Forensic Odontology Course
The specialization in Forensic Odontology is designed to provide practicing health professionals and all the professionals related with skills and experience in the field of forensic odontology. A forensic odontology qualification allows dentists to perform forensic examinations as required by law enforcement agencies, courts, or criminal policies. The specialization offers an emphasis on practical aspects of forensic odontology and an in-depth understanding of the correct professional handling, examination, interpretation, and presentation of dental and oral evidence which may come before the legal authorities. Forensic Odontologists provide an important service to the community in civil, criminal, labor and deontological jurisdictions. Before applying, prospective students should consider that the nature of the concepts and casework required are often confronting and may be distressing to some people.
This specialization is designed for practicing dentists who wish to gain experience in the professional field of forensic odontology, and for all professionals who are somehow related to the different areas of intervention of forensic odontology. They are professionals in the field of law, medicine, nursing, oral hygiene, and other areas that intervene in an interdisciplinary way. This specialization in the field of forensic odontology designed with a specified component for those professionals, will provide a technical-scientific training that allows them, within each professional area, to perform more appropriately in the field of forensic odontology.
With this specialization in Forensic Odontology, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine thus continue their function of qualifying graduates and promoting research and specialized intervention in this area of knowledge, privileging interdisciplinary and biosocial intervention.
The Specialization Course is certified and managed by the Lisbon School of Medicine with the collaboration of the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Dental Medicine of Zagreb.
English is mandatory.
Portuguese is opcional.
3 reasons to choose this program
Emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of forensic dentistry and a thorough understanding of the correct professional handling, examination, interpretation, and presentation of dental and oral evidence that may be presented to legal authorities.
For professionals who wish to provide an important service to the community in the civil, criminal, and deontological fields.
With a transversal approach and personalized follow-up, this course privileges interdisciplinary dialogue and biosocial intervention.
- Create a period of acquisition of basic skills in forensic dentistry (knowledge, skills and attitudes), in view of preparing health professionals and other professionals in the forensic and judicial sciences to act correctly and appropriately, in the best interest of society and always under the terms of the law, when confronted in their professional life with issues of the nature of forensic medicine, regardless of the area in which they work, in order to contribute to a good administration of Justice, to the prevention of violence and to the treatment, protection , rehabilitation and reintegration of people involved in issues with forensic and medico-legal repercussions.
- Provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the scope of the intervention of Forensic Odontology.
- Enable students to obtain a set of basic knowledge about the various aspects of forensic dentistry, in terms of its scope, objectives, competencies and pertinent legislation, with particular emphasis on how this science can and should articulate with the remaining areas of medico-legal, legal, judicial and forensic intervention. This training is evaluated, for holders of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Dentistry and Medicine, through the practical competence that the student demonstrates in the practical realization of the fundamental medico-legal expertise in the legislation in force within the scope of the same.
- For students holding other courses in addition to those previously indicated, that training is assessed through the competence of acquiring theoretical knowledge in the field of Forensic Odontology.
This specialization course provides the necessary tools to pursue research in Forensic Odontology. It is a specialization course recommended for all professionals who act as experts in the areas of Forensic Odontology. For example, dentists and doctors contracted to exercise expert functions in the Courts or at Portuguese National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences, forensic expert dentists and doctors or lawyers from insurance companies. For international students, career opportunities are the same in their respective countries.
- Holders of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Dentistry and Medicine,
- Holders of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Law, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic and Criminal Laboratory Sciences, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Nursing, Oral Hygiene and Police Sciences;
- Holders of a bachelor's or master's degree whose curriculum demonstrates adequate basic preparation and on which the scientific committee of the study cycle gives a favorable opinion;
- Holders of equivalent foreign university degrees, whose curriculum demonstrates adequate basic preparation and on which the scientific committee of the study cycle gives a favorable opinion;
This specialization course is recommended for anyone interested in obtaining advanced training in the field of Forensic Dentistry and its applications. They include, professionals who already act as experts, specialists, researchers and professionals in this area and in other forensic and legal areas connected to this area of forensic sciences.
The mandatory course units are preferably taught for two days, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Lisbon time) and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Lisbon time). The teaching of other activities, also mandatory, namely of a practical nature and seminars, may take place in the morning or/and in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, according to the programmatic content and availability of the institutions' services.
The assessment of knowledge will be carried out, for each curricular unit, through a written exam, to be carried out exclusively in two periods designated - normal and recourse. The exams will have a quantitative classification on a scale of zero to twenty. The final classification of each curricular unit corresponds to the grade obtained in the final exam. A classification of less than 10 implies failure in the curricular unit.
The final classification of the specialization is calculated using the arithmetic average by ECTs of the marks obtained in each of the curricular units. A student finishes the specialization course when he has obligatorily obtained 60 ECTS. If the student fails at least one of the curricular units, he does not complete the specialization course.
It is mandatory to attend at least 80% of all theoretical classes in each curricular unit and 100% of all practical/laboratory classes. Failure to comply with this attendance will result in automatic failure of the student in the curricular unit.
English is mandatory.
Portuguese is opcional.
Number of vacancies
Minimum 15, Maximum 20
Start on 20 october 2023 the year 2023-2024.
Conditions of Admission
The candidates for the course will be selected according to the criteria to be published in the Course Notice for 2023-2024. All candidates admitted to the selection process are graded according to the score obtained in the curricular selection process, which can be eliminatory, and interviewed according to the weighting defined by the Scientific Committee of the Specialization Course:
Curricular Assessment: 60% ;
To apply please visit: https://fenix.medicina.ulisboa.pt
Candidates who already have a CAMPUS account (who are attending or have attended a course at the Faculdade de Medicina), must start the application at https://fenix.medicina.ulisboa.pt
To access must log in with the Campus account and then access the Candidate menu (at the top of the page) to start the application.
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After creating your account you will receive in your email the username after which can start the formalization of the application in https://fenix.medicina.ulisboa.pt