Orthodontics (Advanced Training) MClinDent

London, Bloomsbury

This full-time, three-year master's programme is designed for international students who are not eligible to apply via the HEE national recruitment process. You will study the topics needed to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examinations and gain a strong foundation for your orthodontic career.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
3 academic years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 16 Oct 2023 – 31 Jan 2024

Applications closed

Entry requirements

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

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

This MClinDent programme opens the door to a fulfilling career in orthodontics.

You will develop the skills to understand the principles of normal and abnormal facial growth, diagnose malocclusions and identify aetiological factors. You will also work on appropriate treatment plans, appreciate the scope and limitations of orthodontic treatment, treat patients with malocclusions to a high standard, and be aware of the factors associated with the stability of the result.

The UCL Eastman Dental Institute is one of the largest dental postgraduate training centres in Europe. This means you will gain the high-quality academic, clinical and research skills that orthodontic specialists need, and work with UCL's world-leading experts in this field.

Teaching is by senior academic and clinical staff, many of whom have roles with organisations such as the Royal College of Surgeons, and the British Orthodontic Society. We also have expertise in caring for patients with severe malocclusions, especially those requiring complex multidisciplinary care.

The programme includes clinical work, lectures, seminars, practical courses, and research.

Who this course is for

This programme is open to overseas applicants who are not eligible to apply though the HEE national recruitment process. This three-year programme gives you the 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.

What this course will give you

This programme offers you the following benefits and opportunities.

  • The opportunity to learn amongst first-class facilities.
  • A wide range of clinical experience and exposure to techniques which enable you to gain experience of managing patients with complex clinical problems.
  • Insights provided by a range of renowned speakers, thanks to our network of professional contacts.

The foundation of your career

The programme is designed to give you a strong foundation in your orthodontic career, giving you the chance to regularly attend a range of different clinics in small groups. You could also win a prestigious prize at the British or European Orthodontic Conference, as we encourage students to apply for prizes and awards.


The programme aims to develop the academic, clinical, and technical skills you need to practise orthodontics or to undertake further research. Previous graduates have gone on to study for a PhD, take up government-sponsored posts overseas or specialist practice overseas.

Our graduates also have a high pass rate in Royal College of Surgeons examinations.

Careers advice is provided during the programme, and we can give you guidance and support at any stage should you need it.


On this programme, there are many opportunities to network. We offer teaching opportunities where you meet external speakers with expertise in specific clinical and research areas, and you will also have the chance to meet your colleagues from other universities. We encourage all of our students to attend conferences and to present their own research at national and international meetings.

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 and technical teaching, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, and supervised clinical treatment of patients.

Assessment methods include written, clinical and skills-based formats. You will submit a dissertation based on your own research.

This is a full-time programme and you will attend the Eastman Dental Institute or Eastman Dental Hospital every day (Monday to Friday).

Each day there is an allocated clinical session (morning or afternoon), during which you treat your own patients under senior staff supervision.

Additionally, you will attend new patient clinics in the hospital. The remaining sessions are allocated for academic teaching, personal study, research, etc.


You will take ten compulsory taught modules and the research dissertation.

Year one

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Principles of Treatment Core Course
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills I
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills II
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills III
  • Orthodontic Clinical Practice I

Year two

  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills IV
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills V
  • Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills VI
  • Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice II
  • Dissertation

Year three: clinical work and academic teaching continue but this year is non-credit bearing.

Modules are studied concurrently over the length of the programme and time allocated to each module is not defined by academic terms.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. Upon successful completion of 540 credits, you will be awarded an MClinDent in Orthodontics (Advanced Training).


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £61,800

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

Fee deposits for this programme are as follows: UK full-time and part-time students £2,500; Overseas full-time and part-time students £5,000.

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.

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £15.00. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

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

Funding your studies

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

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.

There is an application processing fee for Eastman Dental Institute programmes of £120 for online applications and £145 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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