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London Dental Institute

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Postgraduate Diploma | Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip) is a one year part-time programme for both UK and International dentists. Teaching for this knowledge based course is delivered via a blended learning format, combining online study with two face to face residential teaching blocks in London.

The course is designed to teach orthodontics to a high level and has been built upon a solid foundation of evidence based practice and scientific research. Throughout the programme students will learn how to achieve excellent clinical results by following current diagnostic and clinical treatment concepts, and benefit from ongoing support from experts in the field of orthodontics.

Following completion of The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics students should be able to diagnose and treat patients of all ages who present with a range of malocclusions, from straightforward to more advanced and complex multidisciplinary cases.

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About this Course:


Final Award:
Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics
(PG Dip)

Application Status

Study Mode
Part-time Blended Learning:
Combined online study + two residential training blocks in London.


Start Date 
September 2020

12 Months Part-time


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Course Details

This module introduces fundamental concepts of embryology, growth and development of the face and jaws with particular relevance to orthodontics. Topics covered will include craniofacial development, normal and abnormal development of the dentition, bone biology and the biology of tooth movement in orthodontics.

This module will equip students with the necessary skills to complete a comprehensive orthodontic examination and assessment and develop orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning skills. Students will gain an increased understanding of the relevant records used in orthodontics and understand the important role of dental imaging. Knowledge gained from this unit will allow learners to identify and start treating the majority of orthodontic cases. Topics covered include clinical examination, photography, radiology, cephalometrics, CBCT, space analysis and occlusion.

This module will provide an in depth knowledge on a range of appliances used in modern orthodontics. Student will develop the ability to critically appraise the available appliance options and select the appropriate treatment course for the patient. Topics covered include fixed appliances, removable appliances and functional appliances, clear aligners and lingual braces.

This module will consolidate the knowledge acquired in previous modules and enable students to develop a more in depth understanding clinical principles required to treat the vast majority of orthodontic cases. Topics covered include class I, II and III malocclusions, deep bite, open bite and transverse issues, and cases requiring combined orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery.


This module builds upon the principles from previous modules, giving students further detail on more advanced orthodontic concepts. Students will gain in depth knowledge of cutting-edge treatment techniques, managing unwanted side effects and troubleshooting to ensure a greater understanding of advanced protocols and treatment plans available for patients with complex orthodontic needs. The unit will also cover the important subject of long-term patient care after treatment completion. Topics covered include biomechanics, anchorage, temporary anchorage devices (TADs), impacted teeth, retention and relapse.

This module will prepare students for the varying challenges that treating adult and complex adolescent patients can provide in clinical practice. These challenges can be different to those routinely seen in straightforward child or adolescent cases that the majority of orthodontic teaching and literature focuses on. Topics covered include adult orthodontic treatment, temperomandibular joint disorders, periodontology and orthodontic treatment and the orthodontic restorative interface.

Blended Learning Course Structure

The blended learning format, combines online learning, clinical practice and face-to-face classroom based teaching, which enables our students to continue working while gaining a their diploma qualification.

Online lectures, webinars and tutorials are available for students to refer to from the comfort of their home or workplace, while face to face teaching is delivered in two intensive blocks, designed to limit the amount of time away from practice while still delivering a valuable learning experience and the opportunity to connect with lecturers and peers in person.

Online Learning

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Study remotely from the comfort of your own home or office with our bespoke online learning platform. Here are just a few of the benefits:

On Demand Lectures: All our postgraduate students get access to hundreds of hours of online lecture content packed with detailed information from dental experts. The lectures are available throughout the course so you can refer back to them at any time you want.

Live Streamed Webinars: We delve deeper into specific topics, teach practical techniques and present treatment of complex cases during regular online webinars. Most webinars last 1-2 hours with plenty of time for questions included. All live webinars are recorded, so no need to worry if you miss one or want to watch one again later.

Exclusive Private Study Club: Once you are enrolled on a course you will be given access to a private discussion forum where you can get to know your colleagues from around the world, discuss topics further and receive private mentoring and coaching if you require. There is no such thing as a stupid question and we actively encourage you to ask as many questions as you want, no query is too basic or too complex.

Face to Face Teaching

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Learn from Leading Experts: Face to face teaching is offered in two teaching blocks in London. Benefit from in-person teaching from leading UK and international speakers and learn advanced hands-on practical techniques which can be applied to your clinical practice immediately.

Interact with Your Peers: Meet the faculty and fellow students face to face in an open learning environment. Our face to face lectures are made as interactive as possible and include plenty of time for group discussion. In the past we’ve found some great new ideas and treatment concepts can be born out of these fun and friendly sessions. The teaching blocks are designed to maximise your experience, while keeping time away from practice to a minimum.

Discover the Best that London has to Offer: Classes will be held in the heart of London’s West End, near the theatre district and some of London’s finest bars, restaurants and nightlife. In your evenings and spare time you can explore the popular nearby tourist spots of Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square and visit many top attractions such as Regent’s Park, London Zoo and Madame Tussaud’s.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent). Internet access is required for the online learning component of the course. The course is taught in English therefore understanding of the English language is required.

Fees, Costs and Funding

  • £11,995 (UK/EU & International students)

  • This fee is fully inclusive of both online and face to face course tuition as well as all instruments and materials used during the face to face teaching blocks of the diploma. Travel, accommodation and subsistence for the face-to-face training blocks in London are not included.

How to Apply

Applications for September 2020 entry are now open to both UK and International dentists.

To apply please register your interest using our simple online application form and a member of our team will be in contact shortly.