The Specialization Course is certified and managed by Lisbon School of Medicine with the collaboration of the Faculty of Dental Medicine of the University of Lisbon and the School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb.

The specialization in Forensic Odontology is designed to provide practicing health professionals and all the professionals related with skills and experience in the field of forensic odontology. A forensic odontology qualification allows dentists to perform forensic examinations as required by law enforcement agencies, courts, or medical examiners (coroner). The specialization offers an emphasis on practical aspects of forensic odontology and an in-depth understanding of the correct professional handling, examination, interpretation, and presentation of dental and oral evidence which may come before the legal authorities. Forensic Odontologists provide an important service to the community in both civil and criminal jurisdictions. Before applying, prospective students should consider that the nature of the concepts and casework required are often confronting and may be distressing to some people.

This specialization is designed for practicing dentists who wish to gain experience in the professional field of forensic odontology, and for all professionals who are somehow related to the different areas of intervention of forensic odontology. They are professionals in the field of ​​law, medicine, nursing, ​​oral hygiene, and other areas that intervene in an interdisciplinary way. This specialization in the field of forensic odontology designed with a specified component for those professionals, will provide a technical-scientific training that allows them, within each professional area, to perform more appropriately in the field of forensic odontology.

With this specialization in Forensic Odontology, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dental Medicine thus continue their function of qualifying graduates and promoting research and specialized intervention in this area of ​​knowledge, privileging interdisciplinary and bio-social intervention.


1.º ano 1.º semestre  

CoursesScientific FieldTypeWork Allocated Time
Medico-legal ClinicLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-32324Mandatory
Head and Neck Anatomy and Oral AnatomyAnatomyT-12122Mandatory
Forensic TraumatologyMaxillofacial SurgeryT-12122Mandatory
Forensic Imaging and RadiologyImagingT-12122Mandatory
Medico-legal Evaluation of Oro-maxillo-facial DamageLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-28; TP-8/S-8366Mandatory
Medico-legal and Forensic Age EstimationForensic and Legal DentistryT-28;TP-8/S-8366Mandatory
Study of Bite MarksForensic and Legal DentistryT-8;TP-4122Mandatory
Medical Ethics, Deontology and LawForensic and Legal DentistryT-12122Mandatory
Forensic Genetics and BiologyLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-16162Mandatory
Forensic Toxicology and ChemistryLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-16162Mandatory
TOTAL  19630 

1.º ano 2.º semestre  

Courses Scientific FieldTypeWork Allocated Time
CriminalisticsLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-14142Mandatory
Forensic PhotographyLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-8; TP-4122Mandatory
Forensic ThanatologyLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT30; TP-8384Mandatory
Oral AutopsyForensic and Legal DentistryT-26; TP-12386Mandatory
Forensic AnthropologyLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-18; TP-8264Mandatory
Forensic Dental AnthropologyForensic and Legal DentistryT-20; TP-8286Mandatory
Forensic Human IdentificationLegal Medicine and Forensic SciencesT-20; TP-8286Mandatory
TOTAL  19030 


Create a period of acquisition of basic skills in forensic dentistry (knowledge, skills and attitudes),  in view of preparing health professionals and other professionals in the forensic and judicial sciences to act correctly and appropriately, in the best interest of society and always under the terms of the law, when confronted in their professional life with issues of the nature of forensic medicine, regardless of the area in which they work, in order to contribute to a good administration of Justice, to the prevention of violence and to the treatment, protection , rehabilitation and reintegration of people involved in issues with forensic and medico-legal repercussions.

Provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills within the scope of the intervention of Forensic Odontology.

Skills Acquisition

Enable students to obtain a set of basic knowledge about the various aspects of forensic dentistry, in terms of its scope, objectives, competencies and pertinent legislation, with particular emphasis on how this science can and should articulate with the remaining areas of medico-legal, legal, judicial and forensic intervention. This training is evaluated, for holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Dentistry and Medicine, through the practical competence that the student demonstrates in the practical realization of the fundamental medico-legal expertise in the legislation in force within the scope of the same. For students holding other courses in addition to those previously indicated, that training is assessed through the competence of acquiring theoretical knowledge in the field of Forensic Odontology.

Professional Opportunities

This specialization course provides the necessary tools to pursue research in Forensic Odontology. It is a specialization course recommended for all professionals who act as experts in the areas of Forensic Odontology.

Target Students | vacancies

  • Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Dentistry and Medicine,
  • Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Law, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic and Criminal Laboratory Sciences, Biology, Psychology, Anthropology, Nursing, Oral Hygiene and Police Sciences;
  • Holders of a bachelor’s or master’s degree whose curriculum demonstrates adequate basic preparation and on which the scientific committee of the study cycle gives a favorable opinion;
  • Holders of equivalent foreign university degrees, whose curriculum demonstrates adequate basic preparation and on which the scientific committee of the study cycle gives a favorable opinion;
  • Holders of a school, scientific or professional curriculum, which is recognized as attesting the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies.

Number of vacancies:

Minimum 15, Maximum 20

Candidate profile:

This specialization course is recommended for anyone interested in obtaining advanced training in the field of Forensic Dentistry and its applications. They include, professionals who already act as experts, specialists, researchers and professionals in this area and in other forensic and legal areas connected to this area of forensic sciences.

Fees/ Registration Fee


Course schedule:

The mandatory course units are taught for two days, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Lisbon time) and from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Lisbon time). The teaching of other activities, namely of a practical nature, may take place in the morning or in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, according to the content and availability of the institutions’ services.


The assessment of knowledge will be carried out, for each curricular unit, through a written exam, with two periods – normal and recourse. The exams will have a quantitative classification on a scale of zero to twenty.

The final classification of the specialization is calculated using the arithmetic average by ECTs of the marks obtained in each of the curricular units.


PhD Cristiana Palmela Pereira (FMDUL)

PhD Francisco Salvado (FMUL)

Scientific Committee

PhD André Pereira (DDF)

PhD António Gonçalves Ferreira (FMUL)

PhD Cristiana Palmela Pereira (FMDUL)

PhD Fernando Vale (FMUL)

PhD Francisco Corte Real (FMUC)

PhD Francisco Salvado (FMUL)

PhD Hrvoje Brkic (School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb)

PhD Isabel Fonseca (FMUL)

PhD João Aquino Marques (FMDUL)

PhD Marin Vodanovik (School of Dental Medicine University of Zagreb)

PhD Sofia Reimão (FMUL)

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