About the Program

This combined program option is a clinical specialty program that is offered in conjunction with a PhD in Craniofacial Science. The program provides education and training for potential clinicians, researchers, and teachers. Completion of the Diploma in Periodontics requires completion of the clinical and didactic requirements associated with the diploma program in the Faculty of Dentistry, and successful completion of the PhD in Craniofacial Science course requirements, and successful defense and submission of their thesis to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that your supervisor, supervisory committee members and area of research may not necessarily be in the same specialty area of this clinical program.

In this program option, the degree and the diploma are awarded conjointly and both must be completed to graduate. Graduates will be eligible to take the examinations for specialty certification in periodontics through NDEB and the American Board of Periodontics. Specialty certification was hosted by RCDC before, but the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) has taken over the administration and management of the NDSE for all dental specialty programs. (https://ndeb-bned.ca/2020/10/01/ndeb-administers-first-national-dental-specialty-examination)
Program strengths are diverse faculty, well balanced clinical and didactic programs with critical approach to literature, opportunities for research and outstanding implant program.

For PhD/Specialty Diploma programs: A very limited number of places are available in these programs, based on availability of PhD Supervisors. Potential applicants to the PhD/Certificate programs should make contact with a potential PhD Supervisor before applying. Researchers are listed on the FOD website

Applicants must meet minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Admission to the PhD program is based on supervisor and funding availability. Based on the UBC policy, the minimum funding for PhD students 2024 September entry is $24,000.00/year for a maximum of four years while registered in the program. This minimum funding needs to be confirmed either by the PhD supervisor or the third party financial sponsorship by a government agency, health care or academic institution (e.g. university, hospital).  Self-funding or private sponsorship is not considered.

The deadline for fully documented applications is June 30th for entry the following July.