University of Dental Medicine, Yangon

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University of Dental Medicine, Yangon
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Type public
Established 1964
Rector Shwe Toe , Dr (2015 Feb - Present)
Location Thingangyun 11071, Yangon
Yangon Division, Myanmar

Coordinates: 16°50′3.2″N 96°12′32.3″E / 16.834222°N 96.208972°E / 16.834222; 96.208972
Affiliations Ministry of Health

The University of Dental Medicine, Yangon (Burmese: သွားဘက်‌ဆိုင်ရာ ဆေး တက္ကသိုလ် (ရန်ကုန်) [θwábɛʔ sʰàɪɴjà sʰé tɛʔkəθò (jàɴɡòʊɴ)]), is the leading university of dental medicine, located in Yangon, Myanmar. The university, along with the University of Dental Medicine, Mandalay, is only one of two universities of dental medicine in the country. The annual intake into both dental universities is only 300.[1] The country with a population of over 50 million had only about 1500 dentists in 2005.[2]


The dental school's origins trace back to the Faculty of Medicine of Rangoon University. In 1964, the College of Dental Medicine became independent per the University Act of 1964, and was located near the Lanmadaw campus of then Institute of Medicine 1. The college turned out 50 to 60 dental doctors with Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degrees. In 1974, the college was upgraded into the Institute of Dental Medicine. Until 1998, when the Institute of Dental Medicine, Mandalay was opened, it was only institution of dental medicine in the country.[3]


The university offers bachelor's (BDS), master's (MDSc), and doctorate (DrDSc) programs as well as graduate diplomas in dental science (DipDSc) and dental technology (DDT).[4] The first Ph.D. program of Oral Biological Science was opened in 2011.[5]


The B.D.S. coursework extends six years.

Year Duration
First B.D.S. 1 year
Second B.D.S. 1 year
Third B.D.S. 1 year
Fourth B.D.S. 1 year
Final B.D.S. 1 year
House Surgeon 1 year
Total 6 years


First B.D.S.[edit]

Second B.D.S.[edit]

Third B.D.S.[edit]

Fourth B.D.S. Part I[edit]

Final B.DS. Part II[edit]

  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics and Paedodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Conservative Dentistry
  • Preventive and Community Dentistry, Periodontology

House Surgeon Training[edit]

All students, after a successful completion of Final B.D.S. Examination, continue on to hands-on training for a period of 5 months as house surgeons in the recognized teaching hospitals. Only after the completion of house-surgeonship, is the student awarded the B.D.S. degree.


The University of Dental Medicine, Yangon has been headed by an academic dean known as a rector.

  1. Aung Than (1964–1983)
  2. Khin Mg Lay (1983–1992)
  3. Htay Saung (1993–1995)
  4. Myint Naing, Dental (1995–1997)
  5. Paing Soe (1997–2003)
  6. Ba Myint (2004–2007)
  7. Myo Win (2008–2012)
  8. Thein Kyu (2012–1015)
  9. Shwe Toe (2015–present)[6]



  1. ^ "Health Infrastructure" (PDF). Ministry of Health, Myanmar. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2011. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ Phyu Lin Wai (2005-02-28). "Continuing education essential, Secretary 1 tells dentists’ meet". The Myanmar Times. 
  3. ^ Dr. Ba Myint (2014-02-01). "A milestone in Myanmar’s dental medical field". The New Light of Myanmar. 
  4. ^ "Health Statistics" (PDF). Ministry of Health, Myanmar. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  5. ^ Nay Aung BDS(Mdy) (2014). "My Favorite University by Dr. Chit-U". University of Dental Medicine, Yangon. 
  6. ^ Dr Nay Aung BDS(Mdy) (2014). "Leadership of University of Dental Medicine, Yangon". University of Dental Medicine, Yangon. 

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