Orthodontics (Doctorate in Dental Surgery)

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Run by Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available DDS
Programme length Three years full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date October 2020

Programme overview

This three-year, full-time 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

Our aim is to produce 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, Dorchester, Portsmouth and Exeter, and three opportunities in Bristol/Bath. There is also the opportunity for three overseas students in Bristol/Bath.

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

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. While there is no new intake for this programme in 2019, fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Bench fees: £2,500 per year.

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 2020/21

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

Programme structure

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, you will carry out an investigation and prepare a research dissertation, which must include a critical review of the relevant literature. You are also required to prepare and submit material 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 your 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

Research groups


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

Staff profiles

Application deadline:

This programme will close to new applicants from 31 January 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.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 428 2752 Email: fohs-pgadmissions@bristol.ac.uk

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

Faculty of Health Sciences
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5 Tyndall Avenue
School website: Bristol Dental School

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REF 2014 results

  • Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy:
  • 43% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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


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