MDS in Oral Pathology

About the MDS in Oral Pathology

Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) is one of the flag bearers of health science education and research in Pakistan. Manifested from the mission of the University, DUHS is continuously upgrading its research themes for in the progressively evolving field of oral pathology.

A Master of Dental Sciences (MDS) program in Oral Pathology is designed to provide advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis, management, and research of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region. Here’s an introduction to our program:

1. Foundational Knowledge: Students in an MDS program in Oral Pathology would start with a comprehensive understanding of normal oral anatomy, histology, and physiology. This foundation is essential for recognizing deviations from normal in disease states.

2. Pathogenesis of Oral Diseases: The curriculum would delve into the etiology and pathogenesis of various oral diseases, including oral cancer, oral mucosal lesions, salivary gland disorders, and odontogenic and non-odontogenic cysts and tumors. Students would study the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these conditions.

3. Diagnostic Techniques: Students would learn how to perform clinical and laboratory diagnostic procedures essential for evaluating oral pathology. This includes techniques such as biopsy, cytology, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, and molecular diagnostics.

4. Clinical Correlations: The program would emphasize the integration of clinical findings with pathological features to arrive at accurate diagnoses. Students may have opportunities to participate in clinical case discussions, multidisciplinary conferences, and oral pathology clinics to apply their knowledge in real-world settings.

5. Advanced Topics in Oral Pathology: The curriculum may cover specialized topics such as oral manifestations of systemic diseases, oral infectious diseases, developmental anomalies, forensic odontology, and molecular pathology. Students would explore the latest research findings and clinical approaches in these areas.

6. Research Skills: Students would receive training in research methodologies, data analysis, and critical appraisal of scientific literature. They may undertake research projects or dissertations under the guidance of faculty mentors, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in oral pathology.

7. Clinical Training: Depending on the program structure, students may have opportunities for clinical rotations in oral pathology departments, hospitals, or diagnostic laboratories. These rotations provide hands-on experience in diagnosing and managing a wide range of oral and maxillofacial lesions under supervision.

8. Professional Development: The program would also focus on professional development, including communication skills, ethics, and evidence-based practice. Students may learn about the role of oral pathologists in interdisciplinary healthcare teams and the importance of lifelong learning and continuing education.

Overall, an MDS in Oral Pathology equips graduates with the expertise to diagnose and manage oral diseases effectively, conduct research to advance the field, and contribute to improving patient care and outcomes in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Graduates may pursue careers in academia, hospital settings, private practice, research institutions, or public health agencies.

Program Highlights


4 years

Type of Study

Full time

Study System

Semesters system

Credit Hours

12 Credit hours each for 1st semester of coursework
9 Credit hours each from 2nd to 8th Semester
(including 06 credit hours for thesis)
Total Credit Hours : 75

Study Hours Distribution

Study per Semester = 16 weeks
Examination = 2 weeks
Semester Break = 2 weeks

Working Days = 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fridays = 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Teaching Hours Distribution

Lecture hours/ Facilitation / Self Directed
Studies/ Lab training/ Clinical Rotations

Assessment of Student

Continuous Internal Assessment = 30 %
Final Examination = 70%
Total = 100%

Teaching Institution

School of Postgraduate Studies

Degree Awarding Institution

Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi

Eligibility Criteria

Following is the eligibility​ criteria for 2023-2024 admission cycle for MDS in Oral Pathology:

Fees and Financial information

The following is the Fee structure of the MDS in Oral Pathology program as of 2023-2024

Fee TypeAmount
Admission FeePKR 35,000
Semester FeePKR 101,200
Lab Charges per SemesterPKR 10,000
Security DepositPKR 10,000
TotalPKR 156,200

Admission Process

Every stage of our admissions process is aimed at identifying the aspects of your academic trajectory and personal ambitions

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Phone: 92-21-38771111



Dow University of Health Sciences (Ojha Campus),
University Road, Near SUPARCO Chowk, Karachi