Taught course


Queen Mary, University of London · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

You should have a primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent, plus two years full‑time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry, including 6 months full‑time experience in Oral & Maxillo-facial surgery and paediatric dentistry or restorative dentistry.

Other international qualifications may be acceptable, please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in orthodontics either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting. The two-year full-time Masters programme is integrated into a three-year clinical programme, with a strong emphasis on close chairside support.

You will undertake the MClinDent examination (University of London) at the end of your second year and the Royal College of Surgeons Membership (MOrth) examination during the third year.

Our programme enables you to:

  • Understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
  • Understand the development, growth and influence of the skeletal and soft tissues on the dentition
  • Understand the importance of materials science in orthodontics
  • Formulate a diagnosis of malocclusion and appropriate treatment plan
  • Apply the theory and practice of clinical orthodontics to treat a variety of malocclusions.

Programme outline

This course includes extensive clinical training (60 per cent) formal teaching (25 per cent) and a supervised research project (15 per cent). All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core teaching. You will have considerable choice when selecting a topic for your research project.

The three-year programme includes the following areas:

  • Growth and development of the head, face and dentition
  • Anatomical and physiological considerations of the face and jaws, including the temporomandibular joint
  • The aetiology of malocclusion
  • Clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion
  • State-of-the-art treatment mechanics
  • Concepts and practice of retention and stability
  • Inter-disciplinary care, including surgical and restorative interfaces

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Institute of Dentistry
+44 (0)20 7882 5511