Orthodontic Therapy

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The application period for the 2024-2025 programme has now closed. 

Towards creating a skilled and sustained workforce a minimum of two training places within the 2024-2025 programme have been prioritised for training posts where the base location is within Scotland’s Remote & Rural Board areas, subject to meeting all programme entry requirements.

Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy - Course Structure

This GDC-approved course follows a modular format. The core teaching, comprising 20 days, is delivered at the start of the course over a 4 week period in the Edinburgh Dental Education Centre. This allows time for students to assimilate what will be a large amount of new knowledge.

A further 10 teaching days are delivered, approximately one day per month, during the rest of the course. These days cover subjects in which the students may require additional teaching and support and will also include "mock assessments" prior to the final examination.


The most important and significant component of the course is the workplace-based training, under the direct supervision of the trainer, who must be a specialist orthodontist in a practice, hospital or salaried dental service department.


The course fees are £8,000 for student orthodontic therapists working within the NHS in Scotland and £12,500 for any students working out with NHS Scotland. 

The final diploma examination fee must be paid directly by the student, their trainer or their hospital/salaried dental service to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Application Criteria

The following link outlines the student and trainer specifications required:

Orthodontic Therapy Programme Overview with Trainee and Trainer Specifications

Contact Us

For any further information, please email: edin.dental@nes.scot.nhs.uk

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