Aesthetic Dentistry Courses In Australia

Last Updated on December 22, 2022

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the ava…more informationCourse detailsFaculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and HealthCredit points required: 48Course abbreviation: GradDipClinDentUSyd code: GNCLDARE1000UAC code: N/AStudy mode: On-campus dayStudy type: PGEMLocation: Surry Hills campus & Westmead Centre for Oral HealthGraduate AttributesDuration full time: 1 yearDuration part time: N/AAvailability for international studentsAvailable to student visa holders and other eligible international studentsCRICOS code: 053861EVisa information

What you’ll study

The student workload in the graduate diploma will be carried out in five two-week blocks of fu…more informationUnits of study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 1,824 hours.

This translates to 38 hours per week.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.Learn more about Sydney Dental School

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Advanced Restorative) will hold a Bachelor of Dentistry, Doctor of Dental Medicine or Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution; or an equivalent qualification that is recognised by the Australian Dental Board (Limited Registration for postgraduate training/supervised practice) and with a curriculum acceptable to the school.

Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the particular specialty that they are applying for, such as through participation in short courses or continuing education programs aligned to that particular specialty.

In addition to these criteria, admission to this course requires:

  • at least two years general dental practice;
  • completion of the primary Fellowship Examination of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons or its equivalent is desirable;
  • all applicants must be registered with the Australian Dental Board for practice (limited registration for international candidates) prior to admission to the program.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date. Successfully ranked applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Sydney Dental School. Some specialist programs also require applicants to sit an examination as a component of the admission process.

All applications will be ranked according to academic merit after the application closing date. Successfully ranked applicants will be invited to participate in an interview with the Sydney Dental School in April/May. Offers to all successful applicants will be issued in late June/early July.

Inherent requirements

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the inherent requirements for coursework award courses in dentistry.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Important information

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the inherent requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas.


Please note the Sydney Dental School regularly reviews the admission criteria and application processes for its courses. It reserves the right to change these criteria and processes without notice. Information on this website provides advice about the currently applicable criteria and processes, and may not be correct for future application periods.

Other requirements

  • As registered dental practitioners, applicants are required to be up to date with basic life support and CPR training, so a first aid certificate should be readily available on request.  Find out more.
  • Before you attend a placement in a NSW Ministry of Health facility, you will need to meet certain requirements to be verified by the NSW Ministry of Health to ensure your safety and that of other students, staff and patients. Find out more. 
  • The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has announced that all health disciplines will be required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent. Please note that this standard applies to all applicants for initial registration as a medical practitioner or medical specialist. Find out more.


Applications for the deferral of enrolment following an offer of a place in this course will only be considered under exceptional circumstances, and require the approval of the PG Course Coordinator.


Transfer of enrolment between dental schools or from a medical program is not possible due to our unique units of study, continuous long learning and assessment in dentistry at the University of Sydney. All students must apply through the standard admission pathway.

Change in immigration status

International applicants and students who change from international to domestic status are advised to refer to clause 39 of the University’s Coursework Policy 2014.

Impermissible conduct

The Sydney Dental School reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to vary or cancel an offer of admission if your conduct prior to enrolment causes the school to form the view that you are unsuitable for admission to its programs.

Examples of conduct that might make you unsuitable for admission to Sydney Dental School programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Failure to treat University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community with respect and courtesy, including failure to use appropriate language and tone in your written or verbal communications;
  • Failure to act honestly and ethically in your dealings with University of Sydney employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community;
  • Conduct that results in you being suspended or excluded from the University of Sydney;
  • Conduct that gives the Sydney Dental School reasonable cause to believe that enrolling you in clinical training may place you, your peers, or members of the public at risk of harm; and
  • Conduct that results in you being charged with a criminal offence.

Course options

  • Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Prosthodontics)
  • Graduate Certificate in Clinical Dentistry (Advanced Restorative).

Career outcomes

Career Pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (Advanced Restorative) provides a high level of knowledge and advanced skills in the areas of restorative dentistry, prosthodontics and oral implants.

Aesthetic and Restorative Dentistry

General Information

The diploma is available to general dental practitioners, providing a formal approach to case selection and treatment planning. It is designed to develop knowledge and skills of clinical procedures for which there is biological and clinical research and outcome studies to support their use.

Courses are associated with formal assessment procedures. A minimal pass standard is required for each component of the program.

Assessment includes:

  • Mentor feedback on treated cases
  • Case presentations during the block program
  • 10 day residency
  • Written examinations
  • The Graduate Diploma prioritises sound understanding and execution of diagnosis and treatment planning and requires 4 completed cases. 

Candidates are encouraged to read widely from current scientific literature. The assignments follow a similar style of writing and required critical appraisal of the literature.

  • Failure of the candidate to complete all requirements may incur penalties.
  • During the course, a candidate who does not complete the requirements may have to enrol in further semesters of tuition, and as a result, would be required to pay further fees.  A candidate may defer before the completion of a coursework block, but work done during the deferred period will not contribute to coursework requirements.


The following competencies are expected to be learnt at the completion of the diploma

  • Clinical management of cosmetic dentistry
  • Management and leadership skills
  • Communication delivery to patients and team-members
  • Professionalism and ethics

Particular emphasis should be placed on:

  •  Diagnosis and treatment planning,
  •  Evidence-based practice
  •  Research methodology so that graduates will be able to critically evaluate the scientific literature


  • Record taking
  • Shade selection
  • Adhesive Dentistry
  • Isolation and Haemostatis
  • Periodontal Principles in Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Indirect Restorations
  • Ceramics
  • Direct Aesthetics Restorations – Anterior
  • Direct Aesthetic Restorations – Posterior
  • Tooth Wear
  • Aligner Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Aesthetic Tooth Replacement
  • Occlusion and use of Stabilisation Splints

Residency Dates

January Intake: 20/01/2021-24/01/2021 & 18/08/2021-22/08/2021 – FULL

July Intake: 07/07/2021-11/07/2021 & 09/02/2022-13/02/2022 – FULL

Third Intake: TBA

Tuition Fee $25,450.00 + GST

Fees: If you are accepted into the Diploma we require an enrollment fee of $1,500.00 with the remainder required one month prior to the commencement of program. Specialist finance available through Credabl.

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