The School of Dentistry at the University of Pretoria is widely recognised both nationally and internationally for the quality of its training, research, patient care and its involvement in community-based projects. Our graduates are making decisive contributions to the practice of dentistry, health management, statutory councils and academic training.

The typical work day of a dentist is spent diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth and teeth. This includes the removal or repair of carious teeth, the replacement of absent teeth by means of crown and bridge therapy, and the treatment of diseases of the gums. The dentist is also responsible for surgical intervention in the mouth, the alignment of irregular teeth, alleviation of pain, root canal treatment of teeth, and the planning of dental treatment in cooperation with the patient.

Dentistry offers many challenges and stimulating opportunities for men and women. With the exclusive aim of rendering high-quality oral healthcare to the patient, the dentist cooperates as a team member with all the other role-players of the oral health team. The total health of the individual forms the basis of the training of each dentist. Dentists should be academically gifted and dextrous.

Description of the programme

In order to keep pace with the modern requirements of tertiary education, the School of Dentistry follows a curriculum that is problem-based, student-orientated and directed at the community, with vertical and horizontal integration of subjects. The duration of the degree in Dentistry is five years, full-time, followed by one year of compulsory community service. As early as the second semester of the first year of study, students get first-hand exposure to clinical dentistry.

For more information, please consult the Faculty webpage.

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Career Opportunities

Dentists, specialists, academics and researchers

Programme Code


Closing Dates

  • SA – 31/05/2019
  • Non-SA – 31/05/2019

Admission Requirements

  • The following persons will be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required Grade 12 certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria; and a candidate who is currently in university.

  • Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
  • Grade 11 final examination results, the National Benchmark Test (NBT) results as well as a Value-added Form will be used for the provisional selection of prospective students.
  • For selection purposes the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Science, is calculated.
  • Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the Admission Point Score (APS).
  • Candidates, please note that your conditional admission will be revoked if your APS drops by more than two points in your final school examination results.
  • PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
  • Selection queries may be directed to [email protected]

Minimum requirements

Achievement level

English Home Language or English First Additional Language


Physical Science



AS Level


AS Level


AS Level








* Cambridge A level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects, will be considered for admission. International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who obtained at least a 4 in the required subjects, will be considered for admission.


Selection Process

Selection is based on Grade 11 results, the NBT and the Value-added Questionnaire.

Duration of study

5 years, full-time.

Faculty Notes

As an international role-player focusing on healthcare in Africa,  the vision of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria is to maintain health standards through quality education, research and community service. Since its inception, it has grown to be one of the largest health training institutions in the country and boasts an undergraduate and postgraduate student corps of over 6 000.

Students who join this Faculty will be part of a new generation of health professionals. The Faculty’s training is outcomes-based and problem-orientated – a unique way of looking at patients and their health.

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