Forensic Odontology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #90 (ARWU) ,
The aims of the Forensic Odontology programme at University of Leuven are to provide you with thorough knowledge and practical skills in the field of forensic odontology. While no single case is alike and many cases are difficult to prepare for, the programme provides a sound and scientific foundation on which you can rely on in your future career.

About

The KU Leuven Master’s Programme of Forensic Odontology at University of Leuven is one of the few programmes of its kind in the world. 

The full-time Master of Forensic Odontology programme offers holders of a degree in dentistry the opportunity to specialise in the multifaceted field of forensic odontology. The MSc inForensic Odontology stresses multidisciplinary interaction with forensic medicine, judicial bodies, and insurance companies, and aims to train dentists and oral physicians in this fascinating discipline and its legal aspects. With its theoretical courses, self-study, preclinics, clinical demonstrations,laboratory work, and a research-based thesis, the one-year MSc in Forensic Odontologyis the ideal stepping stone to this exciting new profession.

Objectives:

The academic programme, spread over one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study (60 ECTS in total) involves theory-based courses, self-study, pre-clinics and demonstrations in the field of forensic dentistry (part-time study: only for students who have a dental practice in Belgium).

In particular, the programme will provide insight into specialty techniques and their scientific background in forensic odontology.

The advanced Master's programme in Forensic Odontology is distinguished from the initial Master's programme by its evidence-based and research-oriented teaching, its multidisciplinary and integrated case analysis and its comprehensive approach to identification.

The programme also stress the multidisciplinary interaction between forensic medicine, judicial bodies, insurance companies, etc. Graduates will have the ability to critically engage the scientific literature, understand experimental methodologies, carry out statistical analysis and interpret results. Students will also participate in clinical and laboratory-based research as part of the advanced Master's curriculum.

This programme can be combined with the PhD, which entails at least four years of training.

Career perpectives

The demand for forensic dental experts in the legal world is rising. Graduates will be prepared to assist in the identification of victims or suspected criminals based on forensic evidence. Forensic dentistry plays an important yet underdeveloped role in the Belgian legal world. For dental professionals seeking careers in forensic odontology, this programme is extremely useful.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Identification Methodology with Forensic Case Discussion and Briefing
  • Skeletal and Dental Age Estimation with Practical Training
  • Patterned Injury Analysis with Practical Training
  • Forensic Child Abuse Evaluation
  • Forensic Medicine with Practical Training

        Audience

        Prospective students should:

        • have an interest in science
        • be eager to learn
        • have a critical mind
        • be precise and have an eye for detail

        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Full-time
          • Full-time duration 12 months
        • Credits
          60 ECTS
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
          On Campus

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:

          6.5

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          Book IELTS
        • Minimum required score:

          550

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        • Minimum required score:

          79

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        Academic Requirements

        • Master of Dentistry
        • Applicants should also demonstrate proficiency in English by presenting a score on a language test.

        Tuition Fee

        • International Applies to you

          8500 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
        • EU/EEA Applies to you

          8500 EUR/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8500 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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        Living costs for Antwerpen

        800 - 1230 EUR/month
        Living Costs

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