Entry requirements

You must have:

  • a dental degree that is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) for at least temporary registration
  • at least two years' experience post-graduation

Clinical access requirements

International students - your clinical placement will be within the Newcastle Dental Hospital clinics. You must have been granted clinical access by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before starting this placement. Failure to obtain the necessary access will result in your automatic withdrawal from the course.

UK/EU students – clinical access is provided by the NHS as part of specialist training if you are employed by the Local Education and Training Boards) LETB and are registrars.

Immunisation requirements

  • You must be immunised against Hepatitis B
  • You must not have any disease which would constitute a hazard to your patients
  • We strongly advise that you check your Hep B immunisation status and confirm that you are not infective with TB, Hep B, Hep C or HIV
  • You will not be allowed clinical access by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust until you have been cleared by Occupational Health
  • You will need to liaise with the Trust’s Human Resources Department to comply with these requirements. Compliance with these requirements is essential to maintain student registration with the University.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Orthodontics MSc programme is open to international and home students. The home student programme (UK/EU) runs alongside our NHS Specialist Registrar Clinical Training. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an orthodontic specialist. We have an international reputation and membership of the Northern Universities Consortium. This ensures that the most skilled UK orthodontic teachers will tutor you.

Our Orthodontics MSc programme welcomes international and home students.

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to complement your clinical training and we aim to provide:

  • knowledge to support the clinical treatment of orthodontic cases, including simple and complex cases appropriate for specialist practitioner level
  • an evidence base for orthodontics and the skills required to appraise the evidence base
  • applied research within orthodontics

The course provides theoretical teaching to support the development of an orthodontic specialist. We provide a comprehensive seminar programme incorporating the theoretical and diagnostic elements of specialist knowledge, and the opportunity to carry out a research project allied to our research strategy. Our course includes:

  • normal and abnormal development of the dentition
  • tooth movements and facial orthopaedics
  • orthodontic materials
  • orthodontic biomechanics
  • orthodontic techniques
  • biological sciences relevant to orthodontics
  • an overview of multidisciplinary orthodontics

The aim of the research component is to expose you to the principles and practicalities of performing dental research. Projects range from laboratory studies, analysis of new data sets, systematic reviews and short term clinical studies.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Further details of qualification

36 months programme for NHS Specialty Registrar (StRs) comprising a part-time MSc and a compulsory clinical training component provided through the NHS.

Course contact details

Angela Taylor, Postgraduate Secretary, School of Dental Sciences
+44 (0) 191 208 7631