- Relevant BChD (or equivalent) degree
- HPCSA registration where treatment of patients is involved
Other programme-specific information
Oral Surgery: a prerequisite (a minimum of one basic subject is required – these basic subjects may be passed at the University of Pretoria or at the College of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa) or any other module as determined by the department in question and approved by the Dean.
The contact time in the major field of study is determined by the relevant head of department and approved by the Dean. It includes systematic tuition as well as clinical/practical assignments.
Examinations and pass requirements
The examination in the basic subject and the main field of study may take place every semester. Examinations in both the basic subject as well as the main field of study may be written in the same semester. In order to be admitted to the examination in the main field of study the student must have passed the basic subject. A final mark of at least 50% is required to pass.
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the relevant head of department, a student may not enter for the postgraduate diploma’s examination in the same subject more than twice.
Pass with distinction
The diploma is awarded with distinction to students who obtain at least 75% in both the main field of study and the basic subject.
University of Pretoria Programme Qualification Mix (PQM) verification project
The higher education sector has undergone an extensive alignment to the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQF) across all institutions in South Africa. In order to comply with the HEQSF, all institutions are legally required to participate in a national initiative led by regulatory bodies such as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The University of Pretoria is presently engaged in an ongoing effort to align its qualifications and programmes with the HEQSF criteria. Current and prospective students should take note that changes to UP qualification and programme names, may occur as a result of the HEQSF initiative. Students are advised to contact their faculties if they have any questions.