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Orthodontics MSc

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Our Orthodontic MSc course provides academic, practical and clinical teaching in contemporary orthodontics including normal development and growth of the craniofacial region, development of the dentition, interceptive treatment, orthodontic tooth movement, treatment planning, management of malocclusion, the use of contemporary appliance systems and treatment mechanics.UK candidates are required to apply for orthodontic training posts through Health Education England via the national recruitment process. Full details are published on the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website as soon as they become available. Successful UK applicants within national recruitment are then required to apply for the Orthodontics MSc, based at King's College London, for the academic component, following the allocation of a training post. Once training posts are allocated, candidates will be contacted by King's Admissions and the application portal will be re-opened for them to apply.

Key benefits

  • Exposure to a wide variety of orthodontic appliances and techniques
  • Rotations to peripheral hospital orthodontic departments in SE England
  • Dedicated postgraduate dental centre at Guy's Hospital
  • Internationally competitive research opportunities
Simon

King's was the obvious choice for postgraduate orthodontics. The state-of-the-art facilities in Guys’ Hospital are incredible to work in, giving me access to new tech and research materials. And studying under the worlds' leading clinical & research fellows, some of whom literally wrote the book on modern orthodontics, has been the most rewarding experience so far.

Simon, Orthodontics

The Orthodontics MSc programme is based at King’s College London 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 course 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 online 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 course prepares you to sit the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) examination of the United Kingdom Royal Surgical Colleges.  

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

The training period provides a minimum of 4,500 hours over the degree (three years) full- time or an agreed equivalent within the framework of a less than full-time training course.

The course timetable is apportioned approximately as:

  • 60% clinical
  • 20% academic
  • 20% research
  • This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.

Standard university term times do not apply to this course. You will receive an allowance of compulsory and selectable leave for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment.

This course is taught primarily at King’s College London (predominantly Guy’s Hospital), with some first year lectures at Queen Mary University of London. These lectures are organised in blocks, normally at the start of the programme.

Assessment

    • Science of Orthodontics (Module 1) and Clinical Orthodontic Theory (Module 2) – – multiple choice questions / written examination
    • Clinical Orthodontics – – written examination, unseen clinical cases, practical wire-bending, presentation of treated cases, oral examination
    • Orthodontic Research – research dissertation and oral presentation

    The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

    Extra information

    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.

    • William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent;
    • Kingston Hospital;
    • Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead;
    • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton;
    • Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup;
    • Medway Maritime Hospital;
    • St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust;
    • Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford;
    • Croydon University Hospital

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take: Year 1

    Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
    Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

    Year 2

    Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
    Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

    Year 3

    Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
    Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
    Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £16,890 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £53,940 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The Home deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.  

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationery
    • Travel costs around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs
    • Since this is a clinical programme students may find that they benefit from use of clinical operating loupes with or without headlamp illumination in order to facilitate their clinical development
    • Accommodation and subsistence for face-to-face training blocks
    • Internet access
    • Computer equipment
    • Photography equipment (to be discussed further at enrolment): a digital camera with a macro lens and ring flash; SD card; retractors and mirrors; photo editing software
    • Binding for logbooks/dissertations – binding is not necessary but is optional
    • Examination fees (if not taken at venue in London)

    Funding

    The Orthodontics MSc programme is based at King’s College London 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 course 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 online 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 course prepares you to sit the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) examination of the United Kingdom Royal Surgical Colleges.  

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    The training period provides a minimum of 4,500 hours over the degree (three years) full- time or an agreed equivalent within the framework of a less than full-time training course.

    The course timetable is apportioned approximately as:

    • 60% clinical
    • 20% academic
    • 20% research
    • This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.

    Standard university term times do not apply to this course. You will receive an allowance of compulsory and selectable leave for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment.

    This course is taught primarily at King’s College London (predominantly Guy’s Hospital), with some first year lectures at Queen Mary University of London. These lectures are organised in blocks, normally at the start of the programme.

    Assessment

      • Science of Orthodontics (Module 1) and Clinical Orthodontic Theory (Module 2) – – multiple choice questions / written examination
      • Clinical Orthodontics – – written examination, unseen clinical cases, practical wire-bending, presentation of treated cases, oral examination
      • Orthodontic Research – research dissertation and oral presentation

      The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they may change if the course modules change.

      Extra information

      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.

      • William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent;
      • Kingston Hospital;
      • Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead;
      • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton;
      • Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup;
      • Medway Maritime Hospital;
      • St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust;
      • Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford;
      • Croydon University Hospital

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits. You are required to take: Year 1

      Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
      Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

      Year 2

      Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
      Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

      Year 3

      Science of Orthodontics (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontic Theory (30 credits)
      Clinical Orthodontics (60 credits)
      Orthodontic Research (60 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £16,890 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £53,940 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The Home deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.  

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationery
      • Travel costs around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs
      • Since this is a clinical programme students may find that they benefit from use of clinical operating loupes with or without headlamp illumination in order to facilitate their clinical development
      • Accommodation and subsistence for face-to-face training blocks
      • Internet access
      • Computer equipment
      • Photography equipment (to be discussed further at enrolment): a digital camera with a macro lens and ring flash; SD card; retractors and mirrors; photo editing software
      • Binding for logbooks/dissertations – binding is not necessary but is optional
      • Examination fees (if not taken at venue in London)

      Funding

      Application closing date guidance

      We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. Our first application deadline is the 28th January 2022. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.

      Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in January, and we are unable to process more offers because places are filled before the final application deadlines above.

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