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Orthodontics (Advanced Training) MClinDent

This full-time, three-year Masters programme is designed for international students who are not eligible to apply via the HEE national recruitment process. This programme is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examinations.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 18 October 2019
Close: 6 January 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£14,320 (FT)
Overseas:
£49,870 (FT)


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 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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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.

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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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 6 compulsory modules (150 credits). Year two consists of 4 compulsory modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits). Year three involves clinical study and is not credit bearing.

Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a MClinDent in Orthodontics (Advanced Training).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • 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
  • Dissertation module

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Dissertation/report

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

Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

Graduates are required to have their own computer and also a clinical camera - advice will be provided regarding the most appropriate camera equipment to purchase.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

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 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

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"My post has an excellent mix of teaching, research and clinical work. My research work focuses on patient-centred aspects of healthcare, which is an increasingly important part of the NHS agenda. I enjoy all aspects of my post but get a real sense of achievement from graduate-level teaching and continually strive to make the experience on our programme as good as it possibly can be. UCL and the Eastman Dental Institute are great places to study. I started my own graduate career here and have never left!"

Professor Susan Cunningham

Orthodontics (Advanced Training) MClinDent
Eastman Dental Institute

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £110 for online applications and £135 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is open to those overseas applicants (non-UK/non-EU) who are not eligible to apply though the HEE national recruitment process. The 3-year programme gives eligibility to apply for the Membership in Orthodontics examination run by the Royal College of Surgeons. Applicants should apply directly through the UCL application portal.

Application deadlines

All applicants
6 January 2020

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.

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