Master of Dental Surgery

Master of Dental Surgery

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Course title Master of Dental Surgery
Course code UMDNSFTT3
Postnominal M.D.S.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 5 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 300
Coordinator Nikolai Attard
Delivered by Faculty of Dental Surgery
The aim of the programme is to produce Dental Surgeons with a broad academic dental education who will be able to function in all areas of clinical dentistry practising evidence-based comprehensive dentistry based on a problem solving approach, using basic theoretical and practical skills. Furthermore, this course of study is aimed at producing Dental Surgeons who are trained sufficiently in dental science, and are able to work with other dental and health care professionals in the health care system (both public and private). In addition the Dental Surgeon will be prepared for life-long learning and continuing professional development that is essential in the modern professional world.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

(a) passes in the Matriculation Examination at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Biology and Chemistry and

(b) a pass in the Matriculation Examination at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics,

provided that all passes in these Special Course Requirements have been obtained together in one session of examinations (i.e. one sitting) and are from one recognized examining board.

For the purpose of the above paragraphs, a pass obtained in a session of examinations which is held after the results of a previous session were published shall be deemed to be a pass obtained in a session that is distinct from the previous one. This regulation shall also apply to the second session of the Matriculation Examination offered by the MATSEC Board of the University of Malta according to the provisions of the Matriculation Examination Regulations and this notwithstanding any other regulation governing the award of the Matriculation Certificate.

Applicants in possession of the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) with at least Second Class (Honours) in Dental Hygiene or Dental Technology may also apply.

Prior to enrolling for the Course, accepted applicants are also required to undergo an occupational health assessment as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. Students who do not fulfil this requirement shall be barred from attending the clinical placements.

The number of students that can be accepted into the course is as follows: max. 15 EU/EEA students, 5 non-EU/EEA students and 2 for holders of the B.Sc. (Hons) in Dental Hygiene or Dental Technology.

Prospective applicants who are eligible and short-listed will be called for an interview scheduled to be held in September 2020.

The selection criteria can be found here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 26,000
The programme provides a broad knowledge and understanding of the following:

- application of basic clinical sciences
- information handling
- clinical reasoning and judgement
- clinical information gathering
- treatment planning
- communication
- treatment procedures
- health promotion
- attitudes, ethics and legal responsibilities
- personal development
- the role of the dentist within the Health Service and the Community
This 5 year programme is targeted at EU and non-EU students wishing to obtain a first degree in Dental Surgery.
The degree enables the successful candidate to practice dentistry both in private practice and in institutional settings. It provides an entry level degree allowing progress to postgraduate studies. Fields for postgraduate study include areas of research in all fields of dentistry (leading to Master’s or Doctorate-level degrees), as well as clinical postgraduate training in any of the dental specialties such as:
- Orthodontics
- Prosthodontics
- Restorative dentistry
- Endodontics
- Oral surgery
- Oral medicine/pathology
- Paediatric dentistry
- Dental Public Health
- Dental Radiology
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 12 June 2021

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
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Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.