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Dental Colleges in Nepal

In Nepal, dental study in areas of dentistry, hygiene, and oral health is one of the most successful areas in the healthcare sector. More students from the upcoming generations are filling the position of degree programs in dentistry offered by different Universities and have undertaken practical’s to graduate and enter as oral health care profession to restore oral health and transform the life of the patient.

The academic programs in Dental studies are affiliated with either Tribhuvan University, B P Koirala Institute of Health Science, or Kathmandu University. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery at all these Universities are five years six months and one year compulsory rotating internship. BP Koirala Institute of Health Science has quotas for Nepali nationals of BPKIHS staff children, marginalized people, Indian nationals, nationals of SAARC Countries, and Nationals of Non-SAARC Countries.

Entry for BDS and MDS in Nepal

  • Students who have passed Plus 2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology with at least 50 percent marks are eligible for admission to the Bachelor in Dental Science course.
  • Should complete BDS with one year of internship that has been registered with Nepal Medical Council. Must have from one or two years of work experience for open and government-sponsored candidates.

Why do we need Dental studies in Nepal?

Dental studies in Nepal are the most essential studies in the context of Nepal. Oral health and hygiene care is very important for every human being. We eat almost all kinds of foods available, be it raw or cooked or baked food to satiate our hunger. Our teeth do the grinding and chewing of those foods so that they can be easily digested by our body. If we don’t have proper oral hygiene germs and bacteria can infest our teeth. Some people have dental problems such as cavities, stained teeth, toothaches, chipped teeth, cracked teeth, impacted teeth, sensitivity, hypodontia, gaps, gum problems, wisdom teeth problems, etc. All these are common dental problems and to treat them we need dentists or oral care experts. This is why Dental studies in Nepal are so crucial and so are Dental campuses.

Dental Studies in Nepal

Bachelor in Dental Surgery or Bachelor in Dental Science (BDS) is a four-year course with one year of rotating internship. Employment opportunities are available for dentists in hospitals, nursing homes, dental clinics, health and teaching departments of Universities throughout Nepal.

MDS is a three-year academic program run in Nepal. The teaching pedagogy includes discussions, clinical and laboratory postings, seminars, thesis, dissertations, workshops, and participating in national and international conferences.

In Nepal, top Universities like Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University are providing dental studies in undergraduate and graduate level programs in some of the prominent campuses running in Communities and Nepalese societies. Programs like BDS (Bachelor in Dental Surgery), Master of Dental Surgery (MDS), Certificates in Dental Science CTEVT, and MDS (Master of Dental Surgery in conservative and endodontic programs) are run by some of the Dental Colleges in Nepal.

Here are some of Dental study programs in Nepal:

Certificate in Dental Science:

Certificate in Dental Science is a year Certificate/Diploma program of CTEVT. The objectives are quality and ethical dental Science practice under the supervision of a Dental Surgeon in the hospital, performing diagnosis and dental scaling, using periodontal instruments, dental x-rays, photography, referring patients to concerned doctors, and extending services. Those students who have passed all components in three years get a Certificate in Dental Science.

Bachelor of Dental Surgery:

Bachelor of Dental Surgery is a clinical program aimed at producing caring knowledgeable dental practitioners. It comes with an industrial attachment of 1 year that is a community-oriented compulsory residential rotating internship.

Cost structures:

Tribhuvan University

Rs 2019580


Rs 2019580

Kathmandu University

Rs 1930000

Master in Dental Surgery:

Master in Dental Surgery is a years program which are offered by Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, BP Koirala Institute of Health Science, National Academy of Medical Sciences in Nepal. It has concentration areas such as Community dentistry, prosthodontics, periodontology and oral implant ology, orthodontics, oral pathology, conservative dentistry and endodontic.

Cost structures:


Tribhuvan University

Rs. 2381760

National Academy of Medical Sciences

Rs 2250000 - 2381760


Rs 2590000

Kathmandu University of Medical Sciences

Rs.1085870 Basic Science to Rs. 2381760 Clinical Sciences

Career Scope of Dental Studies:

Graduates can work in various settings of private practices, hospitals, public health clinics, and research institutions. It has scope of employment in;

  • Government health care establishments and
  • Private hospitals, clinics.

The career paths from Dental surgery studies are:

  • Dentist,
  • Dental surgeon or Hygienist
  • Oral pathologist,
  • Health care consultant,
  • Dental Scientist

Although junior positions start from 17000 to 19000 Rupees based on experience, study, and specializations they can earn anywhere from Rs 77000 to Rs 2.5 lakhs and above per month.


The government of Nepal has offered a scholarship for a Bachelor of Dental Science in Nepal.  Reservation Scholarship is 59 seats out of 108 seats which is 45.4 percent and general scholarship is 49 seats out of 108 which is 55.6 percent. These are merit-based and chosen from a cluster of competitive exams.

Only a few Colleges in Nepal offers scholarship for Master of Dental Surgery programs. First, the candidates should pass the entrance exam conducted by the Nepal Medical Council.   Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences offers five seats for mental and dental study in their scholarships. BPKIHS offers scholarships according to need cum merit basis at the time of admissions.


For the Bachelor of Dental Surgery program, the general requirements are should have passed the Plus2 qualifying exams or equivalent degree with a minimum 50 percent aggregate from a recognized institute and also should have studied physics, chemistry, and biology as compulsory courses in Plus2. The entrance exam will be based on single best response or Multiple Choice questions three hours long by Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University as per Ministry of Education exam commissions.