Masters of Dental Sciences [MDS] in Oral Medicine and radiology is a 3-year full time postgraduate course, the eligibility for which is having a bachelor’s degree in dental sciences with a minimum of 55% marks. Certain universities offer a direct entrance test for admission in the college while others require you to have already given any of the standard tests for MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology such as NEET MDS.
The course is 3 years long and is divided into 4 papers. The entrance test is normally a 3 hour computer based test conducted in English with a total of 240 questions and no negative marking. The syllabus would include topics from the BDS level course in the subject. Armed with their BDS marks and their entrance test marks, students can proceed to fill out the online or offline application form for the respective universities as the case may be.
This course is best suited for candidates who are interested in oral medicine and wish to obtain basic and advanced knowledge of all dental and maxillofacial diseases and learn the skills necessary to manage them. They should have knowledge of all general dental practices and skills involved in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the aforementioned diseases.
Top Institutes offering this course are:
The average full time fee charged for the course in India ranges from 54K to 24 lakhs, and the average salary offered to such professionals 3.13 lakhs per annum, increasing with experience and expertise.
|Course Level||Post Graduation|
|Examination Type||4 papers|
|Eligibility||A minimum of 55% marks in graduation in BDS and having passed the relevant entrance tests|
|Admission Process||After the online of physical application form is filled, certain universities may conduct their own entrance tests or rely on common entrance tests such as NEET. Based on the marks in the entrance test, or based on merit, a student is granted admission|
|Course Fee||INR 54,000 to 24 lakhs p.a.|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 3.13 lakhs|
|Top Recruiting Companies||Colleges and universities, dental hospitals or clinics, military health services, health ministry|
|Job Positions||Assistant general manager, oral pathologist, dental hygienist, dental surgeon, dental lab technician, etc.|
The Course includes everything related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and maxillofacial diseases. Through its subjects of study, namely, Applied Basic Sciences, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiography, and Oral medicine and therapeutics, and laboratory investigations associated with the same, the course promises to train students that have completed their bachelor’s degree in dental sciences, to become hardened dental professionals. As defined by the Dental Council of India, Oral Medicine and radiology is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the basic diagnostic procedures and techniques useful in recognising diseases or oral tissues of local and constitutional origin, and their management.
Graduates from this course are likely to be recruited into fields of academia, becoming professors of dentistry or researching further in the field, or they can work in hospitals or clinics as various medical professional, or even in the administrative side of the field. Graduates can work as assistant general managers, oral pathologists, dental hygienists, dental surgeons, dental lab technician, and in other such positions.
|Name of Institute||City||Total fees in INR|
|Jodhpur National University||Jodhpur||18,00,000|
|Bhartiya Vidyapeeth Deemed University (BDVU)||Pune||22,50,000|
|Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCDS)||Mangalore||26,00,000|
|Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana||Ambala||20,60,000|
|Nite University (NU)||Mangalore||9,08,000|
|MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (MSRUAS)||Bengaluru||25,40,000|
|Padmashri Dr. DY Patil University (PDDPU)||Mumbai||24,00,000|
|Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth||Pune||-|
|Surendra Group of Institutions||Ganganagar||16,50,000|
|Teerthanker Mahavir University||Moradabad||10,00,000|
|Babu Banarasi Das University||Lucknow||24,00,000|
|Sri Ramachandra University||Chennai||24,00,000|
|The Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University||Chennai||8,000|
|Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research||Chennai||-|
|Maharashtra University of Health Sciences||Nashik||1,80,000|
|Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences||Ahmednagar||6,95,000|
|Jagadguru Sri Shriwarathreeswara University||Mysore||6,15,000|
|Institute of Dental Sciences||Bareilly||16,50,000|
Candidates wishing to apply for the course need to have passed their bachelors degree in dental sciences with a minimum of 55% marks. Certain universities offer a direct entrance test for admission in the college while others require you to have already given any of the standard tests for MDS in Oral Medicine and Radiology such as NEET MDS.
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Some such entrance tests held in the country for admission are:
Over the course of three years students must complete their syllabus which is divided into 4 papers:
The essay is essentially a medical thesis which may be taken up by the student on any topic which interests them in the field. This research is a vital part of the three year postgraduate programme in Oral Medicine and Radiology.
Masters in Dental Sciences in Oral Medicine and Radiology is an extremely specified field of study. Those who chose to follow this degree through to a postgraduate level are hardly looking to keep their options open! They have dedicated themselves to a career in dentistry, and specifically to Oral Medicine and Radiology, and therefore hope to be successful in this field. The course provides the students with adequate knowledge of diagnosing and treating patients in this area of medicine and also provides a solid base for academic research in the field, or for pursuing academic prospects such as teaching.
The country definitely needs doctors that are professional, can understand and communicate well with their patients, and are genuinely passionate about what they do. The course has been geared in a manner that all candidates with a genuine passion for dentistry would emerge hardened professionals ready to thrive in the field.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to successful graduates of the course are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|Job Position||Job Description||Average Annual salary in INR|
|Oral Pathalogist||They are responsible for diagnosing and treating illnesses or diseases associated with the teeth.||-|
|Embedded C Developer||They work under licensed dentists and aren’t authorised to make any diagnostic conclusions themselves but help the dentist in performing basic dental care functions.||15,374|
|Dental Surgeon||They perform dental surgery on oral tissue and maxillofacial regions to cure or treat diseases, injuries, or defects.||3,12,797|
|Dental Lab Technician||They are responsible for creating dentures to replace partial or total loss of normal teeth and replicating the normal teeth functionality by studying the patients’ crowns and bridges.||2,96,934|
|Professor||They are responsible for educating students in Oral Medicine and Radiology either at a bachelor’s level or at a masters’ level at various colleges and universities.||-|