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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (PGDipClinDent)


The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (PGDipClinDent) may be undertaken full-time (one year) or part-time (two years) at the Faculty of Dentistry depending on the endorsement. Clinical and academic teaching will be evidence-based and will emphasize the comprehensive nature of dental practice with integration of clinical and non-clinical disciplines. Current knowledge of clinical practice and related sciences will be emphasized. Clinical practice, seminars, assignments, case presentations and problem-based learning will be employed as teaching methods.

Please note completion of postgraduate study does not automatically enable you to work as a dentist in New Zealand. You must first complete the Dental Council of New Zealand's registration examinations. Please follow this link to the Dental Council:

Subject Area

The diploma may be awarded in any of the following subjects:

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (PGDipClinDent)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    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 diploma.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The diploma may be awarded in any of the subjects listed above.
    2. The programme of study shall consist of appropriate papers (GDPR 701 and GDPR702 etc.) which will normally include clinical practice.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall be the equivalent of not less than one academic year.
    2. The programme may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Part-time study must normally be completed within three years.

  4. Examinations

    1. Examinations shall be taken at times appropriate to the structure of the programme.
    2. 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.


    1. The due date for applications for enrolment in the programme is 31 May in the year preceding that in which the programme is to be commenced.
    2. Before being admitted, overseas applicants will normally be required to undertake and satisfactorily complete at the School of Dentistry such work as the Faculty may require.
    3. All applicants who have not gained their Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of New Zealand or the University of Otago will have to fulfil an English language requirement.

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