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M.D.S. (Master of Dental Surgery) - Admissions & Scope

Masters of Dental Surgery known as MDS is a post graduate program in Dentistry. It is largely 2-3 year program. The post-graduation program after bachelor’s enhances analytical skills, research skills, advanced and critical skill development that are mandatory for specialist registration. There are a bunch of fields one can choose from for specialization in Masters of Dental Surgery.

As Dentistry deals with oral hygiene it is one of the most lucrative professions.  By acquiring a MDS degree one can register and practice as a Dental Specialist. The main objective of the course is to build a set of skills by teaching methods and techniques related to dental care and surgery. The programs prepare students to be both practitioners and advisory consultants in their chosen areas of specialization.

In India the dentistry course is regulated by Dental Council of India which lays down the rules and regulations for dental institutes. Any foreign national willing to pursue MDS from India must procure temporary registration with the Dental Council of India for the duration of the course.

Course Highlights        

Masters of Dental Surgery has the following specializations:

  • Prosthodontics and Crown and Bridge

It is that branch of Dental art and science focused on to the restoration and maintenance of oral function, health and appearance by the replacement of lost natural teeth and associated tissues either by a fixed and removable artificial substitutes.

  • Periodontology

Periodontology and Oral Implantology is the science dealing with the health and diseases of the supporting structures of the teeth and oral mucous membrane.

  • Cranio-Maxillofacial surgery and Implantology

This subject deals with the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries and defects of the human jaws and associated oral and facial structures.

  • Conservative Dentistry and Endodontic

Conservative dentistry works with prevention and treatment of the diseases and injuries of the hard tissues and associated per apical lesions.

  • Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics

It deals with the methodology of prevention and correction of oral anomalies and malocclusion and the harmonizing of the structures involved, so that it can function in a normal way.

  • Oral Pathology and Microbiology

Oral Pathology deals with the nature of oral diseases, their causes and effects. It involves the collaboration between the oral diseases to the physiologic and anatomic changes associated with these diseases.

  • Pediatric Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry and Preventive Dentistry is the prevention and treatment of oral and dental ailments that occur in childhood.

  • 8. Public Health Dentistry

It is preventing and controlling Dental diseases and promoting Dental Oral health through organized community efforts.

  • 9. Oral Medicine and Radiology

Oral Medicine is the basic diagnostic procedures and techniques useful in recognizing the diseases of the oral tissues of local origin and their medical management. Radiology is a science dealing with x-rays and their uses in diagnosis and treatment of diseases in relation to or facial diseases.


An aspirant willing to pursue Master’s in Dental Surgery must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a college or university recognized by the Dental Council of India (DCI). The aggregate score for BDS should be more the 55%.

He must have completed his one year internship before the start of the academic year and must be register with the DCI.

All students have to appear for the All India Common Entrance Test (AICTE). Few colleges will have their own Entrance Exams along with AICTE. The admission is based on merit.

Syllabus and Course Description

A branch wise description of syllabus is given below:





Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Applied Basic Sciences

Minor Oral Surgery and Trauma

Maxillofacial Surgery

Recent Advances in oral and Maxillofacial Surgery



Applied Basic Sciences

Etiopathogenesis of Periodontal Diseases

Diagnosis, Treatment, Preventive Periodontology and Implantology

Recent Advances in Periodontics


Conservative Dentistry

Applied Basic Sciences

Conservative Dentistry including Preventive dentistry and dental Materials


Recent Advances in Conservative Dentistry


Oral Pathology

Applied Basic Science

Oral Pathology, Oral Microbiology & Forensic Odontology

Laboratory and Histopathological techniques

Recent Advances in Oral Pathology



Applied Basic Sciences

Growth and Development, Basics in orthodontics, Diagnosis & Radiology

Bio-Mechanics & Various Orthodontics Tissue Changes, Techniques & Treatment Planning

Recent Advances in Orthodontics

Top colleges

The students usually prefer those institutions which are renowned and recognized all over the world. Some of the best universities around the world are listed below which provides master’s degree in Dentistry along with the fee structure for the first year and marks required for



  1. University of Alberta

Edmonton, Canada

1st Year Fees-Rs 18.3 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6.5

  1. McGill University

Montreal, Canada

1st Year Fees-Rs17.1 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6.5

  1. Harvard University

Cambridge, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs55.1 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 5

  1. University of Manchester

Manchester, UK

1st Year Fees-Rs48.4 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6.5

  1. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs73.9 Lakh

Eligibility-TOEFL: Accepted

  1. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs86.7 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 7

  1. University College London

London, UK

1st Year Fees-Rs46.5 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6.5

  1. University of Washington

Seattle, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs37.6 Lakh

Eligibility-TOEFL: 92

  1. Gulf Medical University

Ajman, UAE

1st Year Fees-Rs24.3 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 5

  1. University of Rochester

Rochester, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs27.2 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 5

  1. University of Iowa

Iowa City, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs19.2 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 7

  1. University of Maryland, Baltimore

Baltimore, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs39.4 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 7

  1. Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs14.8 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6

  1. University of California (San Francisco Campus)

San Francisco, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs28.3 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 7

  1. Marquette University

Milwaukee, USA

1st Year Fees-Rs34.5 Lakh

Eligibility-IELTS: 6.5

Above are few of the best institutions around the globe. These provide full-fledged training and skill development for the students to perform their best in their career. The students studying in these institutions are provided with world class facilities and expert guidance for their future.

Latest admission alert

The National Board of Exams which conducts the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test MDS has issued the merit list for 50% of all India quota seats. The results declared are for the exams conducted on 14th December 2018. The scorecard is valid for academic year entrance for 2019. The scorecard is available to download on the official website by 10th march 2019.

Registration for Round I of NEET MDS counseling 2019 will commence from March 15 and ends on March 24. After successful registration and payment of fee, candidates can participate in choice filling process from March 19 onward.

Registration for second round of NEET MDS counseling will be held from April 5-9, while registration for mop-up round starts on May 13. 

Career opportunities

As it is a master’s degree it opens up more avenues than a bachelor’s degree. Your career prospects depend upon your specialization field. Candidates can get placements overseas dental hospitals, treatment centers, research centers and nursing homes. They can also set up their own dentistry facilities in foreign cities and towns. Employment are available in various fields like:

  • Research Institutes and Dental Colleges
  • Health care centers
  • Defense and Army
  • Schools and colleges
  • Dental laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Private clinics

The students who have completed their masters in dentistry can opt for various professions which can open up better career opportunities. These are:-

  1. Dental Surgeon
  2. Medical Representative
  3. Dental Assistant
  4. Sales Representative
  5. Dental Lab Technician
  6. Private Practitioner
  7. Ceramist
  8. Public Health Specialist
  9. Dental Hygienist
  10. Professors & Home Tutor
  11. Forensics & Oral Pathologist

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