Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Driven by the demand for tooth alignment, general practitioners are increasingly being asked to provide orthodontic treatment. Dentists keen to participate in this area of expertise need to demonstrate the skills to identify suitable patients, the ability to provide conventional and contemporary orthodontic treatment and be aware of its limitations. This is exactly what this programme delivers, along with the vital core competencies to excel in this unique postgraduate area.

The objective of the MClinDent in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics is to provide dental surgeons with the core knowledge and clinical skills essential for the delivery of competent, high-quality dental care. It encompasses a blended learning approach and consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical case discussions and laboratory sessions. The flexible modular structure enables the programme to meet a wide range of student needs. You will also have the opportunity to meet with colleagues from other programmes to consider different methods of managing patient cases with a multidisciplinary approach and develop sound judgement based on evidence.

The course enhances your skills in orthodontics without undertaking a training pathway.

The Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent) Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details


BPP University Dental Institute, Birmingham


Start Date


Length of programme

Three-years (part-time) placement in your own country

Modes of study

Part-time option
Classroom (three, week-long teaching blocks in years one and two) research (classroom and tutorials)



Written assignments, clinical examinations, presentations

How to apply

To apply online, please apply direct or for more information request a call back

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

* For students undertaking the full-time with an international clinical placement option only, subject to contract.

Key Information

  • Boost your career by getting the knowledge and skills you need to expand your practice
  • Programmes are delivered by postgraduate qualified dentists
  • Learn front-line multidisciplinary approaches in the management of dental care
  • Gain exposure to advanced dental treatment undertaken by expert dental academics in the UK, and if you decide to take the international placement you also gain clinical experience with patients*
  • Flexible study scheduled to not interfere with your busy practice commitments
  • Innovative training featuring the latest evidence-based patient care principles
  • Benefit from exposure to a clinical environment in working specialist dental practices*
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^

Learn about our programme design and structure

Our Master's level programmes are all awarded as a Master's in Clinical Dentistry (MClinDent). As clinically based qualifications, our courses are designed to equip you with real-life practice experience, so that you are fully prepared for a flourishing professional career.

We have developed a pioneering range of programmes that can help you to become not only a great clinician, but also a natural leader with the confidence and refined clinical skills to pursue your long term career goals.

Our six programmes are specifically designed for practising dental professionals, with each taking three years, full or part-time, to complete. Part-time students attend intensive blocks of seminars and practical workshops at BPP University locations and perform the clinical component of their programme in their own practices. Full-time students, in addition to the intensive blocks, attend weekly seminars and clinical placements in the UK and in Europe for students taking the additional international placement option.

How are the programmes taught?

In the first year you will learn the principles of each area. In the second year, these foundations will be built upon by consolidating your knowledge in your chosen discipline, in addition to modules that focus on advancing your clinical practice and professional competencies. In the third year the nature of evidence-based practice is reinforced, culminating in a professional project or dissertation. At the end of the third year, following successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded an MClinDent in your chosen field of study.

Your study options


Our part-time programme is suitable for busy clinicians opting to undertake further study while they work. If you choose to take this option, you will attend three teaching weeks in years one and two at BPP University UK locations that include seminars, interactive workshops and practical training on models, phantom heads and cadaveric specimens.

In order to complete the advanced clinical practice module in year two, you will complete clinical requirements in your own practice, or in our clinical outreach centres, to develop key clinical competencies. And in year three, you will receive teaching in research methodology, and have the opportunity to undertake a clinically orientated research project guided by a qualified research supervisor.

Help and support when you need it

Whatever your choice of study you will receive research support with a supervisor who will be available throughout the year via email and telephone, should you need advice.


Principles of growth and development (20 credits)

This module covers in depth the principles of embryology, and facial growth and development in relation to the aetiology of the orthodontic problem and relates these to the outcome of orthodontic treatment. It also explores the ability to modify growth and increase the predictability and long-term stability of orthodontic movements.

Principles of orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning (20 credits)

This module focuses on the diagnostic strategies and principles necessary to formulate optimal orthodontic treatment planning and predictability of treatment outcome, using current state of knowledge in all aspects of orthodontic analyses and modern diagnostic tools.

Principles of orthodontic treatment protocols (20 credits)

This module will explain in depth the biomechanics and biological basis of controlled orthodontic tooth movements. It also includes practical details of the basic principles of constructing and placing orthodontic appliances and using them safely on suitable patients. This will involve practical laboratory skills sessions on typodonts.

Fundamentals of treatment of skeletal orthodontic problems (10 credits)

This module equips the student with the most up-to-date knowledge and techniques available to modify the growth and to treat successfully the vast majority of problems using solely orthodontics therapies, or with the intervention of orthognathic surgery.

Fundamentals of treatment of non-skeletal problems in Preadolescence and Adolescence (10 credits)

In this module, students learn about non-skeletal orthodontic problems in children and are taught the most up-to-date techniques to solve these problems.

Fundamentals of adult orthodontics and orthognathic cases (10 credits)

This module addresses clinical aspects of occlusal treatment in adults and their complex dentition and psychological needs. Diagnosis and treatment protocols specific to this patient group will be explored in detail. Occlusion is of fundamental importance in this module and approaches to the treatment of temporomandibular disorders, occlusal adjustment, and treatment of severe malocclusions. Students will undertake a review of the literature of clinical trials in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics.

Advanced clinical practice (30 credits)

Students treat a minimum of ten orthodontic cases, four of which are under direct or indirect supervision and assessed at Masters level. Students also contribute to seminars and present case reports they treated or intend to treat under supervision or independently. The cases build up a clinical portfolio that is marked for evidence of successful completion of the module.

Evidence based dentistry: understanding research (20 credits)

This module introduces the principles of medical and health care statistics, measurement, and research design exploring their specific application in dental and orthodontic research and evaluation of different treatment modalities.

Evidence based dentistry: professional project (40 credits)

Students will be able to develop a research question and produce a research dissertation on an area relevant to their practice.

Entry requirements

UK students

  • Undergraduate qualification in Dentistry and
  • Completion of at least one year in clinical practice and
  • Current GDC practising certificate* 

International (including EU) students

  • Undergraduate qualification in Dentistry and
  • Completion of at least one year in clinical practice and
  • Letter of good standing or equivalent from an appropriate regulatory dental body and
  • IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component)

Prior to commencing clinical placement

  • Current satisfactory immunisation status and
  • Current evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and
  • Current evidence of malpractice indemnity insurance

English language

IELTS 6.5 (6.0 in each component) - the international office can assess your certificates and advise whether or not you meet the entry requirements. You can also visit our website for a list of entry requirements from your particular country of origin.

* Students not registered with the GDC will only be allowed to observe in the UK

Study Centres


£10,000 per annum part-time for 180 Master's Level credits (part-time study) additional fees will apply in year 2 if students wish to treat patients at BPP Dental Institute (only for GDC registered students) at a rate of approximately £1,000 per patient (no additional fees will apply if students arrange to treat patients outside of BPP Dental Institute)

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

Resit fees for exams £75
Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800
Resit practical assessment fee £100
Resit clinical assessment fee £250
Resit assignment fee £50
Resit clinical exam fee £50
Resit presentation fee £50
Resit clinical case fee £50
Resit dissertation fee £200