Taught course


University of Glasgow · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

You should have a universally recognised dental qualification with two years postgraduation (clinical) experience. It is desirable for international students to have obtained MFDS from one of the Royal Colleges.

Months of entry


Course content

This taught Doctorate provides training for graduates in orthodontics. It produces good clinicians but also good scientists, promoting high-quality clinical, academic and research standards within a supportive environment.

Why Glasgow

  • Alongside high-level clinical skills, you will gain high-quality research skills that support clinical and research practice.
  • You will be eligible to sit for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend all postgraduate lectures in the Dental School which includes invited speakers from the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons in Glasgow and from dental companies.
  • The Dental School has the latest 3D & 4D imaging equipment, a 3D laser scanner, 3D projection system and 3D printer. We have strong collaborations with industrial partners and nearby universities and have our own computer scientist to support research activities.

Programme Structure

The programme is full-time (46 weeks per year) over three years. About half of the time is spent on clinical placement with the rest divided between academic coursework, research work and personal study.

All courses are compulsory.

Year one

  • Core course
  • Basic orthodontic science
  • Aetiology of malocclusion
  • Orthodontic assessment.

Year two

  • Classification of malocclusion
  • Orthodontic technique
  • Risks of orthodontic treatment.

Year three

  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Research practice.

Information for international students

IELTS:overall score 7.0; no sub-test less than 7.0. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23. CAE: 185; no sub-test less than 185 CPE: 185; no sub-test less than 185. PTE Academic: 68; minimum 60 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team