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About the programme
Quota 2018: All qualified applicants admitted
Language: Danish  (See language requirements)  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Photo: Jesper Rais, Aarhus University

Prerequisite for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Odontology is a Danish Bachelor’s degree in Odontology, or an equivalent Bachelor’s degree in Odontology. The Bachelor’s degree must have been completed no more than 15 months prior to application. Applicants have to pay attention to the training time limits: A Danish bachelor degree in dentistry must be completed in maximum 5 years and has an overall time limit for the whole program in dentistry at 9 years.

The Master’s degree programme in odontology is taught at the Aarhus School of Dentistry, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Aarhus. This is where you build on the clinical skills and theoretical knowledge you acquired during your Bachelor’s studies.

A very small part of the Master’s degree programme consists of elective courses, and you have little opportunity to shape your degree programme according to your interests. However, you have the option of taking a research year, during which you complete an odontology-related research project under supervision. This research year provides an opportunity for learning relevant methodologies, becoming familiar with scientific literature, etc.

The School of Dentistry has bilateral agreements with a number of universities in the USA, Chile and the Netherlands. As a Master’s degree student, you thus have an opportunity to spend a study period abroad, normally lasting up to three months.

Admission requirements

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Odontology requires a Danish Bachelor's degree in odontology, with clinical experience and theoretical knowledge comparable to a Bachelor's degree in odontology from Aarhus University or an equivalent Bachelor's degree in odontology.

The Bachelor's degree programme must have been completed no more than 15 months prior to application.

The Master's Degree Programme in Odontology corresponds to two years of study and must be completed within four years of enrolment, calculated from the first enrolment on the Master's degree programme. The Master's Degree Programme in Odontology cannot be completed later than nine years after the commencement of the qualifying Bachelor's degree programme.

For applicants with a qualifying Bachelor's degree from another university, the Master's degree programme is composed with due consideration being given to the clinical courses, disciplines and other courses completed, such that it is ensured that all the qualifications required to complete a dentistry degree programme are acquired.

Legal right of admission

Students on the Bachelor's degree programme in odontology at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's Degree Programme in Odontology on condition that application for admission is made with a view to starting the Master's degree programme immediately after the completion of the Bachelor's degree programme. This legal right of admission is conditional upon the application being received by Aarhus University by the applicable deadline.

Restricted admission

Admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Odontology is restricted, and a maximum of 60* students can be admitted. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places offered, the qualified applicants will be prioritised based on a weighted average mark for the disciplines assessed according to a graded scale which are part of the qualifying course of study and which have been passed as of the time of application in the year in which the application for admission is made.

*This figure is guiding only and subject to change by the university.

Statement of previous convictions in respect of children

In connection with an application for admission to the Master's Degree Programme in Odontology, the applicant must consent to a statement of previous convictions in respect of children being obtained. If your statement of previous convictions in respect of children is blank, you will be admitted provided that you meet the other admission requirements. If your statement of previous convictions in respect of children is not blank, your admission will be based on a specific assessment of your statement by representatives from the School of Dentistry. If you are not a Danish citizen, you must submit an authorised translation (in Danish or English) of your criminal record from your home country, in addition to consenting to a statement of previous convictions in respect of children being obtained.

Read more about declarations of consent concerning statements of previous convictions in respect of children and criminal records.

Language requirements

Applicants must be able to follow teaching in Danish. Applicants from abroad or applicants with an international basis for admission must therefore pass the Danish proficiency test 'Studieprøven i dansk' with a mark of 7 or have documented equivalent Danish skills. Please see the deadline for documenting language qualifications at http://kandidat.au.dk/en/admission/application-deadlines-and-important-dates/ and “Upload final documentation to your application”. 


The Master's Degree Programme in Odontology is resized by the Ministry of Science, Technology
and Innovation. Once the admissions process has been completed, the number of clinical training placements etc. is resized according to the number of students admitted,
and it is therefore not possible to enrol on the degree programme in subsequent semesters. Also, transfer to/re-enrolment on the degree programme is therefore
allowed in exceptional cases only. If, for special reasons, places become available on the degree programme in a subsequent semester, this will be announced on this website.

Programme structure


Student life

At the School of Dentistry, the clinics divide students into groups, so you take part in a good, lively student environment where you get to know each other. Student dentists, dental nurses and dental hygienists frequent the same location each and every day, and the Apollonia association invites you to many popular celebrations throughout the year in the Friday bar in the basement.

Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University


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Job functions for grads

This data is derived from AU's 2013/2014 employment survey. This data should not be considered a completely accurate representation of the labour market and job functions for all graduates of the individual degree programmes. It exclusively represent the responses submitted to the survey in the years in question.

Dental studies are a professional degree programme, and when you have completed your MDSc degree, you need to work for a year in private and public dental clinics before you qualify for authorisation by the Danish National Board of Health as a practising dentist.

There are good job prospects in Denmark’s private and public dental clinics, the dental branch, the military forces or humanitarian organisations. At the schools of dentistry, you can carry out research, teach or spend three years studying for a PhD degree. You can also continue with special studies in orthodontics and dental surgery.

Being a dentist requires knowledge that is up to date at all times. This is an exciting, dynamic field of study in a constant state of development.

Photo: Lars Kruse, Aarhus University