The Orthodontics MSc programme is taught primarily at the University of Malta, in Malta, with some lectures at Royal London Hospital (QMUL) and King’s College London (Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital). The UK lectures are organised in blocks, normally at the start of the programme. Students receive clinical instruction and undertake patient treatment sessions at a modern clinical facility in Malta.
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 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 in 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. The training is recognised by the Medical Council of Malta and within the European Union as that required for specialist registration in Orthodontics. By the end of the course, the trainee will have had sufficient training and experience to satisfy EU requirements for Specialist Registration in Orthodontics (Directive EU 78/686/EEG).
The usual training period wil be a minimum of 4,500 hours over the degree.
The course content is apportioned approximately as:
- 33% clinical
- 33% academic
- 34% 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.
Science of Orthodontics – essay paper.
Clinical Orthodontic Theory – essay paper.
Clinical Orthodontics – unseen clinical cases, practical exam, presentation of treated cases, oral examination.
Orthodontic Research – research dissertation, oral examination.
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.
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. 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.