at a decision after consulting a referee from outside the University.
- A candidate shall be permitted to revise and resubmit a thesis for examination once only.
- The examiners may recommend that a thesis
- Course Work and Clinical Practice
- The examiners may recommend that the candidate has fulfilled the course work and clinical practice requirements.
- A candidate who has failed to fulfil the course work and clinical practice requirements may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be permitted by the Faculty of Dentistry to be re-examined at another time.
On the recommendation of the Faculty, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may, in exceptional circumstances, approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.