Taught course

Forensic Dentistry

University of Dundee · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

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. Please check our website for English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

By the end of the programme students should have:

Knowledge and understanding:

  • An understanding of the history of forensic dentistry
  • The ability to assess the role of dental evidence in the administration of justice and place it in the context of the wider justice system
  • Skills that enable them 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
  • Have a critical understanding of the principles underpinning the various classes and individualising tests performed by the laboratory, for each type of physical evidence.


  • The ability to analyse dental forensic evidence
  • The ability to interpret forensic dental reports
  • The ability to complete dental identifications
  • The ability to work within a forensic dental team when required
  • The ability to effectively communicate with laypeople, peers and more senior specialists orally and in writing
  • The ability to employ a wide range of software to support and enhance the above
  • The ability to retrieve, critically appraise published literature and produce an accurate and balance interpretation
  • The ability to take responsibility for own work and to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in a learning environment

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Scheila Manica
+44 (0)1382 381725