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 University 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 the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary seminars and academic or clinical conferences. House job training is conducted strictly according to PMDC guidelines.


Eligibility and Admission Procedure

Admission to Ziauddin College of Dentistry for a four (4) year (BDS) degree course is open to all individuals who meet the selection criteria. All candidates are chosen 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 score in MDCAT / test and interview conducted by the Ziauddin University and as determined by the Pakistan Medical Commission. The 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 the Pakistan Medical Council (PMC). Students are largely admitted in the category of Local Residents. A few seats are available for overseas students (as defined by the Rules). 

Note: Applicants are required to fill the MBBS and BDS forms separately.

Criteria for Admission

  • Have passed the MDCAT examination conducted by the National Medical Authority.
  • Pakistani and foreign students are required to appear for an interview.
  • Depending on the COVID situation a written aptitude test (MCQ) may be administered.
  • Proficiency in the 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 HSSC (Pre-Medical) equivalence with 65% will be required from IBCC. 
  • For candidates who have completed HSSC or are awaiting results are also eligible to apply on a provisional basis. 
  • It will be necessary for candidates in Pakistan and those following the Pakistani System of education overseas to have read Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as mandatory subjects at the higher secondary school level.
  • Candidates who have completed high school overseas may apply mathematics in lieu of physics. 

Pakistani Students:

“Pakistani student” means a student who is a Pakistani national or defined as an overseas Pakistani under applicable law and may hold dual nationality and may be resident or non-resident in Pakistan.

Foreign Students:

“Foreign student” means a student who is not a Pakistani student and holds only a foreign nationality. The inclusion of SAT II scores will be discontinued and will not be used for merit calculation.

Student Selection:
The final selection of local resident students is decided on the following weightage:

Ziauddin University Test 40%
Higher Secondary Certificate: 30%
Ziauddin University Interview: 20%
MDCAT: 10%

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 an application according to the instructions. Students are expected to submit photocopies 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.

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.


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)


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.


Timeline for Admission 2021-2022

Admission Test 23″ October, 2021
Interview From 14th November, 2021
Merit List After 15″ December, 2021
Completion of Admission 30* January, 2022


Local StudentForeign Student
First Year
Consolidated FeePKR1,373,000USD18,000
Admission Fee PKR27,000Scholarship of USD 4,000. Net Consolidated Fee of USD 14,000.
Second Year
Consolidated FeePKR1,400,000USD18,000
Scholarship of USD 4,000. Net Consolidated Fee of USD 14,000.
Third Year
Consolidated FeePKR1,600,000USD18,000
Scholarship of USD 4,000. Net Consolidated Fee of USD 14,000.
Fourth Year
Consolidated FeePKRThird Year Consolidated Fee Plus Increase as per State Bank of Pakistan announce Inflation RateUSD18,000
Scholarship of USD 4,000. Net Consolidated Fee of USD 14,000.
No Increment throughout the Five year Course for Foreign Student.


Mode of Payment: A student shall have the right to pay the tuition fee on a
quarterly, six-monthly, or annual basis to the college. A student paying the college
on a six-monthly basis in advance shall be granted a two percent discount in the
tuition fee and a student paying the college on an annual basis in advance shall be
granted a four percent discount in the tuition fee as per PMC Policy.


  • Admission fee is 2% of the 1st year consolidated fee as per the regulation of PMC (Please see the above table)
  • Discount on admission fees is applicable as per the policy of PMC Admissions Regulation 2021.
  • Government tax will be applicable as per prevailing tax law.
  • Tuition Fee of Foreign Student is inclusive of Government Tax.


Vacant Seats in Ziauddin Dental College as at 01/04/2022

1st Year BDS (Batch-13)

2nd Year BDS (Batch-12)

3rd Year BDS (Batch-11)

Final Year BDS (Batch-10)





Policy for transfer in first year BDS on Vacant Seat

  1. Applications must be submitted on the prescribed form by 20th April, 2022
  2. Candidate must be enrolled in a recognized Dental College in Pakistan
  3. MDCAT score should be 65% or more
  4. HSSC/A Level score should be 65% or more
  5. Interview call will be given to all applicants
  6. If the number of applicants is more than the vacant seats the merit will be calculated as per the following criteria:-

MD CAT:             50%

HSSC/A level:      30%

Interview:             20%