The Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Mangalore was founded in 1987. Over the years, it has evolved into a multi-faceted institution that is internationally recognised for excellence in its fields of specialisation. The undergraduate programme of four years followed by one year of internship leads to a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree and the postgraduate programme of three years leads to a Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) degree.
The first year BDS students undergo training at the Centre for Basic Sciences, Bejai with separate hostel facilities provided at the same campus. The undergraduate and postgraduate training for both pre-clinical and clinical aspects are imparted at the Light House Hill and Attavar campuses. The clinical facilities for training in medical subjects are available at the Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar which is a 651-bedded hospital.
The institution has excellent infrastructure facilities with 260-dental chairs and latest state-of-the-art dental equipment. All the latest dental materials for various clinical procedures are available for both undergraduate as well as postgraduate training programmes. A centrally air conditioned library and lecture halls with the latest audio-visual aids, phantom head labs for pre-clinical training and seminar/ CDE rooms are a few of the state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities provided for undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes. Hostel facilities are available for both boys and girls. Transport is provided from the hostel to the institution. Overall, an excellent atmosphere for studies and recreation is provided for students.