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.
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
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.
Examination and evaluation in the major subject
- 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 relevant head of department); 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 relevant 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.