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Dentistry (State Examination)

Taught in German


Definition and content

The study of dentistry is uniformly organised in the Federal Republic of Germany through the approbation regulation (Approbationsordnung). The purpose of the study of it is to impart the knowledge and skills qualifying the learner for licensure as a dentist.

Subject-specific prerequisites

Subject-specific prerequisites

One requirement for a successful study of dentistry is a broad knowledge of natural science in the areas of biology, chemistry and physics and basic medical and scientific understanding. Knowledge of Latin is no longer required but is always helpful.

Number of enrolled students

Number of enrolled students

397 students are enrolled in this degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of Studies

Duration of Studies

10 Semesters and 6 Months

Composition of degree programme

Composition of degree programme

1. Pre-clinical studies, first section of the studies (1st to 5th Semester)  


  • terminology,
  • biology,
  • materials (general dental treatment and dental prosthetics),
  • chemistry,
  • physics,
  • anatomy,
  • histology,
  • physiology,
  • embryology,
  • biochemistry.



  • dental-technical propaedeutics (with demonstrations).
  • Physics and chemistry practical,
  • two phantom courses on dental prosthetics,
  • anatomic dissection course,
  • microscopy and anatomy course,
  • physiology and biochemistry practical.



  • The pre-examination in the natural sciences comes after the second semester. The tests are in: physics, chemistry and zoology/biology.
  • Preliminary test in dentistry after the 5th semester.  The tests are in: anatomy, physiology, physiological chemistry, dental prostheses.


2.  Clinical Studies (6th to 10th semester)

  • General and special pathology,
  • surgery on the teeth, mouth and jaw,
  • orthopedics of the jaw,
  • sicknesses of the teeth, mouth and jaw,
  • protection of the teeth, replacement of teeth,
  • treatment of nose, ears and throat,
  • hygiene,
  • medical microbiology,
  • internal medicine,
  • pharmacology,
  • jaw surgery,
  • the profession of dentistry.


The Dental Examination (often called "state examination") completes the study of dentistry.


Commencement of studies

in the winter semester and in the summer semester
Application: Entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have Abitur (German school-leavers' examinations) or equivalent.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...
Application and admissions

Application and admissions

The intake capacity of this degree programme is limited throughout the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Application for acceptance to the first semester of study: the application must be directed to (formerly ZVS).  More on this...
  • Applications for higher semesters: applications must be directed to Justus Liebig University Giessen. More on this...
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Career Options

Areas of employment

Doctoral studies

In general, the prerequisite for embarking on doctoral studies is a successfully completed university degree. The doctoral course of study will be completed with the written dissertation and an oral exam (disputation). Having been conferred a doctorate, you are allowed to bear the title “ dent.”.

Areas of employment

  • as a practising dentist, a hospital dentist, in public health offices, as an examining dentist for medical and pension insurance, a company dentist, an army dental officer
  • employment with professional associations and with professional journals
  • employment in research and teaching at universities and in institutions outside universities


Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations

Courses offered in the course cataloge

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Subject Advisors
Subject Advisors

Prof. Dr. Bernd Wöstmann
Zentrum für Zahn- Mund- Kieferheilkunde
Schlangenzahl 14
35392 Gießen
Phone: 0641-99 46143
Zentrum für Zahn- Mund- Kieferheilkunde

Information about the course of studies


Psychological counselling for students of medicine and dentistry

Dr. Rolf Deubner
Zentrum für Psychosomatische Medizin
Institut für Medizinische Psychologie
Klinikstraße 29
35392 Gießen
Phone: 0641-99 45681 (secretary`s office)

Central Study Advisor
Alexander Kohrt (M.A.)
Central Student Services

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