• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
Forensic odontology entails three major aspects: human identification, dental age estimation and bite mark analysis. The Master Of Forensic Odontology is one of the few programmes of its kind in the world that allows students to gain knowledge and practical skills in this field and develops a scientific foundation on which you can rely in your future career.


The MSc in Forensic Odontology stresses interaction and cross fertilization with forensic medicine, judicial bodies, and insurance companies, to train dentists and oral physicians to the highest degree in this fascinating discipline and its legal aspects. 

Programme outline

The full-time Master of Forensic Odontology (Leuven) programme offers candidates holding of a degree in dentistry the opportunity to go on and specialise.

With its theoretical courses, self-study, clinical demonstrations, laboratory work, and a research-based thesis, the programme provides the ideal stepping stone within this exciting new profession.

The master’s programme can serve as a valuable preparation year when aspiring to go on to doctoral studies.  

This master’s programme will empower the student with a variety of skills and tools to respond to the rising demand for forensic dental experts.


  • 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


  • Graduates will be expertly prepared to assist in the identification of victims or suspected criminals based on forensic evidence in high profile criminal cases.
  • Graduates will be ready to work with synergy in a team, undertake solid research and deliver meaningful results based on their findings.
  • Graduates will have diverse international expertise, and the ability to solve fundamental and applied problems. 

Career perpectives

Forensic odontologists are highly sought after as they are actively consulted in dental fraud and litigation cases. There are employment openings within government organizations and the criminal justice system, educational institutions and with law enforcement agencies.  

Graduates will have all the experience and expertise required to enter the field of Forensic Odontology, find and solve problems and communicate the results to a team.      

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Programme Structure

Medical Courses

  • 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

Biomedical Science Courses

  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Ethics and Law in Biomedical Research

Master's Thesis

Optional Courses

  • Option: Medical and Biomedical Research
  • Option: Belgian Law and Dental Experise


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

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community: Master of Dentistry
  • Applicants should also demonstrate proficiency in English by presenting a score on a language test.
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

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

    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 Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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