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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 aim of the is to acquire the knowledge and skills that enable a dental license. It is designed to provide basic knowledge, skills and abilities in the respective dental subjects which are required to provide health care to the public. The dentistry program is scientifically based and practice- and patient-oriented.

Subject-specific prerequisites

Subject-specific prerequisites

Prerequisites for a successful study of dentistry are good scientific knowledge in the fields of biology, chemistry and physics as well as a basic understanding of medicine and the natural sciences. Knowledge of Latin is no longer required, but is helpful in any case.

Number of enrolled students

Number of enrolled students

There are 414 students enrolled in this degree course (as of winter semester 2020/21).

Composition of the Study Programme

Duration of Studies

Duration of Studies

10 Semesters and 6 Months

Composition of degree programme

Composition of degree programme




First section of the study (1st-4th semester)

The first section of the study includes the following subjects:

  • Exercise med. terminology
  • Practical course physics for students of dentistry
  • Practical course chemistry for students of dentistry
  • Biology
  • Practical course macroscopic anatomy
  • Practical course microscopic anatomy
  • Practical course physiology
  • Practical course biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Practical course dental propaedeutics with emphasis on preventive dentistry
  • Dental propaedeutics course with emphasis on dental technology
  • Practical course professional field exploration elective preclinical section 


Internship: A one-month nursing internship must be completed before the start of the studies or during the lecture-free period in the first section of the degree. A first aid course must also be completed. Both are required for the registration for the first exam in dentistry.



The first exam in dentistry includes the following subjects:

Physics, chemistry, biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, microscopic and macroscopic anatomy, physiology, dental propaedeutics.



Second section of the study (5th - 6th semester)


  • Practical course dental prosthodontics on the phantom
  • Practical course dental prosthodontics on phantom
  • Practical course orthodontic propaedeutics and prophylaxis
  • Practical course dental-surgical propaedeutics and emergency medicine
  • Radiological practical course


The second exam in dentistry includes the following subjects:

Dental prosthodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental preservation subject group (endodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and tooth structure science, prevention and restoration).



Third section of the study (7th - 10th semester) 


  • Practical course in the Clinic or Polyclinic for Dental, Oral and Maxillofacial Diseases I and II
  • Practical course in dental diagnostics and treatment planning
  • Surgery course I and II
  • Practical course orthodontic diagnostics and therapy I and II
  • Integrated treatment courses I to IV
  • Radiological practical course
  • Professional knowledge and practice management
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Pathology
  • Subject Hygiene, Microbiology and Virology
  • Internal medicine including immunology
  • Dermatology and Allergology
  • Cross-sectional area of clinical materials science
  • Cross-sectional area of emergency medicine
  • Cross-sectional area of pain medicine
  • Cross-sectional area of medicine and dentistry of aging and the elderly
  • Cross-sectional area of oral medicine and systemic aspects
  • Cross-sectional area of diseases of the head and neck
  • Cross-sectional area of health sciences with emphasis on epidemiology, prevention, health promotion, public health nursing, health economics, ethics and history of medicine and dentistry
  • Cross-sectional area of scientific work with emphasis on medical biometrics, medical informatics, literature review and evaluation, and evidence-based medicine
  • Elective course



The third exam in dentistry includes the following subjects:

Oral-practical part: dental prosthodontics, orthodontics, dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases, oral surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental radiology, group of subjects dental preservation (endodontology, pediatric dentistry, periodontology and tooth structure science, prevention and restoration).


Written part: pharmacology and toxicology, pathology, hygiene, microbiology and virology, internal medicine, dermatology and allergology. Cross-sectional areas (Emergency Medicine, Pain Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry of Aging and the Elderly, Clinical Materials Science, Oral Medicine and Systemic Aspects, Diseases of the Head and Neck, Health Sciences with emphasis on epidemiology, prevention, health promotion, public health nursing, health economics, ethics and history of medicine and dentistry Scientific work with emphasis on medical biometry, medical informatics, literature research and evaluation and evidence-based medicine.



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...
Application Deadline

Application Deadline

for winter semester:

  • May 31 for "old high school graduates" who acquired their university entrance qualification (Abitur) before January 16 of the current year.
  • July 15 for "new high school graduates" who acquired their university entrance qualification (Abitur) after January 15 up to (and including) July 15 of the current year.

for summer semester:

  • January 15 for both "old" and "new" high school graduates


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

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

Any Questions


Any Questions?

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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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