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Orthodontics MSc

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Our Orthodontics MSc provides academic, practical and clinical teaching in modern orthodontics including normal development and growth of the craniofacial region, development of the dentition, orthodontic tooth movement, treatment planning, management of malocclusion, contemporary appliance systems and treatment mechanics.

UK/EU 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/EU 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.

 We also offer a joint degree with the University of Malta for international students. Please visit the Orthodontics MSc joint degree with University of Malta course page for details. 

 


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

 

Key information

Application status Open

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake 8 UK/EU, 7 overseas

Course leaders

Professor Martyn Cobourne

martyn.cobourne@kcl.ac.uk

 

Further details

Course contact for further information

0207 188 4415

dental-postgraduate@kcl.ac.uk

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

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Description

The Orthodontics MSc programme is based at King’s College London Dental Institute 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.

 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

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. You will receive a leave allowance for each academic year with full details provided on enrolment.

Assessment

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.

 

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

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required modules

You are required to take:

  • 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.

Required Modules
  • Part 1: Science of Orthodontics
  • Part 2: Clinical Orthodontics

  • Part 3: Orthodontics Clinical

  • Part 4: Orthodontics Research

continued in year 2 & 3

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 2

Required Modules
    Required modules continued from year 1
  • Part 1: Science of Orthodontics

  • Part 2: Clinical Orthodontics

  • Part 3: Orthodontics Clinical

  • Part 4: Orthodontics Research

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Year 3

Required Modules
      Required modules continued from year 1
  • Part 1: Science of Orthodontics

  • Part 2: Clinical Orthodontics

  • Part 3: Orthodontics Clinical

  • Part 4: Orthodontics Research

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Orthodontics entry requirements
Minimum requirements  

A dental qualification plus at least two years post-qualification experience. UK/EU applicants will normally need to satisfy any additional specialist training requirements. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable.

UK/EU 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/EU 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.

International requirements  

Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.

English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £70 applies.

Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, two references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) will not be considered until after the deadline date of 31 January 2020. 

UK/EU 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/EU 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.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Orthodontics checklist
Personal Statement Yes

A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Applicants must demonstrate a focused interest in orthodontics.

Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes  Please submit a full CV in addition to the application form.

 

Application closing date

The deadline for applications for September 2020 entry is 31 January 2020. 

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

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £15,300 per year (2020/21)
  • Full time overseas fees: £48,900 per year (2020/21)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

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 UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March 2020, payment is due by 30 April 2020.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July 2020 and 31 July 2020, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1 August 2020, payment is due within 2 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.

Additional costs/expenses

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

  • Costs for local occupational health checks for overseas students prior to course commencement
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks 
  • Clinical tunics - One is provided; additional if required at approximately £15
  • Textbooks if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Conference attendance, travel and accommodation (optional)
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

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

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