The Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme is a new but essential programme, recently established in the School of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (SMAHS) of the University of The Gambia (UTG).

The programme entails six years of study which is heralded by one-year pre-medical study. The next three years of the dental programme are devoted to the biomedical and preclinical sciences (Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology and Pathology: This is in addition to the medical and surgical aspects of training in conjunction with medical students. The last two years are fully dedicated to core training in the various fields of dentistry.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate entry:

  • Candidates must possess WASSC with at least credit level passes at not more than two       sittings in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English.
  • Candidates with GCE must have pass credits in the above-mentioned subjects in Ordinary Level, plus at least three passes of Advanced Level in Biology, Chemistry, and either Physics or Mathematics.
  • Direct entry: Direct Entry into the Medical Curriculum is only for candidates with a BSc Degree in any basic medical science or related disciplines, preferably with at least a Second Class (Honours) certificate awarded by a recognized institution.

Candidates approved by the Admission Committee shall pass the Pre-Med Courses before entering the Medical Curriculum

 All candidates shall be interviewed by the Admission Committee.

A working/technical background in health services is an additional asset for any candidate.

Method of Application

Candidates are required to apply online through and click on the apply link to fill the form and submit. To have access to the page, candidates need to supply a pin code indicating payment of Application form, Result Verification and all other necessary fees. This pin code can be obtained from the Accounts Office, Kanifing Campus, upon tendering of receipts of payment from the Bank. The Deadline for submission of applications is January 5th  2022. Please note that all receipts obtained from the University are to be uploaded on the applications for timely processing

Applying as an International Student

At the University of The Gambia, we welcome applications from academically qualified students world-wide. Along with a complete application, international applicants will be required to submit various supporting documents. This will usually include: academic qualifications (certificate and transcript), evidence of fluency in English language, a personal statement and two references.

Fees: $4,950 per session for international Students.

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