King’s College London Orthodontics

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King’s College London Orthodontics

King’s College London Orthodontics

Orthodontics MSc

Our Orthodontics MSc is a full time three-year programme of academic, practical and clinical teaching in orthodontics. The programme covers all aspects of modern orthodontics, including normal development and growth of the craniofacial region, development of the dentition, orthodontic tooth movement, treatment planning, management of malocclusion, contemporary appliance systems and treatment mechanics.

Key benefits

  • Exposure to a wide variety of orthodontic appliances and techniques
  • Rotations to peripheral hospital orthodontic departments in SE England
  • Dedicated postgraduate dental centre at Guy’s Hospital
  • Internationally competitive research opportunities


Application status Closed

Duration Three years FT, October to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Inter-Collegiate Board of the English and Glasgow Royal Surgical Colleges have approved the programme for award of the MOrth diploma after completion of specialist training. Candidates are able to conjointly take the MSc and MOrth Edinburgh in one sitting. Further details are available on request.

Course intake 8 UK/EEA, 7 overseas

Course leaders

Professor Martyn Cobourne



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Course detail


The Orthodontics MSc programme is based at King’s College London Dental Institute with clinical treatment clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which collectively with King’s College London form King’s Health Partners. Orthodontic trainees also rotate out to undertake patient treatment sessions at a number of peripheral hospital units within South East England.

The programme is based on the UK General Dental Council Orthodontic curriculum and is delivered through lectures, practical and technical teaching elements, clinical seminars, tutorials, self-directed learning, supervised clinical treatment of patients and attendance on diagnostic and multidisciplinary outpatient clinics.

Academic and clinical teaching is supported by a local virtual learning environment and also through access to the British Orthodontic Society national on-line learning programme. Assessment is through written, oral and practical examinations, clinical work-based assessments, case presentations, patient logbooks and the submission of a research dissertation.

Students undertake a dedicated research project as part of their course and the Dental Institute at King’s provides an environment enriched with internationally recognized academics to facilitate this. In recent years, students have undertaken projects incorporating many different subject areas including clinical orthodontics, craniofacial biology, dental materials science, clinical psychology and dental public health.

Students are encouraged to register and undertake a King’s Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice to further develop their educational skills. The programme complies with the principles of Erasmus and supports the European Union directives on specialisation in orthodontics.


Course purpose

The programme prepares you for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) of one of the United Kingdom Royal Surgical Colleges, currently under conjoint status with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Passing the conjoint MSc examination will be complemented by a pass in the MOrth of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Course format and assessment

The usual training period is a minimum of 4,500 hours over the degree (3 years) whole-time or agreed equivalent within the framework of a less than full-time training programme.

The programme content is apportioned approximately as:

  • 60% clinical
  • 25% academic
  • 15% research

This time allocation is flexible and will depend upon the capacity of the trainees to complete the curriculum to a competent level.

Methods of assessment

  • Science of Orthodontics (30 credits) – unseen written examination
  • Clinical Orthodontics (theory) (30 credits) – unseen written examination
  • Clinical orthodontics (60 credits) – clinical examination (30%); practical examination (20%); oral examination (20%); assessed course work (cases and open problems) (30%)
  • Orthodontic research (60 credits) – research project (60%); oral examination (40%)


Extra information

As we are seeking to identify your suitability for this clinical environment, we expect our interviewees to adopt the dress code required of clinical dental students at King’s and/or Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust. Further information will be given should you choose to apply. Entry to the programme is strictly dependent upon occupational health clearance that you are able to conduct exposure prone procedures (EPPs) before you start clinical work.

This will assess your hepatitis B surface antigen and hepatitis C antibody status, HIV and TB status following the completion of a health questionnaire and a further health check before or at enrolment. If offered a place on the course, overseas students are advised to be tested locally and send the results of these checks with the questionnaire, prior to a separate full test in the UK at the College’s Occupational Health Department before term begins. All offers of a place on a programme are made subject to a satisfactory criminal conviction disclosure. If you are from overseas or have never lived in the UK before, you should contact the relevant authorities in your home country to arrange for the equivalent check to be conducted and/or a certificate of good conduct to be issued.

NHS Hospital Trusts

The clinical component of the course may include sessions at some of the following hospital trusts. This is a unique aspect of the training on this course and provides the students with the opportunity for a very wide-based clinical experience.

  • William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent;
  • Kingston Hospital;
  • Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead;
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton;
  • Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup;
  • Medway Maritime Hospital;
  • St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford;
  • Croydon University Hospital.



Required Modules

continued in year 2 & 3

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A dental qualification plus at least two years post-qualification experience. EU applicants will normally need to satisfy any additional specialist training requirements. For UK applicants FDS, MFDS or MJDF is desirable.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Completed applications (which will normally consist of an online application form, both references, a transcript of previous degrees and a CV) will not be considered until after the deadline date. Candidates will then be shortlisted for interviews.

Personal statement and supporting information

Applicants must demonstrate a focused interest in orthodontics. Please submit a separate CV in addition to the application form.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £12,900 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £44,400 p.a. (2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.


When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £20,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Conjoint Membership Examination fee (£1,250 in 2016, not compulsory)
  • Costs for local occupational health checks for overseas students prior to course commencement
  • DBS checks or equivalent criminal conviction disclosure checks – 2016: £50 initial check; ongoing subscription at £13 per year
  • Clinical tunics – One is provided; additional if required at approximately £15
  • Textbooks if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Conference attendance, travel and accommodation (optional)
  • Stationery
  • Travel costs around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.