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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
Fee deposit: 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.
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
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. International Preparation Courses
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 6 compulsory modules (150 credits). Year two consists of 4 compulsory modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits). Year three involves mainly clinical study and is not credit bearing.
Upon successful completion of 540 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.
- 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
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 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.
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 £12.75. 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 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.
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.
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
"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 CunninghamOrthodontics (Advanced Training) MClinDent
Eastman Dental Institute
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is open to those overseas applicants 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.
- All applicants
- 31 January 2021
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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