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 specialised care dentistry. 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.
In Belgium to receive a full license to practice dentistry, healthcare authorities require certification as a Master of Science in Dentistry (5 year undergraduate programme) in combination with a one-year postgraduate education in treatment planning in conjunction with vocational training under guidance of an accredited dentist. 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. Completing the Postgraduate Studies in Oral Health Sciences does not influence the NARIC procedure and does not allow students to practice dentistry in Belgium.