Dentistry Undergraduate Programme - FAQs

 

Welcome

The Faculty of Dentistry offers a four-year Undergraduate Degree Programme.  This Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) programme is a rigorous one with comprehensive didactic and clinical components.  It comprises pre-clinical training in the first two years which prepares the undergraduates for clinical training in the next two years.

Admission to the programme is based on the following requirements:

Qualifications Presented Subject Pre-requisites
New 'A' level syllabus
(with H1/H2 results)
- Good H2 pass in Chemistry
- Good H2 pass in either Biology or Physics
- Good H2 pass in a third Subject
- Good grades in the General Paper or in Knowledge & Inquiry
International Baccalaureate
(IB) Diploma
- Good Higher Level (HL) pass in Chemistry
- Good HL pass in either Biology or Physics
- Good HL pass in a third subject
- Good grades in English
International and Other Students - Year 12 or good higher level pass in Chemistry
- Good higher level pass in either Biology or Physics
- Good higher level pass in a third subject
- Good grades in English
NUS High School - Major CAP of at least 2.0 in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics
- CAP of at least 1.0 in one other major and in English Programme and Research Project

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs)

In addition, shortlisted applicants will be required to take a Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) and attend an interview. From 2016, the Faculty will be introducing a new format for its admission interviews.  Instead of the conventional panel interview, Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) will be organised for shortlisted applicants.  The MMIs comprise a circuit of stations which could include an interview or performance of a specific activity.  These stations aim to examine the applicants’ interest in Dentistry and if they suitably display attributes oral health care professionals should espouse.

Shortlisted applicants do not need to submit any supporting documents to the Faculty prior to the Multiple Mini Inteviews.  Applicants will, however, be required to submit relevant documents to the NUS Office of Admissions at the point of application.

More details on admission to NUS, including the application form, are available at the Office of Admissions website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/

If you have further queries, please email  Ms Perina Chiang( Senior Manager ) at

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Applicants interested in our programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Applicants who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission.

 

Dentistry Undergraduate Programme - FAQs

ADMISSIONS

 

GENERIC QUESTIONS

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


ADMISSIONS

How do I apply for a course in dentistry?

The application process is done online through the NUS Office of Admissions (OAM). Please visit the OAM website at http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/ for more details.

Admission exercise for applicants under Category A for AY 2017-2018 has closed.

Admission exercise for candidates with NUS High School results, IB diplomas, Poly diplomas from Singapore results and Cat E (transfer cases) have also closed.   Any requests/queries on late submission, please direct them to the Office of Admissions.

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How is one selected for admission to Dentistry in NUS?

Selection for admission is based on academic merit and open competition among all eligible applicants for places available.

From AY2008, applicants who wish to be considered for admission to Dentistry must indicate Dentistry as their first and/or second choice during the application stage. Applicants who indicate Dentistry as their 3rd choice or below will not be considered. Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be shortlisted to attend the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs) and a Manual Dexterity Test (MDT).

From AY2009, the indicative grades required for admission to the different degree programs in NUS/NTU/SMU are available on-line.

For Dentistry, it will be ‘AAA/A’ (A-level 3 H2 / 1 H1 subject).  For any further clarification or enquiry, please direct them to the Office of Admission booth.

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What are the General Entry Requirements?

All candidates for admission to the National University of Singapore must satisfy certain minimum requirements as specified by the NUS Office of Admissions.  Click here to see the admission requirements.

Applicants who wish to make a competitive application for admission to the Faculty of Dentistry should meet the following requirements:

Qualifications Presented   Subject Pre-requisites

New ‘A’ level syllabus (with H1/H2 results)

Good H2 pass in Chemistry

Good H2 pass in either Biology or Physics

Good H2 pass in a third subject

Good grades in the General Paper or in Knowledge & Inquiry

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

Good Higher Level (HL) pass in Chemistry

Good HL pass in either Biology or Physics

Good HL pass in a third subject

Good grades in English

International and Other Students

Year 12 or good higher level pass in Chemistry

Good higher level pass in either Biology or Physics

Good higher level pass in a third subject

Good grades in English

NUS High School

Major CAP of at least 2.0 in Chemistry and either Biology or Physics

CAP of at least 1.0 in one other major and in English Programme and Research Project


In addition, admission to Dentistry is also dependent on the outcome of the Multiple Mini Interviews and the Manual Dexterity Test.

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How will admission to Dentistry work this year?

Applicants will be shortlisted to attend the Multiple Mini Interviews and Manual Dexterity Test based on their A-level, diploma or high school results.  The shortlisted applicants will be selected for admission to Dentistry based on their performance at the Multiple Mini Interviews and Manual Dexterity Test.

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When and how will I be informed that I have been shortlisted for the Multiple Mini Interviews and Manual Dexterity Test?

From Academic Year 2017, Office of Admissions will no longer be sending hardcopy invite letter to shortlisted students.  Candidates are required to check their shortlist status via the Online Application Status Facility.  Shortlisted candidates will also receive an email on the exact date/time slot for the Multiple Mini Interviews and Manual Dexterity Test.

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What if I can’t appear for the Manual Dexterity Test or Multiple Mini Interviews?

Candidates must sit for BOTH the Manual Dexterity Test and the Multiple Mini Interviews in order to be considered for Dentistry.  If you have a legitimate conflict or are ill, contact the Dean’s Office immediately at Email: or Fax: (65) 6778 5742.  We will endeavour to reschedule your Manual Dexterity Test and Multiple Mini Interviews for anyone with a legitimate conflict.  For male candidates serving National Service, please contact your Units to find out more details about being released to attend the test and interviews.

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Given my ‘A’ level results, what are my chances of being shortlisted for Dentistry? 

No one can predict the cut-off point; it depends on the competition of the pool of applicants each yearNUS does not release the cut-off points from previous years.

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I am from a foreign country.  How do I find the Cambridge 'A' levels equivalent of my country’s examinations?

Please visit the Office of Admissions website at :

http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/apply/international/admissionreq/BYA-admissionreq.html

for the specific requirements and application deadlines.

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Is TOEFL/SAT I a requirement?

With effect from 2006, TOEFL/SAT I scores are no longer considered for computation of the University Score for applicants presenting the Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A level results.  However, applicants must still fulfill the requirements for General Paper and Mother Tongue Language. Click here to see admission requirements.

On the other hand, applicants presenting certain high school qualifications may be required to submit additional test scores.  Please click here for more information.

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How will the application process for Discretionary Admission be like?

Applicants who wish to be considered for Discretionary Admission can do so following the standard application process, which is common for all prospective students applying for admission to NUS.  During this process, they may wish to present additional, relevant information to support their application.

Applicants shortlisted under the discretionary criteria will be expected to show evidence of a special talent or achievement relevant to Dentistry.  Such achievements may include outstanding performance in reputable, international competitions; alternative, non-traditional qualifications or applicants with impressive portfolios of their work.  While these applicants may not meet the university cut–off score for admission to Dentistry, the Faculty of Dentistry will have to satisfy itself that these applicants have the minimum academic competency to pursue the undergraduate Dentistry programme.

Applicants shortlisted for Discretionary Admission will have to undergo a separate panel interview in addition to the Multiple Mini Interviews and Manual Dexterity Test.  Applicants will be notified via the Online Application Status Facility if they are shortlisted.  In addition, applicants will also receive a hardcopy invitation letter and an e-mail informing them of details of the separate panel interview.

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Is there a fixed number of vacancies available each year?

From 2013, the enrolment to Dentistry has been increased to 54 students per academic year.

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How many applicants do you receive each year and how many get short listed?

Dentistry is one of the most competitive courses in NUS.  The numbers of applicants and hence the number who are shortlisted  varies from year to year.

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What is the ratio of female to male intake? Is there a quota?

There is no quota on either the male or female intake.

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I came for the interview last year but was not offered a place in Dentistry.  Can I re-apply?

if you have not been selected after a previous interview for admission to Dentistry, you cannot apply for this same course subsequently.

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What can I expect from the Multiple Mini Interviews and the Manual Dexterity Test?

The Multiple Mini Interviews comprise a circuit of stations which could include an interview or performance of a specific activity.  These stations aim to examine the applicants’ interest in Dentistry and if they suitably display attributes oral health care professionals should espouse.

The Manual Dexterity Test is a 2-hour test that assesses the dexterity of the hands and spatial visualisation.

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Is there a bond after graduation?

Candidates admitted to the dental course at the National University of Singapore are required to serve the Government of Singapore upon successful completion of the course according to the scheme in the following table:

Singaporeans Non-Singaporeans and Singapore PRs
4 years 5 years


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I have a polytechnic diploma.  Can I be considered for Dentistry?

From Academic Year 2014, polytechnic graduates who wish to apply to Dentistry, may be considered under Discretionary Admission, subject to relevant Diplomas approved by the Faculty/University.  Application has closed.

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Health Requirements

In accordance with Ministry of Health requirements, all students seeking admission to local medical, dental, dental hygiene and therapy, nursing and paramedic courses must undergo screening for the Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV viruses.

Candidates who are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV carriers are not eligible for admission to Dentistry. In addition, all candidates are required to demonstrate immunity to Hepatitis B. In the event that they remain non-immune despite repeat vaccinations, it is in their interest to reconsider their career choice as their future career options in healthcare may be limited.

NUS reserves the right to retest any or all of its new dental undergraduates for any or all markers of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV viruses, and exclude any candidate tested positive for any of these viruses from the Dentistry course.

Prospective dental students are also required to furnish documentary evidence of immunity to, or immunity for, Varicella Zoster Virus (Chickenpox), Mumps, Measles and Rubella Viruses.

From 2013, in compliance with NUS and the Ministry of Manpower statutory medical surveillance requirements, all candidates must complete the NUS occupational health risk assessment and indemnity forms as well as undergo an audiometric testing.

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GENERIC QUESTIONS

What is the duration of the Dentistry course?

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery course is a 4-year full-time course.

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I am colour-deficient.  Does Dentistry have a restriction to certain colour deficiencies?  If so what are they?

No.

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Is my nationality a factor in admissions?

Admissions are based on merit, and open to applicants of all nationalities.

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Will work experience and referrals from experts in the relevant fields help?

We encourage applicants to gain prior exposure, where possible. This will give applicants’ an idea about the scope of dentistry as well as insights into dentistry as a career.

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I am a current student of a dental course in another university. Can I apply for transfer of credits to your University?

As the Dentistry course is a non-modular course, we currently do not allow transfer of credits, given the different structure of modules and teachings in different Universities.

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I am going for NS and if I apply two years later, how will my application be affected compared to applying this year?

Applications are open and strictly based on merit in the year which you are applying for admission.

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Can I defer from National Service should I be accepted?

Dentistry does not allow for deferment.  You must complete your National Service before commencing the course. A place will be reserved for you until you complete National Service if your application is successful

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

How much are the tuition fees?

For more information on fees, please click here

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When do I pay the tuition fees?

You will receive your bill for tuition fees about a week before the start of the semester. You have up to the third week of the semester to pay your bill. Tuition fees can be paid on a semester basis i.e. twice a year.

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Financial Aid

NUS is committed to a needs-blind merit-based admission policy that ensures no deserving student admitted to the University is denied an education because of financial difficulty. To fulfil this commitment, the Office of Financial Aid was set-up to provide a visible and integrated approach to assist students with financial difficulties or concerns.  Please click here for more information.

Prospective students may also use the Financial Needs Calculator to help them estimate their study and living expenses in NUS and the amount of aid they may receive if they are financially needy.

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What is the MOE Tuition Grant Subsidy?

The tuition fees listed above have already been subsidised by the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE). The subsidy, called the MOE Tuition Grant, is offered to all students to help defray the full cost of their education in NUS/NTU.

All students, regardless of nationality, admitted to the Faculty of Dentistry will be required to undertake a service bond with the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) upon successful completion of the course. The bond for Singapore citizens is four years while non-citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents will serve an extra year of the bond.

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How do I apply for the MOE Tuition Grant Subsidy?

Singaporeans need to make a joint application with their parents/guardians for the tuition grant in the year of enrolment using a prescribed form issued by the University. 

For non-citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident, you will have to submit an online application to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for the grant.  This includes the signing of a deed.  Details will be provided in the matriculation package which will be sent to all successful applicants.  Please visit the MOE website at https://tgonline.moe.gov.sg/tgis/normal/index.action for more details.

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Others

Where can I get more information?

We welcome you to visit us at the NUS Open Day on Saturday, 11 March 2017 at College of Alice & Peter Tan Hall.  Talks on Dentistry are scheduled at 10.00am, 12.00pm  and 2.00pm respectively, at CAPT/RC4 Dining Hall.

Please also visit the relevant websites:

The Faculty of Dentistry: http://www.dentistry.nus.edu.sg/

NUS Office of Admissions: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam/

The Registrar’s Office: http://www.nus.edu.sg/registrar/edu.html

NUS Open Day 2017:http://nus.edu.sg/openday/2017/index.php


We thank you for your keen interest in the Dentistry undergraduate programme at the National University of Singapore.

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