M/DClinDent in Orthodontics


Study mode:

  • Full time


  • 2 year full-time MClinDent

  • 3 year full-time DClinDent

Fees 2016/17:

  • Home / EU   £14,500

  • Home (NHS)  £6,800

  • Overseas    £40,750 

Why choose the M/DClinDent in Orthodontics at Sheffield?

The programme provides students with a strong grounding in the fundamental principles of Orthodontics and focuses on developing sufficient knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes to enable the independent practise of orthodontics.

We offer a 2 year full time MClinDent and a 3 year full time DClinDent programme. The flexible modular structure enables the course to meet a wide range of student needs. Students not wishing to complete a dissertation may opt to complete either the Certificate or the Diploma as alternatives.

Entry Requirements

A recognised dental qualification and two years general dental experience essential. MFDS, MJDF or equivalent is desirable.

An overall score of IELTS 7 with at least 6 in each component.

This certificate cannot be more than 2 years old from the start date of the programme.

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Fees and Funding

Fees 2016/17:

  • Home / EU   £14,500

  • Home (NHS)  £6,800

  • Overseas    £40,750 

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Application Information

Please submit the following with your application:

  • Degree certificate (including translation)

  • University transcript (including translation)

  • 2 references

  • CV

  • Supporting statement. This should detail why you applied for this course

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Programme Outline

Orthodontics (from the Greek orthos "straight or proper or perfect"; and odont "tooth") is the specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of deviations from the ideal occlusion, due to discrepancies in the teeth or jaws.

The aim of the programme is to develop the appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities in the dental graduate, so that they are able to progress to become a specialist orthodontist, able to independently treat a wide range of malocclusions. Graduates should develop a sense of professional interest and enquiry, which will be maintained by Continuing Professional Development throughout their career. The masters programme includes all the features of the first two years of the Curriculum and Specialist Training Programme in Orthodontics approved by the UK General Dental Council (http://www.gdc-uk.org/Dentalprofessionals/Specialistlist/Pages/default.aspx).

The taught doctorate (DClinDent) is a three year programme, which is usually sufficient for recognition of specialist status. Completion of specialist training in the UK is marked by successful completion of one of the Membership examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons (MOrth) or their agreed equivalent.

Aims and objectives

Overall aim

  • To develop an individual with the necessary evidence-based and critical approaches to working in the field of orthodontics.

Learning objectives

  • Be able to diagnose and manage most conditions pertaining to orthodontics

  • Understand the role of orthodontics in the development of a comprehensive treatment strategy and plan for an individual patient

  • Demonstrate critical appraisal skills when evaluating information in the dental literature


The 3 year, full time Postgraduate course at Sheffield is fully compliant with the Orthodontic Curriculum of the UK General Dental Council (GDC) and the Network of Erasmus Based European Orthodontic Programmes' (NEBEOP).

The academic programme consists of seminars, tutorials and case-based discussions and is scheduled for a minimum of 40 hours a week, 40 weeks a year and totals 4800 scheduled hours for 3 years. Clinical treatment hours are never less than 16 hours per week (not including clinical seminars and discussion of treatment plans), with a minimal number of 2000 hours over the 3 year period devoted to clinical practice (including preclinical course works).

Assessment methods

  • Written short answer examinations

  • Clinical oral examinations

  • Thesis

Teaching methods

  • Experiential clinical learning

  • Seminars

  • Case-based discussion

  • Computer-based learning

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