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.

  • Ranked 25 globally for dentistry^
  • Strong cohort community with small class sizes
  • Practical hand-on experience

^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2022

Entry Requirements

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SATAC Code 3GD082
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study All applicants must have:

  • a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or equivalent, or higher.
  • Current registration with AHPRA
  • At least two years' experience in general dental practice.

Additionally, all applicants will need to provide the following as part of their SATAC application:

  • updated CV that provides comprehensive academic and employment history as well as current clinical position held.
  • 2 referees on official letterhead
  • 1 page statement of interests and aptitudes.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Career Readiness

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 Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Forensic Odontologist

Degree Structure

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.


The degree is constantly evolving and improving to meet the demands of society and needs of the patients.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023