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
-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.
The School’s Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR) is where most of our research activity takes place. COHR has a particular focus on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms and translating these into clinical settings. Evaluation of clinical, community and economic strategies to improve public health and inform a wider health agenda is a central research theme.
The course is 36 months. For NHS Registrars, who may undertake their clinical work elsewhere, attendance is required on a Thursday and Friday each week. International students are enrolled on a full-time programme including clinical practice and are required to attend daily throughout term time.
Our teaching methods include case seminars, journal club and research sessions. Additional learning and teaching opportunities are also available through the Northern Universities Consortium (NUC).
Some of the seminars are held at peripheral hospitals across the region, eg Middlesbrough and Carlisle. The majority of NUC days are not held in Newcastle and you will have to make your own travel arrangements.
The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. The School is in the same building as the Dental Hospital, adjacent to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital, forming one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.
Our Orthodontics MSc is a full time three-year programme of academic, practical and clinical teaching in orthodontics. The programme covers all aspects of modern orthodontics, including normal development and growth of the craniofacial region, development of the dentition, orthodontic tooth movement, treatment planning, management of malocclusion, contemporary appliance systems and treatment mechanics.
The Orthodontics MSc programme is based at King’s College London Dental Institute with clinical treatment clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which collectively with King’s College London form King’s Health Partners. Orthodontic trainees also rotate out to undertake patient treatment sessions at a number of peripheral hospital units within South East England.
The programme is based on the UK General Dental Council Orthodontic curriculum and is delivered through lectures, practical and technical teaching elements, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, supervised clinical treatment of patients and attendance on diagnostic and multidisciplinary outpatient clinics.
Academic and clinical teaching is supported by a local virtual learning environment and also through access to the British Orthodontic Society national on-line learning programme. Assessment is through written, oral and practical examinations, clinical work-based assessments, case presentations, patient logbooks and the submission of a research dissertation.
Students undertake a dedicated research project as part of their course and the Dental Institute at King’s provides an environment enriched with internationally recognized academics to facilitate this. In recent years, students have undertaken projects incorporating many different subject areas including clinical orthodontics, craniofacial biology, dental materials science, clinical psychology and dental public health.
Students are encouraged to register and undertake a King’s Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice to further develop their educational skills. The programme complies with the principles of Erasmus and supports the European Union directives on specialisation in orthodontics.
The programme prepares you for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) of one of the United Kingdom Royal Surgical Colleges, currently under conjoint status with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Passing the conjoint MSc examination will be complemented by a pass in the MOrth of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The usual training period is a minimum of 4,500 hours over the degree (3 years) whole-time or agreed equivalent within the framework of a less than full-time training programme.
The programme content is apportioned approximately as:
This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.
As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King's and/or Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work.
This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment. If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College's Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.
NHS Hospital Trusts
The clinical component of the course may include sessions at some of the following hospital trusts. This is a unique aspect of the training on this course and provides the students with the opportunity for a very wide-based clinical experience.
A blended, interactive learning programme focussed on clinical skills to promote a best practice approach in orthodontic care
with the highest standards of professional excellence. The course also aims to teach the general dentist on how to use clear
aligner therapy as a tool in aesthetic dentistry.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
• Understand orthodontic anatomy and classification
• Understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
• Be able to interpret clinical imagery in orthodontic alignment
• Understand the treatment process of clear aligner therapy
and materials used
• Know the components of the clear aligner as an orthodontic
• Know how to use computer-assisted technology In clear
aesthetic orthodontic alignment
Overview Introductory component to provide overview of the
programme, orientation, and basic knowledge necessary to start Term 2.
To provide all students with the basic theoretical knowledge
necessary to undertake the practical and clinical training offered in
From September 2017 to January 2018 – Rolling start: students’
recruitment will continue throughout Term 1.
Introductory component to provide overview of the programme,
orientation, and basic knowledge necessary to start Term 2.
To provide all students with the basic theoretical knowledge
necessary to undertake the practical and clinical training offered
in the programme.
This is the most interactive unit, in which students will share with
their course mates and lecturers their own clinical cases and the
application of clear aligner therapy in their practice.
Students will share clinical cases as they progress, and comment
on other students’ cases using the online forum and thoughtshare
exercises, and may choose to seek feedback on the clinical
case selected for their final assessment.
At the end of the unit, a final residential session will be held to
allow selected students to present a complete case study to
other students and lecturers.
To provide the students with a professional network of colleagues
and mentors to critically support and advise the application of
the skills learned in unit 2. Students will also have the opportunity
to receive feedback on the clinical case they intend to present as
part of their final assessment.
We are currently accepting applications for the Autumn 2017
intake. To find out more and how to apply contact us on
+44 (0)20 7400 8989 or email [email protected].
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:
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.
This programme has been designed for dental surgery graduates who wish to specialise in oral surgery.
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:
In addition to developing your scientific approach, the programme will teach you the psychological aspects of treatment.
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.
This programme has been designed for orthodontist specialists.