(i) Each candidate for admission to the study for the MChD degree programme must:
- either hold the BChD degree of the University of Pretoria or an equivalent qualification, or be admitted to master's degree studies in terms of the stipulations of General Regulations G.1.3 and G.62;
- be registered as a dentist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in the category Independent Practice.
(ii) For the MChD degree (endorsement Maxillofacial Surgery – Medical or Dental (Codes 11250091 and 11250011), a candidate
- is required, subject to the stipulations of General Regulations G.1.3 and G.62, to have obtained the BChD and/or MBChB degree or equivalent qualification at least one year previously, passed the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (maximum three attempts), as well as the basic subjects Anatomy 870, Physiology 806 and Pharmacology 809 and the PGDipDent (Oral Surgery), with a minimum pass mark of 65% in the major subject. Students who hold the Postgraduate Diploma in Dentistry [PGDipDent(Oral Surgery)] and/or the Master of Science Dentistry [MScDent] with Oral Surgery as the main field of study, may apply in writing for credit for the basic subject(s) (see also General Regulation G.10.3(b)).
- is required to be registered as a dentist and/or physician with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in the category Independent Practice.
(iii) For the MChD degrees (Orthodontics, Periodontics and Oral Medicine and Prosthodontics) a candidate is required to pass all the basic subjects [University of Pretoria or the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa] before he or she may be admitted to the first year of study. The following basic subjects are required; for Orthodontics (Anatomy 871, Physiology 806); for Periodontics and Oral Medicine (Anatomy 873, Physiology 806, General pathology 808 and Oral biology 800) and for Prosthodontics (Anatomy 874, Physiology 806 and Oral biology 800.
Other programme-specific information
Costs or fees for any examination(s) and registration at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa have to be met by the student.
Examinations and pass requirements
(i) Examinations in the basic subjects
A student must pass the basic subject Molecular pathology (MPX 800) at the University of Pretoria. The basic subject, Anatomical pathology (ANP 808) will be examined by the College of Pathologists as their Part I examination.
(ii) Examination and evaluation in the major subject
(aa) The final exit examination of the major subject (MPG 802) will be administered by the College of Pathologists. Only candidates who have met all the requirements for the MChD degree in Oral Pathology except for the major subject (final examination), i.e. passed all the prerequisite subjects; completed all applicable training as prescribed (continuous evaluation of the candidate in an approved registrar post by the Head of Department of the candidate); and completed the required research component for the degree, will be allowed to write the College examination (exit examination) after which they will obtain both the FCP and the MChD as specialist qualifications.
(bb) The student must submit and pass a dissertation on an approved topic related to the major subject and submit a manuscript for publication as required.
(cc) A student who obtains a final mark of at least 75% (with the first attempt) in the major subject qualifies to obtain the degree with distinction.
(dd) Costs or fees for any examination(s) and registration at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa have to be met by the student.
Exemption may be granted by the Dean, on the recommendation of the Head of Department by virtue of comparable training and/or experience in terms of the requirements of School Regulations, with the proviso that exemption from the examination and evaluation in the major subject may not be granted.
Please note: The regulations of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, as published in the Government Gazette No. 4631 of 11 January 1991 – Notice No. R.40 (as amended), will be used as a criterion in determining the period of exemption.
Pass with distinction
A student who obtains a final mark of at least 75% (with the first attempt) in the major subject qualifies to obtain the degree with distinction.