Study mode: Full Time
Duration 2 or 3 years Full Time

Why choose the Orthodontic Postgraduate programme 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.

The School of Clinical Dentistry has been confirmed as one of the top departments in the UK for dental research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

Programme Outline

The Orthodontic Postgraduate programme consists of a mixture of lectures, tutorials, seminars, reflective and personal learning and clinical training. A significant part of the teaching will be with patients allocated for orthodontic management.

Aims and Objectives

Overall Aims

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

Learning Objectives
On completion of the programme the graduate should:

  • 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

Teaching Methods

  • Experiential clinical learning
  • Seminars
  • Case-based discussion
  • Computer-based learning

How we will consider your application

The courses starting September 2015 and 2016 will be for UK/EEA nationals only and places at Sheffield will be appointed through the UK national recruitment process. The next course available to non UK/EEA nationals will start in September 2017.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for consideration applicants must fulfill the following conditions:

  • 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.

Contact name

Programme Director:
Professor Philip Benson

Professor of Orthodontics
Unit of Oral Health and Development
School of Clinical Dentistry,
Claremont Crescent
S10 2TA
Tel: 0114 271 7884/7895
Fax: 0114 271 7843