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    School of Clinical Dentistry, Faculty of Health

    Gain the knowledge and professional skills needed to become a specialist orthodontist capable of independently treating a wide range of malocclusions with comprehensive treatment strategies tailored to individual patients.
    Dentistry endodontics postgraduate Musliana Binti Mustaffa

    Course description

    The aim of this programme is to enable dental graduates to gain the knowledge, skills, attitudes and abilities to become specialist orthodontists who can independently treat a wide range of malocclusions. You will be able to develop evidence-based and critical approaches that are essential to working in the field of orthodontics.

    You will learn how to diagnose and manage most conditions pertaining to orthodontics, and understand the role of orthodontics in developing a comprehensive treatment strategy and plan for an individual patient. You will also develop your critical appraisal skills by evaluating information in dental literature.

    A significant part of your degree will involve patients who are allocated to you for management in the Orthodontic Department of the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital or other clinical centres you might be attached to.

    At appropriate times in the course, you will also attend joint clinics with other specialities such as Restorative Dentistry, Oral Surgery/Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Paediatric Dentistry.

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    Dental graduates who successfully complete the DClinDent programme in Orthodontics will be awarded the DClinDent (Orthodontics) and will be eligible to sit the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) specialist membership examination from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow or the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


    A selection of modules is available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    Clinical Orthodontic Practice Programme I

    This module will provide the clinical experience to start developing the key skills required of a specialist in orthodontics, including the diagnosis, treatment planning and management of patients with moderate occlusal anomalies. By the end of the module the student will know how to obtain accurate orthodontic records and communicate with patients and their parents about orthodontic treatment. The student will display some expertise in clinical orthodontic problem solving and treatment planning, adjusting orthodontic appliances and monitoring of orthodontic treatment progress.

    90 credits
    Principles of Clinical Orthodontic Practice I

    This unit aims to develop a student¿s fundamental knowledge and understanding of specialist orthodontic practice, including the diagnosis and aetiology of common malocclusions, the importance of facial growth, cephalometric analysis and principles of orthodontic treatment planning and mechanics.

    30 credits
    Principles of Clinical Management

    This module introduces the basic concepts of clinical management of a patient including clinical governance, cross-infection control and radiology.

    15 credits
    Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis: Principles Online

    The purpose of this unit is to enable students to understand the principles of systematic review. It covers the defining characteristics and application of systematic reviews; how to search for and select relevant evidence; how to quality assess primary research articles; the key issues that may generate bias; and the general principles governing evidence synthesis.

    15 credits
    Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry

    Research methods are a key part of clinical dentistry. This unit will aim to introduce students to patient-centred research methods and will include evidence-based dentistry, critical appraisal, research governance and ethics, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical appraisal of research reports.

    15 credits
    Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal

    The unit introduces students to basic concepts and techniques such as hypothesis testing and confidence interval estimation in statistics. Students will learn some simple statistical methods and the principles behind some advanced methods such as regression. It will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and critically appraise statistics in research literature.The course is not aimed at 'doers' of statistics, that is, students who are going to design their own studies to collect and analyse their own data. It will not teach you how to analyse, present and report your own data.

    15 credits

    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 student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

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    3 years full-time


    This course is taught through a range of lectures, tutorials, seminars, clinical training and reflective, personal learning. You will take part in experiential clinical learning, computer-based learning and case-based discussions.

    In total, your studies are scheduled for a minimum of 40 hours a week, 40 weeks a year, and total 4,800 scheduled hours for three 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 2,000 hours over the three-year period devoted to clinical practice (including preclinical course works).


    You will be assessed through written, short answer examinations, clinical oral examinations, and your thesis.

    Your career

    This programme includes all the features of the UK Specialist Curriculum and Specialist Training Programme in Orthodontics approved by the UK General Dental Council. It 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.

    Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop a sense of professional interest and enquiry, which they can maintain throughout their careers via Continuing Professional Development.

    Entry requirements

    A university-accredited degree in dental surgery that enables the practice of dentistry and a minimum of two years post-qualification experience in general dental practice.

    An MFDS, MJDF or equivalent is also required.

    You must also meet our health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements for clinical courses.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

    Application process

    Applicants must include the following in their application:

    • Degree certificate and transcript.
    • Two up-to-date references.
    • Curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Supporting statement outlining why they want to study the course.
    • English Language Qualification.

    See our supporting documents webpage for more information on the documents we require.

    We do not issue conditional offers for this programme, so only applications submitted with all the necessary supporting documentation will be considered.

    The deadline for your application to be considered in the first round of shortlisting is 15 December 2023. Any applications received after this date will only be considered if places become available and another round of shortlisting is required.

    Application timeline for 2025 entry

    Applications open: 15 September 2024

    Application deadline: 15 December 2024

    Applications received after this date will only be considered in the event that another round of shortlisting is required

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an online interview. These will take place in late January/early February 2025.

    You should expect to receive a decision by mid-February 2025.

    Offer holders must accept their offer and pay a £5,000 fee deposit within four weeks of receiving their offer letter. Otherwise, the offer will be withdrawn.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


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