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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£11,125 (FT)
£41,410 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
9 January 2015

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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, 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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits.

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

Core Modules/Courses

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


  • 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.


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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.

  • Post-CCST training programmes within the UK
  • Orthodontic specialist practice within the UK
  • Orthodontic specialist practice overseas

Top career destinations for this degree

  • 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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.

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

Student / staff ratios › 80 staff › 420 taught students › 62 research students

Department: Eastman Dental Institute

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

Subject: 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. Students develop significant academic skills in clinical research to enable further doctoral study.

Application deadlines

All applicants

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 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.


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