FAQ Oral Heath Sciences, MSc

Frequently Asked Questions

Financial matters

1. What are the annual tuition fees?
2. Can I get a scholarship or grant?

Application information
3. What is the application deadline?
4. Can I choose more than one graduation profile?
5. Do I need to have a BIG registration when I apply?
6. Can I apply for the programme with a non-EU Master’s degree in dentistry?
7. How do I apply for BIG registration as a foreign student?
8. Where can I learn Dutch?
9. Which English language tests do you accept?
10. Do I really need a Reanimation and AED certificate?
11. Do I really need a Radiation certificate?
12. Do I need work experience as a dentist to apply?
13. Can I apply for the Oral Implantology graduation profile?
14. Can I visit ACTA and speak to students and staff?
15. What does the application procedure look like?

Information about application documents
16. Do I really need a Radiology certificate?
17. Do I really need a Reanimation and AED certificate?

About the programme
18. How long does the Oral Health Sciences MSc take?
19. How long does a graduation profile take?
20. What is the language of the programme?
21. Can I work alongside my studies?





Financial matters

1. What are the annual tuition fees?
The annual tuition fees differ per graduation profile, ranging between €12,500 and €23,000.

Below, you will find the fees for the academic year 2019-2020, starting in 2019. Note that the annual tuition fee that you will be paying will remain the same throughout the three years that you will be studying the Oral Health Sciences MSc.

Annual tuition fees2019-2020 academic year*
Endodontology€16,000
Oral Implantology and Implant Prosthodontics€23,000
Oral Kinesiology€12,500
Periodontology€22,000
Paediatric Dentistry€12,500

*These fees are subject to change in the 2019-2020 academic year.

2. Can I get a scholarship or grant?
Unfortunately, ACTA does not offer any scholarships or loans to students.
Students with a Dutch degree in dentistry can, under certain circumstances, apply for the so-called Levenlanglerenkrediet from DUO.

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Application information

3. What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is Wednesday 5 December 2018 . The programme will start in September 2019.

4. Can I study more than one graduation profile?
Within the Oral Health Sciences programme you can study only one graduation profile. Combining two graduation profiles is not possible.

5. Do I need to have a BIG registration when I apply?
At the moment of your application, you do not yet need to be in the possession of a BIG registration. In order to work at ACTA as a dentist and student of Oral Health Sciences, you do however need a Dutch BIG registration.

An EU/EER Master’s degree in dentistry will be automatically recognised for BIG registration. In addition, international applicants will need to pass a Dutch language exam at Babel Taleninstituut (Babel Language institute in Utrecht, NL). To pass the test, your Dutch needs to be at level B2/C1 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages. Students with a non-EU degree will also need to pass a knowledge and skills test.

Under certain circumstances international applicants who are eligible for BIG registration can work under supervision during the first year. This decision is under the discretion of the relevant profile director and can be discussed during the application interview.

Also see: How do I apply for BIG registration as a foreign student?

6. Can I apply for the programme with a non-EU Master’s degree in dentistry?
You can only apply for the programme with a non-EU Master’s degree in dentistry if you already have a Dutch BIG registration and meet the other entry requirements. Please be aware that applying for BIG registration with a non-EU degree may take over two years and includes knowledge and skills tests, and a Dutch language test.

Also see: How do I apply for BIG registration as a foreign student?

7. How do I apply for BIG-registration as a foreign student?
On www.bigregister/nl/en you will find information about the steps you need to take to register in the Dutch BIG register. Getting registered is your own responsibility and not something the programme can help you with.
Under certain circumstances international applicants who are eligible for BIG registration can work under supervision during the first year. This decision is under the discretion of the relevant profile director and can be discussed during the application interview.

8. Where can I learn Dutch?
Examples of language institutes are:
- www.babel.nl (Utrecht)
- https://nt2.vu.nl/nl/index.aspx (VU University language center Amsterdam)
- http://intt.uva.nl/ (University of Amsterdam language center)

9. Which English language tests do you accept?

IELTS academic6.5 overall score
TOEFL internet-based test92 overall score
TOEFL paper-based test580
Cambridge Advanced EnglishA, B (or C, if obtained after 1-1-2015)

10. Do I really need a Reanimation and AED certificate?
In order to work at ACTA as a dentist it is necessary that you know the basics about Reanimation and AED. Please include proof of participation in a course that took place in the past two years. This proof can be a certificate or letter of confirmation. In the Netherlands, dental practices often organise these kinds of courses for their dentists. It is however possible you will need to find a course yourself. It is fine if this is a general course that is not specifically geared towards dentistry. These kind of courses usually take up a few hours.

11. Do I really need a Radiation certificate?
We kindly ask you to send in the certificate or proof of education that you received at graduation and that states that you received training in Radiology and Radiation protection as part of your dental degree in your application package.

12. Do I need work experience as a dentist to apply?
You need a minimum of two years’ work experience after graduation in a general dental practice.

13. Can I apply for the Oral Implantology graduation profile?
For the academic year starting in September 2019 we will not be recruiting new students for the graduation profile Oral Implantology and Implant Prosthodontics. No decision has yet been taken on whether student recruitment will recommence the year after or not. Any news will be published online. Should you be interested in applying for one of the other graduation profiles within the Oral Health Sciences programme (Periodontology (with an Implantology component), Endodontology, Oral Kinesiology or Paediatric Dentistry) we kindly invite you to do so by 5 December 2018.

14. Can I visit ACTA and speak to students and staff?
If you are invited for an interview at ACTA after application, you will have ample opportunity to speak to students and staff.

15.What does the application procedure look like?
After the application deadline (Dec 5, 2018), all the complete applications will be forwarded to the Selection Committees of the relevant graduation profiles. After a screening, some of you will be invited for one or more interviews at ACTA at the end of January/February. The outcome of the selection procedure will follow around the end February.

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Information about application documents

16. Radiology certificate
This requirement only applies to students with an international dental diploma. We kindly ask you to send in the certificate or proof of education that you received at graduation and that states that you received training in Radiology and Radiation protection as part of your dental degree in your application package. Students with a Dutch dental degree automatically receive this certificate at graduation.

17. Do I really need a Reanimation and AED certificate?
In order to work at ACTA as a dentist it is necessary that you know the basics about Reanimation and AED. Please include proof of participation in a course that took place in the past two years. This proof can be a certificate, pass or letter of confirmation. In the Netherlands, dental practices often organise these kinds of courses for their dentists. It is however possible you will need to find a course yourself. It is fine if this is a general course that is not specifically geared towards dentistry. These kind of courses usually take up a few hours.

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About the programme

18. How long does the Oral Health Sciences MSc take?
The Oral Health Sciences MSc lasts three years and is fulltime. Each year you will devote 60 ECTS to generic courses, profile specific courses, clinical courses and research. In total you will acquire 180 ECTS.

19. How long does a graduation profile take?
The postgraduate Master's programme Oral Health Sciences lasts three years and is fulltime. Each year you will devote 60 ECTS to generic courses, profile-specific courses, clinical courses and research. In total you will acquire 180 ECTS. The graduation profile specific (clinical) courses are an integral part of the programme and not offered separately.

20. What is the language of the programme?
The language of the programme is English. However, patient treatments and some courses are in Dutch. All students should therefore be proficient both in English and Dutch at the start of the programme. Command of the Dutch language is also a requirement of BIG registration.

21. Can I work alongside my studies?
This depends on the graduation profile that you would like to study; some profiles require more active attendance at ACTA than others. We recommend you discuss this beforehand with the relevant profile director.

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