Regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

The Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes ("the Regulations and Code") will apply to this degree, except where separate provision is made below.

The relevant sections of the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes, available here, will apply to the assessment of the taught component of these degrees.

1.   Introduction

The degree of DDS is currently available in the area of Orthodontics.

2.   Qualification for admission

Bachelors of Dental Surgery who have passed the final examination for such degrees at least two years previously may be candidates for the degree of DDS by Advanced Study and Research.

3.   Qualification for the award

3 1     The qualification for the degree shall be:

(a)   pursuance of a curriculum of study;

(b)   submission of a dissertation based on research carried out by the candidate;

(c)   satisfactory performance in all prescribed work and assessments, approved by examiners appointed by the University; and

(d)   satisfactory completion of clinical assessments and/or placements.


3.2  The dissertation must represent a contribution to knowledge, showing evidence of originality and independent critical powers; a candidate must also satisfy the examiners through the dissertation, or in the examination, that they are well acquainted with the general field of knowledge to which the subject relates. Dissertations must in all cases contain original work worthy of publication and their literary form must be satisfactory. The examiners, one external and one internal, shall normally require the candidate to present themselves at the University for an oral examination of the dissertation.

3.3  In addition to the submission of the dissertation, candidates are also required to pass a clinically focussed examination in Dental Surgery. Where a candidate possesses a higher clinical dental qualification or is listed in the General Dental Council’s Specialist Register, the examiners may exempt them from a clinical examination in Dental Surgery.

4.   Curriculum Content and Structure

4.1  The curriculum will consist of not less than 3 years of full-time study or pro rata part-time.  

4.2  Candidates must take not less than 180 credit points of taught modules at levels M and D, followed by not less than 360 credit points of study at level D comprising research and clinical practice.

5.    Outcomes of the oral examination of the dissertation

See Section 9.5 of the Regulations and Code.

6.   Exit awards and withdrawal from the programme

6.1  A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the research component, who is permitted to transfer to a lower-level award or who would like to leave before completing the DDS may be recommended for the award of a taught Masters or a PG  Diploma in Orthodontics in accordance with the University Credit Framework.

6.2  In line with the University’s regulations for taught programmes, if a student fails to achieve the required standard in summative written or clinical examinations there will normally only be one opportunity for reassessment. Failure to achieve the required standard after this point will normally result in withdrawal from the programme.

6.3  Failure to achieve satisfactory performance in the assessment of clinical skills will normally result in withdrawal from the programme.