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 research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 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
  • Thesis

Teaching Methods

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

How to apply

The courses starting September 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. Applications will be accepted from 1 August 2016 until Friday 25 November 2016.

How we will consider your application

Application deadline for September 2017 entry: Friday 25th November 2016

Prospective students will need to meet the entry requirements outlined below and submit an online application with the necessary supporting documentation before the deadline to be eligible for consideration.Only applications with all required supporting documentation uploaded by the deadline will be considered. The supporting documents you need to submit with your application are detailed in the 'Entry Requirements' section.

Conditional offers cannot be made for those candidates that do not upload all required supporting documentation and who do not meet the minimum requirements of the course. We do not make conditional offers on the submission of supporting documents.

Applying for the programme is a two stage process

Stage 1: Selection Committee

Applications at this stage will be considered by staff who will create a short list of applications to be invited to interview. After this initial decision-making process, the outcome will be to either attend for an interview or to reject. 

The shortlist decision date: candidates will be contacted December 2016/January 2017

Stage 2: Interviews

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Following the interview the decision will be one of the following:

  • A place to study will be offered 
  • You will be offered a place on the reserve list
  • You will be rejected

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.

The application should be filled in online with the following documents:

  • Degree certificate (including translation)
  • University transcript (including translation)
  • 2 up to date references
  • CV
  • Supporting statement
  • English language certificate. We require an overall score of IELTS 7 with a minimum of 6 in each component. The IELTS 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