Is the course registered with the GDC?
The GDC at this time are not registering any additional qualifications from any educational establishments and are recommending that:
dentists will be permitted to use any additional qualification as long as it is legally held and is not used in any way that is misleading to the public.
This recommendation is subject to the GDC consultation process but, if this recommendation is approved, the University fully expects that the status of its dental qualifications will be enhanced because of the high quality assurance mechanisms that we put in place to ensure that our examinations are able to meet the most stringent scrutiny of standards, examiner training and standard-setting of the examination. Therefore, dentists gaining University qualifications will continue to be able to use the appropriate post-normal letters and to be able to display the diplomas as they wish.
Do I have to be experienced in orthodontics to start the course?
No. The course attracts a wide range of students of varying experience in orthodontics. It is designed to enable students to progress through the course at varying speeds, dependant on ability.
Is the course therefore only for beginners?
No. Many of the students on the course are experienced orthodontic practitioners who wish to further develop their skills and expertise and gain a qualification in orthodontics.
Do I need to provide my own patients?
The vast majority of students prefer to treat their own patients in their own clinical environment and the University processes ideally support this, together with clinical skills and observation sessions in approved outreach training centres.
I have no experience in orthodontics but I am keen to learn. How will the course help me?
The first year of the course covers in depth the principles of orthodontics, including case assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning. It prepares all students for treatment of orthodontic cases.
How can I develop my clinical skills in orthodontics?
A variety of educational tools are used for teaching, including hands-on sessions in the newly developed clinical skills laboratory at the Leamington Spa training centre.
Will the MSc allow me on to the specialist list?
Under the current requirements, the course will not enable students to obtain entry on to the specialist list.
Will I learn about new materials?
Yes. The course aims to give a thorough knowledge of a wide variety of materials and mechanics. The second year Force Systems module is specifically designed to compare and contrast different appliance systems.