Orthodontics MClinDent

London, Bloomsbury

This full-time, two-year master's programme is designed to develop your skills in orthodontics, giving you a grounding in the subject that you can use to continue your studies and career progression. The programme combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
2 academic years
2 academic years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

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

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. International Preparation Courses

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

Gain a strong foundation for your orthodontic career on this evidence-based programme, which includes clinical work, lectures, seminars, practical courses and research.

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 malocclusions to a high standard of outcome, and be aware of the factors associated with stability of the result.

The UCL Eastman Dental Institute is one of the largest postgraduate training centres in Europe and provides high-quality teaching and training in the academic, clinical and research skills that orthodontic specialists need.

Teaching is by senior academic and clinical staff, many of whom have roles in other organisations including the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Orthodontic Society.

Who this course is for

The programme is suitable for applicants who wish to develop the practical and theoretical knowledge they need for general professional training in orthodontics. The two-year programme does not meet the requirements to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examination. You would need to take our three-year programme to sit this examination.

What this course will give you

  • 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 complex clinical problems.
  • Insights provided by a range of renowned guest speakers, thanks to our staff’s wide range 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 go on to further study or research. 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.

Teaching and learning

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

There are allocated sessions for academic teaching. Additionally, there are clinical sessions every day where chairside teaching is provided.


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

Year one

  • Clinical Science and Research Methods
  • Orthodontic 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

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

This is linked to specific training posts only.

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 360 credits, you will be awarded an MClinDent in Orthodontics.


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

UCL Eastman Dental Institute, Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, London, WC1E 6DE - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Restorative Dental Practice MSc Taster Session

This event aims to provide you with an overview of the MSc Restorative Dental Practice programmes available at UCL Eastman Dental Institute. Learning Outcomes: consider how aspects of contemporary Restorative Dental Practice might be an essential integral element of patient care; learn about contemporaneous techniques of anterior composite restorations and also occlusion; become familiar with aspects of the RDP programme and how this could be related to the clinical practice of dentistry.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £18,000 £9,000
Tuition fees (2023/24) £57,700 Fees to be confirmed

UK part-time fees are charged for a small number of posts available through National Recruitment, where the academic component training is at UCL but other training is outwith UCL. Please note the training posts are full-time - it is just attendance at UCL which is part-time.

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 £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 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 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.

This programme can be studied in two ways:

  • Two-year MClinDent only

This is open to overseas applicants who are not eligible to apply through HEE national recruitment. It does not give eligibility to apply for the MOrth examination run by the Royal College of Surgeons. Apply through the UCL application portal.

  • Two-year MClinDent + additional third year as an affiliate student at UCL

This programme is for those who are appointed to a specialty registrar national training post via HEE national recruitment. Those who are eligible to apply through this route must do so and should not apply directly to the university for any of the available programmes. This applies to any applicants who fulfil the criteria for national recruitment. This combined three-year programme gives eligibility to apply for the Membership in Orthodontics examination run by the Royal College of Surgeons.

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.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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