Master of Science in Advanced Dentistry (Endodontics)

Course content

The aim of the Master in Advanced Dentistry is to upgrade the general dentist to a highly qualified specialist practitioner, being capable of performing dental treatments independently within a background of broad dental, medical and sociological knowledge. Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic and clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp; the etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp; and associated periradicular conditions.

The content is based on scientific literature, clinical research, biological research and extensive clinical training. In addition, a master's dissertation is written and the original data of the dissertation will be presented during an international congress. Another important part of the programme is the preclinical and clinical training. The clinical skills are developed and trained in the Permanent Training Programme. Preclinical exercises focus on the use of magnification especially microscope for non-surgical and surgical treatment, the use of endodontic technology which is not used or limitedly used in general practice for conventional or non-surgical endodontic (re)treatment , laser dentistry, and surgical endodontics. During clinical training attention is paid to diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with a more complicated endodontic treatment need. The students will have to deal with medically compromised patients with complicated endodontic (re) treatment needs, dento-alveolar traumatology, difficult interdisciplinary cases, complicated emergency treatment, and cases demanding a fistulative, periradicular or corrective surgical approach. At the end of the 3 year programme students have to pass a final clinical exam with an external examiner, who is also involved in the training of endodontists at another university.

Course structure

The master contains 60 credits and is divided over 3 years. It is combined with clinical training (120 credits) within the endodontics track. The specialisation is scientifically supported with the obligatory master's dissertation which should be publishable in a A1 journal.

Courses are given in English but students are required to obtain proficiency in Dutch prior to treating patients in the clinical programme. International students interested to join the master programmes should first seek admission in the one year ‘postgraduate studies in oral health sciences’. The latter can be combined with the language courses and is also a preparatory year for more advanced courses.

Career perspectives

The master's programme in Advanced Dentistry educates dentists in an extensive and thorough manner in all aspects of the specialization, in accordance with the highest European criteria. You can choose to work independently or in an association with other dental specialists from diverse disciplines, you can choose to teach in your subject or you can choose to perform scientific research in that field.