Master of Dentistry

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 years full-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$64,000.00* per year (more)
* 2022 indicative annual fee

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor of Dental Health Science (1577) or Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science (1259)


Commencing in

Trimester 1

About this program

This program builds on the technical skills developed in the Bachelor of Dental Health Science and is the final two years of professional training needed for eligibility to apply for registration as a Dentist.

Students will develop theoretical knowledge of dental practice and undertake extensive clinical work in the Griffith Dental Clinic and on placements in various regional clinics.

Students can only enter this program if they have successfully completed the Bachelor of Dental Health Science (or the Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Science) at Griffith.

Attendance information

This degree program is only offered on a full-time basis. It is delivered on-campus at the Gold Coast 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 teaching trimester (i.e. commencing earlier and extending later than the standard trimester). Exact dates for the extended trimesters will be published on a trimester-by-trimester basis in the Academic Calendar.

The School of Medicine and Dentistry delivers electronic assessment via ExamSoft's Examplify application. Students enrolled in this program are required to have access to a portable computer device (laptop or tablet) that can be taken on campus to complete examination and assessment activities. This device must meet the minimum system requirements for Examplify.

The School has a small number of loan devices that may be available to students who do not have access to a personal device. Students must apply for access to loan devices in the lead up to an examination or assessment. Please note the School cannot guarantee a loan device will be available for every applicant.

Managing study interruptions

Leave of absence
Students will require approval from the Dean, Dentistry, or nominee to take a leave of absence. Students who wish to take leave of absence may do so for no more than 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 program and who is not on an approved leave of absence is required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Dean, Dentistry, or nominee. Readmission to a Dentistry program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the School of Medicine and Dentistry for further details.

Students who are returning to the program after an approved leave of absence will be required to successfully complete Clinical Skills Competency requirements before continuing with their program. 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.

Studying amid COVID-19

The University's Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing policy is under review and consultation and will be suspended from 14/4/2022, for four weeks. Please visit Studying amid COVID-19 for more information.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program, you will spend time in the work/professional environment at Griffith University's Dentistry and Oral Health Clinic (666 hours). Accordingly, students are required to meet the registration requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and may be required to provide evidence of immunisation status to demonstrate compliance with the Queensland Health Policy for Immunisation of Health Care Workers. Details of any requirements will be advised during the course of your program.

My career opportunities

As a registered Dentist, you may find opportunities 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 specialty practice.

Program accreditation

The Master of Dentistry is accredited by the Australian Dental Council (ADC).

Professional recognition

Graduates of Master of Dentistry will be eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA) via the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 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 AHPRA to confirm registration requirements.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Professional Practice website for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students

Indicative annual tuition fee

The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points.

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.

Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student commenced the program.
  • The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 2014 onwards is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.

Program fees for the Master of Dentistry (5703)

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Tuition fees for your degree program
Changing programs

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.

Further information

Additional fee information

This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.

Throughout your program you may be required to pay for the following items:

First aid certificate; immunisations; uniforms; a portable computer device (laptop or tablet) and expenses associated with placements such as travel and accommodation; dental kits and tools as stipulated for each year. As well, there are Fit for Professional Practice Placement costs such as Blue Card and Police Check. For more information, please visit the School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Fit for Professional Practice Placement webpages.