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UON BACHELOR OF DENTAL SURGERY; Admission Requirements, Fee Structure, Duration

Dentistry is the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body.

The diseases or conditions may be of hard and soft tissues and include tooth decay, infections, malformations, malocclusion, tumours and traumatic injuries. These conditions cause pain, discomfort, and morphological defects and impede normal function in the head and neck region. They may be debilitating and affect the social well-being of individuals thus impacting negatively on the quality of life.


The BDS programme shall extend over a minimum period of five and a maximum period of ten academic years of full-time training, unless under special circumstances as specified in the University’s academic policies and procedures.

The programme shall consist of taught coursework, practicals, research projects, tutorials, seminars and clinical work. All the course units in the programme shall be compulsory.


Minimum admission requirements

  1. The common regulations governing admission to a bachelor’s degree programme at the University of Nairobi shall apply.
  2. Candidates for admission shall satisfy the general University of Nairobi undergraduate admission criteria of a mean grade of C+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E). A minimum of Grade B will be mandatory in each of the cluster subjects.
  3. The cluster subjects for Bachelor of Dental Surgery for K.C.S.E holders are as follows:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics or Mathematics
  • English or Kiswahili

In addition to (3.1.2) above, eligibility for consideration for admission for other qualifications shall be governed by the following admission requirements, outlined under each catchment category.

Advanced level of education certificate holders, that is, Advanced Certificate of Education (ACE) or Advanced Level (A Level), should have at least three principle level passes in the following subjects:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics/Mathematics

A minimum of Grade C will be mandatory in each of the cluster subjects.


International Baccalaureate (IB) holders should have Grade 5 and above in the following cluster subjects:

  1. Biology
  2. Chemistry
  3. Physics/Mathematics


Kenya Certificate of Education (KCE) holders with a minimum ‘O’ level division II Pass OR Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) with C+ mean grade in addition to a three-year diploma from a Medical Training Institution or equivalent from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate in any of the following disciplines:

  1. Dental Technology
  2. Dental Surgery Assistant
  3. Dental Hygiene
  4. Community Oral Health
  5. Clinical Medicine
  6. Laboratory Technology
  7. Radiography
  8. Pharmaceutical Technology
  9. Nursing, or
  10. Other equivalent disciplines


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

International students from non-English speaking countries shall provide evidence of competence in the English language by producing a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) certificate, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate or equivalent.

Credit transfer and exemptions

  1. A candidate may transfer credits up to one-third [1/3] from an institution or programme recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.
  2. A candidate seeking transfer of credit or exemption of course units shall:
  • Send a formal application to the Academic Registrar through the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. Such application shall include justification of the request and evidence of the credentials to support such request.
  • Pay the prescribed application processing fee.
  • On successful application, be allowed to transfer, or be exempted from, up to a maximum of one-third of the core course units for a similar programme at the same level.
  • Be allowed transfer or exemption of credits only for pre-clinical courses, subject to verification of course content previously covered and level of achievement by the relevant department(s).


Submission of applications to join the programme opens typically in April of every year. Applicants wishing to be sponsored by the government must submit their applications through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS).

Self-sponsored students wishing to join the programme should submit their applications through the University of Nairobi Online Application Portal.


Intakes are in September every calendar year. Registration and admission for qualified applicants commence in August. For more  information on Registration & Admission please  click here


Tution fees (Self Sponsored) Ksh. 576,000 Per academic year (or Ksh. 288,000 Per Semester)
a. Application (Once) Ksh 3,000
b. Registration (Per Semester) Ksh 2,250
c. ICT Services (Per Year) Ksh 7,000
d. Library (Per Year) Ksh 4,000
e. Medical (Per Year) Ksh 6,500
f. ID Card (Per Year) Ksh 1,000
g. Activity (Per Year) Ksh 2,000
h. Students’ Organization (Per Year) Ksh 1,000
i. Examination (Per Unit) Ksh 1,000
j. Caution (Once) Ksh 5,000
The university does NOT discriminate fees charged. International students shall pay the same fees as Kenyan students, except that such fees are payable in US dollars.
Fee Payment Instructions
1. The fee is payable in full on or before the commencement of each semester and no student shall be allowed to register without paying full fees.
2. All fees shall be paid by Direct Cash Deposits, EFT (Swift Code is BARCKENX), or RTGS transfer to:
 1. Module-II Collection Account No. 2032771362 at ABSA Bank, Plaza Branch
 2.UON Dollar Account No. 2032270625 at ABSA Bank, Plaza Branch
3. You can also pay fees via M-Pesa Pay Bill:
 a.Business Number: 300059
 b.Account Number: Enter your “Student Registration Number” as it appears on your student ID card (or “Admission Ref Number” for new students).
4. Deposits can be made at any branch of ABSA Bank countrywide using the Application Reference Number (Continuing students use student registration number)
5. Personal Cheques, Bankers Cheques, or Institutional Cheques are not acceptable.
6. The student account will be updated the next working day and can be accessed through the student online portal (http://smis.uonbi.ac.ke)
7. After making an initial payment, the new student can access his/her University Registration number on http://smis.uonbi.ac.ke

Fee Breakdown

YearSemester 1Semester 2Year Total
Grand Total3,048,000

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For enquiries, kindly contact us via:

Email: dept-dental@uonbi.ac.ke

Tel: +254-773 181 503 / +254 020 491 5901

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