Master in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders 2023/24

master orofacial pain

The Post Graduate Master Program in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders (Director: Prof. Daniele Manfredini) aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the physiopathology, diagnosis, and clinical management of various orofacial pain conditions, including disorders related to the temporomandibular joints and jaw muscles. This program addresses a relevant educational demand, that emerged at the international level in the light of the recently established Specialty in Orofacial Pain in the United States.

The Master program will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills, following (and partially expanding) the educational framework of courses currently available in the US. The goal is to create a global educational connection and to prepare participants to manage most patients an to pursue the Diplomate Status of the American Board of Orofacial Pain.


  • Top Level Faculty, including many of the most qualified international experts
  • Wide range of contents spread in multiple educational modules presenting updated information
  • Part-time master, for professionals who want keep working while attending a University program
  • Lectures scheduled online in live streaming sessions – on average, two afternoons per month
  • Two on-site two-day sessions (Thu-Fri, once per year) at the University of Siena
  • Reduced tuition to attend the practical activities at the Orofacial Pain Academy Residency Week (

Official language is English. The students will receive the certificate of Master. The title will be issued by the University of Siena. The master lasts 24 months, approximately from April 2024 to March 2026.

Prof Daniele Manfredini is the director of this master: PROF. DANIELE MANFREDINI – Clinica Odontoiatrica – Dipartimento di Biotecnologie Mediche – Viale Bracci, Siena – 0577233131 –

Online theoretical lessons and onsite activities at the University of Siena

The upcoming edition of the PostGraduate Master program in Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders will be based on theoretical lessons conducted through live online streaming.

This part-time PostGraduate Master program (known as an Executive Master in Italy) is specifically designed for colleagues who wish to continue their studies but cannot travel abroad for extended periods. The program spans over two years, with approximately 30 online lessons during weekdays. The calendar will be issued in advance with respect to the start of the program. This flexible approach allows participants to balance their professional commitments with their studies.

While most of the program is conducted online, there will be two teaching sessions at the University of Siena. Onsite participation to these in campus sessions is highly recommended.

Academic support


Course Director

Prof. Daniele Manfredini

Teachers (alphabetical order)

Enrico Albertini (Ferrara), Steven Bender (Texas A&M), Ian Boggero (Kentucky), Alessandro Bracci (Padova), Fabio Carboncini (Siena), Anna Colonna (Siena), Antoon De Laat (Leuven), Rob Delcanho (Perth), Marco Ferrari (Siena), Simone Grandini (Siena), Birgitta Haggman-Henrikson (Malmoe), Antonio Romero Garcia (Valencia), Barry Glassman (Florida), Chuck Greene (Chicago), Luca Guarda Nardini (Treviso), Gary Heir (Rutgers), Rich Hirschinger (UCLA), Sanjvan Kandasamy (Perth), Michail Koutris (Amsterdam), Frank Lobbezoo (Amsterdam), Daniele Manfredini (Siena), Rosario Marchese Ragona (Padova), Bob Mier (Florida), Matteo Pollis (Siena), Andrei Santa (Cluj), Alessio Scortechini (Siena), Dania Tamimi (Orlando), Davis Thomas (Rutgers), Matteo Tresoldi (Siena), Matteo Val (Siena)

Requirements, admission, pre-application:

Find a step-by-step procedure to understand the requirements and to pre-apply, click on the button below:

In this way we will receive your pre-application and we will be able to help you in case of need. It contains all the documents required to apply and also some additional info we also need from you.

Upon enrollment you will have to certify your access title. This step is mandatory and without a certified and comparable title the University of Siena will have to exclude you from the master. 

The steps, recapped

  1. pre-application –
  2. application and app fee (we will help you)
  3. admission (the board will evaluate the applications and will accept or reject them in March/April)
  4. enrollment (we will help you and you will need to pay the first instalment)
  5. study
  6. second instalment (After approx. 4/5 months)
  7. study
  8. final exam and certification

Dentalnecto will guarantee administrative and communication support with the university. We will also guarantee updates on teaching and will take care of communication and the technical part related to online lessons.

Please consider that you would need to be in Siena probably once in 2024 and once in 2025. So check the time and required papers for the visa in case you need it.

How much does the master’s program cost?

This master cost 8.000€ excl. taxes (virtual stamp duty 16€, VAT where applicable – depending also on your tax position and country).

  1. At the application stage, you will have to pay a small deposit of 150€ plus VAT to enable us to handle your application and to reserve a place on the master course. This amount will be deducted from your final account, but if you are not admitted to the master’s course it will not be refundable.
  2. When your application is accepted you have to transfer your first payment (tuition fees, first instalment + VAT, virtual stamp duty).
  3. After 4/5 months you will pay the second instalment (tuition fees, second and last instalment + VAT, minus the application fee).

If for some reason you don’t have to pay VAT, of course, the figures will be slightly different.

Educational System in Italy

In Italy, we don’t differentiate as other Universities do abroad. We divide it in “Undergraduate” (requires 180 credits), “Graduate” (requires 120 credits), “Post Graduate” (PhDs) and “Specialising Masters and Continuing Education”.
Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders falls under the category of “University Masters”, meaning that at the end of the program you will have gained 120 university credits. The equivalent required for the foreign MSc.
Italian University System
The University Masters the University of Siena issues all abide by the directions and all are recognised as such by and throughout the European Union. If you aim at using the title outside the EU, we suggest you check with the local Embassy about its validity.

How our agreement with the university works

Dentalnecto has an agreement to co-organize the master’s program. We take care of looking for candidates through promotion agreements with external entities (e.g., Zerodonto). Then we collect the applications, and handle the submissions and all communications with students related to the admission stages. We also collect the fees, and when we have all of them, we pay the university the tuition portion (usually in two installments, the due dates of which are determined by the university). The rest you pay is to cover our support throughout 2 and more years (from application to the certificate), our services mentioned above and all the management of theory classes that take place online through our remote support and through software managed by us. This also includes video recordings of the meetings.
The figures disclosed on this site include everything, fees, services, and are total figures (include two years of courses).


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Course Content

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