Orthodontics MSc

Orthodontics MSc

Part time: 36 months (Home students)
Full time: 36 months (International students)


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.

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Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

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About this course

Our Orthodontics MSc programme welcomes international and home students, we have places for six home students and two international students who work closely together in clinics and the academic environment. 

The Orthodontics MSc 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 movement and facial orthopaedics
  • orthodontic materials and biomechanics
  • airway, craniofacial development and malocclusion
  • diagnostic procedures
  • 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.

Quality and Ranking

We rank in the top 50 for Dentistry - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

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Fees & Funding

2019-2020 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.



Part time: £8,930*


Full time: £40,590*

The next course intake is 2022. Fees for this intake have not yet been confirmed.

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

All students

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

You must have:

  • a dental degree that is recognised by the General Dental Council (GDC) and UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) for at least temporary registration
  • at least two years' experience post-graduation

Clinical access requirements

International students - your clinical placement will be within the Newcastle Dental Hospital clinics. You must have been granted clinical access by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust before starting this placement. Failure to obtain the necessary access will result in your automatic withdrawal from the course.

UK/EU students – clinical access is provided by the NHS as part of specialist training if you are employed by the Local Education and Training Boards) LETB and are registrars.

Immunisation requirements

  • you must be immunised against Hepatitis B
  • you must not have any disease which would constitute a hazard to your patients
  • we strongly advise that you check your Hep B immunisation status and confirm that you are not infective with TB, Hep B, Hep C or HIV
  • you will require Occupational Health clearance by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust prior to commencing clinical work. You will need to liaise with the Trust’s Human Resources Department to comply with these requirements. Compliance with these requirements is essential to maintain student registration with the University

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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English Language Requirements for this programme must be achieved before the application deadline in February. Conditional offers will not be made in relation to English Language Entry requirements.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

The Orthodontics MSc has a September intake every three years. The next intake for this course is in 2022. 

Home Students

You must initially apply through the national recruitment for Orthodontics Specialty Registrar (StR) training which is administered by HENE.

Candidates should then apply for the course using Newcastle University's Applicant Portal within 3 weeks of receiving their confirmed placement through national recruitment.

International and EU Students

Our next course starts in September 2022. The deadline for applications in September 2022 is 31 January 2022.


If you are an international student or a student from the EU, EEA or Switzerland and you need a visa to study in the UK, you must:

  • pay a deposit of £3,500 within 4 weeks of the date of the conditional offer letter 

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study with us. The deposit is non-refundable, but we will deduct it from your tuition fees when you register.

Applications for 2022/23

You'll be able to apply for 2022/23 entry from September 2021


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School of Dental Sciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7631

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