Forensic dentists are required in all countries to provide dental expertise to courts and legal systems. Dentists wishing to work in this field often find it difficult to gain the necessary skills.
This 2 year course addresses those aspects of forensic odontology which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in courts and have the most relevance to forensic odontology internationally.
Forensic Odontology MFOdont
The 2 year programme will enable you to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in forensic odontology and research.
Why study this course at Dundee?
Internationally, there are few opportunities for dentists to gain expertise in forensic odontology in a structured manner from a University with a dental school and an active forensic medicine department.
As a student in Forensic Odontology you will work closely with other postgraduate students in Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science and Forensic Toxicology. You will develop a deep understanding of the role of other forensic disciplines and identify when, where and how forensic odontology links with the wider forensic community. This provides a unique multi-disciplinary nature to the course.
What is so good about this course?
Acquiring this qualification will be a key step in the development of professional expertise in forensic odontology. The programme will enable graduates to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in forensic odontology and research. Uniquely, they will learn interdisciplinary skills that are essential for dealing with forensic issues in real life
Who should study this course?
This course is designed for dentists wishing to work in Forensic Odontology.
Aims of the course?
The aim of the course is to provide dentists with a professional qualification that delivers core knowledge, experience and intellectual skills in forensic odontology, forensic medicine, science and research.
A blended approach to teaching is adopted to enable you to learn in a variety of ways. Methods of teaching include seminars, case scenarios, lectures, guided self-directed learning, demonstrations and observation in a working forensic mortuary.
You will be taught be a range of internationally recognised experts including:
- Dr Andrew Forgie, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Richard Leigh Evans, Clinical Lecturer, Forensic Odontologist
- Prof Stewart Fleming, Professor of Forensic Medicine
- Dr David Sadler, Senior Lecturer, Consultant Forensic Pathologist
- Dr Helen Brownlow, Senior Lecturer, Consultant Forensic Pathologist
- Dr Ronnie Lowe, Senior Lecturer, Forensic Medical Examiner
Topics covered include:
- Dental Identification
- Disaster Victim Identification
- Age estimation from dental sources
- Dental report writing and giving evidence
- Detailed anatomy and development of teeth and oral structures
- Bite mark identification
- Critical appraisal of literature
- Practical experience in mortuary
- Bite mark analysis
- Research dissertation
You will study 5 modules:
- Forensic Odontology
- Forensic Odontology Research Project
- Bite Mark Analysis
- Forensic Medicine
- Forensic Science
By the end of the programme you will have:
- an understanding of the history of forensic dentistry
- the ability to assess the role of dental evidence in the administration of of justice and place it in the context of the wider justice system
- skills that will enable you to evaluate and question a wide range of current issues in forensic dentistry
- the ability to value the scope of forensic dentistry, including the misuse of dental evidence
- the ability to assess the principles and practice of physical evidence collection and preservation
- gained a critical understanding of the principles underpinning the various classes and individualising tests performed by the laboratory, for each type of physical evidence
- a detailed understanding of the science and art of forensic medicine
- a critical awareness of the current issues in forensic medicine
- an attitude that values honesty, frankness and integrity in scientific research
There are a wide range of assessment methods within each module including: written assignments, oral presentations and computer aided assessment exercises.
Acquiring this qualification will be a key step in the development of professional expertise in forensic odontology.
You will gain:
- Skills, knowledge and experience in aspects of forensic odontology which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in course.
- A deep understanding of the role of other forensic disciplines, resulting in in-depth knowledge of where and how forensic odontology links with the wider forensic community.
- The necessary skills to plan, execute and write-up a research project.
The interdisciplinary aspect of this course, and the focus on the important aspects of forensic odontology will ensure that you are in a position to contribute to forensic service provision in your region/country.
Please note that acceptance to the course does not entitle you to work as a dentist in the UK, either during the course or after graduation.
Year of Entry: 2015
At least 2 years post-qualification dental experience is desirable before applying. This is not a requirement but those with experience will be considered ahead of those who are newly-qualified.
EU and International students
For entry requirements tailored to your home country visit the Your Country pages.
English Language Requirement
Please check our English language requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English language courses.
English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year. These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.
The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.
The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.
There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application. Find out more about fee status.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2015/16|
|Scottish, Rest of UK and EU students||£12,950 per year of study|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£12,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for international applicants"
All applications will be considered after the closing date and applicants will be contacted in May
Note for international applicants
Under Tier 4 Visa regulations students are not permitted to work as a dentist in the UK during the course, except as part of a recognised Foundation Programme. These programmes are not compatible with the study requirements of the course, and are therefore not available to students
Acceptance to the course does not entitle students to work as a dentist in the UK, either during the course or after graduation
Please read the Postgraduate "How to Apply" section for information on how to upload relevant documents to UKPASS before proceeding with your application.
Dr Andrew Forgie
+44 (0)1382 381622