Some of the main tasks of a dentist include preventing, treating, and diagnosing conditions and diseases normally found in the mouth. A career in dentistry can be highly rewarding in Malaysia, but if you think studying for a dentistry degree is less rigorous than the other medical degrees, you’re mistaken! Learning dentistry can take you up to five years of completion and an additional three years for specialisation. So if you’ve got what it takes, check out these six most popular places to study for a dentistry degree in Malaysia.
- University of Malaya (UM)
The oldest educational institution in Malaysia, UM is on top of the list for those wanting to pursue dentistry in the country. UM currently offers nine dentistry courses with specialisations in dental public health, child dental health, oral and Maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine and oral pathology, periodontology, restorative dentistry in conservative dentistry, and restorative dentistry in prosthetics dentistry. They have a yearly intake in September, and the fee for the entire course ranges from RM 100,000 to RM 200,000.
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
Located in the small town of Bangi, UKM currently offers 10 dentistry courses with specialisations that include endodontology, orthodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontology, oral biology, and community dentistry. The yearly intake is usually in February. The fee per semester may range from RM 5,000 to RM 10,000 (including registration, student activities and other services).
- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
Nestled on the idyllic island of Penang, USM currently offers 28 dentistry courses, with specialisations that include dental public health, community dentistry, dental implantology, oral biology, Maxillofacial surgery, orthodontic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and periodontics. The yearly intake for the courses is in September, and the fees per semester may range from RM 4,000 to RM 10,000.
- International Medical University (IMU)
The first private medical and healthcare university to be established in Malaysia, IMU currently offers Bachelor of Dental Surgery, taking in new students every February. The course is accredited by the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC), and has been rated Tier 4 out of 6 by the Education Ministry (for the Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy category). As a student, you’ll be able to transfer IMU’s partner universities in New Zealand and Australia. The estimated fee for the entire course is RM 600,000. There are scholarships being offered for the programme.
- SEGi University (SEGi)
Another favorite private university to offer a Bachelor of Dental Surgery, SEGi takes in new students every September at its main campus in Kota Damansara. They have a Mentor-Mentee programme that includes a small group of nine students and a lecturer to have academic discussions. The estimated fee for the entire course is RM 300,000.
- Penang International Dental College (PIDC)
Another university based in Penang, PIDC takes in new students every March and September. Its Bachelor of Dental Surgery has been accredited by the MDC, with an estimated fee of RM 300,000 (for the entire course). There are scholarships being offered for the programme.
The basic requirements and qualifications for a Malaysian dentistry degree is that you need to achieve a minimum of AAC/ABC/BBB in maths or physics, chemistry, and biology if you have an STPM. For those applying with a Foundation in Science (from any matriculation), a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in maths or physics, chemistry, and biology is needed. If you’re interested to pursue a career in dentistry, you can explore more opportunities that come with a dentistry degree in Malaysia. Some of the fields within this line of work that you can consider specialising in include restorative dentistry, dental public health, oral medicine and oral pathology, periodontology, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and oral surgery.