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Implant dentistry is increasingly sought after by patients in Malaysia and general dental practitioners stand to gain by up-skilling themselves to offer this service.

Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

IMU’s Implant Dentistry programme is the first and only Accredited programme recognized by the Malaysian Qualifying Agency (MQA) and Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and benchmarked against The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Designed for the working dentist, students have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and build their confidence in developing their clinical skills at IMU’s Oral Health Centre or at the student’s own clinic.

At IMU, you will be able to learn from the world-class faculty who bring with them rich experiences in the field and be guided by evidence-based methods.

Skills that You Will Develop

Key Facts


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry


  • October

total duration

  • Full-time – 1 year (6 modules)

Tuition Fees

  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.

Why Study Implant Dentistry at IMU?

Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Accredited

IMU is Malaysia’s first and most established private medical and healthcare university with over 30 years of dedicated focus in healthcare education.

IMU achieved the SETARA-2018/2019 Tier 6 status (Outstanding) under the Mature University category.

International Benchmark

Benchmarked with the curriculum for the Diploma of Implant Dentistry (Dip Imp Dent) Examination conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd). Students may wish to sit for the Dip Imp Dent Examination offered by RCSEd.

Flexible Learning Options

Flexible modular design that provides options for dentists to continue working in their clinics whilst enrolled on the course.

Flexibility to treat patients in IMU’s Implant Clinic as well as in students’ own clinics.

Course Content & Delivery

Course content is prepared by experts in the respective field including surgery, prosthodontics and diagnostic sciences.

The content is delivered with a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, CBL, practical and clinical hands-on.

Highly Qualified & Experienced Staff

The course is delivered and supervised by highly qualified and experienced local and international specialists.

The eminent full-time and adjunct faculty members are from different clinical disciplines including Oral surgery, Prosthodontics, Periodontics and Radiology.

Programme Aims and Educational Objectives

This programme is aimed at increasing the knowledge and clinical skills of dental surgeons who have the intention to widen the scope of clinical dental care of patients using dental implants. The course builds upon existing clinical practice to develop their full potential as a competent provider of dental implant care.

Programme Structure and Module Synopsis
TOTAL – 30 Credits

SIX Modules in PGDID Programme

Module Module  Name
1 Fundamentals and effective communication in implant dentistry (FCID)
2 Implant treatment of partial edentulism (IPE)
3 Implant practice I (IP1)
4 Implant treatment of complete edentulism (ICE)
5 Entrepreneurship, professionalism and managing complications (EPC)
6 Implant practice II (IP2)

The Final Professional Examination will be conducted once a year.


The course learning outcomes will be delivered over a period of one year. Those who cannot complete the cases within one year have another two years to complete their cases (Total three years from the date of inception). For full-time option, students have minimum one year and maximum three years to complete their ten treatment planning cases in their logbook and SIX completely restored cases in portfolio.


The course learning outcomes will be delivered over a period of two years. Those who cannot complete the cases within two years have another two years to complete their cases (Total four years from the date of inception). For part-time option, students have minimum two years and maximum four years to complete their ten treatment planning cases in their logbook and six completely restored cases in portfolio


Both the full-time and part-time students have formative and summative assessments. These include online single best answer questions (SBA), short answer questions (SAQ), objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) and submit a logbook with treatment planning of ten implant cases and portfolio of six cases completed with implant placement and final prosthesis.

Entry Requirement

Applicants are required to:

  1. Registered as a dental surgeon with the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) or equivalent in the student’s home country.
  2. Having at least two years post-graduation clinical experience.
  3. Participants who possess a current Annual Practice Certificate(APC) to practise dentistry in Malaysia.
  4. Participants who are eligible to practise dentistry in Malaysia with a Temporary Practice Certificate(TPC).
  5. All candidates need to be issued an APC or TPC(whichever is applicable) that is specific to the IMU Oral Health Centre(OHC) to be eligible to attend the clinical sessions in the centre during the period of the study.
  6. Participants should be able to demonstrate an interest in the use of dental implants with appropriate baseline knowledge and skills in oral surgery and restorative dentistry
For Malaysian Students

Not applicable

For International Students

  1. IELTS : Band score 5.0; or
  2. TOEFL (iBT) : Overall score of 42; or
  3. Cambridge English : Advanced (CAE) : Overall score of 154; or
  4. Cambridge English : Proficiency (CPE) : Overall score of 154; or
  5. Cambridge Linguaskill : Overall score of 160; or
  6. Pearson Test of English (PTE) : Overall score of 47;

The following categories of students are exempted from the above requirements:

  • International students from countries in which English is the first language.
  • International students who graduated from any Malaysian or other institutions where the curriculum is delivered in English.

Please note that achieving the minimum Entry and English requirements as stated does not guarantee you admission into any of IMU’s programmes.

Please refer to our Student Admissions Policy for more information

Application and Registration Fees

Fee Malaysian Student (RM) International Student (RM)
Application Fee 150 Not applicable
Registration Fee 1,100 Not applicable
Refundable Caution Deposit 2,000 Not applicable
Student Association Fee per Semester 40 Not applicable
  • All IMU alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate studies and meet the eligibility criteria will be eligible for a 15% bursary.
  • Application fee is payable upon submission of application.
  • Registration fee and refundable caution deposit are payable upon acceptance of the offer letter issued by the IMU Admissions Offi ce.
  • Students must adhere to the Policy on Payment of Fees

Fee Structure

Malaysian Student

Study Mode No. of Credit Hour Fee per Credit Hour (RM) Total Fee (RM)
Conventional 30 2,000 60,000

International Student

Study Mode No. of Credit Hour Fee per Credit Hour (RM) Total Fee (RM)
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

IMU Academic Members

Prof Toh Chooi Gait

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement and Industrial Partnership


BDS Hons (Singapore), MSc (Lond), FDS RCPS (Glasgow), DRD RCS (Edinburgh), FDS RCS (Edinburgh), FFDTRCS (Edinburgh)

Prof Seow Liang Lin

Dean, School of Dentistry


BDS (Malaya), MSc (London), FDS RCS (England), PhD (Malaya)

Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat

Program Director (PGDID)

Senior Lecturer

BDS (MUHS), MDS, Periodontology (Mumbai), MFDS RCPS (Glasgow), MFDS RCS (Edinburgh)

Dr Pravinkumar G. Patil

Senior Lecturer

BDS (MUHS), MDS, Prosthetic Dentistry (Nagpur), Affiliate-FAAMP (USA), MFDS RCPS (Glasg), MFDS RCS (Edinburgh)

Dr Lew Pit Hui

BDS ( Malaya), MFDS RCS (Edinburgh), MClinDent Periodontology (Malaya)

External Academic Members

Dr Sharifah Tahirah Aljunid


Dr James Lee


Dr Paresh Kale

ZimVie Dental

Views from Our Community

Dr Lim Zi Wei

Alumna, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

I'm proud to be part of the IMU alumni in implant dentistry programme, it's been a wonderful learning journey for me. The curriculum emphasises on the essentials of implant dentistry, evidence-based dentistry, precise treatment planning as well as communication skills to explain implant treatment's risks in order to create healthy expectations amongst patients. This course has certainly instilled confidence in me as I develop my implant practice and apply the knowledge – I have truly gained from the supportive learning environment at IMU.

Dr Kong Siew Mii

Student, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

This course is great to get you started in implant dentistry as it covers all the basics and foundation. IMU provides one of the best facilities. There are ample of resources with helpful mentors to guide you throughout the course.

Dr Tan Meng Ern, Joseph

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

Studying Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry in IMU has been a highlight in my implantology journey. I’ve always enjoyed the university environment, classes, lectures and seminars. While in IMU, I am able to do and learn more with the best team of multidisciplinary specialists. It has been a truly invaluable learning experience for me, it has really improved my knowledge and skills in implant dentistry. To those who are either beginner or advance level, this course is just right to develop skills and gain more updates about implant dentistry. IMU has provides huge support in terms of online journal subscription as well as latest academic books and learning materials.

Dr Hussein Ali Abdulhussein Al-Wakeel

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

This course is a terrific course for dental practitioners who are beginning their implant careers to those with much more experience. It leaves you with both the interest and confidence to start working with implants. It is very comprehensive and covers all aspects of placing dental implants. The teaching from a large number of specialists (periodontics, oral surgery, prosthodontics) has been excellent and has benefited all colleagues from absolute novices to those with more experience.

Dr Tan Chew Fang

Graduate, Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry

PGDID IMU provides me a great start of learning in Implantology. Thankful for having the academic experience and completion of the programme with good support from the university, mentors and course mates. This is for sure a wonderful motivation for my passion and clinical work in this field. “Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.” — Leonardo da Vinci.

Frequently Asked Questions

I read in the PGDID programme prospectus that this is a one-year full-time course. I have my own private practice. Will I be able to complete the course in one year?

Yes, as this programme has been designed with the working dental practitioners in mind; dental practitioners who have registered for the course are guided and mentored to fulfil the requirements of the course in one year for full-time track and two years for part-time track. However, those who may not be able to commit the time to fulfil the requirements will have a maximum period of three years for full-time and four years for part-time from the date to commencement to complete the course.

You will receive guidance from experienced specialist practitioners on how to prepare your clinic to provide implant treatment for your patients to successfully fulfil the course requirements.

As this course is a national-approved programme, will I be considered a dental implant specialist?

Implant dentistry, like anywhere else in the world, is not considered a specialist discipline. However, the degree qualification can be added to your credentials to certify that you are trained through an approved university course to provide implant treatment.

What is the programme structure like?

There is a total of 6 Modules in the programme. There will be a compulsory 5-day block for Modules 1, Module 2, Module 4 and Module 5. These will be held at IMU whereby there will be face-to-face activities such as lectures, seminars, practical sessions (hands-on), case-based discussion etc. After the 5-day block, the remaining teaching/learning activities e.g. seminars and case-based learning are conducted online and through web conferencing. Students will have the option of treating the clinical cases in IMU Oral Health Centre under direct supervision or in their own dental practice with initial direct supervision and later by distant supervision using a video recording system. The entire programme stretches over 43 weeks covering teaching/learning activities and examinations.

When does the course begin?

The 2024 programme begins with a programme orientation on 18 October 2024. This will be followed by the commencement of the 5-day teaching/learning blocks as follows for the six modules. Visit this LINK to see the academic calendar for this programme.

Who are the lecturers involved in this programme?


  • Prof Toh Chooi Gait
  • Prof Seow Liang Lin
  • A/Prof Dr Pravinkumar Patil



  • A/Prof Dr Ranjeet Ajit Bapat
  • Dr Lew Pit Hui
  • Dr Galvinderjeet Kaur Grewal


Oral Radiodiologist:

  • Dr Prashanti Chippagiri

Will I be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh since this programme is benchmarked to this qualification?

You will not be eligible to get the Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of Edinburgh even though this programme is benchmarked to this qualification. Candidates must appear and pass separately for RCS Edinburgh Diploma in Implant Dentistry examination. The IMU PGDID course have learning outcomes matched to the standards of the RCS Edinburgh with similar examination format, logbook and portfolio.

What implant system will be used?

Students will be required to understand the rationale for the choice of implant systems. The PGDID programme is not system-based. We shall be teaching/exposing the students to implant systems with good research evidence of success that include Straumann, Nobel BioCare, Astra Tech.

Does IMU provide patients for clinical training?

IMU will try to support students for the initial few cases. It is encouraged that students find their own cases for implant placement and restoration.

If I am currently practising in another country, will I be able to treat patients at IMU?

Yes, as long as you fulfill our entry requirements, you will be able to treat patients in IMU as a postgraduate student under supervision.

If I need to treat my patients who require dental implants at IMU would that be possible? What will be the arrangement and costs for the patient?

Yes, it would be possible to bring your patients to be treated by you at IMU under PGDID staff supervision. The patient would need to pay for treatment according to reduced patient treatment fees of IMU Oral Health Centre for patients treated by PGDID postgraduate students.

What will be the arrangement and costs for patients treated in my own clinic?

You will initially need direct supervision for patients treated in your own clinic for dental implants and for more challenging cases. For this, IMU will arrange for suitable supervisors to be present in your clinic. There will be extra fees that you will need to pay to support the attendance of the supervisors in your clinic as per the clinical supervision guidelines. The quantum will depend on the time spent, travel and accommodation need (where necessary) for supervisors to be on site.

What is the application process? What is the deadline for the registration?

Acceptance of candidates into the programme is on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon submission of your online application (link provided above), applicants will be short-listed for an interview. Successful applicants will be notified within three working days.

How much are the fees and how can they be paid?

The course fee is RM 59,900 for Malaysian students and RM 68,750 for International students. A payment option can be arranged where students can pay in three to four instalments. The Admissions Department will confirm on this once you decide to register for the programme.

Where can I apply to join the course?

The online application is available via this link.

How many clinical cases do I need to complete in the programme?

Submission of treatment planning for TEN implant cases (patients) in the logbook and completion of SIX implant cases (patients) to be included in the portfolio.

Important note:  It’s not the number of implants but number of cases (patients) to be finished before the final exam.

What is the scope of the programme in terms of performing complexity of cases?

Students will be trained to perform simple to advanced types of clinical cases based on ITI SAC classification. Training on Complex surgeries (e.g. sinus lift surgeries) will be done on models.

Should I submit any document before performing clinical cases in IMU Oral healthcare?

Yes, you must submit your Annual Practising Certificate (APC) to your mentor or PGDID Program Director for the respective year with IMU address mentioned on your APC. This submission is mandatory to work in IMU Oral healthcare clinics.

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A Word from the Dean



Dean, School of Dentistry
BDS (Mal), MSc (London), FDSRCS (England), PhD (Mal)

“The primary objective of the IMU Postgraduate Diploma in Implant Dentistry is to provide dental practitioners the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to plan, treat, and rehabilitate a range of simple to advance partially and fully edentulous patients using dental implants. The programme is designed to support the training and learning of working dental practitioners by using a flexible modular mode of delivery using a wide array of teaching methods supplemented with guidance from personal tutors. The training standards have been developed to ensure patient safety. The training will emphasise the need to provide a good standard of care based on current evidence in the field of Implant Dentistry. An evidence based patient centered approach will be used in advising patients concerning the choice of prostheses, techniques and materials available in implant dentistry.”

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