With the exclusive aim of rendering high-quality oral health care to the patient, the dentist cooperates as a team member with all the other role players of the oral health team. The total health of the individual, and therefore also that of the community as a whole, forms the basis of the training of each dentist.
The dentist should have special characteristics. He or she should not only be academically gifted, but dexterity is also an indispensable prerequisite. The dentist should have the ability to manage people correctly and convincingly. Running a dental practice requires particular dedication and managerial ability.
Tell me more about the course.
In order to keep pace with the modern requirements of tertiary education, the School follows a curriculum that is problem-based, student-oriented and community-centred, with vertical and horizontal integration of subjects. The first two years of the course are followed together with medical students. However, already during the second semester of the second year students get first-hand exposure to clinical dentistry. An important result of this adaptation is that the course has a duration of five years and that dentists therefore can be made available to the practice and the community earlier than in the past.
The list of subjects is included in the Faculty's Yearbook.
What can I do with my degree?
The University of Pretoria, with its proud, proven high standard of training for dentists and specialists, produces graduates who render outstanding professional services to the community. There are employment opportunities for dentists in private practice, the SA National Defence Force and elsewhere in the public sector, health care organisations and academic institutions.
What are my admission requirements?
Applications close on 31 May each year.
For more information on admission requirements, please click here for the Faculty Brochure.
Where can I get more information?
Ms Anette Welman
Tel: +27 12 354 2244