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Orthodontics MClinDent

A full-time, two year Master's programme that combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics. The programme addresses treatment of (and research into) malaligned teeth, abnormalities of jaw relationships and facial growth. Patients with a wide range of malocclusions are treated by graduates under senior staff supervision.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £10,800
  • Overseas Full-time: £40,200

Application date

  • All applicants: 10 January 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme aims to equip students with the skills to understand the principles of normal and abnormal facial growth, appreciate the scope and limitations of orthodontic treatment, diagnose malocclusions, identify aetiological factors, develop appropriate treatment plans; treat malocclusions to a high standard of outcome, and to be aware of the factors associated with stability of the result.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Eastman Dental Institute is the largest postgraduate dental school in Europe and has a reputation as one of the world’s leading academic centres for dentistry. As part of UCL – London’s Global University – the Institute welcomes UK and international students.

This programme is delivered by the Institute’s unit of Orthodontics. The unit has special expertise in caring for patients with severe malocclusions, and maintains strong links with Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College Hospital.

The programme’s students benefit from first-class facilities and access to a wide range of clinical cases and techniques which ensure experience of managing complex clinical problems. Staff hold a number of national and international positions which provide them with a range of professional contacts and enable them to invite renowned national and international guest speakers to lecture.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. Year One: Modules (150 credits). Year Two: Modules (120 credits), dissertation (90 credits). Year One: Core modules (150 credits). Year Two: Core modules (120 credits), dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules/Courses

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills I to VI
  • Orthodontic Clinical Practice
  • Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of at least 15,000–18,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is based on the national curriculum and is delivered through lectures, practical and technical teaching elements, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, and supervised clinical treatment of patients. This is supported by a local VLE and also the British Orthodontic Society national on-line learning programme. Assessment is through written, oral and practical examinations, clinical assessments, case presentations, patient logbooks and the dissertation.

Entry requirements

All applicants must normally hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate that they meet the required standard by either having recently passed one of the UCL recognised English language tests at the ‘good’ level, or through previous work or education experience in English. See UCL's English language proficiency requirements.

Overseas applicants must ensure they have appropriate immigration status to attend the required contact days in London.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The application deadline for this programme is 10 January 2014. Late applications may be considered after this date but early application is advisable.
UK/EU applicants must apply through the London Deanery (now LETBs). Please contact for further information.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for applicants who wish to develop the combination of both the practical and theoretical knowledge required for general professional training in orthodontics. Students develop significant academic skills in clinical research to enable further doctoral study.
An MClinDent (Specialty Training) programme is available to UK/EU applicants.
An MClinDent (Advanced Training) programme is available to Overseas applicants. Applicants are advised to verify the specialist training requirements of their country's relevant regulatory body before submitting an application.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • how your academic and professional background meets the requirements of the programme
  • why you want to study dental sedation and pain management at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs.
In addition we would like to know whether you would like to progress to a further level of training in conscious sedation e.g. a Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, what is your clinical/theoretical experience related to this programme, and whether there is a demand in your practice for using conscious sedation.
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme aims to develop the academic, clinical and technical skills required to enable the graduate to undertake the independent practice of orthodontics, or for further research in this field.

Graduates have entered PhD study, government sponsored posts overseas and specialist practice overseas. Careers advice is provided during the programme and students are given appropriate guidance when requested at any stage.

Most students of this programme are UK/EU students who study as a part of the MClinDent (Specialty Training) programme..

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Eastman Dental Hospital, Specialist Registrar, 2011
  • Royal College of Surgeons, Affiliate Student in Orthodontic, 2011
  • General Dental Council UK, Overseas Registration Examination, 2011
  • Kettering General Hospital, Specialist Registrar in Orthodontics, 2010
  • Stoke Mandeville NHS Hospital, Dentist, 2010


During the programme, students are able to attend a whole range of different clinics and also regularly attend new patient clinics in small groups.

The Institute strongly encourages students to apply for prizes at national and international conferences and the programme has a history of students winning prestigious prizes at the British Orthodontic Conference and the European Orthodontic Conference.

Orthodontics (Specialty Training)

An additional year (full-time) leading to recognition on the UK specialist list.


MClinDent and MOrth.  The MOrth (Membership in Orthodontics) is administered, examined and awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Teaching and Learning

Students follow the two year Orthodontics MClinDent programme in full, plus a third year culminating in the MOrth examinations.

In the MOrth year students undertake a structured programme of further study, during which time they learn to manage more complex patient cases, present patient case studies to their peers and teachers for discussion, and finalise their patient case portfolio  (required for presentation to the Royal College as part of the MOrth examinations.)

There is also ongoing formative assessment in the form of OSCEs, structured clinical reasoning tests and oral exams. The MOrth year has a predominantly clinical bias.

Who can apply?

The MClinDent + MOrth Orthodontics (Specialty Training) programme is available exclusively to students from the UK/EEA.  The programme has the approval of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics and fulfills EEA requirements for specialist registration.

International applicants should apply for either the MClinDent or MClinDent (Advanced Training) programme.  Applicants are advised to verify the specialist training requirements of their country's relevant regulatory body before submitting an application.


UK/EU 2013/14:

MOrth year: £8,250
(Indicative.  Students will pay the appropriate fee at the time of starting the MOrth year.)

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