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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 require Occupational Health clearance by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust prior to commencing clinical work. 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, we currently have six home students and two international students who work closely together in clinics and the academic environment.

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.

Research projects are identified and allocated during the first term. By the end of the first year you will have completed your first draft of your literature review and have established your methodology. More time is available for research during the second and third years with the dissertation handed in at the end of January of the third year. You will be encouraged to publish your research work in scientific journals.

The course, based in our School of Dental Sciences, has been running for two decades and we have a good national reputation. Our graduates have gone on to work in prestigious practices, senior academic posts and in hospital consultant positions.

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Information for international students

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-skills).

English Language Requirements for this programme must be achieved before the application deadline in February. Conditional offers will not be made in relation to English Language Entry requirements.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 191 208 7631