- Duration: 3 years
- Mode: Full time
Why study this course
You will gain the skills needed to perform as a competent specialist in Orthodontics, with focus on the clinical, theoretical and research areas required for provision of appropriate patient care.
This course is recognised for training purposes by the Royal Colleges for the Membership in Orthodontics of both Edinburgh and the Bicollegiate examination.
There are opportunities to receive further training in nearby district hospitals in south Wales, adding to the quality and diversity of the clinical training you receive.
Join a top 3 Dental School
We are ranked in the Top 3 for Dentistry by the Complete University Guide 2020 based on student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects.
University Dental Hospital
Our School is located in a working hospital, where there are approximately 100,000 patient contacts per year. Next door you'll find 100 acres of parkland and playing fields, and the vibrant city centre is a walkable two-mile distance away.
Strong links with NHS
Our close links with the National Health Service allow us access to a diverse range of patients, whose clinical care needs are suitable for specialist and advanced clinical teaching.
Our close-knit dental community has a postgraduate population of about 50 registered students. Our postgraduate study suite, and dedicated postgraduate team will ensure you have all the support you need.
The programme is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in Clinical Orthodontics in a highly professional and rewarding environment.
Established for over 40 years and one of the longest-running clinical training programmes in the UK. The course equips 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 appropriate patient care. All students will be encouraged to take the Membership in Orthodontics.
The course requires full time attendance over a three-year period, with the final examination in the spring of year three. 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 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 per year for research.
Clinical teaching and instruction will be delivered through structured sessions including seminars, case reviews 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 philosophy. There are summative and formative assessments throughout the three-year programme with research being assessed through a final dissertation in year three.
Our teaching is at the forefront of dental education, clinical training and research, and you will have the opportunity to work with and learn from leaders in their respective fields. You’ll have access to some of the finest clinical, educational and research facilities of the top UK Dental School in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
On successful completion of the programme you will be awarded a Master’s Degree in Orthodontics.
All of this takes place within a friendly, supportive and professional environment within the University Dental Hospital and School in Cardiff, where we do everything we can to ensure you have the very best experience and achieve your academic and clinical goals.
Where you'll study
School of Dentistry
We are the only dental school in Wales, providing unique and important leadership in dental research, teaching and patient care.
Home students for the MScD Orthodontic programme can only be considered alongside a StR application which must be made consecutively to the MScD application. For further details about the StR post, please visit the Health Education and Improvement Wales website.
International students may apply for this programme and tuition will be charged at the overseas fee rate for all students in this category.
Please note: The Programme does not come with a National Training Number and, therefore, will not permit automatic or any guarantee of entry to the Specialist list in the relevant dental monspecialty. Completion of the course does not automatically entitle entry to the GDC specialist list.
You must hold a primary dental qualification (BDS/DDS or equivalent).
English language requirements:
You must supply evidence that you meet the English language requirements at the point you submit your application.
The English language requirement for this programme is set by the regulatory body, the General Dental Council (GDC). In line with GDC guidelines, acceptable English language evidence includes:
- IELTS 7.0 with 6.5 in each subskill no more than 2 years old at the start of the programme, or
- evidence of a primary dental qualification which has been taught (in its entirety) in a country on the UKVI list of exceptions and is no more than 2 years prior to the start of the programme, or
- evidence of a pass in a language test for registration with a regulatory authority in a country where the first language is English no longer than 2 years prior to the start of the programme, or
- evidence of 2 years’ experience of practising in a country where the first language is English.
If you provide evidence other than those listed above, they must meet the criteria set out by the GDC i.e. the evidence must be robust, recent and readily verifiable by the GDC.
Other essential requirements:
You will also need to provide all of the following at the point you submit your application in order to be considered:
- one academic reference
- one clinical reference to evidence 2 years' post-qualification experience
- an up-to-date CV
- evidence that you are a registered dental practitioner
- personal statement
- a copy of your undergraduate degree certificate and related formal transcripts.
Applicants should normally have passed the MJDF/MFDS/FDS qualifications of the Royal College of Surgeons and have a broad clinical experience. Previous audit and research experience is beneficial.
You must submit a fully completed application by 31 December 2022 to be considered for September 2023 entry. Applications received or completed after this date may be considered subject to availability of places.
We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will invite you to an interview.
Successful candidates will be required to comply with the University’s and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust’s Occupational Health clearance including Exposure Prone Procedures (EPP).
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.
You will be required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check if your application is successful. If you are applying from certain countries overseas, a Certificate of Good Conduct may be required.
If you have a relevant criminal conviction, this will be stated in the check and may affect your ability to enrol on the course. Applicants who are on the barred list should be aware that applying to this course is likely to be considered a criminal offence.
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:
- A taught course covering evidence-based topics that are consistent with the recommendations of the World Federation of Orthodontists, European and National guidelines
- A clinical practical element of supervised management of selected problems of dento-facial abnormality
- A research project and a dissertation.
Weekly sessions: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 yielding approximately 560 hours.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/24 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
|Module title||Module code|
|Written and Oral Examinations||DEA002|
|RITA / Appraisal||DEA003|
|Module title||Module code|
|Written and Oral Examinations||DEA004|
|Written and Oral Examinations||DEA005|
|RITA / Appraisal||DEA006|
|Basic Orthodontic Subjects||DEP008|
|Module title||Module code|
|Written and Oral Examinations||DEA007|
|RITA / Appraisal||DEA008|
|Submission of Literature Review||DEA013|
|Defence of Literature Review||DEA014|
|Submission of Thesis||DEA015|
|Defence of Thesis||DEA016|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
How will I be taught?
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.
How will I be assessed?
There are summative and formative assessments throughout the three-year programme with research being assessed through a final dissertation in year three.
How will I be supported?
All modules make extensive use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment, 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.
Students will receive written feedback on all assessments, in addition to oral feedback on assessed oral presentations.
What skills will I practise and develop?
- Diagnose anomalies of the dentition, facial structures and functional conditions.
- Detect deviations of the development of the dentition, of facial growth and occurrence of functional abnormalities.
- Formulate a treatment plan and predict its course.
- Carry out interceptive orthodontic measures.
- Execute simple and complex treatment procedures.
- Work together in multi-disciplinary teams for the treatment of compromised (adult) patients, orthodontic surgical cases and cleft palate patients.
- Evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment.
- Understand psychological aspects relevant to orthodontics.
- Further develop a scientific attitude and an enquiring mind.
- Undergo training in scientific methodology.
- Further develop your ability to interpret scientific literature.
- Carry out a research project.
- Prepare oral and written presentations of clinical and research findings.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
NHS trainees who are considering applying for this programme should contact the School of Dentistry directly to discuss tuition fees.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Learn how we decide your fee status
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
Graduates from this programme should be equipped to pursue careers in orthodontic specialisms.
HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.