Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
Get your teeth into forensics
Forensic odontology is a specialist dental science required within the criminal justice system. Forensic odontologists perform examinations required by law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners. They work to identify perpetrators and victims, usually by comparing dental records with human remains and bite marks.
What will you do?
Our Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology has a practical focus. It looks at the professional handling, examination, interpretation and presentation of dental and oral evidence. You will:
- conduct oral autopsies, bite-mark examinations and age estimations
- study the history and ethics of dental forensics and its role within the law
- prepare case records and reports
- explore video and computer imaging techniques.
Note: The nature of the concepts and casework required are often confronting and may be distressing to some people.
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required. if you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
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Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent.Please note that applications for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology close on the 31st of August each year. However, late applications may be accepted at the discretion of the program coordinator. All applicants must submit their online application information at www.health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/gdforensicodontology/application.html
CRICOS 002798G Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent.
Additional Entry RequirementsClosing date for 2021 applications is the 30th of June 2020
Application information for international students All applicants must also complete and submit the online application information at: www.health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/gdforensicodontology/application.html
Fees and Scholarships
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Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $43,000
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $59,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Potential careers include as a forensic odontologist, in addition to general dental practice. Graduates will become competent to provide an important service to the community in both civil and criminal jurisdictions with an in-depth understanding of the correct professional handling, examination, interpretation and presentation of dental and oral evidence that may come before legal authorities.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Students complete 5 core courses in Forensic Odontology.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 ODONT 6017 Research Methods and Ethics ODONT 6008AHO/BHO Casework in Forensic Odontology ODONT 6012HO Principles and Methods of Forensic Odontology ODONT 6016A/B Forensic Odontology Research ODONT 6018 Integrated Forensic Science
Assessment includes essays, seminar participation, written and viva voce examinations and a research project.
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Last updated: Monday, 1 Feb 2021