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Applying for Oral Health Sciences

Per year, only 1-4 students per graduation profile are selected for the postgraduate master's programme. Specifics about the application process and requirements can be found below. It is important to note that, unfortunately, ACTA does not offer any scholarships or loans to students. However, students with a Dutch degree in dentistry can, under certain circumstances, apply for the so-called levenlanglerenkrediet from DUO.

Because of its international character, the programme is taught in English. However, even though 30-50% of the students are international, the communication with patients is usually in Dutch. Therefore, students are expected to have sufficient Dutch language skills to take a patient's basic medical history at the start of the programme.

Minimal requirements

  • A (international) master's degree in dentistry that is recognised under Dutch law

    You can only apply for the programme with a non-EU master's degree in dentistry if you already have a Dutch BIG-registration and meet the other entry requirements. Please be aware that applying for BIG-registration with a non-EU degree may take over 2 years and includes knowledge and skills tests, and a Dutch language test.

  • Dutch BIG-registration

    • At the moment of application, possession of a BIG-registration is not required. In order to work at ACTA as a dentist and student of Oral Health Sciences, you do however need a Dutch BIG-registration.
    • Under certain circumstances international applicants who are eligible for BIG-registration can work under supervision during the first year. This decision is under the discretion of the relevant profile director and can be discussed during the application interview.
    • The BIG-registration is not immediately necessary for periodontology, but it must be achieved within a year.
  • Work experience

    Applicants have to have at least 1 year work experience in a general dental practice after graduation.

  • Proficiency in both English (level C1) and Dutch (levels B2/C1)

    International applicants will have to pass a Dutch language exam as part of BIG registration. We accept the following English language tests:

      • IELTS academic: 6.5 overall score
      • TOEFL internet-based test: 92 overall score
      • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
      • Cambridge Advanced English: A, B (or C, if obtained after 1-1-2015)


  • Course fees

    The annual course fees differ per graduation profile. For the academic year 2023-2024*

    • Endodontology: € 21.050  
    • Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction: € 14.548
    • Periodontology: € 26.186
    • Paediatric Dentistry: € 14.548
    • Prosthodontics and Oral Implantology: € 25.000

    *course fees will be adjusted on the CBS index of April 2023

  • Deadlines

    Deadline application for an OHS profile: February 1st 2024, 11:59 PM, CET

  • Application documents

    • Application form 
    • Proof of experience in general dentistry after graduation (minimum of 1 year)
    • Letter of motivation
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation to be send directly by the referee to the appropriate profile director, whose address can be found below.
    • (International) master's degree in dentistry (recognised under Dutch law)
    • BIG registration number 
    • Copy of Hepatitis B vaccination and titer determination, officially translated into English or Dutch
    • Reanimation & AED certificate (not older than 2 years) 
    • Radiology certificate (not older than 4 years)
  • Application procedure

    After the application deadline (see Deadlines) all the complete applications will be forwarded to the selection committees of the relevant graduation profiles. After a screening, some of you will be invited for one or more interviews at the end of January/February. Due to COVID-19 the selection interview will take place online. The outcome of the selection procedure will follow around the end of February.

  • Letters of recommendation

    The letters of recommendation (minimum 2) should be sent directly by the referee to the appropriate profile director by post (see contact) or e-mail to the following e-mail address:

    Endodontologydr. R. Ozok profile director (a.i.), Dept. of
    Orofacial Pain and Dysfunction dr P. Wetselaar, Dept. of Oral Kinesiology
    Periodontology dr M.M. Danser, Dept. of
    Paediatric Dentistrydr. C.C. Bonifácio, Dept. of Paediatric
    Prosthodontics and Oral Implantologyprof. A.J.