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 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.
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 small group seminars, virtual learning environment (Blackboard) based case scenarios, lectures, guided self-directed learning, demonstrations and observation in a working forensic mortuary.
The course consists of four taught modules:
- Forensic Odontology (taught module) - topics include: dental identification, disaster victim identification, bite mark analysis, age estimation from dental sources, comparative dental anatomy, dental report writing and giving evidence, dental embryology and anatomy.
- Forensic Odontology research project - which involves planning, executing and writing up a research project
- Forensic Medicine*
- Forensic Science*
*The latter two modules modules provide an integrated working knowledge of important subjects including wounds, post mortem changes, time of death, laboratory instruments, DNA analysis and serology.
There are a wide range of assessment methods within each module including: assignments, case based exercises, presentations and active participation. The poster abstract for a professional conference and the paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal are assessed in the research module.
Acquiring this qualification will be a key step in the development of professional expertise in forensic odontology.
The programme will enable graduates to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills in 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.
The interdisciplinary aspect, and the focus on the important aspects of forensic odontology will ensure that students are in a position to contribute to forensic service provision in their region/country.
Year of Entry: 2015
Entry Requirements: Applicants must have a primary dental qualification (BDS or equivalent).
EU and International students visit our EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country.
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
This course is now closed for applications for 2015
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
Centre for Forensic & Legal Medicine
+44 (0)1382 381622