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MScD in Orthodontics (MSc)

Ortho patient being treated

Established for over 35 years and one of the longest-running clinical training programmes in the UK, the programme is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in Clinical Orthodontics in a highly professional and rewarding environment.


The course equips students 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.


A 3-year full-time course open to Home, EU and Overseas students, successful completion of the programme will result in the award of a Masters 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.

Students spend their time within the University Dental Hospital in Cardiff but also in allocated district general hospitals elsewhere in South Wales, adding to the quality and diversity of the clinical training they receive. Most students spent two days per week in their allocated district hospitals.


Programme Structure

The course requires full time attendance over a 3-year period, with the final examination in the Spring of year 3. The course consists of three main elements: a.) a taught course covering evidence-based topics that are consistent with the recommendations of the World Federation of Orthodontists, European and National guidelines; b.) a clinical practical element of supervised management of selected problems of dento-facial abnormality; c.) a research project and preparation of a dissertation.


Throughout the programme, each student will spend 5 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 3 (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 per year for research.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Learning and teaching will be 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.



There are summative and formative assessments throughout the three year programme with research being assessed through a final dissertation in year 3.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have passed the FDS or MDS qualifications of the Royal College of Surgeons and who have a broad clinical experience.  Previous audit and research experience is beneficial. The ORE qualification is also required.   Information on how to register can be found at International applicants must provide proof of their English Language proficiency (IELTS score of 7.0 or above). Short-listed applicants will be interviewed by the course committee.



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