2 years full-time
For Continuing Students Only
This graduate diploma builds on the technical skills developed in our Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and is the final two years of professional training needed for eligibility to apply for registration as a dentist. You will develop theoretical knowledge of dental practice and undertake extensive clinical work in the Griffith Dental Clinic and on placements in various regional clinics. You can only enter this degree if you have successfully completed the Griffith University Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science program.
This degree program is only offered on a full-time basis. It is delivered on-campus and students are expected to attend all activities scheduled including compulsory supervised workplace experience.
Due to the need for students to develop complex clinical skills throughout this program, trimesters will extend beyond the standard 13-week teaching trimester (i.e. commencing earlier and extending later than the standard 13-week trimester). Students are advised that the timetables for these courses will not exceed 42 teaching weeks per year. Exact dates for extended trimesters will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis on the School of Dentistry and Oral Health website.
From 2017, to be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
Leave of absence
Students will require approval from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee to take a leave of absence. The period of leave will normally be one year. Leave of absence is not encouraged or recommended in this program however extenuating circumstances will be considered.
A student who has discontinued enrolment in a Dentistry and Oral Health program and who is not on an approved leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Head, School of Dentistry and Oral Health or nominee.
Readmission to a Dentistry and Oral Health program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must complete and submit a Request for Readmission form.
The following document provides specific information on interrupting and resuming your studies in this program and refers specifically to Clinical Skills Competency requirements:
Students who are returning to the program after an approved leave of absence or are being readmitted to the program or are required to repeat a non-clinical DOH-coded course will also be required to successfully complete Clinical Skills Competency requirements before continuing with their program. Please refer to the above School of Dentistry and Oral Health Guidelines on Leave of Absence.
Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Successful completion of these requirements will ensure students remain competent in their practical skills and are well prepared to continue with the program. Students who do not successfully complete these requirements will not be eligible to continue their program. Please refer to the Griffith University Inability to Complete Required Components of Professional Qualification Policy for further information.
As a registered dentist, you will be in demand in private practice, the public sector including public hospitals, school dental clinics, and the armed services. Postgraduate study and research can also lead to a career in academic teaching or speciality practice.
The Graduate Diploma of Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council.
Completion of both the Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science and the Graduate Diploma of Dentistry from Griffith University enables students to register with the Dental Board of Australia (and equivalent New Zealand authorities) as a General Dentist subject to meeting any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the Dental Board of Australia. As these requirements may change from time to time, students should contact the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency to confirm registration requirements.
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).
The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2019||Fee Band 57.5||$718.75||$57,500.00|
If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.
Program fees also include: Instrument fees and deposits