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
Start date October 2020

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 three overseas students in Bristol/Bath.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
£9,000
Overseas: full-time
£37,000
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£14,000

Bench fee: compulsory £2,500

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2018/19

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.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Orthodontics Doctorate in Dental Surgery.

Entry requirements

BDS or equivalent qualification, which can be registered with the General Dental Council. MFDS or equivalents are desirable. In some cases, satisfactory completion of a one-month period of pre-programme assessment during September of the year of entry will be required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

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. This programme runs every three years so the next intake will start in October 2020.

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: Please use our online application system to submit your application for this programme.

International students

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

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 1676 Email: fohs-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

DDS Programme Administrator Email: dds-orthodontics@bristol.ac.uk

Faculty of Health Sciences
Room 15 1st Floor
39-41 St Michael's Hill
Bristol
BS2 8DZ http://www.bristol.ac.uk/dental

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