Doctor of Dentistry (D.D.S.)

Doctor of Dentistry is a competency-based educational plan with emphasis on prevention caring, so that graduate students, besides sufficient and comprehensive knowledge in up-to-date dentistry sciences, have the skills for visiting patients and treating different kinds of oral and dental diseases.


D.D.S. is a six-year program which consists of a competency-based educational plan with emphasis on prevention caring, so that graduate students, besides sufficient and comprehensive knowledge in up-to-date dentistry sciences, have the skills for visiting patients and treating different kinds of oral and dental diseases. In this program, students pass basic sciences in two years and then enter the clinic for four years in order to pass courses in all dentistry departments and learn the diagnosis of different kinds of diseases in each department. The student completes a total of 207 credits within six years. As a result of working with numerous patients, students will become highly skilled in their clinical stage.




The primary mission of Tehran University of Sciences' School of Dentistry is to provide access to high quality, publicly-funded dental education to regions in order to develop dentists who will make a personal commitment to serving the needs of rural and underserved communities through outreaching programs that are especially attentive to minority and underserved populations.

Students learn about the upstream factors that affect the health outcomes, such as personal behaviors, health care quality and access, social, cultural and economic factors, and the built and natural environment

The educational mission of TUMS is to graduate dentist with the ability and desire to improve the health of all people by alleviating suffering and eliminating healthcare disparities through their leadership in patient care, research, education, health care administration, and the community.

After completing the educational program for the D.D.S. degree, our graduates will be able to:

  • Prepare highly qualified dental hygiene healthcare professionals.
  • Apply their knowledge and skills to the practice of dentistry, including formulating an appropriate problem list, a set of competing hypotheses, and a diagnostic and therapeutic plan.
  • Progress in the development of self-directed life-long learning skills, including the recognition of personal educational needs, selection of appropriate learning resources, and evaluation of progress.
  • Gain professionalism through a commitment to professional responsibility, ethical principles, reflective practice, and self-improvement.
  • Gain communication skills, including effective and humane interactions with patients, colleagues, health care personnel, and members of the community.
  • Function as a collaborative member of the healthcare team.
  • Incorporate pedagogy that fosters problem solving and critical thinking skills as a basic feature of the curriculum.
  • Gain the flexibility to allow for enrichment, adaptability to learning styles, and developing alternate careers.
  • Recognize the role of technology in the educational process and access to information for the efficient and effective practice of dentistry.
  • Continuously evaluate by appropriate outcome data to ensure quality and continuous improvement.

Duration: 6 years

Admission Requirements

To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Undergraduate Admission Requirements.


Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31, and the deadline for the February intake is October 31.


Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.

Program Course:

Instruction of this program is classified into following: general, basic and specialized (major). In accordance with way of teaching, it is divided into credits of theoretical, practical and theoretical-theoretical courses.


Number and Type of Credits:  

Total number of course credits is equal to 207, as following:

  • Basic credits                                    39
  • General credits:                               14     
  • Specialized credits (Core)               150
  • Specialized credits (Non-Core)        4 


This program includes three phases:

۞ Basic Sciences:

In four semesters, Basic Sciences courses cover the natural structure of the body at the molecular and cellular level (biochemistry, histology, and anatomy) of development (embryology) and function (physiology) that all are presented in the form of integrated blocks. In addition to these, different subjects (microbiology, parasitology, mycology, virology, immunology, and pathology) are also provided for the students along with general courses.

At the end of the Basic Sciences courses, there will be a comprehensive exam.

۞ Pre-Clinical Phase:

The students pass pre-clinic courses in the fifth semester in laboratories with different kinds of modules and educational models that are simulated with real clinical conditions and patients. After acquiring the requirements, eligible students enter the clinics to visit and treat patients. In the clinical stage, students (in small groups) enter the clinic and treat patients. Students of  the Community Dentistry program enter the field and start the process of screening patients in the society.

۞ Clinical Phase:

In the twelfth semester, students who have acquired enough skills as interns or pre-doctoral students enter the main clinic and visit patients in a similar fashion to practices in a private office under the supervision of proficient professors. In the main clinic, students, besides making medical files for the main treatment program, treat all kinds of dental problems of patients.

At the end of this semester, students test their scientific and practical capabilities by taking a final exam.

Note: it is necessary to pass basic credits, for entering the pre-clinical course (Second phase).

Remark: Students not passing their credits of base science, shall be allowed to enter into clinical course, if remained credits are not prerequisite of major credits.

Educational system is on the basis of bylaws, being issued by supreme council for planning. It is allocated 17 and 34 hours and each hour 60 minutes into each theoretical and practical credit, respectively.


Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of Vice-Dean for International Affairs at TUMS School of Dentistry through the following:

Contact Person: Dr. Pouyan Amini Shakib

Tel.: (+9821) 42794266

Email: or


Address:  Faculty of Dentistry: End of North Kargar Street, Tehran, 1439955991, Iran


To contact the Office of International Admissions, please use the following information:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 169


Address: No. 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 1416753955, Ir


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