Working in Singapore as a Dentist

Working in Singapore as a dentist has numerous benefits, including low tax rates, excellent infrastructure and a friendly environment. Prospective dentists simply have to undergo a registration process at the Singapore Dental Council.

Register as a dentist

The dental register is divided into a Full Registration, Conditional Registration and Temporary Registration.

Full Registration

Dentist under full registration ( holds a basic dental degree from Singapore / has worked in Singapore under conditional registration for more than 2 years)is allowed to practice independently anywhere in Singapore.

Conditional Registration

Dentist under conditional registration is required to adhere to conditions laid down by Council.
Council may specify :

  • (a) that dentist registered under Conditional Registration to work for a specified period (usually 2 years) under the supervision of a fully registered dentist approved by the Council; and
  • (b) the particular employment or the descriptions of employment for the purposes of which he is registered under this section.

The supervisor is required to submit a supervisory report to the Council once every 6 months.

Dentists under conditional registration may apply for conversion to Full Registration after 2 years but
this will be subjected to Council’s approval.

Criteria for Conditional Registration:

  • (i) holds a degree from a university specified in the Schedule or any other degree which is, in the opinion of the Council, not lower in standing than a degree specified in the Schedule;
  • (ii) graduates from recognised dental schools listed in the Schedule must pass the relevant State/Regional Board licensing examination in the country which they attained their basic dental degree. For any country that imposes such licensing conditions on its own dental graduates, the corresponding conditions will also be required for registration to practise in Singapore;
  • (iii) has been selected for employment in Singapore as a dentist in any hospital or other institution or dental practice approved by the Council; and
  • (iv)satisfies the Council that he has the knowledge and skill and has acquired the experience which is necessary for practice as a dentist.
  • (v) has sat and passed qualifying examination (please refer to eligibility for application to sit for qualifying examination)

List of Dental Institutions approved by the Singapore Dental Council

Australia

Body Granting Qualifications Primary Qualiications
University of Sydney B.D.S./BDent
University of Queensland B.D.Sc.
University of Adelaide B.D.S.
University of Melbourne B.D.Sc.
University of Western Austratda B.D.Sc.

Canada

    Body Granting Qualifications

  1. University of Alberta
  2. University of British Columbia
  3. University of Manitoba
  4. Dalhousie University
  5. University of Toronto
  6. University of Western Ontario
  7. Laval University
  8. McGill University
  9. University of Montreal
  10. University of Saskatchewan
    Primary Qualifications

  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D

Hong Kong

    Body Granting Qualifications

  1. University of Hong Kong
    Primary Qualifications

  • B.D.S.

New Zealand

    Body Granting Qualifications

  1. University of Otago
    Primary Qualifications

  • B.D.S.

Republic of Ireland

    Body Granting Qualifications

  1. National University of Ireland
  2. University of Dublin
    Primary Qualifications

  • B.D.S.
  • B.Dent.Sc.

United Kingdom

    Body Granting Qualifications

  1. University of Birmingham
  2. University of Bristol
  3. University of Leeds
  4. University of Liverpool
  5. University of London
  6. University of Manchester
  7. University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  8. University of Sheffield
  9. Queen’s University of Belfast
  10. University of Dundee
  11. University of Edinburgh
  12. University of Glasgow
  13. University of Wales
    Primary Qualifications

  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.Ch.D.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.
  • B.D.S.

United States of America

      Body Granting
    Qualifications

  1. University of Alabama School of Dentistry at UAB
  2. A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
  3. Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
  4. University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry
  5. University of California at San Francisco School of Dentistry
  6. University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  7. University of Southern California School of Dentistry
  8. University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
  9. University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  10. Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine
  11. University of Florida College of Dentistry
  12. Medical College of Georgia School of Dentistry
  13. Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine
  14. University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
  15. Northwestern University
  16. Northwestern University
  17. University of Iowa College of Dentistry
  18. University of Kentucky College of Dentistry
  19. University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  20. Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
  21. Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
  22. Harvard University School of Dental Medicine
  23. Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  24. University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery
  25. University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry
  26. University of Michigan School of Dentistry
  27. University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
  28. University of Mississippi School of Dentistry
  29. University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry
  30. Creighton University School of Dentistry
  31. University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry
  32. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New Jersey Dental School
  33. University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine
  34. Columbia University College of Dental Medicine
  35. New York University College of Dentistry
  36. State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  37. State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine
  38. University of North Carolina School of Dentistry
  39. Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine
  40. Ohio State University College of Dentistry
  41. University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry
  42. Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry
  43. Temple University The Maurice H.Kornberg School of Dentistry
  44. University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  45. University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
  46. University of Puerto Rico School of Dentistry
  47. Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine
  48. Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry
  49. University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  50. Baylor College of Dentistry Component of Texas A and M Health Science Centre
  51. University of Texas Health Science Centre-Houston Dental Branch
  52. University of Texas Health Science Centre-San Antonio Dental School
  53. Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
  54. Howard University College of Dentistry
  55. University of Washington-Health Sciences School of Dentistry
  56. West Virginia University School of Dentistry
  57. Marquette University School of Dentistry
    Primary Qualifications

  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.M.D
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S
  • D.D.S

Qualifying Examination

The Council may require a person with a degree, other than a approved degrees, to undergo and pass an
examination.

To apply to sit for qualifying examination (QE), the applicant must meet the criteria laid down by the
Council.

Criteria for Qualifying Examination for foreign-trained dentists:

  • (i) offer of employment, and
  • (ii) Singaporean/PR, married to Singaporean/PR and children of PR’s, or
  • (iii) possess a basic dental degree that is comparable to the local BDS, or
  • (iv) possess recognised higher qualification.

That is, must attained criteria (i) and any of criteria from (ii) to (iv).

The examination will be conducted in English.
The examination fee for the is SGD $2000. An
applicant shall be entitled to only 2 attempts at
the examination and both attempts to be taken
within a period of 12 months of each other.

If you have sat and passed the Qualifying Examination, you may apply to be registered under Conditional Registration.

Information for Dental Specialist
With effect from 1st January 2008, the Dental Registration Act requires any person who wishes to practise as a dental specialist to register with the Singapore Dental Council.

Applicants should first obtain accreditation from the Dental Specialist Accreditation Board (DSAB).

Application for Dental Specialist Accreditation
Applicants should download the application form and send the completed hard copy with required hard copy submissions and the prescribed non-refundable application fee of $500 to the Dental Specialists Accreditation Board Secretariat.

Download Application Form for Dental Specialist Accreditation