• For Entry: January
  • Duration: 36 months
  • School: Dentistry
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Aimed at qualified dentists in the Middle East, this course will allow you to specialise in orthodontics.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

We are currently not taking applications for January 2019 on this course.


MSc Orthodontics

The course is aimed at qualified dentists in the Middle East who wish to specialise in Orthodontics.

MSc Orthodontics students in Egypt

This course is studied by students based at our facilities in Egypt and if successful they will be awarded an MSc in Orthodontics by the University of Dundee.

The course is aimed at qualified dentists in the Middle East who wish to specialise in this area. The course will assume no prior knowledge of orthodontics prior to enrolling in the programme.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

Teaching will take place in Cairo, Egypt using the facilities of the ASCDE. The programme will run concurrently with a complementary 3 year programme in clinical orthodontic skills which will be delivered and assessed by ASCDE supported and guided by the University of Dundee team.

How you will be assessed

The course is taught by a combination of monthly face-to-face classroom based teaching in Cairo (lectures, seminars, tutorials and discussion groups) which takes place throughout the year and course work completed between these teaching sessions; this self-directed learning is reviewed at the following face-to-face sessions.

One-on-one supervision of the dissertation will be provided by the supervisory team.

Students will learn through preparing and delivering oral and written presentations, peer assessments of oral presentations, problem-solving assignments and feedback. Additional student support will be available through ASCDE between teaching sessions and students will have access to teaching materials through the University's VLE (online virtual learning environment).

What you will study

The course takes 3 years to complete. All modules are compulsory.
The modules are:

Year 1

This six month module takes you through all the commonly used treatment approaches and appliances current in contemporary orthodontic clinical practice, including functional appliances, self-ligating appliances and temporary anchorage devices.

(30 credits)

In this module you will learn the basics of growth and development of the human face that underpin the science of orthodontics and allow understanding of how malocclusion develops - its aetiology.

(15 credits)

In this module you will learn how to assess a patient from extra-oral appearance to dental condition and occlusal features and radiographic analysis including cphalometry. This module includes introducing you to the process of developing an orthodontic problem list and treatment plan individualised to your patients. You will use the patients you are treating in your clinical residency to develop your assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning skills.

(15 credits)

Year 2

This underpinning module covers the basics fo a biomechanical approach to orthodontics and looks at the properties of archwires and how they deliver forces to move teeth biologically. The biology is then taken up as we look at the cellular mechanisms involved in tooth eruption, tooth movement and root resorption.

(15 credits)

This module introduces the concepts of patient safety and clinical governance in how we use materials, how we organise clinics and how we deliver clinical care. You will undertake audit projects under supervision in small groups using your clinical residency clinics as the setting.

(15 credits)

More complex cases and their management are introduced here, including the management of impacted teeth, hypodontia, severe skeletal discrepancies and craniofacial anomalies.

(30 credits)

Year 3

You will undertake a supervised evidence based dentistry research project leading to preparation of a thesis as well as preparing a paper for publication and a conference presentation. You will be able to choose a topic of interest to you and will be guided through the process by your research supervisors.

(60 credits)

The programme is designed for qualified dentists who wish to specialise in orthodontics. The programme (taken in conjunction with the ASCDE partner programme in clinical orthodontic skills ) aims to prepare students for success in the Membership in Orthodontics examination of the UK Royal Colleges.

You must already hold a BDS degree (or equivalent) and meet our English language requirements. You must also successfully complete an interview in Cairo. Finally, you should have a commitment to continuing professional development and a career in orthodontics.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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We are currently not taking applications for January 2019 on this course.

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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We are currently not taking applications for January 2019 on this course.

Course Contact

Professor David Bearn
+44 (0)1382 381725