Master of Science in Advanced Dentistry (Orthodontics)

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. The master (60 credits, divided over 4 years) is combined with clinical training (180 credits) within the chosen specialist track. Each specialisation is scientifically supported with the obligatory master's dissertation which should be publishable in a A1 journal.

Orthodontics is that part of dentistry that focuses on the correction of the teeth position and malocclusions of the dentition. During the first year, the subjects are related to orthodontic therapy. Furthermore, courses on facial growth are related to orthopaedics and orthodontics. Some development and growth disorders and syndromes related to the head region as well as craniomandibular dysfunctions are addressed during the courses. The second year is largely a continuation of the first year, but includes some practical aspects which are important in the conduct of running an orthodontic practice. Also, the long-term effects of orthodontic and orthopaedic therapy are extensively addressed. The third and fourth year are predominantly based on the clinical treatment of orthodontic patients and the preparation of the final clinical examination, which involves the presentation of twenty treated cases in front of an interuniversitary commission.

Course structure

The master contains 60 credits and is divided over 4 years. It is combined with clinical training (180 credits) within the orthodontics 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 work independently or in an association with other dental specialists from diverse disciplines. Or you choose to teach in your subject or perform scientific research in that field.