This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students from outside the European Union. It matches the Specialty Training programme and is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examinations.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £12,150 (FT) £6,640 (PT)
- £45,250 (FT) £24,860 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
Fee deposit: Fee deposits for this programme are as follows: UK/EU full time and part time students £2,500; Overseas full time and part time students £5,000.
All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
The programme aims to equip students with the skills to understand the principles of normal and abnormal facial growth, diagnose malocclusions, identify aetiological factors, develop appropriate treatment plans, appreciate the scope and limitations of orthodontic treatment, treat malocclusions to a high standard of outcome, and to be aware of the factors associated with stability of the result.
Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.
Year one consists of 150 credits of core modules. Year two consists of core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). Year three involves clinical study (not credit bearing).
- Principles of Treatment Core Course (Orthodontics)
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills I
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills II
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills III
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills IV
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills V
- Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills VI
- Orthodontic Clinical Practice I
- Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice II
- Clinical Science & Research Methods
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Each student undertakes 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 UK General Dental Council curriculum for specialist training in Orthodontics and is delivered through lectures, practical/ technical teaching, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, and supervised clinical treatment of patients.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
The programme aims to develop the academic, clinical and technical skills required to enable graduates to undertake the independent practice of orthodontics, or go on to undertake further research in this field. Previous 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.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Orthodontist, Ministry of Health Malaysia
- Specialist Orthodontist, Eastman Dental Hospital (NHS)
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme benefits from first-class facilities; it provides a wide range of clinical experience and exposure to 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.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
Student / staff numbers
› 106 staff
including 6 postdocs
› 369 taught students
› 107 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Eastman Dental Institute
85% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed primarily for international applicants who do not meet the requirements to apply for national recruitment to UK specialty registrar training, in order that they can still meet the requirements to sit the MOrth. Applicants should check with the relevant body in their home country to establish local specialty training requirements before deciding whether to apply for this programme or the two-year MClinDent degree.
- All applicants
- 7 January 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to see:
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of the orthodontic programme
- evidence of good time management, good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
- why you want to study orthodontics at graduate level
- what particularly attracts you to this programme at the Eastman Dental Institute
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree and how this programme meets your needs
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.