M/DClinDent in Orthodontics


Study mode:

  • Full time


  • 2 year full-time MClinDent

  • 3 year full-time DClinDent


See 'When to Apply' box below

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.

When to apply

The next programme will start in September 2019 and will probably be for UK nationals only. Places at Sheffield will be appointed through the UK national recruitment process. For further information about this process please look here: https://madeinheene.hee.nhs.uk/dental_training/Orthodontic-National-Recruitment

At the current time the UK will be leaving the EU at the end of March 2019 and the situation for EU/EEA nationals is uncertain.

The next DClinDent in Orthodontics programme for non UK/EEA nationals will not start until September 2020 at the earliest. If there is a programme in 2020 then applications will open in October 2019 and the closing date will be at the end of December 2019.

Please refer to the 'Entry Requirements' and 'Application Information' tabs for more detailed information on the application process for non UK/EEA nationals.

Entry Requirements

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

  • A BDS or equivalent
  • 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

  • Overseas    £40,750

(Please note each year our fee's include a small inflationary increase)

Postgraduate Taught Tuition Fees

Additional Costs

Students are expected to meet the cost of dissertation binding (£12 per copy), essential textbooks (£130), postgraduate membership of the British Orthodontic Society (£165) and all registration, travel and accommodation expenses for this (£625) and any other external conferences and meetings. Students wishing to sit the MOrth exam will have to pay the exam fee (£1250) along with associated travel and accommodation.


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Application Information

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

  • Degree certificate (including translation)

  • University transcript (including translation)

  • 2 up to date references

  • CV

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

  • 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.

How we will consider your application

Only applicants with all the required supporting documentation uploaded by the deadline will be considered. The supporting documents you need to submit with your application are detailed above.

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

In the event that someone has withdrawn from the course and there are no reserve applications available a new selection process will take place and applications submitted after the deadline will be considered as part of this process.

Applying for the programme is a two stage process

Stage 1: Selection Committee - December 

Applications at this stage will be considered by the Admission Tutors who will create a short list of applicants 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 in December/early January.

Stage 2: Interviews - January 

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a Skype interview in January.

Final decisions will be communicated to interviewed applicants by the end of March unless otherwise informed.

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

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

Fee Deposit

If you are offered a place to study you will be required to pay a fee deposit of up to £5000 (five thousand pounds sterling) to confirm your place on the course. Candidates unable to pay the fee deposit by the deadline may loose their place.

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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.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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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