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Why Study Dentistry in English at Plovdiv Medical University?

  • Guaranteed entry to the university.
  • Yearly tuition fees of €8,000 (approx. £7,000).
  • Entry is in October.
  • The university is GDC Accredited and no ORE test required.
  • Low cost of living – approximately £5,100 for the year.
+Why choose the Medical University of Plovdiv?
  • It was established in 1945 and consists of four schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Healthcare).
  • It also houses a Department of Foreign Languages, a Medical College and the St George Academic Hospital, which contains more than 1,200 beds.
  • The university employs more than 130 highly experienced professors and approximately 600 deputy and assistant professors.
  • It has more than 3,800 students from Bulgaria and beyond enrolled in taught Bachelor, postgraduate, Master’s, doctorate and post-doctorate programmes.
  • Doctorate programs taught in English include ENT Otolaryngology, Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Physiology, Immunology, Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Microbiology, and Social Medicine & Public Health.
  • Its library contains 170,000 volumes covering a range of languages, including Bulgarian and English.
  • The university issues ‘Folia Medica’, the quarterly English-language magazine which has become one of Bulgaria’s most respected medical publications since its launch in 1959 and which is circulated in 54 countries.
  • Students are encouraged to exhibit their work in the annual Youth & Science competition, which is run by the Youth Scientific Association. The competition’s best research papers are published, giving young doctors a strong footing in medical research communities.
  • The Career Development Centre provides valuable information and support to alumni who wish to pursue a dentistry career in Bulgaria.
+What does the Dentistry course involve?
  • The Dentistry course is six years in duration, spanning 11 semesters and a six-month internship. It is taught entirely through English.
  • The first two years of the programme focus on theory and the fundamentals of medical and biological knowledge, with the following three years concentrated on clinical practice and apprenticeship.
  • Students will also undertake compulsory summer practical internships in years 2-4.
  • The six-month internship prior to graduation includes paediatric, oral & maxillofacial surgery experience, denture dentistry, conservative dental treatment, paradontology, and orthodontics, followed by a state exam.
  • When students successfully complete the programme and final year internship, in addition to passing state exams, they are awarded a Master’s degree and have the globally recognised title of Dentist conferred upon them.
  • Many graduates choose to continue with their dental specialisation in Bulgaria because of the country’s low cost of living, range of renowned cosmetic dental surgery specialisation programmes and availability of state funding.
  • Graduates from the university have forged successful dental practices in highly accredited areas throughout the world.
+How much does the programme cost?
ProgrammeProgramme StartsAnnual Fees (£)
DentistryOctober7,000
Living CostsMonthly (£)Annually (£)
Rent (private accommodation)161-2191,927-2,628
Food1831,825
Books-292
Electricity & Gas37355
Water773
TV Cable / Internet15175
Public Transportation15146
Total416-4754,803-5,504
+Admission to Plovdiv Medical University

Candidates must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form including brief biographical data, educational history and any courses for which the candidate is applying
  2. Copy of a diploma confirming completion of secondary education, with an academic transcript stating the disciplines studied
  3. Document issued by relevant authorities which certifies the right to continue education in higher schools and universities in the country of origin of the secondary school attended by the candidate
  4. Health certificate issued no more than one month prior to application and verified in the country from which the candidate is applying
  5. Two 4-5cm photographs

The diploma, academic transcript and health certificate must be translated into Bulgarian and legalised as per official state directives.

+Life in Plovdiv
  • Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second largest city, with a population of 381,110. It is located in the south of Bulgaria, 127km from the capital city of Sofia.
  • The city dates back more than 6,000 years and was originally known as Philippoupolis, with Plovdiv first being mentioned in 15th century religious manuscripts.
  • It was ruled by the Ottoman Empire from the 14th century until its liberation in 1878, after which it experienced economic growth largely through its manufacturing, food and tobacco industry. Today it is one of the strongest agricultural areas in the EU Balkan economic zone.
  • The city’s main attractions include the 2nd century Roman theatre, Church of St Constantine and Helen, folk museum and statue of Philip II, the Greek king of Macedon who gave the city its original name.
+Life in Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria is a country in the southeast of Europe with a population of approximately 7.5 million. Its capital city is Sofia, a city with a thriving economy which is home to 1.2 million people.
  • It is regarded as a hub for economic activity and has been rendered a strong industrial and agricultural market economy.
  • Having been under Communist control from 1946 to 1990, Bulgaria is now a parliamentary democracy and free market economy. It joined the European Union in 2007.
  • Since gaining democratic status in 1990, the country has undergone a transformation which has seen a thriving economy and modernised education system, with its universities considered among the best in Europe.
  • Bulgaria also has a very low cost of living compared to other EU member states, making it a popular location for students from all over the world.

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