Programme structure

Core components of the course.

The programme begins with an introduction of core topics, followed by an introduction to laboratory facilities and the basics of wire-bending skills, appliance design and appliance construction and mechanics.

Clinical patient care is also established early within the first term and continues throughout the three year programme. Half of a student’s time is spent treating patients under supervision (20 hours per week).

Candidates will undertake a yearly audit project and will present this at the annual departmental audit day.

The academic programme is 9 structured terms of theoretical seminars and tutorials, with diagnostic tests of clinical ability carried out regularly.

For Year 1 and Year 2 students, there will be a written exam at the end of each term.

In addition to the above, at the end of Year 2, students will also be examined as follows:

  • 2 unseen cases (diagnostic tests) (usually in June)
  • 2 personally treated clinical cases in orthodontics (usually in June)
  • a dissertation on a research topic (usually in August)

Successful completion of the first two years of the programme will allow students to proceed to Year 3 of the programme. In Year 3, students will present the following:

a) a clinical governance project  b) two fully documented patient case presentations c) two unseen (diagnostic) cases 

The third year of the DClinDent programme will be structured over three semesters and during this time the student will be timetabled to four protected academic sessions each week with the remaining time dedicated to primarily independent clinical practice and inter-disciplinary patient management.


Programme structure:

Year 1:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 1
  • Scotland-wide Orthodontics Programme (SWOP) 1
  • Orthodontics – Clinical Patient Care 1
  • Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature

Year 2:

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 2
  • Scotland-wide Orthodontics Programme (SWOP) 2
  • Orthodontics – Clinical Patient Care 2
  • Dissertation

Year 3:

  • Student-led Individually Created Course (SLICC)
  • Clinical Patient Care 3
  • Clinical Governance
  • Specialist-Level Clinical Case Reports