This full-time, two-year Masters programme combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics.
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.
Modes and duration
Please note these training posts are ALL full time. The part time options relates to specific HEE StR posts where the clinical training is at another hospital and attendance at UCL is part-time.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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. 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.
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.
All applicants must hold an approved dental qualification and have a minimum of two years' clinical experience post-qualification.
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.
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). For those doing a 3rd affiliate year, this is non-credit bearing.
Upon successful completion of 360 credits, you will be awarded a MClinDent in Orthodontics.
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.
- Clinical Sciences and Research Methods (Core module)
- 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
- Principles of Treatment Core Course (Orthodontics)
- Orthodontic Clinical Practice I
- Advanced Orthodontic Clinical Practice II
- MClinDent in Orthodontics Dissertation
- 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 Orthodontic curriculum 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.
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 for further research in this field.
Careers advice is provided during the programme and students are given appropriate guidance when requested at any stage. Graduates may enter:
- PhD study
- Post-CCST training programmes within the UK (leading to consultant-level hospital posts)
- Orthodontic specialist practice within the UK
- Orthodontic specialist practice overseas.
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 and there is exposure to a wide range of clinical experience and techniques which ensures 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.
You can find out more about the programme on the Institute's Orthodontics MClinDent page.
Department: Eastman Dental Institute
What our students and staff say
"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. 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 MClinDent
Professor/Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics
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.
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?
The programme is suitable for applicants who wish to develop the combination of both practical and theoretical knowledge required for general professional training in orthodontics.
- All applicants
- 6 January 2020
This programme can be studied for in 2 ways:
2 year MClinDent only
- This is open to overseas applicants (non-UK and non-EU) 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.
2 year MClinDent + additional 3rd year as an affiliate student at UCL
- This is a closed programme 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 & should not apply directly to the university for any of the available programmes. This applies to UK & EU applicants and any other applicants who fulfil the criteria for national recruitment. This combined 3 year programme gives eligibility to apply for the Membership in Orthodontics examination run by the Royal College of Surgeons.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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 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.
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