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 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.

The Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University is one of the world’s leading institutes for 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 been maintained and improved over the years and has resulted in an institution with an excellent international reputation including several awards and nominations. The Faculty’s international profile attracts staff and students from all over the world.

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. In addition to the two-year master's programme, we also offer a four-year master's programme with advanced clinical training (specialist training). These programmes are offered only as commissioned education.

International Master's programme in Dental Science (two-year) 
The purpose of the two-year International Master's programme is to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in their major subject, dentistry, with special focus on a subarea. The programme will also provide the student with basic research training and the experience of independently planning and executing a research project under guidance from an experience researcher.  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 clinical subarea. The Master’s degree also qualifies the student for further postgraduate studies towards e.g. PhD. 

The two-year programme is offered in EndodonticsOrofacial Pain and Jaw FunctionPeriodontology 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 partner, 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 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)

Swedish course (only for participants in the four-year master's programme)

To be able to carry out their clinical duties, students in the four-year master's programme with advanced clinical training are required, prior to the programme start, to pass a test in Swedish language equivalent to level B1. To achieve this, a full time Swedish course is given at the faculty starting five months before the programme begins.

Participants in the four-year master's programme with advanced clinical training with specialisation in pediatric dentistry are required to pass a test in Swedish language equivalent to level B2 before the 5th semester, when the main clinical training begins (Year 3 and 4). If the student fails, an additional three to six months of training in Swedish will be required.  


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

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

A description of all documents required to be submitted 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.


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 495 000 SEK (2018). 

The fee covers the cost of all education, examination, theory classes, and clinical supervision, as well as all costs related to the 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

Further information on how to apply and application forms for the four-year master's programme with advanced clinical training is available here:

Four-year master’s programme in Dental Science with advanced 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
Assistant Professor
Electronic mail:

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

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


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. 

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, 60-70 scientific papers are published, mainly in international journals.

PhD studies

The postgraduate research training programme is intended to advance knowledge and skills within the field of oral health. Research education at the Faculty of Odontology is based on the student’s individual research project, courses and other activities that generate educational credits. Students are currently accepted to postgraduate training in odontology and are registered at one of the following departments: Cariology, Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Odontological Technology, Oral Biology, Oral Diagnostics, Oral Surgery and Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Prosthetics, Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function, Orthodontics, Periodontology with Oral Public Health or Pedodontics.

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).

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.

Researchresearch 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.