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Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dentistry (PGDipComDent)

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Otago


The Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dentistry (PGDipComDent) is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) programme for a person who wishes to undertake advanced study in dental public health, but who does not intend to pursue a specialist career in dental public health.

Subject areas

Community Dentistry


Structure of the Programme

a. The programme of study shall consist of two prescribed papers:

COMD 701 Research Methods and Dental Epidemiology (60 points)

COMD 702 Dental Health Services (60 points)

Entry criteria

a. 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.

b. Every applicant shall have fulfilled one of the following conditions:

i. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery of a university in New Zealand; or

ii. have been admitted with the status of one who is entitled to proceed to the diploma.

Internet-based TOEFL of 102 or better with a minimum of 24 in each section; or Paper-based TOEFL of 600 or better with a TWE (Test of Written English) of 5.0 or better; or IELTS (Academic) of 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7 in each band.

Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

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