Bachelor Of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Ziauddin College of Dentistry offers a four-year under-graduate degree programme leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), under the cooperative auspices of Ziauddin University.

Course Details

BDS programme is divided into four academic years; each year comprises a number of modules related to subject specific scientific information, in accordance with PMDC recognized curriculum. Ziauddin College of Dentistry has taken the initiative of developing and implementing a horizontally integrated curriculum. The curriculum makes use of the latest teaching strategies, which are aimed at providing better quality of education to the students.

Learning And Teaching Strategies

The college recognizes the challenges met by students once they enter into professional lives. Therefore, students are empowered to adapt to the different ways of absorbing information and take responsibility of their own learning using student centered learning strategies such as Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Case Based Sessions (CBS).Community Oriented Education is also given its due importance in the College of Dentistry.
Students are actively involved in the learning process by interacting in small groups and by collecting, analyzing and synthesizing information relevant to the problems they are going to face in their professional lives.

Problem Based Learning

PBL is one of the strategies adopted for learning at the Ziauddin College of Dentistry. This approach is characterized by:
• Opportunities to deal with problems students are going to face in later professional practice.
• Emphasis on self-motivation and responsibility for learning on their own.
• Training for learning professional skills, leadership qualities and team work.
The aim of problem based learning is to overcome various drawbacks in the traditional methods of instruction; for instance the passive role of students during lectures irrelevant subject matter in the curriculum and lack of integration between disciplines.


Basic Dental and Medical Science laboratories and Dental OPDs are fully equipped with state of the art equipment, models and other teaching aids ensuring an excellent academic environment for students.

Study Guide Book

On the commencement day, students are given course/study guides which contain the course objectives and teaching strategies for 1st year of BDS with the planner for the entire academic year. The study guide also identifies all rules and regulations that the student is required to abide by. Likewise, for the subsequent academic years, study guides are supplied to all promoted students on the respective orientation days.

Clinical Training

In addition to the theoretical knowledge, it is important that the students have a significant exposure to the curative, preventive and rehabilitative facets of oral and general health care. The first exposure of the dental students to a clinical environment starts in their 2nd professional year, where students are first trained on phantom heads about the clinical aspects of treatment and soon after it, they are taken for field visits to the community settings as part of their community dentistry training; they are primarily trained for detailed history taking or dental records.
Third year BDS students receive clinical training for General Medicine, General Surgery and other Clinical subjects of BDS curriculum at the following hospitals:
• Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, Clifton Campus – 150-bedded Hospital
• KDLB Kemari Campus -125-bedded Hospital.
• Clinical Departments (OPD) for Ziauddin College of Dentistry, Clifton Campus having 75 dental Units.
The students attend OPDs and wards where they obtain first-hand knowledge by dealing with patients under faculty supervision. Apart from clinical learning under the supervision of faculty of Medicine, the students also work in the clinical departments of Periodontology, Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics where they gain experience with patients and are trained in different clinical procedures.
In the final year, students spend most of their time in Dental OPDs in the department of Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Operative dentistry and Orthodontics. Their training not only includes performing procedures on patients, but also learning crucial skills that help to groom their interpersonal and professional behavior and attitudes.

Student Assessment

General Principles:
It is recognized that the methods of assessment have a strong influence on shaping students’ learning approach. At Ziauddin College of Dentistry, the structure, content and process of all assessments are designed to reflect and reinforce the specified learning objectives at each stage of the programme. Assessments serve the purpose of providing feedback to the students and the faculty as well as certification.

It is conducted by the examination department of Ziauddin University. Continuous Assessment Tests (CAT) are held at the end of each module. At least 80% attendance in each course is mandatory for eligibility to appear in the final examination. Promotion to next classes based on passing all the courses scheduled in a year.

Tools of Assessment:
• BCQ and Multiple Choice Questions (BCQs /MCQs).
• Short essay questions (SEQs).
• Objective Structured Practical/ Clinical Examinations (OSPE/ OSCE).
• Viva voce is used to assess knowledge mainly of a higher level.

BDS Graduates Registration

As per Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) rules, registration of BDS graduates is mandatory for dental practice and postgraduate education in Pakistan and abroad.

House-Job Training

Ziauddin Univrsity Hospitals offer house job to its graduates. A structured training programme has been designed that allows appropriate training for house officers in all domains of dentistry. In addition, house officers have opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary seminars and academic or clinical conferences. House job training is conducted strictly according to PMDC guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

Admission to Ziauddin College of Dentistry for a four year BDS degree course is open to all individuals who meet the selection criteria. All candidates are selected for their academic achievements and potential.
Students are admitted to the first year of BDS on previous high school and/ or college academic record, and scores in test and interview conducted by the Ziauddin University. Selection of student is on the basis of an admission policy approved by the Governing Body of Ziauddin University, which is in line with the regulations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. Students are largely admitted in the category of local residents. Only a few seats are available for overseas students.

I. Admission Criteria For Local Students

The general criteria for students seeking admission to BDS degree programme are as follows:
Minimum 60% marks (un-adjusted) in Pre-Medical group of Higher Secondary Certificate Examination held by Board of Intermediate Education in Pakistan. Local and overseas students are required to take a written test (MCQs) and appear for an interview. Proficiency in English language, both in written and verbal expression is required.
With GCE Cambridge/London, ‘Advanced level’(A level), American High School Diploma, and other equivalent Certificates or Diplomas, an equivalence to HSC (Pre-Medical) will be decided as per the guidelines of HEC. Students with American High School Certificate are also required to submit SAT–II with a minimum recommended score of 550 in subjects of Biology, Chemistry and one more Science subject.

Documents To Be Submitted For Admission

• Duly filled in admission form of Ziauddin College of Dentistry
• Photographs (5 passport size).
• One copy each of mark-sheets of Secondary School Certificate (SSC Part I and II).
• One copy of Secondary School Certificate (if available).
• One copy each of mark-sheets of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC Part I and II Pre-Medical).
If results of HSC Part II have not been declared by the concerned Board, admit card of HSC Part II examination must be submitted.
• For students with GCE Cambridge/London, one copy each of the transcripts of ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level examination results
• One copy of National Identity Card (in case NIC is not available, ‘B’ form with a copy of Parent’s/ Guardian’s NIC must be submitted).

II. Admission Criteria For Overseas Students

The university has defined the category of Overseas Students as follows:
• Wards of Pakistanis residing abroad.
• Students sponsored by their relatives or friends residing abroad.
• Students who have graduated from Overseas Pakistani Schools
Note: Change to Local Resident status will not be allowed to those admitted as Overseas Students.

III. Documents To Be Submitted For Admission

• Duly filled in application form of Ziauddin University along with the required non-refundable fee in US dollars.
• One copy each of mark-sheets of Secondary School Certificate (SSC Part I and II).
• One copy of Secondary School Certificate (if available).
• One copy each of Higher Secondary Certificate mark-sheets (HSC Part I and II Pre-Medical).
• In case the result of HSC Part II has not been declared by the concerned Board, photocopy of admit card of HSC Part II examination must be submitted.
• For students completing GCE, Cambridge /London, one copy each of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels transcripts.

For High School Graduates Of USA/CANADA

• One copy of High School Certificate (Grade 9-12 or 13) attested by the School Principal/Officer
• SAT-II with minimum score of 550 in subjects of Biology, Chemistry and one more Science subject
Note: Before submitting applications, applicants must ensure that they have complied with the instructions given with the application form. It remains the responsibility of the applicant to submit application according to the instructions. Students are expected to submit photo copies of documents along with the application and originals for the purpose of verification by the university. If required, the university will check the authenticity of the documents submitted with the concerned school, college, board or university.

Test and Interview

IV. Admission Test

The university conducts an Admission Test for all eligible local and overseas candidates. The test consists of Multiple Choice Questions of various types. The test comprises four to five sections designed to assess each applicant’s performance in the areas of:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Physics
• General Knowledge
• Aptitude
• English
The level of questions in sections of Biology, Physics and Chemistry corresponds to that expected at the end of Intermediate Examination or equivalent qualifications e.g.12th Year etc.

V. Interview

Short listed applicants will be interviewed to assess their suitability to complete BDS course and pursue a career in health sciences.

VI. Notification Of Admission

The Registrar of the university will notify students who are successful in the admission process. Successful applicants are given a dead line by which to accept the offer of admission. Offers not accepted by the given deadline are cancelled.

VII. Requirements For Selected Students

Successful students selected for BDS programme are expected to fulfill the following:

• Verification of Educational Testimonials

Original transcripts, mark sheets and certificates to be brought for verification by the university.

• Medical Examination

The undergraduate medical programme is both physically and mentally demanding. Students offered admission are required to undergo a comprehensive medical examination including laboratory investigations and chest X-ray, before they are allowed to join classes.

• Immunization

Clinical experience carries a small personal risk of infection. In their own interest, and also in the interest of patients and others, students must provide evidence of immunization against the following:
Tuberculosis (BCG), Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Measles/Mumps (and Rubella for females)

• Payment of Fee:

On receiving offer of admission from the Registrar of the University, students are expected to deposit the required (non- refundable) admission and tuition fee by the due date mentioned in offer letter. If the required fee is not submitted within the specified date the admission will stand cancelled.

Financial Policy

Students seeking admission to BDS first year of Ziauddin University are expected to pay the fee approved by the Governing Body of the University. Admission fee is submitted only once, at the time of admission. For subsequent years, students are required to pay only the tuition fee.
For local students, fee will be paid in Pakistani currency and for overseas students in US dollars.
Parents/guardians are advised to ensure that fee for each academic year is paid by the due date. The university reserves the right to cancel admission if the fee is not paid by the due date.
Students who repeat the year due to failure or otherwise are required to pay the tuition fee for the year being repeated. The university does not handle cash or personal cheques. Fee must be paid in the form of pay order payable to Ziauddin University.

Fee Structure

Local Residents

Application Processing Fees Rs. 5,000/-
Admission Fee Rs. 50,000/-(Non-Refundable)
University Fees Rs. 290,000 /-
Tuition Fee Rs. 780,000/- (First Year)
Examination Fee Rs. 21,000/-

Overseas Applicants

Prospectus and Application form US $ 100
University Fees US $ 3000
Tuition Fee US $ 14,143 (First Year)

Other Charges For Both Local And Overseas Students

Security Deposit Rs. 25,000/-
Medical Examination Fee Rs. 6,000/-
Documentation fee: Rs. 8,000/-

Payment of Fees: On receiving offer of admission from the Registrar of the University, students are expected to deposit the required (non-refundable) admission and tuition fees within the due date mentioned in the offer letter. If the required fee is not submitted within the specified date the admission will stand cancelled.

Note: Any additional taxes imposed by the government will be the liability of the students/parents/guardian..
The University reserves the right to increase the fees if required according to the recommendation of the Governing Body.

Examination Fee will be charged separately.

Advance fees to be paid annually. All dues need to be cleared within two weeks of commencement of academic year. 2% surcharge per month will be levied on outstanding fees after the due date.

Career Opportunities

A graduate with a BDS degree is open to endless opportunities in clinical and non-clinical specialties locally and internationally. Students can pursue clinical postgraduate training or fellowship programmes. Students who choose not to undergo clinical postgraduate training or fellowships can opt to do Masters or Ph.D in the field of their choice which will help them to become full time academicians.

Self-employment is also a promising avenue. With experience, a dental graduate can start his/her own individual clinic. Many dentists prefer private practice as it provides the best financial prospects along with a greater level of independence.


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