Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences

Course content

The Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences is a one year, full-time programme in English for international students. The curriculum is aimed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in evidenced based dentistry including methodology of scientific research, statistics, diagnostics and treatment planning. In addition students are trained in a wide range of preclinical skills and observe treatment procedures in multiple specialty clinics. Based on the major of choice students receive additional theoretical, preclinical and clinical education in endodontics, paediatric dentistry, periodontics, orthodontics or reconstructive dentistry.

Course structure

The curriculum amounts to 32 credits and has an equivalent of 865 study hours. The programme is structured in general courses (16 credits), major specific courses (13 credits) and an elective course (3 credits) in a topic related to special care patients. Teaching methods include lectures, computer exercises, case-based learning, preclinical skill training, clinical observations and the preparation of a research paper. The latter is supervised and reports about a topic related to the major of interest.

Career perspectives

The Belgian Health Care authorities require a one-year postgraduate education in treatment planning in conjunction with vocational training under guidance of an accredited dentist prior to receive a full license to practise dentistry. Dental degrees obtained outside Belgium are only eligible for access to the dental profession after validation of the original educational programme followed in the country of origin (NARIC). The outcome of this procedure often leads to the requirement of additional education at a dental school in Belgium. Graduating the Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences does not allow students to practise dentistry in Belgium: students need a NARIC validation.

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International students interested to join the Master in Advanced Dentistry programmes (Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care, Periodontics, Orthodontics or Reconstructive Dentistry) are strongly recommended to seek first admission in the one-year Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences. The Master in Advanced Dentistry programmes are organised in conjunction with 3 years full-time clinical training in the fields of Endodontics, Paediatric Dentistry and Special Care, Periodontics and Reconstructive Dentistry or a 4 years full-time training in Orthodontics. Courses are taught in English but students are required to obtain a sufficient proficiency in Dutch prior to treating patients in the clinical programme. During the postgraduate studies in Oral Health Sciences enough time remains for students to follow Dutch language courses. Due to the limited available spots for students in the Master in Advanced Dentistry Programmes each year, however, graduating from the Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences and acquiring sufficient proficiency in Dutch does not automatically grant access to these programmes.