Taught course

Forensic Odontology

University of Dundee · School of Dentistry

Entry requirements

At least 2 years post-qualification dental experience is desirable before applying. This is not a requirement but those with experience will be considered ahead of those who are newly-qualified.

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
  • 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
  • Ability to value the scope of forensic dentistry, including the misuse of dental evidence.
  • 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.
  • A detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of the science and art of forensic medicine.
  • A critical awareness of current issues in forensic medicine

An attitude that values honesty, frankness, and integrity in scientific research.


  • 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 resp onsibility for own work and to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in a learning environment.
  • The ability to apply their knowledge to accurately observe and document medico-legal findings.
  • The ability to interpret forensic medical evidence with objectivity and balance
  • The ability to concisely and cogently critique medico-legal opinions based upon current medical literature
  • The ability to apply the knowledge of safety procedures to a scientific laboratory
  • The ability to plan, execute and evaluate a significant project of research or investigation

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Andrew Forgie
+44 (0)1382 381725