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Orthodontics MSc (Clin): three-year course

Our course will help you to understand the scientific basis of orthodontics.

Orthodontics Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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This three-year MSc (Clin) in Orthodontics focuses on current thinking relevant to the diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical management of patients.

You will learn contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques, research methods and biostatistics during the course.

You should also develop a questioning approach to the specialty of orthodontics.

Practical experience will come through attachments in hospitals in the north-west and the University of Manchester Dental Hospital.

You will also benefit from the option to undertake more extensive treatment plans and eligibility to sit the appropriate Royal College examinations.

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More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
MSc in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics)
3 years FT
Entry requirements

All applicants will be required to provide evidence of their primary dental qualification from a recognised institution.

We also requires applicants to have at least two years' recent experience in general professional practice.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Around 2-4 places are typically available.

Contact email
Contact telephone
+44 (0)161 275 5220
How to apply

We accept student intakes for September each year.

Please note, all places have now been filled for September 2017.

To be considered for the September intake, a completed application including all supporting documents must be submitted.

“This course has allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge in the field of orthodontics and continues to challenge me on a daily basis. It has also given me a greater understanding of the field of research and provided me with new skills that I will continue to use throughout my career.”

Amy Gallacher

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

In common with all specialty training programmes in the UK, this course runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full course combines the taught elements and research for the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module.

We place special emphasis on:

  • contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques;
  • research methods and biostatistics;
  • the development of a questioning approach to the speciality of orthodontics.

The taught elements are delivered in small group sessions, seminars, practical skills training, online learning and student-led enhancement sessions. Clinical teaching involves close supervision of a personal cohort of patients with severe malocclusions led by orthodontic specialists and hospital consultants.

The clinical training part of the course involves attendance at clinics in the University and associated Hospital Trusts. During this time you will provide treatment for approximately 150 carefully selected patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.

The research methods and biostatistics training is used in the planning and implementation of a research project and its presentation as a dissertation; advice and guidance will be available from a group of highly experienced researchers. It is hoped that the research topic will examine an issue of relevance to your future work and will also provide the basis for a refereed publication.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

MSc (full-time)

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £46,000
  • International students (per annum): £46,000

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.