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|Tuition Fees:||$3,896 /year|
|Applications Begin:||April 2021|
|Final Award:||Bachelor of Dental Sciences (BDS)|
|Start Date:||February 2022|
|Academic Unit:||Faculty of Health Sciences|
|Application Deadline:||30 June 2021|
The BDS degree focuses on developing skill and expertise in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases of the teeth, mouth tissue and supporting bones of the mouth.
Modern dentistry has moved beyond the scope of the ‘drilling and filling’ of the past. Today, dentists manage diseases and abnormalities of the face, jaws, joints, and soft tissue lining of the mouth.
They offer comprehensive care for the entire oral and facial system.
The Bachelor of Dental Science (BDS) is a five-year, full-time course. Years 1 to 3 focus on bioethics, health law, and dental sciences. Years 4 and 5 focus on understanding the medical, dental, social, and community context of dental clinical practice.
You will be required to complete one year of community service after graduating. If you are registering for the BDS for the first time, you must register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HCPSA).
– English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5
– Life Sciences Level 5
– Mathematics Level 5
– Physical Science Level 5
The Faculty of Health Sciences uses a composite index score to guide applicant selection. This includes:
– Your matric academic results for 5 subjects: English, Mathematics, Physical Science/Life Sciences, and the best two other subjects. We consider the percentage achieved, not the symbol.
National Benchmark Test (NBT) score
– All applicants to Bachelor of Dental Science and Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences must spend time observing specific procedures as performed by a Dentist/Dental Therapist/ Oral Hygienist to gain insight into the profession. Applicants must complete a certificate of attendance (minimum 16 hours). Only observation hours completed between 1 July 2019 and 31 July 2020 will be accepted. Please download the form from www.wits.ac.za/undergraduate/apply-to-wits/ under Additional Forms.
N.B: Applicants who fail to submit a certificate will not be considered for admission.
National Benchmark Tests
– All Faculty of Health Sciences applicants (except those applying for admission into the Graduate Entry Medical Programme (GEMP)) must write the National Benchmark Tests (NBT) before being considered for admission.
There are two tests: The Academic and Quantitative Literacy Test, and the Mathematics Test. Your test results are used in addition to your Grade 11 results (for early decision-making purposes) and your Grade 12 results (for final decision-making purposes), as well as other admission criteria, to guide applicant selection.
Ordinary Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
Advanced Levels – A-C (English, Maths, Physics)
International Baccalaureate – HS, SL 4-7
All other foreign qualifications are considered according to faculty requirements.
NOTE: If the certificate you obtained in your country is not mentioned above, please message the “Course Contacts” above and they will be able to answer all your questions
How to Apply
– To apply online, go to: www.wits.ac.za/applications
– You may apply for a maximum of three programmes (order of choice does not matter)
– If you apply for two programmes within one Faculty, you are advised to apply for one programme in a less restricted faculty (e.g. Humanities, Commerce or Science)
– Try to keep your options open, especially when applying for programmes in Faculties such as Health Sciences or Engineering
N.B: Do not enter the duration of the programme. You are applying to go into 1st year of study.
A non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens, and R700 for foreign citizens, is required.
30 June – Faculty of Health Sciences (all programmes); Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Audiology, Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology; BA Film and TV
30 September – All other University programmes; Residence applications.
Does your degree programme have additional selection procedures? Some degrees have additional selection requirements such as portfolio and essay submissions, auditions or National Benchmark Tests. Please click on Additional Forms below to see if this applies to you.
Pay Application Fee
– Non-refundable application fee of R100 for South African citizens
– Non-refundable application fee for foreign citizens of R700
– Payments to be made before closing dates.
– Use your T Number or Person Number as reference
How to pay
– Deposit the exact amount into the University’s Application Fee account:
Standard Bank, Account name: Wits University – Application Fees. Current Account Number: 200 346 385, Branch code: Braamfontein 004 805. CI Number 074A. (International payment swift code: SBZAZAJJ). Use your person/student number as a reference.
– Pay by cash or credit card at the Wits Fees Office, Ground Floor, Solomon Mahlangu House (Senate House), Braamfontein Campus East, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa. Use your person/student number as a reference.
EFT – Use your T Number or person/student number as the reference.
Graduates of this programme can work in domains including; community, industrial, private practice and public service clinics.
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– South African students pay R48110-59310 per year as tuition fees.
– Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay the same annual tuition fees as South Africans plus an International Registration Fee (IRF). The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
– Students sponsored by the Government of Rwanda will be treated as and pay the same amount as SADC students.
– Students from all other countries (Non-SADC) will pay double the fees paid by South African Students
– Diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa & International Wits employees and their dependents will pay South African tuition fees + International Registration Fee (IRF).