The Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University is one of the world’s leading institutions of dental education and research. It was established in 1948 and is regarded as one of the most influential centres of excellence in Scandinavia for oral and dental research. The high quality of both education and research has advanced and improved over the years which has led to an excellent international reputation, including numerous nominations and awards. The faculty’s international profile attracts staff members and students from all over the world.

Current information

We are currently not taking in any Erasmus+ Trainee candidates to the Faculty of Odontology during the pandemic.

Postgraduate education

Approximately 50 students are registered for post-graduate research training, and three to six theses are published and defended for the Doctoral degree every year. Each year, 130-150 scientific papers are published, mainly in international journals.

Postgraduate education

International Master's Programme

The international master's programme in Dental Science at Malmö University offers international dental professionals the opportunity to carry out qualified studies at the Faculty of Odontology, leading to a Master of Dental Science (MDSc) degree (120 higher education credits, compatible with ECTS). The programme is offered only as commissioned education

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International Master's Programme in Dental Science (2 years)

The purpose of the two-year International Master's programme is to provide students with basic research training and the experience of independently planning and executing a research project under guidance from an experience researcher. The programme will also provide the student with advanced knowledge and skills in their major subject, dentistry, with special focus on a subarea. After graduating from the programme, the student should be able to: review scientific literature; participate in planning and conducting research and development within the profession; and function as a resource dentist in the selected subarea. The Master’s degree also qualifies the student for further postgraduate studies towards e.g. PhD. 

The programme is currently (2021) offered in Periodontology and Prosthodontics.
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Entry requirements

Admission process 

The number of available spots in the programme is limited. There is no guarantee that the faculty will announce positions in all subareas at each announcement. All paperwork concerning validation of credentials and the application procedure is managed with assistance from our partners, Swedish HealthCare Academy, who have long-standing experience in arranging for the entry of international candidates to major universities in Sweden. 

Professional requirements 

Degree in Dentistry (D.D.S., B.D.S. or equivalent) with a minimum of two years documented clinical experience after graduation (at the time of application).

Language requirements 

Malmö University requires English proficiency equivalent to secondary school for all programmes and courses taught in English. Non-EU candidates must demonstrate their English skills through an internationally recognised English test. Accepted tests are IELTS Academic and TOEFL.

Required test scores:

  • IELTS: an academic test with an overall mark of 6.5 and no module under 5.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): total score of at least 575. The written test must be at least 4.5 (scale 1-6)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): total score of at least 90. The written test must be at least 20 (scale 0-30)


Malmö University will only review your supporting documents for eligibility once your application has been received. Please note that we do not make individual eligibility assessments via email.

University credentials, diplomas, and transcripts must always be official and certified (true copies). Enclose authorised translations if diplomas and transcripts are in a language other than English or the Nordic languages. 

A full description of all documents required for your application can be found at the Swedish Health Care Academy's website, where you can also find the application form once the programme is open for admissions.


After review of all applications and based on nominations from the employer/sponsor, prospective students will be interviewed by a committee of faculty members from the department responsible.

Annual Fee

The annual fee is 650 000 SEK (2021). 

The fee covers the cost of all education, examination, theory classes, as well as all costs related to the preclinical/clinical training at the University Clinic. This includes working clothes, office space, insurance costs, and administrative support.


Further information on how to apply and application forms for the two-year master's programme is available here:

Two-year master’s programme in Dental Science with clinical training


Postal address:  
Malmö University
Faculty of Odontology
SE-205 06 MALMÖ

Visiting address:
Carl Gustafs väg 34, Malmö

Faculty leadership:

Gunilla Klingberg, Dean

Per Alstergren, Vice dean

Daniel Bengmark, Director of Administration

For questions regarding the education and its content please contact:

Maria Pigg
Director of International Postgraduate Education
Associate Professor

For questions concerning application and admission we refer to our partner, Swedish HealthCare Academy

Swedish HealthCare Academy
Tel: +46 40 6118200
Fax: +46 40 127810


About the programme

This programme is a full-time, two-year international Master's programme with clinical training in Periodontology. The programme is offered to certified dentists with a minimum of two years clinical experience after graduation, who seek to obtain research experience and improve their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in Periodontology.

The programme gives the student broad knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth and implants. This includes the maintenance of health, function and aesthetics of these tissues and structures, as well as implant site development and implant installation.


Upon successful completion of the Master's programme, which includes a research project and the defence of a thesis (2nd cycle), students will be awarded a Master's Degree in Dental Science (MDSc).

Clinically, students will develop a competence to examine and evaluate relevant patient history and clinical conditions and to appropriately design a treatment plan, taking individual patient needs and expectations into consideration.

Course components

After introductory courses in research methodology and individual work with a critical literature review on a relevant topic, a research project is the basis for the Master's thesis. The research project is an independent work by the student, supervised by a senior researcher in the field. The focus is mostly on clinically relevant questions within Periodontology and dental implant therapy.

Focused theoretical and clinical training in Periodontology is obtained through a combination of seminars, lectures, individual assignments, and preclinical/observational clinical sessions. Students are exposed to clinical cases with increasing complexity and have the chance to collaborate with residents in the national dental specialisation programme and experienced specialists in Periodontology. Students are exposed, in the form of auscultation, to a large number of periodontal procedures of variable complexity under the close guidance and supervision of experienced periodontists. 

The students follow a series of regular seminars on various theoretical topics and on clinical cases, often jointly with postgraduate students and specialists from other relevant specialties. The department follows a problem-based approach to learning and encourages self-directed studies. Therefore, active participation from the students, in the preparation and delivery of the seminars, is required.


About the programme

This programme is a full-time, two-year international Master's programme in Prosthodontics with clinical training. The programme is offered to certified dentists with a minimum of two years clinical experience after graduation who seek to obtain research experience and improve their theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in oral prosthodontics.


Upon successful completion of the international Master's programme in Prosthodontics, which includes a research project and the defence of a thesis (2nd cycle), participants will be awarded a Master's Degree in Dental Science (MDSc). Clinically, students will develop competence to assess, diagnose and perform treatment planning for patients with moderately complex need for prosthetic replacement, to restore lost function and esthetics.

Course components

After introductory courses in research methodology and individual work with a critical literature review on a relevant topic, an individual research project is the basis for the Master's thesis. Focused theoretical and clinical training in Prosthodontics is obtained through a combination of seminars, lectures, individual assignments, and preclinical/observational clinical sessions.

The research project is an independent work by the student, supervised by a senior researcher in the field.

Areas of focus include: dental materials; theoretical background to different treatment modalities and their prognosis; diagnostic procedures and prosthetic treatments (implant- and tooth-supported removable as well as fixed restorations) and dental materials. Students will have the opportunity to observe a variety of patients under the close supervision and guidance of a diverse and experienced faculty comprised of top researchers and practitioners in the field of Prosthodontics. Students are exposed to complex and interesting cases, in a forum designed to enhance their ability to plan and execute prosthodontic treatment.

More about PhD studies

Study Handbook

The purpose of the handbook is to provide doctoral students and their supervisors with the information about the regulations and practical applications which are in operation at the Faculty of Odontology. It also provides prospective students considering applying for admission to the postgraduate research programme with an insight into how the programme is organised.

The Study Handbook of the Faculty of Odontology 

Guidelines for doctoral programmes 

See your study guidance councelor for common guidelines established for governing doctoral programmes administered by Malmö University.


Individual study plan

An individual study plan (ISP) is formulated for each PhD student at the time of acceptance to postgraduate research education using a specific form.

Read more about individual study plan here (Note! will be published shortly).

Collaboration agreement with European University College, Dubai

The specialist orthodontic educational programme at Malmö University, Sweden, is a specialty training (ST) center approved by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and is a certified clinic for specialist education.

MUFO established a collaborative agreement in 2007 with European University College (EUC) for postgraduate dental specialty education in orthodontics. There is parity between MUFO and EUC in the three years academic and clinical Postgraduate Programme in Orthodontics; both curricula are in harmonization with the recommendations given by the ”Erasmus Committee” (Eur J Orthod 1992,14:85-94).

The specialist certificate in orthodontics granted by Malmö University to both programmes (Sweden and Dubai) are equivalent; both comply with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare licensing requirements stated in SOSFS 1993:4.


Mikael Sonesson
Associate Professor

Krister Bjerklin
Associate Professor

Lars Bondemark


Research at the faculty spans a broad spectrum: from molecular biological studies of oral tissues to wide-ranging studies of oral health among different generations, social classes and cultures. International collaboration is a common theme, and there is frequent research co-operation across disciplinary boundaries.

Researchers at the Faculty of Odontology collaborate across subject and faculty boundaries. Together with surface chemists, for example, they study the properties of surfaces, in order to better understand reactions in the oral cavity.

To solve problems, they also rely on research findings in disciplines such as molecular biology, microbiology, radiology, implant technology, and mechanics; subjects to which they can also contribute specialist knowledge of their own.

Collaboration with psychologists, educators, and sociologists gives substance to research dealing with oral health problems associated with people's behaviour and with social and economic factors. 

Join the SCON research projects

Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON) are seeking partners for six research projects in oral medicine, orofacial pain and prosthodontics. The funding partners can contribute researchers who also will have the possibility to apply and be admitted to the full PhD programme at the University.

In 2014, management from the Department of Dental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Faculty of Odontology, from Malmö University Department of Dentistry, and from Aarhus University, signed a formal memorandum of agreement to establish the Scandinavian Center for Orofacial Neurosciences (SCON).

The overall idea behind SCON is to bring together in a brickless center (as a virtual network) leading Scandinavian groups in the field of orofacial neurosciences — including oral physiology and orofacial pain — in order to strengthen research activities and impact on education and clinical treatment in oral rehabilitation, for the benefit of patients and society.

The SCON partners have common research interests and master several overlapping techniques in addition to unique complementary expertise. The combined portfolio of techniques and experiences span from molecular biology, genotyping, advanced electrophysiology, quantitative sensory test, to randomised clinical trials, epidemiology and evaluation of cognitive and psychosocial function. Through SCON, the partners aim to provide cutting-edge research results and to constitute an attractive alternative to other major international centres in the field by recruiting the best young research talents and securing external funding.

The research projects

All research projects are related to orofacial neurosciences in a broad sense and with particular focus on oral medicine, orofacial pain and oral function. Each research project is composed of three to four separate studies leading to three to four publications in international peer-reviewed journals. A strength for all projects will be the significant interaction between the SCON partners and the possibility to conduct a sub-part of the research project at another SCON site. Further deltails about the projects can be found here

Our partnership

Our funding partners within the research programme will be able to assist with researchers that can carry out parts of the research. The researchers will also have the possibility to apply for the full PhD programme at the Universities. Read more about this opportunity here.

Useful links

Postgraduate research studies at Lund University, Faculty of Medicine.

Research is an independent source of news, analysis and funding opportunities for researchers and policymakers in Europe.

The Foundation Swedish Patent Revenue Fund for Research in Preventive Odontology.

Swedish Research Council is a governmental agency subject to the Ministry of Education and Research, and is Sweden´s largest public research funder. Swedish Research Council supports research of the highest scientific quality in all scientific fields.

The CODEX website aims to give access to, and information on, the guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. It is an information resource for current doctoral students or students considering pursuing a doctoral degree in Sweden. Doktorandhandboken includes information about doctoral students' rights, obligations and other practical information.

The Medical Products Agency is the Swedish national authority responsible for regulation and surveillance of the development, manufacturing and sale of drugs and other medicinal products. They offer information about clinical trials.

Researchers, publications and projects 

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