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Newcastle University: Orthodontics

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Dental Sciences
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Study type Taught


Our Orthodontics MSc programme is open to international and home students. The home student programme (UK/EU) runs alongside our NHS Specialist Registrar Clinical Training. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills to become an orthodontic specialist. We have an international reputation and membership of the Northern Universities Consortium. This ensures that the most skilled UK orthodontic teachers will tutor you.

Our Orthodontics MSc programme welcomes international and home students and has a September intake every three years. The next intake for this course is in 2022.

The course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to complement your clinical training and we aim to provide: •knowledge to support the clinical treatment of orthodontic cases, including simple and complex cases appropriate for specialist practitioner level •an evidence base for orthodontics and the skills required to appraise the evidence base •applied research within orthodontics.

The course provides theoretical teaching to support the development of an orthodontic specialist. We provide a comprehensive seminar programme incorporating the theoretical and diagnostic elements of specialist knowledge, and the opportunity to carry out a research project allied to our research strategy. Our course includes: •normal and abnormal development of the dentition •tooth movements and facial orthopaedics •orthodontic materials •orthodontic biomechanics •orthodontic techniques •biological sciences relevant to orthodontics •an overview of multidisciplinary orthodontics.

The aim of the research component is to expose you to the principles and practicalities of performing dental research. Projects range from laboratory studies, analysis of new data sets, systematic reviews and short term clinical studies.

Research projects are identified and allocated during the first term. By the end of the first year you will have completed your first draft of your literature review and have established your methodology. More time is available for research during the second and third years with the dissertation handed in at the end of January of the third year. You will be encouraged to publish your research work in scientific journals.

The course, based in our School of Dental Sciences, has been running for two decades and we have a good national reputation. Our graduates have gone on to work in prestigious practices, senior academic posts and in hospital consultant positions.

Centre for Oral Health Research: The School’s Centre for Oral Health Research (COHR) is where most of our research activity takes place. COHR has a particular focus on understanding molecular and cellular mechanisms and translating these into clinical settings. Evaluation of clinical, community and economic strategies to improve public health and inform a wider health agenda is a central research theme.

Delivery: The course is 36 months. For NHS Registrars, who may undertake their clinical work elsewhere, attendance is required on a Thursday and Friday each week. International students are enrolled on a full-time programme including clinical practice and are required to attend daily throughout term time.

Our teaching methods include case seminars, journal club and research sessions. Additional learning and teaching opportunities are also available through the Northern Universities Consortium (NUC).

Some of the seminars are held at peripheral hospitals across the region, eg Middlesbrough and Carlisle. The majority of NUC days are not held in Newcastle and you will have to make your own travel arrangements.

Facilities: The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility.

A full list of our facilities are in our Prospectus online.

Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.


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