Research course

Orthodontics (Doctorate in Dental Surgery)

University of Bristol · Bristol Dental School

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Entry requirements

BDS or equivalent qualification, which can be registered with the General Dental Council. MFDS or equivalents are desirable. In some cases, satisfactory completion of a one-month period of pre-programme assessment during September of the year of entry will be required.

Months of entry


Course content

This three-year, full-time programme aims to:

  • provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates
  • prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

Our aim is to produce motivated clinician scientists capable of obtaining high clinical standards in an objective manner. The Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) will enable you to develop the ability to design, undertake and apply appropriate research to relevant clinical problems.

Applications for a position on this programme as a specialist trainee in orthodontics will be made through the national recruitment process, which is likely to be advertised in the British Dental Journal. We will also accept university-based applications from international applicants, followed by shortlisting and interviews of selected candidates.

There are usually eight positions for home students: one each in Taunton, Yeovil, Dorchester, Portsmouth and Exeter, and three opportunities in Bristol/Bath. There is also the opportunity for three overseas students in Bristol/Bath.

The programme is broadly divided between academic modules, treatment of patients under close supervision and a research project.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team