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Dental Courses in Singapore

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As Singapore emerges its economy to be more modern, innovative, and progressive, there are many opportunities in every industry.

In this article, we will be focusing on dental courses in Singapore—its history, development and a quick guide for students interested in pursuing a dentistry career.

Also considering the career paths of a doctor or a nurse? Read our in-depth guide on 'How to be a Doctor' and 'Nursing Courses in Singapore'.


History and Development of Dentistry in Singapore


Dental Courses in SingaporePhoto credit: DoctorxDentist

 


The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been one of the most globally known schools together with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Management University. These universities managed to climb up the top world university rankings throughout the years.

In the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Ranking for the year 2016 and 2017, NUS emerged at the top for two consecutive years. In the global and international scale, NUS took the 15th spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings for the year 2018. Moreover, putting the context on academic excellence and employment standards, NUS ranked 11th across the world and 1st in Asia, continuously strengthening the school’s credibility as a reputable international university.

With such standards, NUS has been producing the best doctors and dentists since 1933 when the NUS Faculty of Dentistry was built. Throughout the years, the faculty has developed itself into a learning field with a wide range of dental courses.

At present, they offer dentistry courses under the following disciplines:

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Prosthodontics, Operative Dentistry & Endodontics

  • Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

  • Periodontics

  • Oral Sciences

In 2019, the National University Center for Oral Health in Singapore was founded, solidifying the bright future of Dentistry in Singapore for the years to come.

Read more on its history here.

Due to the quality of education, employment, and general living standard in the country, taking up a dental course in Singapore is both ideal and practical, considering the fact that dentistry is one of the top prominent and in-demand jobs on an international scale. In addition, admission rates in Singapore are relatively less expensive when compared to other international schools around the world. This makes Singapore a good choice to pursue a degree in Dentistry.

Interested students can read on for a short guide on dental courses in Singapore and how to apply to these programs.


Dental Courses in Singapore Offered by NUS and NP

Below are the available dental courses offered by National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Polytechnic (NP).


National University of Singapore (NUS)


Singapore Dental Council currently listed NUS as the only university to offer a full-time dental degree program.

The NUS dentistry curriculum for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is as follows:

Pre-Clinical Phase

Clinical Phase

- Lectures

- Tutorials

- Seminars

- Laboratory Sessions

- Simulation Training

- Problem-Based Learning

- Comprehensive Clinics

- Lectures

- Tutorials

- Seminars

- Research

- Problem-Based Learning

Basic Sciences

Medicine

Dental Sciences

- Anatomy

- Biochemistry

- Physiology

- Microbiology

- Pathology

- Pharmacology

- Medicine

- Pediatrics

- Surgery

- Endodontics

- Operative Dentistry

- Prosthodontics

- Paediatric Dentistry

- Periodontology

- Oral & Maxillofacial Medicine, Pathology, & Radiology

- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Orthodontics

Dental Sciences

- Cariology

- Dental Morphology

- Dental Public Health

- Operative Dentistry

- Oral Biology

- Behavioral Science

- Dental Materials

- Dental Public Health

- Endodontics

- Occlusion

- Operative Dentistry

- Oral Radiology

- Periodontology

- Prosthodontics

- Dental Public Health

- Endodontics

- Operative Industry

- Oral & Maxillofacial Medicine, Pathology & Radiology

- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

- Orthodontics

- Paediatric Dentistry

- Periodontology

- Prosthodontics

Others

- Law, Ethics & Professionalism

- General Practice Management

Credit: National University of Singapore (NUS)


As you can observe, these dentistry courses are under the major disciplines held by NUS ever since the programs’ development in 2019. You can read more about their curriculum here.

NUS also offers Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) Residence Programs under Graduate studies. This consists of residency training programs with six specialties to choose from:

  • Endodontics

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Orthodontics

  • Paediatric Dentistry

  • Periodontology

  • Prosthodontics


Applying for dental courses in NUS

To apply for the NUS’ Dentistry program,applicants must undergo this process through the NUS Office of Admissions (OAM). Take note that NUS has basic requirements of academic merit and standing that applicants must meet.

The table below summarizes the pre-requisites needed to apply for the program:

Qualifications Presented

Subject Pre-requisites

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level

H1/H2/H3 Curriculum

- Good H2 pass in Chemistry

- Good H2 pass in either Biology or Physics

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

- Good Higher Level (HL) pass in Chemistry

- Good HL pass in either Biology or Physics

International and Other Students

- Year 12 or good higher level pass in Chemistry

- Good higher level pass in either Biology or Physics

NUS High School Diploma

- Good major CAP in Chemistry

- Good major CAP in either Biology or Physics

Diploma from Polytechnic in Singapore

- Polytechnic diplomas accredited for Dentistry


If you meet these qualifications and pre-requisites, NUS may invite you to take a Manual Dexterity Test and undergo an interview. If you make it through the interview, you will be shortlisted and contacted and officially accepted into the program.


Nanyang Polytechnic (NP)


Dental Courses in SingaporePhoto Credit: Nanyang Polytechnic

 


Apart from the NUS’ Bachelor of Dental Surgery program, the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) also recognizes Nanyang Polytechnic’s (NP) 3-year full time program, Diploma in Oral Health Therapy Course.

The curriculum is summarized in the table below:

Year 1

Core Modules

Complementary Electives

- Head and Neck Anatomy

- Dental Anatomy and Histology

- Biological Science 1

- Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

- Oral Health Promotion and Practice 1

- Dental Therapy Practice 1

- Dental Hygiene Practice 1

- Effective Communication Skills

- Oral Pathology

- Dental Chemistry and Technology

- Biological Science 2

- Organic and Biochemistry

- Oral Health Promotion and Practice 2

- Dental Therapy Practice 2

- Dental Hygiene Practice 2

- Fundamentals of Innovation and Enterprise

- General Studies

Year 2

Core Modules

Complementary Electives

- Oral Medicine

- Dental Radiology Techniques & Anatomy

- Pharmacology & Pain Management

- Cell & Molecular Biology

- Oral Health Promotion & Practice 3

- Dental Therapy Practice 3

- Dental Hygiene Practice 3

- Research Methods and Statistics

- Geriatric & Special Needs Dentistry

- Oral Health Promotion & Practice 4

- Dental Therapy Practice 4

- Dental Hygiene Practice 4

- Literature Appraisal & Academic Writing

- Evidence Based Practice

- General Studies

Year 3

Core Modules

Complementary Electives

- Oral Health Promotion & Practice 5

- Dental Therapy Practice 5

- Dental Hygiene Practice 5

- Innovation & Enterprise Project Proposal

- Future Ready Professionals

- Oral Health Promotion & Practice 6

- Dental Therapy Practice 6

- Dental Hygiene Practice 6

- Innovation & Enterprise Project

- General Studies

Credit: Nanyang Polytechnic


NP also has quick overviews and short descriptions about the said dentistry courses here. Admission requirements and processes are available here.

Now that you know the different dental courses offered in Singapore, choose carefully on which program you want to pursue based on your preferences and current academic standing and hopefully one day, you will be part of Singapore’s successful global dentistry and medical industry. All the best!


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