The Bachelor of Dental Surgery program at IIUM spans five years, organized into four blocks per year. To graduate, students must complete both university-required courses and Kulliyyah core courses, divided into Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1, focusing on pre-clinical training in Years 1 and 2, includes Basic Medical and Dental Sciences courses assessed in Professional I and II Examinations. Dental courses like Dental Public Health, Conservative Dentistry, and Prosthetic Dentistry extend throughout the program.

Phase 2, in Years 3 to 5, transitions to clinical training, with core dental courses and rotations in specialties like Paediatric Dentistry and Oral Surgery. Research components in Year 4 culminate in a presentation at the Dental Student Scientific Conference in Year 5, alongside Integrated Dental Practice courses preparing students for patient care. All dental core courses are evaluated in the Professional III and IV Examinations.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery, IIUM is a five-year programme. Students are taught in a semester / block system and there are four blocks in a year. In order to graduate, students’ need to complete both the university required courses and Kulliyyah core courses. For Kulliyyah core courses, they are divided into two phases; Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 1 focuses on the pre-clinical training. It consists of Basic Medical and Dental Sciences courses which will be taught in Year 1 and Year 2 of studies. The courses are Normal Structure & Function of Human Cell; Tissue & Body System, Body Reactions to Physical, Chemical And Biological Agents; Normal Response To Diseased State & Basic Pharmacology; Craniofacial & Human Biology; and Oral  Biology for Year 1 and Pharmacology, Pathology, Immunology & Microbiology, Dental Material for Year 2.

All of these courses will be assessed in the Professional I Examination for Year 1 and Professional II Examination for Year 2. There are also dental courses that will be taught in Year 2 which are Dental Public Health, Conservative Dentistry and Prosthetic Dentistry; and these courses will continue until Year 5.

Phase 2 is a clinical phase which will be taught in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 where the students will start treating patient. There are certain clinical requirements that the students need to fulfil before they are eligible to sit for Professional III and IV Examination. All dental core courses will start in Year 3; Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.  General Medicine and General Surgery courses will also be taught in Year 3 and they will be assessed in Professional III Examination at the end of Year 3. In Year 4, apart from dental core courses, the students will be introduced to research and there will be research findings presentation in Year 5 during Dental Student Scientific Conference.  The research findings report also need to be submitted. In Year 5, the Integrated Dental Practice courses will be introduced to students so that they are ready to treat the public. All dental core courses will be assessed in Professional IV Examination at the end of Year 5.

  • Possess scientific knowledge to support the practice of dentistry
  • Apply current scientific information and techniques in the practice of dentistry
  • Perform clinical dental procedures independently and safely
  • Communicate effectively with dental and other health professionals, patients and the community
  • Manage digital and numeracy information skills in the field of dentistry
  • Display leadership skills and work autonomously in managing oral health care for individuals and the community
  • Display entrepreneurial skills in the management of dental practice
  • Display skills for life-long learning and continuing professional development
  • Display ethical values and professionalism in practicing dentistry within the confine of the laws and guidelines governing the profession
  • Relate Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Values to the practice of dentistry

Malaysian Qulification

International Qulification

The bachelor of dental surgery degree prepares students for work in:

     i)     Ministry of Health;
     ii)    Ministry of Defense;
     iii)   Ministry of Higher Education;
     iv)   Private Practice;
     v)    Researcher;
     vi)   Spokesperson for oral care company; and
     vii)  Businessman – supplier, own dental clinic chain, contractor, etc

Bachelor Degree Programme

5 Years (10 semesters)


  • RM22, 390 (Malaysian Qualification)
  • RM516,375 (International Qualification)