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Orthodontics MClinDent

This full-time, two-year Master's programme combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

£11,800 (FT) £5,895 (PT)
£43,930 (FT) £21,960 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 3 October 2016
Close: 8 January 2017

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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification. For further requirements please refer to the institute's Orthodontics MClinDent page.

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.

International students

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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Degree information

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.

In year one, students complete core modules to the value of (150 credits). In year two, students complete core modules to the value of (120 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Core modules

  • Principles of Treatment Core Course (Orthodontics)
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills
  • 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
  • Principles of Treatment Core Course (Orthodontics)
  • Orthodontic Clinical Practice I
  • Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice II

Optional modules

  • 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 UK General Dental Council Orthodontic curriculum and is delivered through lectures, practical/ technical teaching, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, and supervised clinical treatment of patients.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Orthodontics MClinDent


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 the graduate to undertake the independent practice of orthodontics, or for further research in this field.

Careers advice is provided during the programme and students are given appropriate guidance when requested at any stage. Graduates may enter:

  • PhD study
  • Post-CCST training programmes within the UK (leading to Consultant level hospital posts)
  • Orthodontic specialist practice within the UK
  • Orthodontic specialist practice overseas.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • MORTH (Specialist Orthodontics), Royal College of Surgeons
  • Orthodonist, Smile Gallery Dental Clinic
  • MClinDent Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)
  • Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)
  • Orthodontic Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital and studying Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)


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; there is exposure to a wide range of clinical experience 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. Find out more abut the programme and Specialty Training on the Institute's Orthodontics MClinDent page.

  • Find out more about the programme on the Institute's Orthodontics MClinDent page.

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Student / staff numbers › 68 staff including 5 postdocs › 396 taught students › 98 research students

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
75% 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.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"When you meet new contacts nationally and internationally they have nearly always heard of UCL and the Eastman Dental Institute, so its strong reputation and well-known ‘brand’ is a definite benefit."

Professor Susan Cunningham

Orthodontics MClinDent
Professor/Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics
Staff view

"My research focuses on patient-centred outcomes in orthodontics; which means ensuring we ask for patients' views on all aspects of their treatment. This is a really important area of research to be involved in and is an important focus within the National Health Service at the present time. It also influences provision of treatment for future patients, meaning the research we carry out can have a real impact on how we provide care."

Professor Susan Cunningham

Orthodontics MClinDent
UCL Eastman Dental Institute
Student view

"UCL's reputation was one of my prime motivations in applying, in addition to alumni reports of the standard of education provided. The research aspect of my dissertation involved reporting the effects in the quality of life post orthodontic treatment. Hearing what patients had to say about how treatment has positively influenced their lives inspires me to continue helping patients achieve better self-confidence and self-esteem."

Sarah Merza

Orthodontics MClinDent

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 suitable for applicants who wish to develop the combination of both the practical and theoretical knowledge required for general professional training in orthodontics.

Application deadlines

All applicants
8 January 2017

Those applicants who are eligible to practice in the UK and intend to practise as a specialist in the UK are advised to apply through the National Recruitment process (currently operated by London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education) for one of the three-year salaried specialty registrar (StR) training posts.

For full details of the application process please refer to the Institute's Orthodontics MClinDent page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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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 orthodontics 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.

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.

Successful applicants to this programme will be required to pay a tuition fee deposit dependent on their mode of study and fee status as given below:

  • UK/EU full-time: £2,500
  • UK/EU part-time: £2,500
  • Overseas full-time: £5,000
  • Overseas part-time: £5,000

Further details can be found on the Fees and funding page.

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