The Doctor in Periodontology Programme is a three-year full-time coursework doctorate programme which leads to periodontal specialist registration. The degree of Doctor in Periodontology is awarded subsequent to submission of the final research dissertation and completion of the coursework.

The course provides a comprehensive and incorporated different teaching modalities in obtaining and preparing the student to the highest expectation in patients care. Mode of teaching varies in the form of seminars, journal club discussions, core paper discussion, demonstrations, hands-on workshop, simple laboratory work, in-house and out-house clinical sessions in different environment. Clinically, candidates will be exposed to the management of various periodontal cases. Continuous assessment will be evaluated thorough out the three-year period in the form of semester tests, assignment and assignment presentation, participation in seminars, journal club, case presentation and clinical requirements.

The candidates must be able to steer and acquire basic scientific research skills along with a scientific approach in problem solving. There will be a supervised method in writing, editing, and publishing of research topic (or partly) which leads towards producing an acceptable and sound dissertation. By the early of Semester 5, the students are required to submit their dissertation for final examination. They should be able to complete a dissertation, which is worthy of publication or a publishable manuscript.





Local Applicants



Minimum Requirement

  • BDS or equivalent
  • 2 years clinical experience of continuous clinical work experience after graduation from dental school
  • Pass Master of Science in Dentistry (MScD) or any equivalent qualification endorsed by Senate, UiTM
  • Proposal submission with the application form

Other Requirement

  • 2 referee reports
  • Passed entrance interview or prescribed test
  • Registrable with MDC for local and approved by senate for overseas to practice in the faculty
  • IELTS Average Band 6.5          

(minimum Band 6.5 for every part)
(For international candidates)


Valuable aspects for consideration

  • Successful completion of the Primary Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS), Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties (MJDS) or equivalent.
  • Postgraduate degree involving clinical training.
  • Applicants who have passed Postgraduate Basic Medical Science may request for exemption of Core Medical & Oral Sciences course.
  • Evidence in research publications would be highly regarded





Doctor on Periodontology comprises of:


Core Courses

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Candidates are required to pass both core courses before could be awarded with the degree.





Full time only. Minimum 6 parts (3 years); maximum 10 parts (5 years). Each part consists of 21 weeks of academic schedule, with total of 42 weeks per year excluding of examination weeks.