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Doctor of Clinical Dentistry ( 3 years Full-time )


If you are a dental graduate who wants to pursue a career in orthodontics this programme is for you. The Professional Doctorate Programme in Orthodontics provides an integrated three years training for dentists who aspire to be specialists, either in primary or secondary services, or clinical academics of the future. The DClinDent Degree integrates academic activities with clinical practice and research up to level 8 of FHEQ and covers all the topics in the GDC (UK) Specialist Curriculum. The degree is full-time and will provide a sound basis for developing an academic career and for preparing for a career as a specialist in the discipline of Orthodontics.

The three-year full-time DClinDent Degree programme has a strong emphasis on close chair-side support.

You will undertake the Final DClinDent examination (University of London) during the third year and may separately choose to also undertake the external Membership (MOrth) examination, with the Royal College of Surgeons.

This programme will:

  • Familiarise you with up-to-date, novel and evidence based clinical practices in Orthodontics
  • Provide research training to professional doctorate level allowing you to develop critical appraisal skills in relation to published literature and undertake a research project, under direct supervision
  • Provides you hands-on clinical training with children and adolescents
  • Enable you to understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
  • Enable you to understand the development, growth and influence of the skeletal and soft tissues on the dentition
  • Allow you to develop an understanding of the importance of materials science in orthodontics
  • Teach you how to formulate a diagnosis of malocclusion and an appropriate treatment plan
  • Let you apply the theory and practice of clinical orthodontics to treat a variety of malocclusions.

The application deadline is 31st January 2017.  Once we have received applications by the deadline the first selection process will begin. We reserve the right to receive further application after the deadline and make decisions on those applications in July/August subject to places being available.

Why study your DClinDent in Orthodontics at Queen Mary?

The School of Medicine and Dentistry has an unrivalled tradition of excellence in research and teaching extending as far back as 1123 with the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. The London Hospital Medical College was the first Medical School in England, founded in 1785, and our Dental School was established well over a century ago. We are ranked 3rd in the UK for Dentistry (Guardian University Guide 2017) and our research is ranked among the best in the UK according to the most recent Research Excellent Framework (REF 2014).

In April 2014, QMUL’s new Dental School opened its doors to patients and students - the first new dental school in the UK to be built in 40 years. The £78m new school houses the most modern dental facilities in the UK, following more than a decade of planning and work. The new premises provide cutting-edge technology, superb education and research facilities for clinical dentistry and a vastly improved patient experience.

Students’ postgraduate learning experience is enhanced by our fantastic location in the east of London. Not only are we in one of the capital’s most vibrant areas to live and work but we also serve a diverse local community, where students develop their clinical skills and knowledge. Moreover, the Dental School offers students many exciting opportunities to develop an understanding of health and the treatment of disease in a global and international context. 

The programme:

  • Forms part of the training for Membership in Orthodontics (MOrth)
  • Offers the most contemporary approaches to orthodontic treatment and is formulated on a strong diagnosis basis
  • Is well established, since 1985.  The programme is well recognized within the United Kingdom and is led by expert clinicians and academics
  • Draws extensively upon the experience and expertise of part-time teachers and guest lecturers, particularly with regard to the Cross-London Lecture Programme
  • Permits membership to the RLH Orthodontic Alumni Association offering sponsorship opportunities for an overseas study
  • Permits overseas trainees the opportunity to work one day a week in a nearby district general hospital to enhance their clinical training


You will have access to a range of facilities including: medical and dental libraries located at the Royal London and at Bart's hospitals, as well as the Mile End library.

Postgraduate Dental students will have access to laboratories and equipment, including those at the Dental Biophysics and Material Departments in Mile End, and Blizard Institute in Whitechapel, with their world class facilities, to carry out state-of-the-art biomedical research, including:

  • X-Ray Microtomography, Optical Coherence Tomography, facial and body laser scanners.
  • Nanovision units with novel scanning electron microscopes and atomic force microscopes
  • Con-focal microscopy unit, incorporating two con-focal microscopes, enabling advanced 3D imaging of living cells.
  • Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratories; five dedicated cell culture laboratories, a molecular biology facility and general purpose laboratories


DClinDent in Orthodontics is currently available to study full-time for three years.

The aim of the DClinDent programme is to extend knowledge and skills in Orthodontics beyond the level obtained as an undergraduate and to prepare the candidate for a professional career as a specialist in that discipline.

The components of the programme are designed to accomplish this aim:

  • A programme of seminars, practical classes and other didactic sessions commencing with an introductory course and reviewing the clinical and scientific scope of the subject to determine its evidence base
  • Supervised clinical practice in which treatment planning and clinical procedures are performed for selected cases, including a number of complex treatments
  • Work based learning, clinical audit / service evaluation project as to evaluate clinical practices
  • A research investigation leading to a dissertation in which the candidate is required to demonstrate the application of scientific method to a problem of relevance to the subject area

This course includes extensive clinical training (60 per cent), formal teaching (25 per cent) and a supervised research project (15 per cent). All the taught and clinical modules in the programme are core teaching. You will have considerable choice when selecting a topic for your research project.


Undertaking a professional doctorate programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Core modules

  • Advanced clinical diagnostic and treatment planning in Orthodontic patients
  • Multidisciplinary care in Orthodontic patients
  • Clinical governance and audit - Orthodontics
  • Research consolidation and manuscript preparation from DClinDent project - Orthodontics
  • Completion of Clinical Treatment and Cases - Orthodontics

In addition to your studies, you have a chance to interact with external specialists, through an extensive seminar series held within the Institute of Dentistry, the Blizard Institute and Queen Mary as a whole.


Professor Ama Johal
PGT Academic Selector and Course Lead

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Patricia Devlin
PGT Dental Programme Student Support Manager
Tel: 020 7882 8930

Entry requirements

You should have a primary qualification in Dentistry - BDS or equivalent, plus two years full¿time (or equivalent) post qualification clinical practice of dentistry, including 6 months full¿time experience in Oral & Maxillo-facial surgery and paediatric dentistry or restorative dentistry.

Other international qualifications may be acceptable, please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.

International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency.

Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential and non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a writing score of 6.5.

Please note that in order for your application to be considered you must have obtained a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 at the point of submission of your application.

Other international qualifications may be acceptable, please contact the Admissions Office for clarification.

Applications are processed upon receipt. The application deadline is 31st January in the year of entry. However, we reserve the right to receive further applications after the deadline and make decisions on those applications subject to places being available.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge.

A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers.

You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Each module is assessed separately, including essays, written, clinical and viva voce examinations.
You will be assessed during the DClinDent program by written examinations, case presentations, practical examination, clinical diagnostic and treatment planning. You will also take part in an oral assessment of your research report. In completing the 3rd year of your DClinDent program, you will be eligible, if you wish for the Royal College of Surgeons Membership examination (MOrth). This entails case presentations, clinical diagnostic and treatment planning exercises.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 20,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £13,450
Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £46,000
Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



Staff and student testimonials at Queen Mary Unversity of London.

DClinDent Orthodonics - Professor Ama Johal


DClinDent Orthodonics - Student Testimonial





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