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Orthodontics MSc (Clin): 3-year course

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Degree awarded
MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics)
Duration
3 years FT
Entry requirements

All applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution.

The School also requires applicants to have at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
Around 4 places are typically available
How to apply

We accept student intakes for September each year.

To be considered for the September 2015 intake, a completed application including all supporting documents must be submitted.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

In common with all specialty training programmes in the UK, this programme runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full programme combines the taught elements and research of the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module.

The School places special emphasis on:

  • Contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques
  • Research methods and biostatistics
  • The development of a questioning approach to the speciality of orthodontics

This specialty training programme is designed for those who wish to undertake full orthodontic training, but who do not wish to practice orthodontics in the UK.

The taught elements are based around small group learning, didactic seminars, practical skills training, online learning and student-led enhancement sessions. Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with severe malocclusions led by orthodontic specialists and hospital consultants.

The clinical training part of the programme involves attendance at clinics in the Dental School and associated Hospital Trusts. During this time students provide treatment for a carefully selected group of patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.

The research methods and biostatistics training is used in the planning and implementation of a research project and its presentation as a dissertation; advice and guidance will be available from a group of highly experienced researchers. It is hoped that the research topic will examine an issue of relevance to students' future work and will also provide the basis for a refereed publication

Fees

Course fees: For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

MSc (full-time)

UK/EU students (per annum): £45,000

International students (per annum): £45,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the programme tuition, travel expenses to clinics and extra-curricular courses, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Dentistry
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 0239
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 306 1565
Email
Website
www.dentistry.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/msc_orthodontics_3yr/
Academic department overview
See: About Us.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

All applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution.

The School also requires applicants to have at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following:
  • IELTS test 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in the written component and no less than 5.5 in all components)
  • TOEFL test: 577 paper-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL test: 233 computer-based (with no less than 5.5 in the TWE - Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL test: 90 (internet-based) (Minimum: Listening/Writing 17; Reading 18 and Speaking 20)
  • Pearson Test 59-65 (with no less than 51 in each component)

This certification must be no more than 12 months old

Important:

Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements as noted above, at the time of application, will NOT be considered.

Overseas candidates who hold a degree from an English speaking country are not required to provide proof of English certification.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Primary Dental Degree from a recognised institution and two years recent clinical experience is required.

How to apply

We accept student intakes for September each year.

To be considered for the September 2015 intake, a completed application including all supporting documents must be submitted.

Advice to applicants

Applicants should provide the following:

  • proof of two years post-graduation experience
  • 2 academic references - both must be signed, dated and on headed paper. References more than twelve months old will not be accepted
  • Copies (not originals) of degree certificates
  • Official academic transcripts of previous study showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. (If these are in a language other than English please provide official translations.) Note: If applicants hold a BDS from a UK University they need not provide a transcript of results but must provide a copy of the certificate
  • Copies (not originals) of English Language certification, if an applicant's first language is not English - only IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson Test scores are acceptable

Note: Only applications with all required supporting documentation will be processed. Conditional offers cannot be made for those that do not meet the minimum requirements for the course. The school does not make conditional offers on the submission of supporting documents.

International Students: Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Evidence of citizenship of an EU country will be required for those claiming home student status

How your application is considered

  1. Academic transcripts
  2. Academic references
  3. Evidence of clinical skills and knowledge developed since graduation
  4. Evidence of interest in orthodontics

Fitness to practise / health requirements

Health clearance from the University's Occupational Health Department will be a condition of any offer.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

A disclosure and barring service check is required for those candidates residing in the UK. Overseas candidates are required to provide a Police Certificate of Good Conduct.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

In common with all specialty training programmes in the UK, this programme runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full programme combines the taught elements and research of the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module.

The School places special emphasis on:

  • Contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques
  • Research methods and biostatistics
  • The development of a questioning approach to the speciality of orthodontics

This specialty training programme is designed for those who wish to undertake full orthodontic training, but who do not wish to practice orthodontics in the UK.

The taught elements are based around small group learning, didactic seminars, practical skills training, online learning and student-led enhancement sessions. Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with severe malocclusions led by orthodontic specialists and hospital consultants.

The clinical training part of the programme involves attendance at clinics in the Dental School and associated Hospital Trusts. During this time students provide treatment for a carefully selected group of patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.

The research methods and biostatistics training is used in the planning and implementation of a research project and its presentation as a dissertation; advice and guidance will be available from a group of highly experienced researchers. It is hoped that the research topic will examine an issue of relevance to students' future work and will also provide the basis for a refereed publication

Aims

The aim of the taught clinical component is to give the student an understanding of the scientific basis of orthodontics. There is a particular emphasis on current thinking relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients.

Teaching and learning

Teaching in orthodontics will be provided throughout the programme. This element will include tutorials, seminars and clinical demonstrations. Students are encouraged to attend other relevant seminars in other clinical disciplines to gain a broad-based perspective of orthodontics.

Instruction will also be given in clinical and laboratory aspects of orthodontics. These will take the form of demonstrations, seminars and practical laboratory exercises.

Coursework and assessment

  • Research Methods Unit: MSc (Clin): Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments and participation in specified online group activities.
  • Biostatistics Unit:  MSc (Clin): Formal assessment takes the form of two tutor-marked assignments
  • Clinical Unit: MSc (Clin): The clinical component is assessed by a structured oral and written examinations, MCQ paper, and structured oral presentation.
  • Dissertation (Year 3)
 

Course unit details

Research Methods Component (15 credits): The aim is to equip students with skills related to design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research

Biostatistics component (15 credits): The aim is to equip students with skills related to data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research

Specialist Clinical Component: The aim of this component is to give students an understanding of the scientific basis of orthodontics, with particular emphasis on current theories relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of adult patients

The Specialist Clinical Component encompasses the following:

  • Core lectures to include:
    • Medical emergency management
    • Cross infection control
    • Radiological protection
    • Clinical governance
  • Interactive seminars related to orthodontics
  • Pre-clinical skills course
  • Attend consultation clinics
  • Case reviews
  • Participation in journal clubs

Dissertation

The aim of this unit is to offer research training in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.

  • Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to integrate work with informal educational activities.

Course content for year 1

  • Research Methods and Biostatistics course
  • Communications course
  • Clinical treatment and consultation sessions (at University of Manchester Dental Hospital and affiliated District General Hospitals)
  • Clinical Skills teaching
  • Seminars
  • Northern Universities Consortium courses
  • Research Project

Course content for year 2

In year two, students undergo continued clinical training as the specialist registrars' cohort of patients move through their treatment (at University of Manchester Dental Hospital and affiliated District General Hospitals).

Also featured in year two:

  • Clinical Skills teaching
  • Seminars
  • Northern Universities Consortium courses
  • Research Project

Course content for year 3

In year three, students undergo continued clinical training dependent on the continuing care of patients under treatment started in year 1 (at University of Manchester Dental Hospital and affiliated District General Hospitals).

Also featured in year three:

  • Advanced Orthodontics and Revision course
  • Northern Universities Consortium courses
  • Research Project

Facilities

Students have access to dedicated postgraduate suites located within the School.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office.

Please email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

The programme will invite the candidates to participate in a number of conferences and courses. Some selected seminars run by the school will also provide the participants with CPD hours.

Career opportunities

Orthodontics is a fascinating, stimulating specialty that offers a number of career opportunities. Orthodontists enjoy their clinical work and this can be undertaken in a specialist practice setting funded either through a state run scheme, eg. National Health Service (NHS), or in a private setting where treatment is funded directly by the patients.

Some countries adopt a third party payment system where all or part of the treatment cost is met by an insurance scheme.

In addition to their clinical role, many orthodontists also have an interest in teaching and research. These teaching roles can be part time in combination with clinical work or full time. In the research field, orthodontists have followed their specialist training with PhD study, and there are many examples of excellent orthodontic research teams in universities all over the world.

In the UK, consultant orthodontists play an active role in teaching and research, concentrate their clinical activity in multidisciplinary cases of high complexity and have an important role in management of the maxillofacial units in which they work.

Accrediting organisations

Completion of this course confers eligibility for candidates to sit M.Orth

Associated organisations