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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Scheila Manica
+44 (0)1382 381725