DDS Orthodontics (Doctorate in Dental Surgery)

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Awards available DDS
Programme length Three years full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date October 2017

Programme overview

This programme aims to:

  • provide a higher degree in orthodontics for dental graduates
  • prepare students for the Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth) at one of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons

This programme produces motivated clinician scientists capable of obtaining high clinical standards in an objective manner. The Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) will enable you to develop the ability to design, undertake and apply appropriate research to relevant clinical problems.

Applications for a position on this programme as a specialist trainee in orthodontics will be made through the national recruitment process, which is likely to be advertised in the British Dental Journal.

We will also accept university-based applications from international applicants, followed by shortlisting and interviews of selected candidates.

There are usually eight positions for home students: one each in Taunton, Yeovil, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Exeter, and three opportunities in Bristol/Bath. There is also the opportunity for two overseas students in Bristol/Bath and one overseas student in Bristol/Swindon.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Additional fees

Bench fee

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme is broadly divided between academic modules, treatment of patients under close supervision and a research project.

The academic teaching component is a comprehensive lecture/seminar programme covering all aspects of orthodontics, relevant basic medical sciences and research methods. We have developed a programme with both internal and external speakers who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen topics. Please see the school website for a full list of areas covered by the modular programme.

Treatment sessions with your own patients, diagnostic clinics, case seminars and topic-related tutorials are included in the teaching. To increase the diversity of clinical experience, you will also be supervised by several different consultants during your training. A number of treated cases are prepared for the MOrth examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons in the summer of the third year of the programme.

As part of the programme, students carry out an investigation and prepare a research dissertation, which must include a critical review of the relevant literature. It is also a requirement that material is prepared and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal during the three-year programme. Projects are diverse and cover contemporary areas of clinical practice and laboratory-based research in orthodontics. This research is examined in the autumn of the final year.

Entry requirements

BDS (or equivalent qualification which can be registered with the GDC) is an essential requirement and the MFDS or equivalents are desirable. Please see The Royal College of Surgeons of England website for further information on the MJDF (The Diploma of Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties at The Royal College of Surgeons of England). In some cases, satisfactory completion of a one-month period of pre-programme assessment during September of the year of entry will be required.

The UHBristol NHS Trust requires that all those who are granted access to patients must have evidence of immunisation against infectious diseases and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to commencing the clinical sessions within the Trust premises. Students on this programme will require a honorary contract with the Trust.

International applicants will be required to provide a satisfactory police check/certificate of good conduct from their home country (with a certified translation into English if necessary). This requirement will be included in the conditions of any offer that is made, and will need to be satisfied before the applicant's place on the programme can be confirmed.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The DDS/ MOrth programme will equip you with the necessary skills for entry into orthodontic specialist practice.

Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

UK/EU students: Please see the advert in the British Dental Journal or London Deanery website for further information on the application process.

International students: Applications have now closed for this programme. This programme runs every three years so the next intake will be in 2020.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676 Email:

DDS Programme Administrator Email:

Faculty of Health Sciences
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39-41 St Michael's Hill


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