The Faculty of Dentistry provides a four year undergraduate dental course leading to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The BDS (Honours) degree is conferred on students with outstanding performances in all their professional examinations. The Faculty has an undergraduate student population of 182.
The NUS BDS degree is recognised by the Singapore Dental Council as a valid qualification for registration to practise in Singapore. Upon completion of their courses, BDS graduates should be able to practice immediately, usually in a government hospital or clinic, serving out their bonds.
The BDS course starts in July of each academic year. Major vacation periods are in December and June.
The four-year dental course is divided into preclinical (years 1 and 2) and clinical (years 3 and 4) components. The methods of instruction include lectures, tutorials, seminars practical, laboratory, technique work, demonstrations and clinical treatment of patients under supervision.
Students in the preclinical years spend a major portion of their time at the Faculty of Medicine while those in the clinical years spend most of their time at the Faculty of Dentistry treating patients under the supervision of staff.
The Faculty of Dentistry is organised into 5 disciplines covering the disciplines of Oral Sciences, Oral, and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry. Dental education is delivered through comprehensive didatic and clinical sessions. The broad experience and specialisation of the academic staff combine to provide the dental undergraduate with the requisite skills for general practice.