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Your guide to studying Dentistry in Malaysia

Course Duration

3 - 5 Years

Average Fees

MYR 60,000 - 250,000

Average Salary

MYR 35,000 - 350,000

Job Demand

What is Dentistry?

Dentistry is the diagnosis, improvement, restoration and even education of patients on how to properly take care of their teeth and gums

Do you brush your teeth, not once but twice a day? Are you obsessed with having pearly white teeth, not just on yourself but everyone around you? Do you have an inner knack for helping people? If you do, then you may want to consider taking up the course of dentistry. Let us explain exactly what the course will entail and help you decide if it’s the one for you.

Dentistry involves delivering safe and effective dental care to patients, diagnose and provide treatments for a ...

Do you brush your teeth, not once but twice a day? Are you obsessed with having pearly white teeth, not just on yourself but everyone around you? Do you have an inner knack for helping people? If you do, then you may want to consider taking up the course of dentistry. Let us explain exactly what the course will entail and help you decide if it’s the one for you.

Dentistry involves delivering safe and effective dental care to patients, diagnose and provide treatments for a variety of oral health issues. It branches out to a few aspects whether in general dentistry or areas in orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics or endodontics. Some job responsibilities also include working with a team of dentistry professionals and overseeing the work of others in the office.

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What are the subjects covered under Dentistry?

Mathematics

Biology

Physics

Chemistry

Man in Health & Disease

Oral Cavity in Health & Disease

Personal & Professional Development

Clinical Dental Practice

What you need to get on a Dentistry course?

Pre University in Dentistry

SPM : 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject

O-Levels : 5 Bs each in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics (or Additional Mathematics) and another subject

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) : B4 each in 3 subjects in Biology, Chemistry, Physics (or Mathematics or Additional Mathematics)

Degree in Dentistry

STPM : Minimum of BBB / ABC / AAC in Biology + Chemistry + Physics or Mathematics

A-Levels : Minimum of BBB / ABC / AAC in Biology + Chemistry + Physics or Mathematics

Matriculation : Minimum CGPA 3.0 (out of 4.0) in Biology + Chemistry + Physics or Mathematics

South Australian Matriculation (SAM) : Victorian Certificate of Education Australia Year 12 / Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT) Aggregate or average of 80% or the equivalent of B in 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)level 3 or New Zealand Bursary : Average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

Canadian Pre-University (CPU) or Canadian International Matriculation Program (CIMP/Canadian Grade 12/13) : Average of 80% in any 3 subjects i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics

How does your education pathway look like?

What skills do you need for a Dentistry course?

Hard-working

Dentistry is as taxing as medicine is. Late nights will be common, and so will early morning. Coffee and notes will become your new best friends as you need to work hard to get through med school and then, your practice.

Good time management

You know exactly what you’ll be doing at any point in a day because you have it all mapped out systematically. In medicine, you’ll have to manage to eke out any little sleep you can get, study, attend long lectures, complete assignments and cut up cadavers, sometimes all at the same time. So you better be good with managing your time.

Caring

Dentistry is another profession that truly needs you to care for people, namely your patients. You need to know how to sympathize with the pain they go through while treating it. As the saying goes, ‘Treat the patient not the disease’.

Love for Science

While this may seem obvious, dentistry requires a love for scientific subjects. Biology, chemistry and physics are all hugely important as you will learn it in much more detail the further into your programme you go.

Where can you study Dentistry in Malaysia?

For a start, here are some of the most popular Dentistry schools in Malaysia.

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