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Train as an Orthodontic Therapist on our unique modular and GDC-approved training programme. This programme is designed for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist. Read more
Train as an Orthodontic Therapist on our unique modular and GDC-approved training programme.

This programme is designed for qualified Orthodontic Nurses and Dental Care Professionals who wish to develop their clinical and academic skills and train as an Orthodontic Therapist.

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.

Teaching Methods

Combining a range of first class clinical facilities and advanced educational strategies, you will benefit from a challenging, stimulating and fun learning environment.

Course directors are specialist orthodontic practitioners who have over six years of experience working with orthodontic therapists in their own practices.

Lecturers and tutors include specialist orthodontists, trainers and orthodontic therapists to provide a high quality and balanced educational experience.

You will learn how to provide safe and effective treatment, both in our state of the art facilities within the University’s approved training centre, The Leamington Spa Orthodontic Centre, and in your own practice.

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This full-time, two-year Master's programme combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics. Read more
This full-time, two-year Master's programme combines theory, practical elements, teaching and research with personal treatment sessions and new-patient diagnostic clinics.

Degree information

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.

In Year One, students complete core modules to the value of (150 credits). In Year Two, students complete core modules to the value of (120 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Principles of Treatment Core Course (Orthodontics)
-Orthodontic Techniques and Clinical Skills
-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

Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of at least 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.

Careers

The programme aims to develop the academic, clinical and technical skills required to enable the graduate 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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-MORTH (Specialist Orthodontics), Royal College of Surgeons
-Orthodonist, Smile Gallery Dental Clinic
-MClinDent Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)
-Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)
-Orthodontic Registrar, Eastman Dental Hospital and studying Orthodontics, University College London (UCL)

Employability
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; there is exposure to a wide range of clinical experience and 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.

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This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students from outside the European Union. It matches the Specialty Training programme and is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examinations. Read more
This full-time, three-year Master's programme is designed for students from outside the European Union. It matches the Specialty Training programme and is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to sit the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) Membership in Orthodontic (MOrth) examinations.

Degree information

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 modules (150 credits). Year Two consists of core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits). Year three involves clinical study (not credit bearing). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-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/report
Each student undertakes an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of at least 15,000–18,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is based on the UK General Dental Council curriculum for Orthodontics and is delivered through lectures, practical/ technical teaching, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, and supervised clinical treatment of patients.

Careers

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.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Orthodontics, King's College London
-Consultant, Jitra Hospital

Employability
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.

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Our Orthodontics MSc programme is open to international and home students. The home student programme (UK/EU) runs alongside our NHS Specialist Registrar Clinical Training. Read more
Our Orthodontics MSc programme is open to international and home students. The home student programme (UK/EU) runs alongside our NHS Specialist Registrar Clinical Training. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an orthodontic specialist. We have an international reputation and membership of the Northern Universities Consortium. This ensures that the most skilled UK orthodontic teachers will tutor you.

Our Orthodontics MSc programme welcomes international and home students.

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to complement your clinical training and we aim to provide:
-Knowledge to support the clinical treatment of orthodontic cases, including simple and complex cases appropriate for specialist practitioner level
-An evidence base for orthodontics and the skills required to appraise the evidence base
-Applied research within orthodontics

The course provides theoretical teaching to support the development of an orthodontic specialist. We provide a comprehensive seminar programme incorporating the theoretical and diagnostic elements of specialist knowledge, and the opportunity to carry out a research project allied to our research strategy. Our course includes:
-Normal and abnormal development of the dentition
-Tooth movements and facial orthopaedics
-Orthodontic materials
-Orthodontic biomechanics
-Orthodontic techniques
-Biological sciences relevant to orthodontics
-An overview of multidisciplinary orthodontics

The aim of the research component is to expose you to the principles and practicalities of performing dental research. Projects range from laboratory studies, analysis of new data sets, systematic reviews and short term clinical studies.

Research projects are identified and allocated during the first term. By the end of the first year you will have completed your first draft of your literature review and have established your methodology. More time is available for research during the second and third years with the dissertation handed in at the end of January of the third year. You will be encouraged to publish your research work in scientific journals.

The course, based in our School of Dental Sciences, has been running for two decades and we have a good national reputation. Our graduates have gone on to work in prestigious practices, senior academic posts and in hospital consultant positions.

The next intake for this course is in 2019.

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Academic and practical teaching that covers. all aspects of orthodontic diagnosis and care including normal development; growth modifications; fixed appliances and the biological principles of orthodontic tooth movement. Read more
Academic and practical teaching that covers: all aspects of orthodontic diagnosis and care including normal development; growth modifications; fixed appliances and the biological principles of orthodontic tooth movement. Participation in related research programmes, including: laboratory materials investigations; clinical studies and biological investigations.

Key benefits

- The sole means of specialist training in orthodontics.

- Includes formal teacher training to allow the you to qualify with a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, requires that you are exposed to teaching scenarios and undergraduate orthodontic teaching.

- e-Learning material.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/orthodontics-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Academic and practical teaching that covers: all aspects of orthodontics diagnosis and care including normal development; growth modification; fixed, functional and retaining appliances and the biological principles of orthodontic tooth movement as well as multidisciplinary treatment involving orthognathic surgery and restorative dentistry. Participation in the related research programmes, including: laboratory materials investigations; clinical studies and biological investigations. Complies with the principles of Erasmus and supports the European Union directives on specialisation in orthodontics. Includes the opportunity to take the MSc and MOrth (Edinburgh) in one sitting

- Course purpose -

Orthodontics is for dentists on a three-year Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) - approved training programme in orthodontics preparing for the MOrth examination of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. To provide a sound academic basis for orthodontic practice.

- Course format and assessment -

Modular programme consisting of 180 credits, plus an additional 300 credits of non-modular supervised clinical work and, for KCL Candidates, a further 60 credits compromising the Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice are offered to those students whose academic progress is appropriate. Modules are grouped into three distinct types: 1) Two taught modules, covering the scientific and clinical basis of orthodontics assessed by written examination; 2) One clinical module, involving supervised clinical practice and examined by a mixture of case studies on treated and unseen patients, practical, or oral examinations; 3) One research module, involving the submission of a research project report including a literature review, with an oral examination.

Career prospects

Students use this programme for career development.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

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This taught Doctorate provides training for graduates in orthodontics. It produces good clinicians but also good scientists, promoting high-quality clinical, academic and research standards within a supportive environment making it an ideal place for studying orthodontics. Read more
This taught Doctorate provides training for graduates in orthodontics. It produces good clinicians but also good scientists, promoting high-quality clinical, academic and research standards within a supportive environment making it an ideal place for studying orthodontics. Applications are now closed for September 2016 entry.

Why this programme

◾Alongside high-level clinical skills, you will gain high-quality research skills that support clinical and research practice when studying this orthodontics degree.
◾You will be eligible to sit for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
◾The Orthodontics MSc will provide the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes invited speakers from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow and from dental companies.
◾The Dental School has the latest 3D & 4D imaging equipment, a 3D laser scanner, 3D projection system and 3D printer; perfect for studying orthodontics. We have strong collaborations with industrial partners and nearby universities and have our own computer scientist to support orthodontics research activities.

Programme structure

The programme is full-time (46 weeks per year) over three years. About half of the time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic coursework, research work and personal study.

All courses are compulsory.

Year one
◾Core course
◾Basic orthodontic science
◾Aetiology of malocclusion
◾Orthodontic assessment.

Year two
◾Classification of malocclusion
◾Orthodontic technique
◾Risks of orthodontic treatment.

Year three
◾Multidisciplinary care
◾Research practice.

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This course is studied by students based in Egypt but if successful they will be awarded an MSc in Orthodontics by the University of Dundee. Read more
This course is studied by students based in Egypt but if successful they will be awarded an MSc in Orthodontics by the University of Dundee. The course is aimed at qualified dentists in the Middle East who wish to specialise in this area. The course will assume no prior knowledge of orthodontics prior to enrolling in the programme.

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

Teaching will take place in Cairo, Egypt using the facilities of the ASCDE.
The programme will run concurrently with a complementary 3 year programme in clinical orthodontic skills which will be delivered and assessed by ASCDE.

How you will be assessed

The course will be taught by a combination of classroom based teaching in Cairo (lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussion groups) which will take place throughout the
year. It is planned to deliver intensive face-to-face teaching sessions each month throughout the year. Between these teaching sessions students will complete course work;
this self-directed learning will be reviewed and assessed at the following face-to-face sessions.
One-on-one supervision of the dissertation will be by a single tutor.
Students will learn through preparing and delivering oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback.
Additional student support will be available through ASCDE between teaching sessions and students will have access to teaching materials through the University's VLE (online
virtual learning environment)

What you will study

The course is delivered part-time and take 3 years to complete. All modules are compulsory.
The modules are:
Year 1
Module 1: Craniofacial Growth and Development and the Aetiology of Malocclusion (15 credits)
Module 2: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (15 credits)
Module 3: Orthodontic Treatment mechanics (30 credits)

Year 2
Module 4: Tooth movement and biomechanics (15 credits)
Module 5: Orthodontic materials and health & safety (15 credits)
Module 6: Adult and multidisciplinary treatment (30 credits)

Year 3
Module 7: Research methods and dissertation (60 credits)

Employability

The course is designed for qualified dentists who wish to specialise in orthodontics as well as general practice.
The course (taken in conjunction with the ASCDE partner programme in clinical orthodontic skills ) aims to prepare students for success in the Membership in Orthodontics examination of the UK Royal Colleges.

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This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise orthodontics. You’ll develop an evidence-based, critical approach to this specialism and to general clinical dentistry. Read more

About the course

This course teaches the academic and clinical skills you need to practise orthodontics. You’ll develop an evidence-based, critical approach to this specialism and to general clinical dentistry. A focus on research skills will give you the confidence to complete future clinical or laboratory-based research programmes.

The programme includes all the features of the first two years of the Curriculum and Specialist Training Programme in Orthodontics approved by the UK General Dental Council.

Your career

We offer clinical and non-clinical courses that will further your career and develop your interests. Many of our clinical graduates go on to specialist dental practice, hospital practice or academic posts.

World-leading dental school

Our internationally recognised oral and dental research is organised into two overarching themes: ‘clinical and person centred’ and ‘basic and applied’. These themes are supported by three interdisciplinary research groups: Bioengineering and Health Technologies, Integrated Bioscience, and Person Centred and Population Oral Health.

We believe that dental science should not be constrained by the traditional boundaries created by specific clinical disciplines and that progress derives from a multidisciplinary approach. Our research supports our teaching enabling a blended approach to learning.
Your course will make the most of virtual learning environments and advanced practical sessions, as well as traditional lectures and seminars.

Facilities

You’ll develop your clinical skills in one of our two clinical skills labs or in our new virtual reality Simulation Suite where you can use haptic technology to undertake a range of clinical techniques.

You’ll complete your clinical training in Sheffield’s Charles Clifford Dental Hospital, part of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. There are 150 dental units with modern facilities for treatment under sedation, a well-equipped dental radiography department, oral pathology laboratories and a hospital dental production laboratory.

We have new modern research facilities and laboratories for tissue culture, molecular biology, materials science and histology- microscopy. All laboratories have dedicated technical support and academic expertise to guide you.

Health clearance

If you’re starting a course that involves exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissues, you must conform to the national guidelines for the protection of patients, health care workers and students. Before admission to a clinical course we’ll need to check that you’re not an infectious carrier of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and that you do not have tuberculosis. A positive test doesn’t necessarily exclude you from dental training.

Our immunisation requirements are constantly being reviewed to ensure we meet current Department of Health guidance. You need to comply with these if you are offered a place. You’ll get more information when you apply, but if you have any questions on health clearance issues, please get in touch.

Disclosure and Barring Service

If you apply for one of our clinical courses you’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure. If you do have any criminal convictions or cautions (including verbal cautions) and bind-over orders, please tell us about them on your application form. If you have not lived in the UK in the preceding five years before you commence our programme, you’ll need to provide us with a Certificate of Good Standing from the police authority in your home country. You’ll get more information on the DBS and the Certificate of Good Standing when you apply.

Local NHS policies and procedures

Clinical training in Charles Clifford Dental Hospital requires you to comply with their policies and procedures, which include the Department of Health policy on being ‘bare below the elbow’. For clarification on these policies and procedures before you apply, please see our website.

Core modules for both programmes

Principles of Clinical Orthodontics I; Principles of Clinical Orthodontics II; Research Methods in Clinical Dentistry; Principles of Clinical Management; Introduction to Statistics and Critical Appraisal; Orthodontic Case Studies and Dissertation.

Additional core modules for DClinDent Orthodontics

Clinical Orthodontic Practice Programmes I, II, and III; Systematic Reviews and Evidence Synthesis Principles; Research Project Literature Review; Orthodontic Thesis.

Teaching

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, online learning, demonstrations, clinical sessions, laboratory and typodont exercises. Working with a number of patients, you’ll get extensive practical clinical experience in the use of fixed, removable and functional appliances.

Assessment

Continuous assessment, final examination with clinical and academic components, dissertation based on research project, presentation of selected patient records.

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This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides advanced clinical training Orthodontics. Read more
This programme fulfils the need for dental practitioners to have access to a higher dental degree which provides advanced clinical training Orthodontics.

The Professional Doctorate is a research qualification that contains Professional Skills Training. This qualification is currently offered in Orthodontics, with the first annual intake enrolled in October 2008. In addition the Doctorate prepares candidates for the examinations of surgical Royal Colleges leading to the award of Membership in Orthodontics or further orthodontic qualifications. Applicants should already have passed the FDS/ MFDS examination or an equivalent. Funded specialist trainee appointments are competitively available to appropriately qualified candidates on this programme with application through the national recruitment process.

Why School of Dentistry?

Excellent facilities and equipment

A recent £6m investment programme's dramatically upgraded our teaching and research facilities, and created additional postgraduate places.

Here are some of the key features:-

New sedation and oral surgery suites
State-of-the-art training facilities
New tutorial rooms
Enhanced patient facilities
New research laboratories, closely integrated with clinical areas and featuring extensive, state-of-the-art equipment
A new Oral Health Suite with dedicated research facility within a clinical area of the hospital
Refurbished lecture theatres, multi-skills suites, teaching rooms and Student Common Room.
High quality school laboratories

Specialist dentistry

We accommodate many specialist dentistry interests through our partnership with the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Together we've created state-of-the-art facilities for specialist dentistry research and education, including the management of clinical trials to a high level of clinical governance.

Wide range of programmes

Programmes in the School of Dentistry extend from short courses, aimed at updating the general dental practitioner, to full-time studentships leading to higher degrees, with a large variety of research based or professional training programmes in between. We also have a steadily expending menu of verifiable CPD courses for all members of the dental team.

Career prospects

Career Opportunities for DDSc Orthodontic graduates mainly consist of:

Specialist Orthodontic Practice - orthodontist
Hospital Orthodontist or Consultant
University – Clinical academic

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In common with all specialty training programmes in the UK, this course runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full course combines the taught elements and research for the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module. Read more
In common with all specialty training programmes in the UK, this course runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full course combines the taught elements and research for the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module.

We place special emphasis on:
-Contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques
-Research methods and biostatistics
-The development of a questioning approach to the speciality of orthodontics

The taught elements are delivered in small group sessions, seminars, practical skills training, online learning and student-led enhancement sessions. Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with severe malocclusions led by orthodontic specialists and hospital consultants.

The clinical training part of the course involves attendance at clinics in the University and associated Hospital Trusts. During this time you will provide treatment for approximately 150 carefully selected patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.
The research methods and biostatistics training is used in the planning and implementation of a research project and its presentation as a dissertation; advice and guidance will be available from a group of highly experienced researchers. It is hoped that the research topic will examine an issue of relevance to your future work and will also provide the basis for a refereed publication.

Aims

The aim of the taught clinical component is to give you an understanding of the scientific basis of orthodontics. There is a particular emphasis on current thinking relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients.

Teaching and learning

Teaching in orthodontics will be provided throughout the course. This element will include tutorials, seminars and clinical demonstrations. You are encouraged to attend other relevant seminars in other clinical disciplines to gain a broad perspective of orthodontics.

Instruction will also be given in clinical and laboratory aspects of orthodontics. These will take the form of demonstrations, seminars and practical laboratory exercises.

Career opportunities

Orthodontics is a fascinating, stimulating specialty that offers a number of career opportunities. Orthodontists enjoy their clinical work and this can be undertaken in a specialist practice setting funded either through a state run scheme, eg. National Health Service (NHS), or in a private setting where treatment is funded directly by the patients.

Some countries adopt a third party payment system where all or part of the treatment cost is met by an insurance scheme.
In addition to their clinical role, many orthodontists also have an interest in teaching and research. These teaching roles can be part time in combination with clinical work or full time. In the research field, orthodontists have followed their specialist training with PhD study, and there are many examples of excellent orthodontic research teams in universities all over the world.

In the UK, consultant orthodontists play an active role in teaching and research, concentrate their clinical activity in multidisciplinary cases of high complexity and have an important role in management of the maxillofacial units in which they work.

Accrediting organisations

Completion of this course confers eligibility for candidates to sit M.Orth

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Established for more than 35 years, and one of the longest-running clinical training programmes in the UK, the Orthodontics MScD course is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in clinical orthodontics in a highly professional and rewarding environment. Read more
Established for more than 35 years, and one of the longest-running clinical training programmes in the UK, the Orthodontics MScD course is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in clinical orthodontics in a highly professional and rewarding environment.

This three-year full-time course aims to equip you with the skills needed to perform as a competent specialist in orthodontics, with focus on the clinical, theoretical and research areas required for provision of adequate patient care.

Open to home, EU and overseas students, successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Master’s degree in Orthodontics. The course is also recognised for training purposes by the Royal Colleges for the Membership in Orthodontics of both Edinburgh and the Bicollegiate examination.

Didactic, self-directed and problem-based modular teaching extends throughout the three-year programme. The course provides clinical training within the teaching hospital and in district units in Swansea, Newport, and North Glamorgan. The first two years of the course consist of structured research.

Distinctive features of the course include:

• High-quality clinical training
• Excellent clinical and academic facilities

Structure

This is a full-time, three-year course, with the final examination in the spring of year three. The course consists of three main elements:

1. A taught course covering evidence-based topics that are consistent with the recommendations of the World Federation of Orthodontists, European and National guidelines

2. A clinical practical element of supervised management of selected problems of dento-facial abnormality

3. A research project and preparation of a dissertation.

Throughout the programme, you will spend five clinical (half day) sessions per week providing direct patient care and one session per week attending new patient and joint clinics. One (half day) session per week is dedicated to academic teaching in the autumn and spring terms, and three (half day) sessions are timetabled for research and personal study in the autumn and spring terms. An additional session is available for research during the summer term resulting in there being approximately 560 hours available.

To see a full list of the modules taught on this cause please visit the website:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/orthodontics-mscd

Teaching

You will be taught via clinical teaching and instruction; a seminar programme; case review and interactive clinical presentations; guided critical reading and journal clubs; research forum presentations and critical appraisal of research methodologies; individual research guidance; attendance at regional and national meetings of relevance; and self-directed learning and presentation in small group forums to encourage a problem-based learning method.

Support

All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Learning Central, on which you will find course materials and links to related materials. You will be supervised when undertaking your dissertation, and your supervisor will schedule regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.

Opportunities to reflect on abilities and performance are made available through the Learning Central ‘Personal Development Planning’ module and through scheduled meetings with personal tutors.

Feedback:

Students will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral presentations.

Assessment

There are summative and formative assessments throughout the three-year programme with research being assessed through a final dissertation in year three.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme should be equipped to pursue careers in orthodontic specialisms.

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​The programme offers specialist training building on an initial qualification in dental technology. There are no required attendances to Cardiff Metropolitan University for this programme as it is delivered via distance learning. Read more

Course Overview

​The programme offers specialist training building on an initial qualification in dental technology.

There are no required attendances to Cardiff Metropolitan University for this programme as it is delivered via distance learning. This will necessitate students accessing video conferencing over a PC with a broadband connection. There will be weekly meetings within each module. Students are expected to carry out at least 6 hours of practical work per week in their laboratory/workplace throughout the academic year.

See the website https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/health/courses/Pages/Dental-Technology---MSc-(Distance-Learning)-.aspx

​Course Content​​

Completion of 60 credits at each stage is required. At Certificate and Diploma levels, students study modules from a selected specialist area, which may include fixed prosthodontics (conservation), removable prosthodontics (dentures) and orthodontics. For example, module titles include, complex complete and partial dentures, precision attachments, implants, fixed and myofunctional orthodontic appliances.

There are several Work Based Learning modules involving case studies, personal and portfolio development. Research modules are also available preparing candidates for the Masters' if required. At this level a research project and preparation of a publishable article must be undertaken. The research topic is agreed between the student and their allocated supervison.

Learning & Teaching​

​Attendance for this programme is via video conference. This will necessitate students accessing a PC or Internet compatible device with a broadband connection. There are no required attendances to campus.

Assessment

Certificate and Diploma Modules are assessed by practical and theoretical examinations, written or practical assignments or a combination of these. The Masters' component (part 2) is assessed by a research project worth 60 credits.

Employability & Careers​

The qualifications allow application for the post of Senior Dental Technician and above within the health service (at MT0 3/A4C Band 6 or higher). Successfully completing the programmes would also allow those in the private sector to carry out more demanding work with an associated higher earning potential.

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships

Find out how to apply here https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply

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This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery. Read more

This programme is for dental surgery graduates who wish to extend their knowledge, clinical practice experience and expertise in oral surgery.

The programme will give you theoretical and practical understanding of oral surgery and how it relates to other dental specialities.

The syllabus includes components of the core competencies for oral surgery training for the General Dental Council and Royal College of Surgeons of England guidelines:

  • extraction of teeth & retained roots/pathology
  • management of associated complications including oro-antral fistula
  • management of odontogenic and all other oral infections
  • management of impacted teeth
  • management of complications
  • peri-radicular surgery
  • dentoalveolar surgery in relation to orthodontic treatment
  • intraoral and labial biopsy techniques
  • treatment of intra-oral benign and cystic lesions of hard and soft tissues
  • management of benign salivary gland disease by intra-oral techniques and familiarity with the diagnosis and treatment of other salivary gland diseases
  • insertion of osseointegrated dental implants including bone augmentation and soft tissue management
  • appropriate pain and anxiety control including the administration of standard conscious sedation techniques
  • management of adults and children as in-patients, including the medically at risk patient
  • management of dento-alveolar trauma and familiarity with the management and treatment of fractures of the jaws and facial skeleton
  • management of oro-facial pain including temporomandibular joint disorders
  • clinical diagnosis of oral cancer and potentially malignant diseases, familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • the diagnosis of dentofacial deformity and familiarity with its management and treatment
  • diagnosis of oral mucosal diseases and familiarity with their management and appropriate referral
  • control of cross-infection
  • medico-legal aspects of oral surgery

Programme structure

You will participate in lectures, seminars and a rehearsal of procedures in the clinical skills laboratory.

You will also undertake an integrated programme of theoretical, clinical and laboratory teaching.

Throughout the course you will be assessed by written examinations, case presentations, oral examination and the completion of a research project.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.



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The Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics has approved this degree as part of the training programme in orthodontics. It provides you with a deeper understanding of, and further technical and diagnostic skills in, orthodontics. Read more

The Specialist Advisory Committee in Orthodontics has approved this degree as part of the training programme in orthodontics. It provides you with a deeper understanding of, and further technical and diagnostic skills in, orthodontics.

It involves a large clinical component as well as your own research project.

You will learn to:

  • diagnose anomalies of the dentition
  • detect development deviations
  • formulate a treatment plan and predict its course
  • evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment
  • carry out treatment using fixed, functional and removable appliances
  • treat adults, orthognathic, surgical cases and cleft-palate patients

In addition to developing your scientific approach, the programme will teach you the psychological aspects of treatment.

Programme structure

The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to our laboratory facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.

Clinical patient care is also established early within the first term.

This is followed by five structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests on your knowledge carried out regularly.

There are written examinations at the end of each term. You must pass the written examinations at the end of the first year before proceeding to the second year.

Your final MClinDent examination will consist of written examinations, diagnostic tests, case presentations, and the presentation of your research dissertation.

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed for orthodontist specialists.



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This programme aims to. -Provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates. -Prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons. Read more
This programme aims to:
-Provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates.
-Prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons.

This programme produces motivated clinician scientists capable of obtaining high clinical standards in an objective manner. The Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) will enable you to develop the ability to design, undertake and apply appropriate research to relevant clinical problems.

Applications for a position on this programme as a specialist trainee in orthodontics will be made through the national recruitment process, which is likely to be advertised in the British Dental Journal.

We will also accept university-based applications from international applicants, followed by shortlisting and interviews of selected candidates.

There are usually eight positions for home students: one each in Taunton, Yeovil, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Exeter, and three opportunities in Bristol/Bath. There is also the opportunity for two overseas students in Bristol/Bath and one overseas student in Bristol/Swindon.

Programme structure

The programme is broadly divided between academic modules, treatment of patients under close supervision and a research project.

The academic teaching component is a comprehensive lecture/seminar programme covering all aspects of orthodontics, relevant basic medical sciences and research methods. We have developed a programme with both internal and external speakers who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen topics. Please see the school website for a full list of areas covered by the modular programme.

Treatment sessions with your own patients, diagnostic clinics, case seminars and topic-related tutorials are included in the teaching. To increase the diversity of clinical experience, you will also be supervised by several different consultants during your training. A number of treated cases are prepared for the MOrth examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons in the summer of the third year of the programme.

As part of the programme, students carry out an investigation and prepare a research dissertation, which must include a critical review of the relevant literature. It is also a requirement that material is prepared and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the three-year programme. Projects are diverse and cover contemporary areas of clinical practice and laboratory-based research in orthodontics. This research is examined in the autumn of the final year.

Careers

The DDS/ MOrth programme will equip you with the necessary skills for entry into orthodontic specialist practice.

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