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.
Established for over 40 years, and one of the longest-running clinical training programmes in the UK, the Orthodontics MScD course is designed to provide clinical and academic training for future specialists in clinical orthodontics in a highly professional and rewarding environment.
This three-year full-time course aims to equip 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 adequate patient care.
Open to home, EU and overseas students, successful completion of the course will result in the award of a Master’s 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.
Didactic, self-directed and problem-based modular teaching extends throughout the three-year programme. The course provides clinical training within the teaching hospitals in South Wales. A structured research project will also be undertaken during the first two years of the course.
- High-quality clinical training
- Excellent clinical and academic facilities
- This course is recognised for training purposes by the Royal Colleges for the Membership in Orthodontics of both Edinburgh and the Bicollegiate examination.
|Next intake||September 2020|
|Accreditations||General Dental Council (GDC)|
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.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain an overall IELTS score of 7 (with a minimum sub score of 6.5 in each of the four sub sections). This test will need to have been taken within 2 years of commencement of study. Applicants are required to have achieved the IELTS test result prior to an application being submitted.
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 Wales Deanery website.
Selection to the Programme is through written application, meeting above entry criteria, receipt of two references (one must be academic, one must be clinical), and success at informal interview.
Application deadline: 31 December. Please note: interviews will be undertaken on a first come first served basis throughout the application period and offers made to suitable candidates.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
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 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.
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.
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.
Graduates from this programme should be equipped to pursue careers in orthodontic specialisms.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.