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Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Technology (PGDipDentTech)

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Applications for the PGDipDentTech are not currently being accepted. Please contact the Faculty for more information.

Contact Details

Postgraduate Admission
Faculty of Dentistry
University of Otago
PO BOX 56,
New Zealand
Tel +64 3 479 8889

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Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Technology (PGDipDentTech)


DTEC 501  Advanced Dental Materials Science; and

Two of

  • DTEC 502  Advanced Fixed Prosthodontics Techniques
  • DTEC 503  Advanced Implant Prosthodontic Techniques
  • DTEC 504 Advanced Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Techniques (not currently offered)
  • DTEC 505  Topics in Advanced Dental Technology

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dental Technology (PGDipDentTech)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant must present evidence of ability for advanced level academic study, and
      1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Technology, or
      2. have alternative qualifications and experience acceptable to the Dean of Dentistry (in considering an applicant's qualifications, regard will be given to the detail of the course of study followed, as well as the applicant's performance).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall consist of DTEC 501 and two of DTEC 502, DTEC 503, DTEC 504 (not currently offered), DTEC 505.
    2. A candidate whose qualification for admission to the programme is a postgraduate diploma or equivalent may be credited with papers to a maximum of 60 points, provided that the candidate's previous study is directly relevant to the proposed and approved programme of study.
    3. The programme of study shall be approved by the Faculty of Dentistry.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall normally be one academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the diploma within two years of admission to the programme. A candidate may apply to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) for an extension of this time limit of up to one year.

  4. Examinations

    1. Any paper in which a candidate is enrolled in any year shall be examined in that year.
    2. Examinations shall consist of such written papers and such oral and practical examinations as the examiners may require.
    3. A candidate who fails an examination may, on the recommendation of the examiners, be permitted by the Faculty to be re-examined at another time.

  5. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  6. Variations

    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.

Applicants for admission to the PGDipDentTech programme are advised that this qualification does not lead to registration as a clinical dental technologist. If a clinical qualification is preferred then the applicant should consider the Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology (PGDipCDTech) programme.

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