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Orthodontics Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

Orthodontics Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

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Qualification type

DClinDent - Doctorate of Clinical Dentistry

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Course Summary

The Professional Doctorate Programme in Orthodontics provides an integrated three years training for dentists who aspire to be specialists, either in primary or secondary services, or clinical academics of the future. The DClinDent Degree integrates academic activities with clinical practice and research up to level 8 of FHEQ and covers all the topics in the GDC (UK) Specialist Curriculum. The degree is full-time and will provide a sound basis for developing an academic career and for preparing for a career as a specialist in the discipline of Orthodontics. You will undertake the Final DClinDent examination (University of London) during the third year and may separately choose to also undertake the external Membership (MOrth) examination, with the Royal College of Surgeons.

This programme will: Familiarise you with up-to-date, novel and evidence based clinical practices in Orthodontics; Provide research training to professional doctorate level allowing you to develop critical appraisal skills in relation to published literature and undertake a research project, under direct supervision; Provides you hands-on clinical training with children and adolescents; Enable you to understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement; Enable you to understand the development, growth and influence of the skeletal and soft tissues on the dentition; Allow you to develop an understanding of the importance of materials science in orthodontics; Teach you how to formulate a diagnosis of malocclusion and an appropriate treatment plan; Let you apply the theory and practice of clinical orthodontics to treat a variety of malocclusions.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. Each module is assessed separately, including essays, written, clinical and viva voce examinations. You will be assessed during the DClinDent program by written examinations, case presentations, practical examination, clinical diagnostic and treatment planning.

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Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date



Clinical Governance and Audit - Orthodontics - Core
Multidisciplinary Care in Orthodontic Patients - Core
Completion of Clinical Treatment and Cases - Orthodontics - Core
Advanced Clinical Diagnostic and Treatment Planning in Orthodontic Patients - Core
Research Consolidation and Manuscript Preparation from Dclindent Project - Orthodontics - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent, plus two years full-time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry, including 6 months full-time experience in Oral & Maxillo-facial surgery and paediatric dentistry or restorative dentistry. Other international qualifications may be acceptable.