WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$0 /year
Applications Begin:June 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:College of Health Sciences
Campus:Kenyatta National Hospital Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2020
Programme Overview

– The course leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery shall be full time for minimum period of not less than five (5) years and maximum period of not more than ten (10) academic years.
– An academic year shall be 36 weeks and each course unit shall be 45 hours.
– The degree program shall be by course work, clinical work, practical, seminars, tutorials, a research project and in some course units e-learning.
– All courses for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) program shall be compulsory except in cases of credit transfer as stipulated by the regulations of the school of Dental sciences which govern credit transfer as is stipulated in (section 4)
– A candidate shall enrol for all course units covered in each year, except in special cases approved by Senate on recommendation of the School Board and College Academic Board.
– In special circumstances, a student shall be discontinued on medical grounds if Senate shall find him/her unfit to qualify as a dental surgeon.
– A candidate exceeding the prescribed maximum duration of the course without valid reason shall be discontinued.

Admission Requirements

3.1 Candidates for admission must satisfy the general University of Nairobi admission criteria of a mean grade C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E). A minimum C+ Grade pass will be mandatory in each of the cluster subjects.

3.2 The cluster subjects for Bachelor of Dental Surgery in K.C.S.E are as follows:
– Biology
– Chemistry
– Physics or Mathematics
– English or Kiswahili


3.3 In addition to (3.2) above, eligibility for consideration for admission into the Module II Degree Program in the School of Dental Sciences shall be governed by the following admission requirements, outlined under each catchment category:


3.4 Advanced level holders should have at least:-
Two principal level passes and one subsidiary in Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE), Grade 5 and above in International Baccalaureate (IB), three principal level passes in GCE or equivalent level of education in the following subjects:-
– Biology
– Chemistry
– Physics/Mathematics
– General paper.


3.5  Kenya Certificate of Education(KCE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)  with  a minimum ‘O’ level division II Pass or C+ mean grade in KCSE in  addition to three year diploma from a Medical Training Institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate in either of the following disciplines:
– Dental Technology
– Dental Surgery Assistant
– Dental Hygiene,
– Community Oral Health,
– Clinical Medicine
– Laboratory Technology
– Radiography
– Pharmaceutical
– Technology, Nursing, or any other equivalent disciplines.

3.6  In addition applicants shall be expected to be working in the relevant field of their training at the time of   application.


3.7 Holders of Degrees in any of the Science subjects from the University of Nairobi or equivalent degrees from institutions recognized by Senate of the University of Nairobi.

3.8 International students from non-English speaking countries shall provide evidence of competence in English language by producing test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) certificate or its equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Application Fees for International Students: $0

How to Apply:
Applicants should visit = to apply Online

University of Nairobi has three intakes in an Academic year. Main intake being in September/October for all the courses and December/January for Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism April/May for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education(Arts), Bachelor of Education Early Childhood, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics ,Bachelor of Economics and Statistics ,Bachelor of Journalism and media Studies, Bachelor of Art Broadcast Production, Bachelor of Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Travel and Tourism, Bachelor of Arts Broadcast Production and all Diploma and Certificate courses.

Career Opportunities

BDS graduates can take up careers as dentists in  public  or  private  health  institutions, oral  healthcare  product  managers  in  dentally allied manufacturing companies or teaching at universities and colleges.

Tuition Fees Details
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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $0
Tuition Fees for International Students: $0

Tuition Fees per year for Kenyan Students = 474,500 KES
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = 569,400 KES
**This programme will be completed with fees per year as follows:
– First year = 474,500 KES
– Second year = 469,500 KES
– Third year = 469,500 KES
– Fourth year = 469,500 KES


International Students pay 20% more than the Kenyan Students.

Relevant Contact

College of Health Sciences office
Responsible for college's enquiries
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries