• Faculty of Dentistry
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Postgraduate Programmes at a Glance

The Faculty of Dentistry offers various postgraduate programmes to both local and international communities. The programmes cover a range of dental disciplines that are delivered and conducted in different mode of study to meet the needs and interest of the candidates; i.e. coursework, clinical coursework, coursework and dissertation (mixed-mode), and research programmes. Clinical programmes are designed to train dentists to be a specialist in the field of their choice. Candidates will be expose to clinical practice through dental specialist training at the Faculty’s specialist clinic as well as clinical posting at recognised and reputable Dental Institutions locally and/or internationally. On the other hand, the scientists too have options of major dental areas for them to explore and experiment in such as Oral Cancers, Oral Implants, Dental Materials, Health Care System, Dental Pharmaceutics, Molecular Studies and many more.

Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Dentistry or Medicine or its equivalent, or a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours(CGPA>3)  in any Science discipline for Master by research programme
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Dentistry or Medicine from recognised universities which is approved by the Senate for PhD programme
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 / IELTS with a minimum band 6.0 for all international applicants are required with the exception for those who did their tertiary education in English. MUET with a minimum band 4 is required for all Malaysian participants.
  • For those who did not fulfil the minimum requirement, relevant experience would be considered as case by case with the approval from the Senate.

Duration of study

Master of Dental Sciences: Minimum duration of 2 semesters
Maximum duration of 8 semesters
Doctor of Philosophy:  Minimum duration of 4 semesters
Maximum duration of 12 semesters

Master in Community Oral Health (MCOH) (1 year full-time).
The MCOH programme is a course-work programme aims to produce graduates who possess basic knowledge in community oral health with a wider approach towards societal well-being. Graduates will have basic competency in developing appropriate professionals values, attitudes and behaviour that are sensitive and can easily adapt to the changing needs of society.

Doctor in Dental Public Health (DrDPH) (3 years full time).
The DrDPH programme is a mixed-mode programme (coursework + research) to produce dental public health specialists who are knowledgeable and competent in terms of clinical and technical skills, social responsibility, caring and able to adapt to the changing needs of society. They are also competent in undertaking research to solve the community’s oral health problems and improve oral health. The specialists can also effectively provide leadership in health care programmes and comply with the highest standards of professional ethics.

Rules and Regulations

List of Postgraduate Programmes offered in Faculty of Dentistry, UM



Postgraduate Conference

Students among dental faculty collaborate to develop innovative solutions to dentistry issues. Student conferences in composition at their best involve a shared commitment involving both lectures/researchers and student.

Life at UM

Life on campus should be full with passion, rigour and vivacity! Our friendly campus offers everything you need to get the most from both your studies and your leisure time.


IPS Admission

The Institute of Graduate Studies (IPS) is the Graduate Centre for UM. Since its inception in 1979, IGS has inspired to promote excellent multidisciplinary research and postgraduate training in order to meet the growing demands and development of the modern era.

Award & Recognition

Few awards will be awarded to excellent students based on criteria set as recognition.


ISC & Visa Application

International Student Centre / Visa Application | The online application for International Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students


Spouse Programme

Foreign candidates whom their partner is Malaysia citizens can apply for this program through Ministry of Health (MoH), Malaysia. MoH will send letter and resume of the candidate to the Faculty of Dentistry UM for interview. The successful applicants will receive the Offer Letter from MoH and they need to pay RM25,000/year (excluded visa) for the tuition fees. It can be paid by cash or instalments.

Elective Posting

The Faculty of Dentistry provides an opportunity to local and oversea undergraduate students to work closely with the healthcare professionals from our faculty and have an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills. the fees imposed will be RM 420 per entry (for registration + matric card).


Clinical Attachment

The Faculty of Dentistry opens its door to local and oversea students to gain experience in the clinical field in various department.


Student Exchange

The Faculty of Dentistry provides an opportunity for you to study in another university overseas under the UM Student Exchange Programme (UMSEP. Students will get to experience a different study environment and meet new people. To find out more about the UM Student Exchange Program, kindly visit this website http://isc.um.edu.my

Professional Qualifying Attachment

Open to graduated candidates that does not have recognition from the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC). This is to fulfill their terms of conditions set by KKM. Candidate will undergo the clinical attachment for two (2) years before sit for the final examination. The fees is RM25,000/year. (Any interested candidate, kindly email your application to dekan_dental@um.edu.my)

Department Contact Details:

Postgraduate Management Office,
Level 10, Postgraduate & Research Tower
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: 603-79677463 (Office)
Fax: 603-79676473
Email: ardental_pg@um.edu.my

Last Update: 22/11/2023