MSc (Clin) Orthodontics

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Reflective Orthodontic Practice

Unit code DENT60052
Credit rating 30
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by School of Dentistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


Units DENT60052 and DENT60053 include preparation for the summative assessment and a revision programme to ensure curriculum coverage prior to programme completion. The content of some of these seminars will be driven by the students and the final year includes preparation for the external Royal College assessment M.Orth, essential for inclusion on the specialist list.

The nature of orthodontic care means even at this late stage new clinical skills are being introduced however; confidence and proficiency will be developed in other areas. A high degree of professionalism is expected throughout the programme but at this stage these attributes are evidenced by the portfolio of cases produced by the students, the quality of diagnosis, skills in treatment planning and delivery, records of the cases, their analysis and understanding of the outcomes and the ability to recognise alternative options and areas for improvement.


The aim of the clinical unit is to give the student clinical skills and knowledge relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients.   

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

The principles of feedback are as follows:
 Feedback should be provided in a timely manner that helps students understand:
  • (i) the marks or grades they have received for work submitted and
  • (ii) how they might improve their performance in the future.
Feedback should be as personal as possible to the individual student to enable reflection on individual skills and performance.
Students have a responsibility to consider feedback given on their work, to seek to understand it, and to act on it.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Work based learning 300
Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Stephen Ward Unit coordinator

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