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.

Sections and research areas

Section 1

Section Head: Gunnar Warfvinge

Oral Pathology 
Oral Pathology


Section 2
Section Head: Christel Larsson

Oral Surgery 
Oral Ssurgery

Materials Science and Technology 
Materials Science and Technology


Oral Prosthodontics
Prosthodontics relate to the cause, consequence and treatment of congenital or acquired tooth loss. Tooth loss can impact chewing and speech, it can alter an individual’s appearance and cause negative psychosocial effects. We teach about risk and prognostic assessment of those who have suffered tooth loss, therapy planning and rehabilitative treatment. We do research on decision making, biomaterials and reconstructive care, as well as oral health-related quality of life. We treat referred patients to restore oral health, function and quality of life.
Oral Prosthodontics

Dental Technology programme

Futurum Innovation


Section 3
Section Head: Annika Björkner


Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function 
Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function



Section 4
Section Head: Bengt Götrick

Oral Maxillofacial Radiology 
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology


Pediatric Dentistry 
Pediatric Denstistry


University Dental Care Clinic
Section Head: Claes Virdeborn



Our International master's programmes offer dentistry graduates a unique opportunity to broaden their knowledge and clinical skills to meet the demands of contemporary practice. We offer a two-year master's programme and a four-year master's programme with advanced clinical training.

International master's programmes

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. After taking the course, the student should be able to: review scientific literature; participate in planning and conducting research and development within the profession; function as a resource dentist in the selected clinical subarea covered by the programme; and be qualified for further postgraduate studies. 

The two-year programme is offered in CariologyMaterials Science and TechnologyOral and Maxillofacial RadiologyOral SurgeryOral Pathology, and Periodontology

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International master's programme in Dental Science with Advanced Clinical Training (four-year)

The purpose of the four-year international master's programme 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 honed through treatment of a large variety of patients.

The four-year programme is available in EndodonticsOral ProsthodonticsOrofacial Pain/Oral MedicineOrthodonticsPediatric Dentistry and Periodontology

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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:

Dean: Gunilla Klingberg

Vice Dean: Per Alstergren

Director of Aministration: Daniel Bengmark

For questions regarding the education and its content please contact:

Maria Pigg
Director of International Postgraduate Education
Assistant 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

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).

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.