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Course content

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

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.


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)

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.

Visit the Orthodontics - MClinDent page on the University College London website for more details!






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