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Dental Science, BDS

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months



Modern dentistry has moved beyond the scope of the ‘drilling and filling’ of the past. Today, dentists manage diseases and abnormalities of the face, jaws, joints, and soft tissue lining of the mouth.

They offer comprehensive care for the entire oral and facial system.

The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) is a five-year, full-time course. Years 1 to 3 focus on bioethics, health law, and dental sciences. Years 4 and 5 focus on understanding the medical, dental, social, and community context of dental clinical practice.

You will be required to complete one year of community service after graduating. If you are registering for the Bachelor of Dental Science at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg for the first time, you must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HCPSA).

Career Opportunities

Dentist in different locations, including in community, industrial, private practice and public service clinics.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Bioethics, Health Law and
  • Human Rights 
  • Oral Microbiology 
  • Prosthodontics 
  • Public Oral Health 
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students 
  • Operative Dentistry 
  • Anatomy for Dental Students
  • Physiology and Medical Biochemistry 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Level 5
  • Life Sciences
  • Level 5
  • Mathematics
  • Level 5
  • Physical Science
  • Level 5
The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:Your matric academic results for 5 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4823 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4823 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    4823 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4823 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

R 70440

Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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