Orthodontics MSc


The curriculum includes the following elements which run concurrently:

  • 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

Knowledge and skills outcomes

Detailed study guides are available for each element giving advance details of seminar preparation.  Each of the three years is divided into three terms giving a total of six terms.

The MSc course teaches the scientific basis of Orthodontics, case assessment and treatment planning. The compulsory clinical training component provides the clinical training in the management and care of orthodontic patients. There is an emphasis on diagnostic procedures.  The course is organized into tutorials, diagnostic clinics, teaching clinics, case seminars and research sessions.  There is a journal club which meets weekly, on Thursday lunchtimes.

Newcastle is part of the Northern Universities Consortium (NUC) of orthodontic courses.  This group consists of Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham.  We share resource days so students can benefit from teaching by the best and most skilled orthodontic teachers in the UK.  Particular topics will only be covered by NUC resource days and these are timetabled into the programme.  In addition you will be encouraged to attend certain conferences (e.g. British Orthodontic Conference and British Society for Dental Research) and courses as appropriate during your period of studies.

The aim of the research component is to expose students 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 students need to complete a first draft of their literature review and have established their methodology. More time is available for research during the second and third year years with the dissertation handed in at the end of January of the third year


There is a series of open essays to be written by the students.  The subject matter varies somewhat from year to year, with six summative essays in total. The subject matter for these essays is chosen by the staff teaching the tutorials for each term. The grades of essays contribute to the overall Msc examination result.

Progress from year one to year two is based upon:

  • Satisfactory completion of in course work undertaken in that year
  • Submission and satisfactory review of dissertation literature review
  • Satisfactory clinical progress

There are three parts to the MSc examination:

Part 1 (taken in May/June of year 2)

This examination consists of 2 written papers and an oral examination. The in-course essay grades are considered in this part of the assessments.

Part 2 (taken in March of year 3)

Dissertations must be submitted in January in the 3rd year of the course. 

Part 3 (taken in March/April of year 3)

The clinical examination comprises a presentation of 4 completed cases, an unseen case examination, a general viva and a viva on the research dissertation.


The programme is part-time (concurrent with specialist registrar training).

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