NB: Selection of candidates takes place prior to admission.
The General Regulations are applicable to bachelor’s degrees.
Each student in Dentistry must apply to the Registrar of the Health Professions Council of South Africa for registration as a student in Dentistry, within two months after the commencement of the first year of study. Students, who have been granted exemption from the first or second year of study, must also comply with the registration requirements.
NOTE: For students who registered for the BChD degree programme prior to 2014, the relevant regulations as they appear in the 2013 Yearbook will be applicable.
- 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.
- Life Orientation is excluded in the calculation of the APS.
- Grade 11 final examination results, the NBT results as well as a Value-added Questionnaire will be used for the conditional admission of prospective students.
- Admission to Health Sciences programmes is subject to a selection process.
- The applications of international candidates who come from countries that have medical schools will not be considered for placement in the MBChB programme except where intergovernmental agreements are in place.
- For selection purposes the sum of the results in six subjects, including English, Mathematics and Physical Science, is calculated.
- Candidates, please note that your APS may not drop with more than two points in your final school examination results in order to maintain your provisional admission.
- PLEASE NOTE that compliance with the minimum admission requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission to any programme in this Faculty.
- Selection queries may be directed to [email protected]
English Home Language or English First Additional Language
* 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.
- Candidates are not allowed to complete their first year of study at another university.
- In terms of the selection procedure, candidates must pass English, Mathematics and Physical Science with at least a 5 rating code (60%- 69%), and achieve an APS of at least 35, in order to be considered for selection and/or admission.
- At the conclusion of the selection process, candidates are informed in writing regarding the outcome.
- Admission of foreign students to the BChD degree programme is limited to one annually. Only applications of candidates from SADC countries are accepted.
- School-leaving candidates with no previous tertiary exposure, who have not been admitted to the first year of study for the BChD degree programme may register for the BSc degree programme in medical sciences or biological sciences at the University, provided that they comply with the admission requirements for the programme in question. A candidate who completes the first semester of such a degree programme successfully, may apply to be considered for admission to the second semester of BChD I on the grounds of this achievement. If successful, the student may be admitted to the second semester of BChD I.
Other programme-specific information
- A new curriculum is being phased in for the programme. The first year of study will be followed for the first time in 2014, the second year in 2015, the third year in 2016, the fourth year in 2017 and the fifth year in 2018.
- The total credits and regulations for the degree programme in this publication are applicable to the new curriculum being phased in.
- In 2017 the fifth year of study will still be followed according to the old curriculum.
- Students who fail a year in the existing curriculum immediately prior to the year of the implementation of the revised curriculum will have to repeat all the modules for that particular year in the revised curriculum.
- The total credits and regulations for the old curriculum appear in the 2013 Yearbook and are applicable for students who registered for the BChD degree programme prior to 2014.
Types of modules
Please take note of the categories in which modules are placed for this degree.
First year of study
CMY 151 Chemistry 151
FIL 155 Science and world views 155
MGW 112 People and their environment 112
MLB 111 Molecular and cell biology 111
PHY 131 General physics 131
MTL 180 Medical terminology 180
SEP 110 Sepedi 110
GNK 188 Anatomy 188
IDE 170 Integrated dentistry 170
POH 170 Public oral health 170
- Apart from the examination modules mentioned above, the following compulsory academic information management module must also be passed during the first semester of the first year of study: AIM 101.
- All new first-year students at the University must write an academic literacy test. On the grounds of the outcome of this test, students will either be exempted from the following academic literacy modules, or if they have failed the test mentioned above, will be required to pass in the relevant modules: ELH 111 and 112
- The first semester of the year module PHY 181 is the same as PHY 131.
- Students are exempted from the language module(s) on the basis of the successful completion of a language proficiency test at the beginning of the year.
Second year of study
AFR 111 Afrikaans 111
GPS 280 Generic procedural skills 280
GNK 289 Anatomy 289
FSG 270 Physiology 270
MDB 270 Oral biology 270
IDE 270 Integrated dentistry 270
POH 270 Public oral health 270
GNK 286 Basic emergency care 286
FSG 270 Physiology 270
MDB 270 Oral biology 270
ZUL 110 IsiZulu 110
IDE 270 Integrated dentistry 270
POH 270 Public oral health 270
ODO 270 Odontology 270
PRD 270 Prosthodontics 270
Third year of study
TGG 370 Applied medicine 370
FAR 370 Clinical pharmacotherapy 370
ANP 370 Anatomical pathology 370
GOM 370 General and oral microbiology 370
GPS 370 Generic procedural skills 370
TBW 370 Comprehensive patient management 370
ODO 370 Odontology 370
PDL 370 Periodontology 370
ORD 370 Orthodontics 370
OFC 370 Orofacial surgery 370
PRD 370 Prosthodontics 370
RAD 370 Diagnostic Imaging 370
POH 370 Public oral health 370
Fourth year of study
TMZ 470 Anaesthesiology 470
RAD 470 Diagnostic imaging 470
POH 470 Public oral health 470
ODO 470 Odontology 470
PDL 470 Periodontology 470
ORD 470 Orthodontics 470
OFC 470 Orofacial surgery 470
PRD 470 Prosthodontics 470
MFP 470 Maxillofacial pathology 470
TBW 470 Comprehensive patient management 470
Fifth year of study
RAD 570 Diagnostic imaging 570
POH 570 Public oral health 570
ODO 570 Odontology 570
PDL 570 Periodontology 570
ORD 570 Orthodontics 570
OFC 570 Orofacial surgery 570
PRD 570 Prosthodontics 570
MFP 570 Maxillofacial pathology 570
TBW 570 Comprehensive patient management 570
Requirements for admission to specific modules
A student who has:
- obtained at least 50% in the final Grade 12 examination in Mathematics as well as in Physical Science, will be admitted to Molecular and cell biology (MLB 111), and a module in the subjects Chemistry, Physics, Zoology and Entomology, Genetics, Microbiology or Botany;
- obtained at least 50% in the final Grade 12 examination in Mathematics as well as in Physical Science, will be admitted to a module in Radiation Physics (RFI);
- obtained at least 50% in the final Grade 12 examination in either Physical Science or Life Sciences, will be admitted to modules in Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Media;
- obtained at least 60% in the final Grade 12 examination in Mathematics, will be admitted to the module WTW 158 in Mathematics; and
- obtained at least 50% in the final Grade 12 examination in Mathematics, will be admitted to the module WTW 134 in Mathematics.
Examinations and pass requirements
Passing a module
A module mark is calculated from the continuous evaluation opportunities during the course of the presentation of the module in question. These evaluations shall include one or more of the following:
- Evaluations regarding theoretical knowledge.
- Evaluations regarding clinical knowledge and skills.
- Compulsory attendance at and active participation in prescribed activities.
- A final comprehensive module examination moderated by external examiners.
Repeating modules (and thus the year of study)
- Students must pass all the modules of a particular year of study in order to be admitted to the next year of study.
- Students who repeat the first or second year of study are exempted from the examination modules which have been passed in the unsuccessful year. The examination moderating meeting, in conjunction with the Dean/Chairperson of the School of Dentistry, retains the right to only award a pass mark in the said modules, if the student complies with the following requirements regarding those modules:
- That the mark awarded to the relevant module was not awarded on the grounds of condonement;
- That the student attended the relevant module regularly and furthermore complied with all other requirements.
- That the contents of the module in the ensuing year correspond with the contents of the module concerned.
- In order to comply with the requirements for (ii) above, the extent of involvement of students in successfully completed promotion modules is determined by the relevant module chairperson, at the commencement of the year, and agreed with the student(s) concerned.
Examinations and pass requirements, subminima and continuous evaluation mark
- In accordance with the stipulations of the General Regulations, no minimum year or semester mark is required for admission to the examination: Provided that the different year and semester modules in a School need not be handled in the same manner, although a great degree of uniformity is expedient. Any other requirements for admission to the examination are set out in the study manuals. A final mark of at least 50% is required to pass.
A subminimum of 40% is required in the written section of an examination, with a subminimum of 50% in the clinical section of a module. At the beginning of the academic year, the relevant head of department informs the students of the required subminimum in subsections of the modules offered by the department in question. This information is also published in the study manual.
- Continuous evaluation mark:
- A student obtains marks for practical and clinical work, for tests and also for assignments completed during the course of an academic year.
- A student who repeats a year of study and who must acquire certificates of satisfactory preparation in failed modules, must comply with all the requirements set by the relevant head of department.
- Supplementary examinations in the fourth year of study
A student who obtains between 40-49% in examination and promotion modules, is admitted to supplementary examinations. Should he or she fail this supplementary examination/promotion test, the fourth year has to be repeated. When a year of study has to be repeated, the student retains credit for the examination modules passed. Consult Reg. D.1 (e) regarding the certificate of satisfactory preparation and progress, which must be obtained in the year of repetition in all promotion modules already passed, as well as the extent of involvement of tudents regarding promotion modules already passed, in order to maintain a specific level of clinical skills.
- Examinations in the fifth year of study
A student who has failed the clinical part of any module in the final examination, will be required to repeat that module. The period which must elapse before the student may again sit an examination, is determined by the Dean, on the recommendation of the examination moderating committee. A student who repeats a module, must obtain certificates of satisfactory preparation in all the other modules that he/she has passed.
Promotion to next study year
Promotion to the next year of study
The stipulations of the General Regulations concerning satisfactory preparation and progress also apply to modules where a promotion test is required. Supplementary examination marks and pass marks in promotion modules are awarded according to the stipulations of the General Regulations: Provided that:
- Promotion is based on theoretical and/or practical and/or clinical evaluation throughout the year and a minimum of 50% is required to be promoted.
- A student, who has obtained a year mark of less than 50% can be admitted by the examination moderating meeting to a supplementary promotion test in the relevant promotion module.
- Students repeating a year of study retain credit for examination modules passed, unless determined otherwise, but a certificate of satisfactory preparation and progress must be obtained in all the promotion modules.
- In order to comply with the requirements for (iii) and to maintain a specified level of clinical skills, the extent of involvement of students in successfully completed promotion modules is determined by the relevant module chairperson, at the commencement of the year, and agreed with the student(s) concerned.
Failed candidates/Admission to the second semester of BChD I
- Selected first-year students, who have passed a sufficient number of prescribed first-semester modules at 100 level will, in accordance with the stipulations of the General Regulations, automatically be admitted to the second semester of the first year of study. During the second semester, the students will be admitted to an examination on an anti-semester basis in the first-semester module(s) still outstanding, if this can be accommodated in the timetable.
- In the School of Dentistry, a student may not repeat more semester modules than the equivalent of eight lectures per week on an anti-semester basis in the second semester.
- Candidates who failed BChD I, please consult points (ii) and (iii) under the Repeating modules paragraph below.
Admission to the next year of study
A student must pass all the modules of the relevant year of study for admission to the next year of study.
Admission to the second year of study
A student must pass all the modules of the first year of study for admission to the second year of study.
A student, who has failed a year of study for the second time before completing BChD II, is excluded from the programme and will again be subjected to selection with a view to readmission to the second year of study. Also consult Reg. D.1 (c) concerning students who fail some modules of a year (and therefore the year of study).
Admission to the third year of study
A student must pass all the modules of the second year of study for admission to the third year of study.
Admission to the fourth year of study
A student must pass all the modules of the third year of study for admission to the fourth year of study.
Admission to fifth year of study
A student must pass all the modules of the fourth year of study for admission to the fifth year of study.
Academic exclusion from further study
- A student following a BChD degree will only be allowed two opportunities to repeat a year of study.
- A student who does not comply with the abovementioned requirement but nevertheless wishes to be admitted to the School, may request the Dean/Chairperson of the School in writing, to consider his or her application for readmission in accordance with the prescribed procedure.
- If a student fails one or more first-year modules (and therefore is not admitted to the second year of study), such a student forfeits his or her selection and must apply again for selection with a view to admission to the first year of study.
- A student, who has failed a year of study for the second time before completing BChD II is excluded from the programme and must apply again for selection with a view to readmission to the second year of study.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained at least 65% in all the examination modules of the final year of study, with an average of at least 75% for all the modules.