Postgraduate study

Orthodontics DClinDent, MClinDent

Awards: DClinDent, MClinDent

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Orthodontics

The DClinDent in Orthodontics is a three-year, full-time programme which enables students to develop, consolidate and enhance their range of academic and clinical competencies to enable independent and reflective practice at the standard of a specialist in Orthodontics.

This degree is for dentists wishing to train as specialists in Orthodontics. It is approved as part of the training programme in orthodontics by the SAC (Specialist Advisory Committee) in Orthodontics for those UK trainees in possession of a National Training Number (NTN) awarded by the Postgraduate Dental Dean for Scotland (students from outside of the UK and Ireland are not normally given a National Training Number).

Successful completion of the DClinDent will stand students in good stead if considering applying to the Specialty Membership Examination in Orthodontics (MOrth) administered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The programme consists of 13 courses. All courses are compulsory, assessed and credit-bearing. All students are required to successfully complete occupational health clearance to undergo exposure prone procedures prior to being allowed to treat patients. Attendance is required on weekdays for 42 weeks each year. Students spend 20 hours a week (50% of their time) treating personal patients under supervision. In addition, they are expected to attend multidisciplinary clinics with maxillofacial surgery, paediatric dentistry, and restorative dentistry on a rotating basis. They are also expected to attend at least one new patient clinic per week.

The Scotland-Wide Orthodontic Programme (SWOP) of lectures, seminars and tutorials takes place every Friday in term time and continues throughout the year.

The degree course begins with an introductory period of core topics. Following this, students spend time in the laboratory to familiarise themselves with the facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.

This is followed by structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials. Seminars are run on a Scotland-wide basis with contributions from staff in all four training institutions (Glasgow Dental School, Edinburgh Dental Institute (EDI), Dundee Dental School, Aberdeen Dental School). Teaching takes place in the Dundee and Glasgow Dental Schools, as well as in the EDI. This allows the students to meet for teaching and for personal and peer interaction.

On completion of the DClinDent, the student will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Diagnose anomalies of the dentition.
  • Detect deviations in the development of the dentition, of facial growth and the possession of functional abnormalities.
  • Evaluate the need for orthodontic treatment.
  • Formulate a treatment plan and predict its course.
  • Carry out interceptive orthodontic measures.
  • Carry out orthodontic treatment procedures using fixed, functional and removable appliances.
  • Evaluate orthodontic progress and treatment outcomes.
  • Possess an overview of the multidisciplinary approach for the treatment of dentally and medically compromised patients.
  • Be able to acquire and interpret research information and data.
  • Be able to prepare oral and written clinical and research findings.
  • The ability to design and organise a Systematic Review.
  • Clinical competence at the level of a specialist for an appropriate range of treatment techniques.
  • Competence in the selection, planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of clinical audit.

Examples of careers entered into by our past graduates include:

  • Specialist practice (in the UK and overseas).
  • As a speciality dentist, specialist or consultant in secondary care.
  • Programme directors, lecturers and other roles within dental school infrastructure.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to confirm with the regulatory bodies of their country of origin as to how the DClinDent and MOrth are recognised.

A primary dental qualification (such as a Bachelor of Dental Surgery), or its international equivalent, plus a minimum of two years' post-qualification experience.

In addition to the above minimum entry requirements, the following attributes are desirable:

  1. Possession of one or both parts of the of the MFDS, MFD, or MJDF examinations or part 1 of the M.Orth examination, of one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of the UK and Ireland,
  2. Experience of at least TWO different areas of dental practice (children's dentistry, oral surgery, restorative dentistry, etc),
  3. Experience of clinical audit
  4. Experience of research
  5. Presentations at conferences (posters or verbal)
  6. Publications in peer-reviewed journals – either as main author or co-author
  7. Teaching experience

Protecting Vulnerable Groups

All successful applicants will be required to join Disclosure Scotland's Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme before starting the programme. In addition, all applicants who don't live in the UK, or who have spent more than a year abroad, will need to provide equivalent verification from the relevant national authority.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.*

(*Revised 08/11/2018 to provide more accurate information on English language qualifications expiry dates. Revised 08/05/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)

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Tuition fee deposit

Successful applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £1,500 before an unconditional offer can be made. This will be offset against tuition fees upon entry to the programme.

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Tuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
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Decisions on applications for entry in September 2019 will be made by Friday 29 March 2019.

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Further information

  • Edinburgh Postgraduate Dental Institute
  • Lauriston Building
  • Lauriston Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9HA