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Bachelor Of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Ziauddin College of Dentistry offers a four year undergraduate degree program leading to Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), under the cooperative auspices of Ziauddin University.

Course Details

Our BDS program is divided into eight semesters. Each semester covers a number of modules related to subject specific information, in accordance with PMDC recognized curriculum. We at Ziauddin College of Dentistry are the proud pioneers for developing and implementing a horizontally integrated curriculum.

Our BDS program is divided into eight semesters. Each semester covers a number of modules related to subject specific information, in accordance with PMDC recognized curriculum. We at Ziauddin College of Dentistry are the proud pioneers for developing and implementing a horizontally integrated curriculum.


We recognize the challenges met by students once they enter into professional lives. Therefore, we empower students to adapt to the different ways of absorbing information and take responsibility of their own learning using student centered learning strategies such as Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Case Based Discussions. Community Oriented Education is also given its due importance in our education system.


PBL is one of the strategies adopted for learning at the Ziauddin College of Dentistry. This approach Is characterized by:

The aim of problem based learning is to overcome various drawbacks in the traditional methods of instruction; for instance the passive role of students during lectures, irrelevant subject matter in the curriculum and lack of integration between disciplines.

Our basic dental and medical science laboratories and dental OPDs are fully equipped with state of the art equipment, models and other teaching aids ensuring an excellent academic environment for students.

On the commencement day, students are given course/study guides which contain the course objectives and teaching strategies for 1st semester of BDS with the planner for the entire semester. The study guide also identifies all rules and regulations that the student is required to abide by. Likewise, for the subsequent semesters study guides are supplied to all promoted students on the respective semester orientation days.

Course Title Course Title Course Title Course Title
Anatomy General Pathology General Medicine Oral & Maxillofacial
Physiology General Pharmacology General Surgery Operative Dentistry II
Biochemistry Oral Biology & Tooth Morphology Oral Pathology Prosthodontics II
Science of Dental Materials Community & Preventive Dentistry Oral Medicine/Periodontology Orthodontics
Junior Prosthodontics/ Junior Operative Operative Dentistry I Prosthodontics I
Oral & Maxillofacial
Surgery I

In addition to the theoretical knowledge, it is important that the students have significant exposure to the curative, preventive and rehabilitative facets of oral and general health care.

The first exposure of the dental students to a clinical environment starts in their 2nd professional year, where students are first trained on phantom heads about the clinical aspects of treatment and soon after are taken for their field visits to the community dentistry training where they primarily are trained for detailed history or dental records.


General Principles:

It is recognized that the methods of assessment have a strong influence on shaping students learning approach. The structure, content and process of all assessments are designed to reflect and reinforce the specified learning objectives at each stage of the program. Assessments serve the purpose of providing feedback to the students and the faculty as well as certification. At Ziauddin Dental College, we have a two prong approach. We actively involve students in the learning process by interacting in small groups and by collecting , analyzing and synthesizing information relevant to the problems they are going to face in their professional lives.

Semester Examination

It is conducted by Examination Department of Ziauddin University. Examinations are held at the end of each semester. Atleast 80% attendance in each course is mandatory to appear in the semester examination. Promotion to next class is based on passing all the courses scheduled in a year.

Third year BDS students receive clinical training for General Medicine, General Surgery and other Clinical subjects of BDS curriculum at the following hospitals:

Dr. Ziauddin Hospitalat Clifton - 150 bed.

KDLB Dr. Ziauddin Medical University Hospital - 125 bed.

Clinical Department (OPD) for Ziauddin College of Dentistry, Clifton.

The students attend OPDs and wards where they obtain first hand knowledge by dealing with patients under faculty supervision. Apart from clinical learning under the supervision of faculty of medicine , the students also work in the clinical departments of Periodontology, Oral Medicine, Oral surgery, Operative Dentistry and Prosthodontics where they work. In the final year students spend most of their time in Dental OPDs in the department of Oral Surgery , Prosthodontics, Operative and Orthodontics. Their training includes not only performing procedures on patients, but also learning crucial skills that help to groom their interpersonal and professional behavior and attitudes.

Tools Of Assessment:


Ziauddin Dental College encourages BDS students to apply for electives or internships in institutions which may not be a part of Ziauddin University system. Students have an option to undergo this training in Pakistan or Overseas

House Job Training:

Ziauddin University Hospitals offer house job posts for its graduates. A structured training program has been designed that allows house officers appropriate training in all domains of dentistry. In addition, house officers have opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary seminars and academic or clinical conferences.

House job training will be conducted strictly according to PMDC guidelines.


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