The course aims to develop confident senior dental practitioners to undertake effective evidence-base practice in orthodontic patient treatment.
The overall aim is to deliver sound teaching in the theory and safe practice of modern dentistry and orthodontics. It aims to produce competent and reflective practitioners as well as encouraging opportunities for research and further postgraduate development. The programme aims are:
- To provide un-biased teaching in the theory and practice of orthodontics
- To give opportunities for personal and professional development
- To prepare for practice, with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to treat orthodontic patients of mild to moderate complexity
- To provide safe, competent, and reflective practitioners in this field
- To appraise levels of competency and identify, select suitable clinical cases
- To contribute to the research base of orthodontics and to encourage research amongst practitioners.
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About this course
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The Master of Science (MSc) course in Orthodontics (full time) is perfect for the dentist wanting to carry out orthodontic treatment alongside their general dentistry. The course aims to prepare you for practice, with the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills necessary to treat orthodontic patients of mild to moderate complexity.
Taught by renowned academics and experts in their field, you will learn how to use fixed appliances to treat a range of malocclusions. You will be exposed to an intensive mix of lectures, seminars and practical workshops including typodont exercises, treatment planning sessions and orthodontic mechanics classes. You will also have the opportunity to discuss clinical cases with peers and the faculty to formulate treatments based on sound judgement and up-to-date clinical evidence. Our objective is to provide dentists with the core knowledge and clinical skills essential for the delivery of competent, high-quality dental care.
The programme starts by delivering teaching on the principles of orthodontic patient assessment, treatment planning and clinical orthodontic theory. Students will also gain practical and clinical skills in orthodontics.
As the programme continues, students will acquire knowledge of orthodontic treatment mechanics and multidisciplinary orthodontic treatment.
Throughout the programme students will gain competency in research methodology skills, and will submit a final dissertation at the end of the programme.
For further details please visit the College website at comd.org.uk
Our Dentistry programmes are delivered in partnership between Ulster University and the College of Dentistry, Birmingham. By applying to one of our Dentistry programmes you will be consenting to the personal information you provide in your application being shared between Ulster University and College of Dentistry for the purposes of processing your application.
This full-time programme is delivered at the College of Dentistry in Birmingham.
The programme will be delivered over 3 years, with 2 semesters of study each year.
There is a single entry point (September) for each year.
- September 2019
Teaching, Learning and Assessment
The programme is multi-modular, and all modules have to be completed to progress through the programme. Students must complete all the modules on the programme and the programme does not offer any optional modules.
Teaching will include lectures, seminars, practical interactive workshops and training on phantom heads and simulated models.
The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.
Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:
- the relevant generic national Qualification Descriptor
- the applicable Subject Benchmark Statement
- the requirements of any professional, regulatory, statutory and accrediting bodies.
Attendance and Independent Study
As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.
Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.
The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.
Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.
Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.
Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.
Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.
Calculation of the Final Award
The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).
Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.
All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.
The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.
Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).
We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.
The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.
Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.
Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020
Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.
Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.
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Principles of Orthodontic Patient Assessment
The module will prepare the student to understand the rationale for orthodontic treatment and the risks associated with it. The student will be able to undertake orthodontic assessment of patients and identify and complete relevant records for orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. Growth and development and modification of growth through interceptive treatments are also included.
Principles of Orthodontic Treatment Planning I
The module will introduce the student to the instruments and materials used in orthodontics and outline the components of fixed appliances and their prescriptions. Accurate bracket placement will be undertaken and the steps required to compile appropriate problem lists and aims of treatment will be covered along with space planning. The student will be prepared to competently undertake orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning as well as undertake the provision of orthodontic treatment in Class I and Class II Division I malocclusions. Consent and decision making along with appropriate record keeping are also included.
Practical and Clinical Skills in Orthodontics I
The module will develop the skills of the student in identifying, selecting and assessing suitable clinical cases for treatment during the course.
Research Methodology I
This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to design a research proposal. This is a comprehensive module covering clinical statistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.
Principles of Orthodontic Treatment Planning II
The module will prepare the student to competently undertake orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. It introduces the student to skills in the provision of orthodontic treatment of Class II Division II and Class III malocclusions. Addressing deep bites, transverse problems, asymmetries and open bites will also be covered along with the practical application of intermaxillary elastics.
Principles of Clinical Orthodontic Theory
The module will develop the student in identifying appropriate space creation techniques such as extraction of teeth, distalisation, inter-proximal reduction and temporary anchorage devices. Treatment protocols for specific clinical scenarios such as the use of removable appliances and arch wire sequencing will be covered and the principles of anchorage, friction and biology of tooth movement are included.
Practical and Clinical Skills in Orthodontics II
The module will develop the skills of the student in identifying, selecting and assessing suitable clinical cases for treatment during the course.
Research Methodology II
This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to design a research protocol. This is a comprehensive module covering enhanced knowledge and skills on clinical statistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to efficiently identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules and measurements to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.
Fundamentals of Orthodontic Treatment Mechanics
The module will prepare the student to develop advanced and proficient skills in orthodontics such as the use of lingual appliances, aligners and self-ligating bracket systems. The theory of supplementary orthodontic treatment mechanics will be applied to practical sessions along with finishing and wire bending before debonding and retention are covered.
Fundamentals of Multidisciplinary Orthodontic Treatment
The module will prepare the student to evaluate the fundamental protocols for orthodontic treatments in patients requiring multidisciplinary care such as canine management, the management of missing lateral incisors and the interface with restorative treatment in general. Emphasis will be placed on the treatment of the adult patient and the interface with oral surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery are included.
Practical and Clinical Skills in Orthodontics III
The module will prepare the student to confidently and systematically treating clinical cases and critically evaluating the rationale for specific treatment mechanics in orthodontics.
This module will give students the required knowledge to be able to complete all elements of a research dissertation on postgraduate level 7 attainment. This is a comprehensive module covering advanced knowledge and skills on biostatistics, evidence based practice, critical appraisal, research design, and explores their specific application in dental research and treatment. It also enables students to efficiently identify and access the information they need in the dental literature, reading it from a critical viewpoint, and applying rules and measurements to assess the validity of methodology and conclusions.
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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Applicants must hold a degree of at least 2ii Honours standard or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. In addition, applicants must:
a) have gained a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), or equivalent, or other approved qualification in a cognate area;
b) for those residing outside the UK, be currently registered within their profession within their own country and have access to an appropriate patient base to facilitate study;
c) or those practising on patients in the College#:
- be registered with the General Dental Council (GDC)
- provide evidence of good health
- provide evidence of Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance or equivalent
d) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GSCE grade C or equivalent) or for international students, a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with no band score under 5.5 or equivalent English language examinations and tests;
e) provide two satisfactory references, one of which must be an academic reference.
# Criterion c) is only for those who are practising on patients in the college. If an applicant cannot meet criterion c) then they can undertake the courses but would not practice on patients – their practice would be simulation-based.
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Exemptions and transferability
In exceptional circumstances, as an alternative to the standard entry criteria, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.
Careers & opportunities
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Completion of this programme will upksill dental professionals, allowing them to gain a dental speciality, enhancing employment and promotion opportunities.
Work placement / study abroad
Students who are GDC registered will have placements within the College Dental Institute during the programme.
Students who are non-GDC registered will be able to attend these placements, however they will only be able to observe treatments being delivered.
Fees and funding
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
The Dental Clinic Portishead is delighted launch a scholarship scheme, which aims to showcase everything you can do to preserve your pearly whites.
The winner of our competition will receive £1,000 to help with the costs of higher education.
Fee: Free to apply
Deadline: 10th August 2019
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