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Wits University Heath Sciences
Dental Science The BDS degree focuses on developing skill and expertise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the teeth, mouth tissue and supporting bones of the mouth.
Dental Science The BDS degree focuses on developing skill and expertise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the teeth, mouth tissue and supporting bones of the mouth.

Qualification: BDS

Faculty: Health Sciences

Duration: 5 years

School: Oral Health Sciences

Study mode: Full-time


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 BDS for the first time, you must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HCPSA).

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

  • Anatomy for Dental Students
  • Physiology and Medical Biochemistry I
  • Bioethics and Health Law I
  • Fundamental Dental Skills
  • Community Dentistry
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students I
  • Pathology (Anatomical and Haematological)
  • Oral Biology for Dental Students
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Oral Microbiology
  • Paediatric, Endodontic and Restorative Dentistry I
  • Prosthodontics I
  • Oral Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Radiology II
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Community Dentistry II
  • Prosthodontics II
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery I
  • Paediatric, Endodontic and Restorative Dentistry II
  • Orthodontics I
  • Periodontology
  • Integrated Dentistry I
  • Dental Materials for Dental Students II
  • Dental Practice Management I
  • General Medicine and Paediatrics for Dental Students
  • General Surgery
  • Integrated Dentistry II
  • Prosthodontics III
  • Paediatric, Endodontic and Restorative Dentistry III
  • Periodontology and Oral Medicine
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Radiology II
  • Orthodontics II
  • Maxillo-Facial and Oral Surgery II
  • Community Dentistry III
  • Bioethics and Health Law II
  • Dental Practice Management II
  • Anaesthetics
  • Community Dentistry IV
  • Integrated Dentistry III

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The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:

  1. 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.
  2. National Benchmark Test (NBT) scores

Applicants must write the NBT

All applicants to Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences must spend time observing specific procedures as performed by a Dentist/Dental Therapist/ Oral Hygienist to gain insight into the profession. Applicants must complete a certificate of attendance (minimum 16 hours). Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2019 and 31 July 2020 will be accepted. Please download the form from under Additional Forms.

Applicants who fail to submit a certificate will not be considered for admission.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information about on student funding and scholarships. University funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered.