Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree programme aims to train dental surgeons who are globally competent and locally relevant in clinical service and oral health research, responsive to the oral health needs of Malawi and its neighbors in Southern Africa. The programme is in line with the national strategic goals of increasing both, access to higher education and the number of health care workers in the country. It runs for 5 years for those entering at year 1 and for 6 years for those entering at Foundation year. The first two years of the BDS programme shares teaching and instruction with the Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery programme (MBBS), after which dental students specialize in their field of study.
Six credits at MSCE or its equivalent including English plus a minimum of 3 points in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry or Generic Science. Candidates will join in foundation year (year zero).
Six credits at MSCE including English and Mathematics and a Diploma in Dental Therapy from a recognized institution plus at least two years working experience as a Dental Therapist providing oral care.
a) Level (or equivalent) Generic Entry:
3 A-Level passes with a grade of at least ‘C’ in Biology, Chemistry and a third science subject like Mathematics or Physics obtained in the current year or the previous 2 years. Candidates must have MSCE/O-Level credit passes in English and Mathematics if these two subjects were not done at A-Levels.
Or Successful completion of the Foundation Year at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in one sitting without any remedial work or supplementary examinations.
Or At least an average of 60% in Chemistry, Biology and a third Science subject like Mathematics, Physics or Statistics at the end of second year of a recognised Bachelor of Science/Education Science Degree programme. Candidates must have MSCE/O-Level credit passes in English and Mathematics.
b) Mature Entry:
A recognized Bachelor of Science/Education Science Degree majoring in Biology and Chemistry.