• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Dentistry
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Study topics which are frequently the subject of expert testimony in court, and have most relevance internationally.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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 odontology which are most frequently the subject of expert testimony in courts and have the most relevance to forensic odontology 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 odontology and research.

Forensic Dentistry

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.

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

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Dr Andrew Forgie speaks to us about studying Forensic Dentistry at the University of Dundee.

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.

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).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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 be 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

Modules

You will study 4 modules:

30 credits  

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.

30 credits

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.

Taught module
70 credits

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.

90 credits

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.

Uttara Deshpande

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.

Prospective applicants must hold a recognised dental degree (BDS or equivalent). At least 2 years post-qualification dental experience is desirable _ this is not a strict requirement but those with experience will be considered ahead of newly-qualified

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

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.

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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.

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Fee statusFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £17,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £17,950 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
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You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowForensic Dentistry MScP052378

Course Contact

Dr Scheila Manica
Dentistry
forensicdentistry@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 381725