Postgraduate programme in Oral Health Sciences (English)

General information

This three-year fulltime programme has evolved out of four postgraduate dental differentiation programmes that have run for many years at ACTA. In addition to joint courses comprising the development of research skills, pharmacology, micro biology, radiology and psychology, the four graduation profiles are: Endodontology; Oral Implantology; Oral Kinesiology (TMD/orofacial pain, sleep disorders and dental wear) and Periodontology. A fifth graduation profile is Paediatric Dentistry. This profile has not yet been accredited as an MSc. The inclusion of this profile into the MSc programme is pending. Students will receive a diploma in Paediatric Dentistry which is recognized by the professional body.

Entry requirements

The programme is aimed at postgraduate students who have:Students are also expected to:
a degree in dentistry recognised under Dutch law; this includes recognised international dentistry degrees;have sufficient command of the English language, as the programme is taught in English. International students will need to provide an official English language test as proof.
at least one year of experience (preferably more) in general dental practice (or comparable relevant experience) prior to commencing the programme;pass a Dutch language test. All students need to have sufficient Dutch language skills to communicate with patients in Dutch. This is a requirement for the B.I.G. registration. See for details. You can take the test after acceptance to the programme, which will be decided by January 2018.
a valid registration (B.I.G.) to practice dentistry in the Netherlands. Please check carefully if your dentistry degree is recognised. An assessment may be required (see:

utline of the programme
The three-year programme has a study load of five days a week, including three to five days required attendance. There is a 50/50 ratio between academic training and clinical practice training in the graduation profile of your choice. Each academic year has a study load of five days a week (60 ECTS credits per year), making a total of 180 ECTS (1 ECTS = approx. 28 hours of study).

The programme comprises four components

  • generic modules (32 ECTS)
  • profile modules (10 ECTS per year and 30 ECTS in total) in which the student gains more in‐depth theoretical and practical knowledge in one of the four graduation profiles. This includes the dissemination of scientific literature (current literature seminars)
  • the research track (28 ECTS)
  • the acquisition of more in‐depth clinical skills for 50% of the total study time (30 ECTS per year, 90 ECTS in total).

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Language of instruction
In view of its international character (30‐50% of the students are from abroad), the programme is taught in English. The language of communication with patients is usually in Dutch. Students are expected to have acquired sufficient Dutch language skills to take patient’s basic medical history at the start of the programme.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee varies from €12.000 to €23.000, depending on the graduation profile.


For each graduation profile, a Diploma is awarded according to the criteria set forth by the relevant professional body:

  • Endodontology: the Dutch Society for Endodontology (NVvE);
  • Oral Implantology: the Dutch Society for Oral Implantology (NVOI);
  • Oral Kinesiology:  the Dutch Society for TMD/Orofacial Pain (NVGPT);
  • Periodontology: the European Federation for Periodontology (EFP).

In addition a joint Master’s degree in Oral Health Sciences from both the University of Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam will be awarded at graduation.

Application and admission procedure

Your application for this programme, starting September 2018 has to be in our possession by December 12, 2017 (Extended deadline).

Besides verification of the above Entry requirements, the admission procedure includes assessment of the candidate's CV, references, and interviews with staff members. Important selection criteria include prior education, specialist courses attended, motivation to work in one of the four profile areas, practical experience, the candidate's interest in conducting research, adequate command of the English language, and willingness and potential ability to communicate in Dutch with patients. Students with major education deficiencies cannot be admitted.

For more information and an application form
Katie Crouwel MA, Coordinator Postgraduate Master’s programme in Oral Health Sciences
Address: ACTA, Gustav Mahlerlaan 3004, 1081 LA Amsterdam

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