Study topics which are frequently the subject of expert testimony in court, and have most relevance internationally.
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 1 year course addresses those aspects of forensic dentistry which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in courts and have the most relevance to forensic dentistry internationally.
You will have the opportunity to work in a mortuary, assisting with dental identifications. You will also attend real autopsies with pathologists, which will make you aware of the complexity involved in the examination of a person's body after death.
MSc Forensic Dentistry
This 1 year programme will enable you to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in forensic dentistry and research.
Internationally, there are few opportunities for dentists to gain expertise in forensic dentistry in a structured manner from a University with a dental school and an active forensic medicine department.
As a student in Forensic Dentistry 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 dentistry links with the wider forensic community. This provides a unique multi-disciplinary nature to the course.
Acquiring this qualification will be a key step in the development of professional expertise in forensic dentistry. The programme will enable you to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills in forensic dentistry and research. Uniquely, you will learn interdisciplinary skills that are essential for dealing with forensic issues in real life.
Our students benefit from their own Forensic Library, situated within the Dental School. The library contains a wealth of textbooks and current journals which are updated monthly. This gives students the opportunity to study course specific content in their own space, and also encourages collaboration between students.
Who should study this course?
This course is designed for dentists wishing to work in Forensic Dentistry.
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 dentistry, forensic medicine, science and research.
Forensic dental students
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be taught
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 by a range of internationally recognised experts including:
- Dr Scheila Manica, Lecturer in Forensic Odontology
- 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
How you will be assessed
There are a wide range of assessment methods within each module including: written assignments, oral presentations and computer aided assessment exercises.
What you will study
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
- Research dissertation
What you will learn
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
You will study 4 modules:
The module is almost entirely devoid of legal content as such and addresses those aspects of forensic medicine which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in the courts.
The primary aim of the module is to introduce students to the ways in which medical science can assist in the resolution of legal issues in the criminal and civil courts.
The primary aim of this module is to provide the necessary skills for single or multiple (DVI) dental identification, age estimation by dental means and bite mark identification.
The primary aim of the module is to provide the necessary skills to plan, execute and write-up a research project in the field of forensic odontology.
I chose to study Forensic Dentistry at the University of Dundee because of the reputation that the university has for forensic education. I am enjoying the course because of the friendly environment, excellent teaching staff, friendly colleagues and the homely environment of the University. On the course, we have benefited from exposure to many forensic cases and we are being taught how to tackle different scenarios with proper guidelines. I would recommend the course because of the excellent teaching and the access to forensic cases.
Acquiring this qualification will be a key step in the development of professional expertise in forensic dentistry.
You will gain:
- Skills, knowledge and experience in aspects of forensic dentistry which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in court.
- A deep understanding of the role of other forensic disciplines, resulting in in-depth knowledge of where and how forensic dentistry 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 dentistry will ensure that you are in a position to contribute to forensic service provision in your region/country.
Acceptance to the course does not entitle you to work as a dentist in the UK, either during the course or after graduation.
Prospective applicants must hold a primary dental qualification BDS (or equivalent). At least 2 years post-qualification dental experience is desirable before applying..
English Language Requirement
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are 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.
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.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting academic year 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||£20,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
|Rest of UK students||£20,950 per year of study
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|Overseas students (non-EU)||£20,950 per year of study
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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
You apply for this course through our Direct Application System, which is free of charge. You can find out more information about making your application when you click Apply Now below
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