In common with all speciality training programmes in the UK, this programme runs for three years and incorporates a Masters degree. The full programme combines the taught elements and research of the MSc with a mandatory clinical training module. We place special emphasis on: contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques; research methods; and the development of a questioning approach to the specialty of orthodontics.
The taught elements are based around small group problem-based seminars resourced by a series of didactic seminars that together form a core teaching session. The clinical training module involves attendance at clinics in the Dental School and associated local Hospital Trusts. During this time you provide treatment to a carefully selected group of patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.
The research methods training is used in the planning and implementation of a research project and its presentation as a dissertation; advice and guidance will be available from a group of highly experienced researchers. It is hoped that the research topic will examine an issue of relevance to your future work and will also provide the basis for a refereed publication.
Research methods and statistics (30 credits)
This essential core module is common to all students on MSc programmes, irrespective of their chosen clinical specialty.
It is aimed at developing competence in the design, data collection, simple analysis and interpretation of clinical research projects. Tuition is in lectures, seminars and hands-on computer exercises.
Specialist clinical component (90 credits)
The clinical training module involves attendance at clinics in the School of Dentistry and associated local hospital trusts. During this time, students provide treatment to a carefully selected group of patients under direct supervision of Consultant Orthodontists.
Clinical training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a comprehensive range of typical malocclusion, including management of a personal case load of patients.
Clinical training is supported by lectures and seminars and there are approximately five or six clinical sessions.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The aim of this module is to offer research training in identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
Teaching and learning methods are designed to encourage the student to take responsibility for their own learning and to integrate work with formal educational activities.
Examples of dissertations submitted include:
-Validity and reliability of Royal London Space Analysis
-Deep overbite correction:fixed appliance vs URA - a randomised clinical trial
-An investigation into the interfaces of the orthodontic direct bonding system
-The Peer Assessment Rating (PAR) Index and the assessment of cleft lip and palate orthodontics
-Duplication of new patient orthodontic referrals in Manchester and the surrounding region
-This programme is recognised by the UK Royal Colleges as meeting the requirements of the Membership in Orthodontics Examination. Individuals are advised to contact the Royal Colleges directly to ensure that their experience prior to commencing the programme will be valid for the programme.
-Applicants should note that these training programmes do not have UK National Training Numbers (NTNs) and therefore, unless the student concurrently holds a substantive NHS Specialist Registrar contract, on completion the student will not be eligible for a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) and therefore not be eligible for direct entry to the UK Specialist List in Orthodontics.