Masters in Dental Surgery (MDS)


Masters in Dental Surgery or M.D.S is a postgraduate course in Dentistry. It is the branch of medicine which deals with the anatomy and development and research on diseases of the teeth. The duration of the course is usually three years, however there is another course for a duration of 2 years, exclusively for candidates who have cleared their PG Diploma course recognized by the Dental Council of India.

The course in particular helps you in developing competence in critical analysis, research, and advanced clinical methods that will be recognized for a registration as a specialist. Dental Council of India (D.C.I) is the official regulatory body for all dental courses. Dental institutes must follow the official regulations as stipulated by DCI. It is a very practical oriented course which trains you on real world applications for 3 years.

  • A candidate is required to be physically fit & healthy to undertake the M.D.S course and should not suffer from any disease, especially contagious ones.
  • A certificate of temporary registration issued by the Dental Council of India must be obtained by Foreign Nationals who wish to pursue the M.D.S. course. This will be applicable for the duration of the training and would be restricted to the dental institution where he/she has been admitted.
  • The selection of candidates for M.D.S is based on the merit of the student. To determine which student is meritorious, the National Eligibility cum-Entrance Test is conducted by National Board of Examinations. To be eligible for this Post Graduate course, you must have completed your Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery(B.D.S) or an equivalent qualification recognized & approved by the Dental Council of India. A student who does not possess the qualifications for the required course must secure an approval by the Dental Council of India before he/she can be taken into consideration for an M.D.S course at any University in India.

M.D. is always pursued in a particular specialisation, and this more or less determines the field of expertise the candidate wants to take in their medical career. There are many specialisations, some of which are :

  • Prosthodontics
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Operative Dentistry
  • Pedodontics& Preventive Dentistry
  • Conservative, Endodontics& Aesthetic Dentistry
  • Periodontology & Oral Implantology
  • Oral Medicine & Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Applied Basic Sciences
Minor Oral Surgery and Trauma
Maxillofacial Surgery
Recent Advances in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Periodontics Applied Basic Sciences
Etiopathogenesis Of Periodontal Diseases
Diagnosis, Treatment, Preventive Periodontology and Implantology
Recent Advances in Periodontics
Conservative Dentistry Applied Basic Sciences
Conservative Dentistry including Preventive dentistry and dental Materials
Recent Advances in Conservative Dentistry
Oral Pathology Applied Basic Sciences
Oral Pathology, Oral Microbiology & Forensic Odontology
Laboratory and Histopathological Techniques
Recent Advances in Oral Pathology
Orthodontics Applied Basic Sciences
Growth and Development, Basics in orthodontics, Diagnosis & Radiology
Bio-Mechanics & Various Orthodontics Tissue Changes, Techniques & Treatment Planning
RRecent Advances in Orthodontics
Course suitability
  • Dentistry is widely considered as a very lucrative medical profession and candidates who successfully complete are likely to see visible improvement in their income.
  • Candidates who have completed their B.D.S. course and are looking to further improve their knowledge on the health problems related to the teeth, mouth, gums and other oral areas should also look at pursuing this course.
Employment opportunities
  • Dental Colleges & Research Institutes
  • Hospitals
  • Military Services/li>
  • Dental Laboratories
  • Private Clinics & Hospitals
Type of jobs
  • Ceramist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Dental Surgeon
  • Forensics & Oral Pathologist
  • Medical Representative
  • Private Practitioner
  • Professors & Home Tutor
  • Public Health Specialist
  • Sales Representative