InstructorHelena Vackelin
TypeOnsite Course
PlaceMalmö University, Sweden
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Four-year Master’s program in Dental Science with advanced clinical training

In cooperation with the Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University, we offer a four-year Master’s program in Dental Science with advanced clinical training. The purpose of the four-year program is to train the student to become a competent specialist in their field. This demands a thorough understanding of general biological principles and functions as well as comprehension of scientific principles. Critical, evidence-based reasoning is achieved through participating in and directing seminars and through literature studies related to the subject. Clinical skills are trained through treatment of a large variety of patients.

After completing the program, the student should be able to:

  • Function as a competent specialist in their field
  • Review scientific literature
  • Participate in planning and conducting research and development

Please note that the information below applies to the 2019 program.
Updated information for the coming program (with start in 2021) will be published ahead of the next application period in Spring 2020

Four-year Master’s Program in Dental Science:
all the details

Who should attend / Entry requirements

Dentists with a dental degree and at least two years of clinical experience after graduation.

English requirement
Malmö University requires an English proficiency equivalent to secondary school for all programs taught in English. Non-EU students must demonstrate their English abilities through an internationally recognized English test. Accepted tests are IELTS Academic and TOEFL.

Required test scores:
IELTS Academic: a test with an overall mark of 6.5 and no module under 5.5.
TOEFL (iBT): total score of at least 90. The written test must be at least 20 (scale 0-30)
TOEFL (PBT): total score of at least 575. The written test must be at least 4.5 (scale 1-6)

Test scores are valid for two years if you have already taken a test.


The four year program is offered in the following specializations:


The program consists of five academic courses, including a degree thesis, interspersed with advanced clinical training, over a period of four years as illustrated in the figure below (click for larger image).


Read more and see a film on the Malmö University website

Swedish language course

Swedish language skills are necessary for the extensive clinical training which is included in the four year program at Malmö University. Prior to its start in January 2019, students of the four-year Master’s program are required to participate in an intensive language course in general Swedish and dental Swedish. The course will start in August 2018 and is specifically designed for international dental professionals. The students are required to pass a Swedish level B1 test before the Master’s program start.

Participants in the four-year Master’s Program with area of specialization in Pediatric Dentistry, are required to take a Swedish test equivalent Swedish level B2 with a pass before the fifth semester when the main clinical training begins (Year 3 and 4).


To take part in the final examination, the resident must have successfully completed:

  1. All prescribed theoretical and clinical courses offered during the program
  2. All assigned written reports

A Board of Examiners, appointed by the Faculty, carries out the final evaluation of program participants. The final evaluation procedure is determined by the department of specialization, but is usually based on case presentations and a lecture given by the resident.


  • Language: English (courses and degree thesis) and Swedish (clinical training)
  • The program consists of five courses, including a degree thesis, over a period of four years
  • Theoretical program includes lectures, discussion, exercises and home study etc.
  • Clinical training includes treating patients with tutors (requires Swedish language)

Credits & Degree

Credits: Four year program with 120 higher education credits

Degree: Following successful completion of the final examination, the graduate will be awarded:

  • Master of Science in Dental Science (MDSc).
  • A Certificate of Specialization, corresponding to the Swedish specialist exam, issued by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Academic collaboration and examination
In a memorandum of understanding with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), the Master’s program at Malmö University includes the Diploma of Member of the Faculty of Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (MFDRCSI) examinations (part 1 and 2). The MFD 1 and 2 exams are given during year 1 as examination of the course “Comprehensive dentistry – Odontology in Sweden”.

In addition, having passed the MFDRCSI also qualifies participants for the specialist Fellowship examination (FFDRCSI), should they choose to continue their postgraduate studies. Those candidates who have passed the MFDRCSI and successfully complete their advanced clinical training, will be eligible for the specialist Fellowship (FFDRCSI) examination. 


The annual fee is 495 000 SEK (2018). The fee covers costs for all examinations, theory classes, clinical supervision as well as all costs related to clinical participation at the university clinic, including working clothes, office space and insurance costs.

This education is exclusively offered as a commissioned education and will be regulated via an agreement between the Faculty of Odontology and the employer/sponsor of the student. Malmö University does not offer any grant or scholarship for program participation.

Validation of University Credentials

Malmö University requires all applicants to validate their university credentials through ECE. Therefore all applicants need to order a course by course evaluation report for post secondary/university level studies (secondary/high school studies not needed). Go to the ECE website and follow the instructions for course by course evaluation. Applicants need to order their evaluation report and send their diplomas and transcripts to ECE at least one month before application deadline The standard processing time for an evaluation report is approximately three weeks from receipt, review and approval of all documents, information and payment.

Selection criteria & process

Selection criteria: Candidates will be selected for interviews based on the following criteria:

  • Fulfillment of all entry requirements
  • Academic merits
  • Clinical experience (in general)
  • Clinical experience within chosen area of specialization 


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