Two years full-time (incorporated into a three-year full-time Clinical Programme)
This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in orthodontics either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting. The two-year part time Masters programme is integrated into a full-time structured three-year clinical programme, with a strong emphasis on close chairside support. Students will undertake the MSc examination (University of London) at the completion of their second year and the Royal College of Surgeons Membership examination during the third year. The programme aims to enable you to:
Understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
Understand the development, growth and influence of the skeletal and soft tissues on the dentition
Understand the importance of materials science in orthodontics
Formulate a diagnosis of malocclusion and appropriate treatment plan
Apply the theory and practice of clinical orthodontics to treat a variety of malocclusions.
By entering this programme you will embark on a course which includes extensive clinical training (60 per cent) formal teaching (25 per cent) and a supervised research project (15 per cent). All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core teaching. You will however have considerable choice when selecting a topic for your research project. The three-year programme includes the following areas:
Growth and development of the head, face and dentition
Anatomical and physiological considerations of the face and jaws, including the temporomandibular joint
The aetiology of malocclusion
Clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion
State-of-the-art treatment mechanics
Concepts and practice of retention and stability
Inter-disciplinary care, including surgical and restorative interfaces
You are currently assessed at the end of the second year (MSc examination) by two written papers, case presentations, a clinical diagnostic and treatment planning exercise. You will also be assessed viva voce exam) on your research report. During the third year, you will undertake, if eligible, the Royal College of Surgeons Membership examination (M.Orth.). This entails case presentations, clinical diagnostic and treatment planning exercises.
Person specification for entry to postgraduate clinical dentistry programmes:
Primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent.
Primary dental qualification registerable with the General Dental Council in the UK;
MFDS, MJDF or FDS or equivalent;
Other postgraduate diplomas, degrees;
Other evidence of high academic achievement (eg Course grades, award of degree with honours or equivalent. Previous first degree BSc).
Two years full time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry.
Evidence of experience of practice of a broad range of general dentistry;
Completion of formal Vocational Training course, General Professional Training program, or equivalent such as hospital internship. Specific clinical experience in discipline/specialty to which they are applying.
English as first language
Minimum IELTS score of 7.0 ( no less than 6.5 in any part), TOEFL scores as follows : internet based 106, computer based 263, paper based 627 and must have been completed within the last two years.
You can also refer to the International Students section.
Clear commitment to pursuing postgraduate studies in the one specialty/discipline applied for.
Other equivalent tests will be considered on merit.
Ability to use a computer and familiar with common programs such as MS Office.