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Develop and understand what is needed in modern orthodontics and its scope for use in primary care dental practice.

Our established Master's programme is informed by evidenced based dentistry and provides academic, practical and clinical teaching in the key elements of orthodontics from a range of practising experts.

Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of orthodontic biomechanics and the the latest treatment modalities, thorough case assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning expertise.

The modular nature of the scheme allows GDPs to pursue a flexible pathway over a period suited to individual requirements and circumstances.

Who is the course for?

The programme is suitable for dentists who wish to develop their interest in Orthodontics and/or who wish to develop a special interest in orthodontics

Course content:

Induction Certificate stage Diploma stage MSc stage
Online induction Principles of Orthodontic Dentistry (MD947) 60 CATS Clinical Practice in Orthodontic Dentistry (MD949) (60 CATS) Multidisciplinary Treatment and Orthodontic Force Systems (MD948) 20 CATS
Attendance at induction/welcome event.     Professional Project (MD955) 40 CATS

Entry requirements:

The essential entry requirements for dentists are enthusiasm, strong determination and a desire to study at Masters level to further professional development. If you have these qualities then this type of programme is for you. Students are also expected to:

  • Hold a license to practise dentistry (BDS or LDS or international equivalent)
  • Be a current member of the General Dental Council or international equivalent for overseas candidates
  • Have their own indemnity insurance for practising dentistry
  • Normally have completed one year post-qualification, which may be Dental Foundation Training where appropriate

If your first language is not English, you must have completed an English language test in advance. We require:

  • IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in the reading and writing components)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 55

If you have scored below this, you may be offered pre-sessional English language at the University.

Teaching methods:

Much of our teaching is carried out in our regional teaching centre in Royal Leamington Spa.

We use a wide variety of educational tools, including a hands-on typodont session in our clinical skills laboratory.

Receive tutoring from a wide range of experts in the field of Orthodontics.

Receive support to think creatively and independently, to solve problems, to exercise judgment, and to communicate clearly and effectively with patients and colleagues

Our lecturing team have vast experience in all clinical treatment modalities, including self-ligation mechanics such as the Damon system, lingual appliances, and the Invisalign appliance.

Additional information:

Alternative Study Options
You can gain a Postgraduate Certificate (60 CATS), a Postgraduate Diploma (120 CATS), or go on to complete the full MSc (180 CATS). Contact us for further information.

Student opinion:

I have been carrying out simple removable and fixed orthodontic treatment for the last three years with just my undergraduate knowledge and some supervision from a consultant. I was glad to find a part-time course in orthodontics that fits very well around my busy schedule of running my practice without making a noticeable dent on my finances.

The knowledge I have gained in this first year of the course has already had a positive effect on my diagnosis and treatment planning skills and I am much more confident and enjoying dentistry again. It is a great relief to know that any needed advice is just an email or telephone call away. Can't wait for year 2 and 3!"

Preshaan Sitlu, Certificate Year, Orthodontics

Student opinion:

Thanks all for another excellent training day up north! As GDPs we have built up excellent communication skills both clinical and non-clinical, have a depth of experience in all disciplines, and have a thirst for knowledge to improve our clinical ability! Thanks again for the opportunity... great course... lovely town!

Christian Gollings, Certificate Year, Orthodontics

Key Facts


Siobhan Flood/Katie Robertson


Course Director:

Richard Cure

Course title: Orthodontics

Qualifications: MSc

Duration: 3-8 years part-time

Study mode: Part-time

Course Director: Dr Richard Cure

Location of Study: University of Warwick and Leamington Spa



How to apply:

Please note: Applications for courses close on 31 August for UK/EU applicants and 31 July for all other applicants. Applications received after these dates will be transferred to the next course.

Application process:

  1. Complete an application form online
  2. You will need to pay an application fee of £55.