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.
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.
The DClinDent in Orthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which will allow the candidate to achieve specialist-level training in orthodontics, together with a taught professional Doctorate, and will also prepare them for the Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK.
The DClinDent aims to provide doctoral level educational opportunities to enable students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in each clinical discipline.
The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to 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 and continues throughout the three year programme. Half of a student’s time is spent treating patients under supervision (20 hours per week).
Candidates will undertake a yearly audit project and will present this at the annual departmental audit day.
The academic programme is 9 structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests of clinical ability carried out regularly.
For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each term.
In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also be examined as follows:
Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will present the following:
a) a clinical governance project b) a systematic review of a topic related to orthodontics c) two fully documented patient case presentations d) two unseen (diagnostic) cases will also form part of this examination
The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.
Year 1 courses:
Year 2 courses:
Year 3 courses:
On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:
The programme is aimed at qualified dental practitioners who wish to further enhance their evidence-based knowledge and skills in their chosen discipline to attain a Professional Doctorate and also at individuals preparing for the appropriate Speciality Membership Examinations of one of the Royal College of Surgeons.
The latter facilitates access to the United Kingdom General Dental Council Specialist Register in the appropriate discipline, allowing an individual to practice as a specialist and with further training, appointment as a substantive/honorary NHS Consultant.
Likewise, for overseas students attainment of both a Professional Doctorate and a College Speciality Membership normally allows appointment within their own country at the Specialist/Consultant level