Forensic Odontology MFOdont

University of Dundee
24 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Forensic Odontology MFOdont

Forensic odontology deals with the examination, handling and presentation of dental evidence for the legal system.

You will develop your knowledge, experience and skills in forensic dentistry, and in aspects of forensic medicine, law and research.

You will study:

  • Dental identification and profiling
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Age estimation from dental sources
  • Dental report writing and giving evidence
  • Limitations of bite mark identification
  • Bite mark analysis according to ABFO Standards and Guidelines for Evaluating Bitemarks
  • Preparation of a research paper suitable for publication

Studying alongside students in forensic medicine and law means you will gain an understanding of the role of other forensic disciplines and identify when, where and how forensic dentistry links with the wider forensic community.

You'll develop your forensic dentistry skills through practical experience, assisting with identifications of human remains. This will make you aware of the complexity involved in the examination of a person's body after death.

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Admission requirements

Graduate Entry

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.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic

  • Overall - 6.5
  • Reading - 6.0
  • Listening - 6.0
  • Speaking - 6.0
  • Writing - 6.0

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

These modules are an essential part of your course.

  • Forensic Science and the Law
  • Academic writing and communicating science in dentistry
  • Forensic Odontology Research Project
  • Bite Mark II
  • Dental Identification and Disaster Victim Identification
  • Dental Tissue Biology
  • Age Estimation by Dental Means
  • Bite Mark I

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


Tuition fee:

  • Scotland: £24,100 per yearstudy
  • England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland: £24,100 per yearstudy
  • International: £24,100 per yearstudy

Career paths

You can go on to work in a regular dental practice and provide expert opinion when requested by coroners or procurator fiscals, police, and solicitors.

Some forensic dentists work in cases involving dental insurance fraud and litigation cases.

Many countries have established a Disaster Victim Identification team and forensic dentists are an important part of it. You can also be deployed as a team member of a privately held company.

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