Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip)

Next course starts on 29th September

Study for a UK Accredited Postgraduate Diploma

Suitable for UK & International Students!

Learn how to approach more advanced fixed or Invisalign cases with greater confidence.

Gain a Diploma Level Qualification in Orthodontics and Dentofacial. Orthopaedics, whilst learning latest clinical techniques and skills required for successful practice.

Flexible online learning to fit your current work schedule

PG Dip in Orthodontics
and Orthodopedics

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics is a UK Accredited Qualification which can be completed online. The course is taught over a 1 year period and is open to students from UK and internationally. The next course intake on 29th September 2023.

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The Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics offered by the London Dental Institute is a one-year, part-time online course for dental professionals to expand their knowledge and skills in orthodontics.

  • Designed to teach orthodontics to a high level.
  • Built upon a solid foundation of evidence based practice and scientific research.
  • Material from our orthodontic courses is available 24/7 and can be accessed at your convenience.

UK Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma

Mentoring Provided
by Expert Tutors

12 Month Course Duration

Choose from Blended Learning
or 100% Online Study



Who Can Benefit


The programme is suitable for those with little or moderate working experience in orthodontics and who seek to advance their careers by gaining expertise in all orthodontic treatment options.

The programme also welcomes dentists with working experience in orthodontics, including those seeking an advanced orthodontics qualification or those who wish to refresh their skills and techniques.

where we study

Virtual Learning

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is our bespoke online training platform, designed primarily to be accessible on a desktop and through the LDi smartphone app.

The VLE offers a dynamic and social learning environment beyond a traditional one-way information portal. Providing an elegantly designed and user-friendly space for learning, the VLE serves as the central hub of our welcoming and inclusive professional community.

learn on the go

LDi App

Available for download on both the App Store and Google Play, the LDi App provides convenient access to all study materials, tailored learning experiences, and a dynamic learning environment that enhances your knowledge and skills.

Learn wherever you are, whenever you want.

what we cover

Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics Online Learning Units

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics consists of 6 online learning units with a total of 25 teaching modules, delivered by a international faculty of over 30 expert lecturers.

Unit 1 - The Biological Basis of Orthodontics

The first learning unit will introduce embryology, growth and development of the face and jaws. This will provide students with an understanding of the biology of tooth moments in orthodontics.


Unit 1 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • The Biological Basis of Orthodontics.
  • Clinical Research Skills.
  • Orthodontic Materials Science.

Unit 2 - Principles of Orthodontic Assessment and Diagnosis

This unit will provide the foundations required for accurate problem identification, case diagnosis and treatment planning.


Unit 2 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • Principles of Orthodontic Assessment and Diagnosis.
  • Clinical Photography.
  • Cephalometry.
  • Treatment Planning and Tooth Movement.

Unit 3 - Orthodontic Appliances

This unit introduces the appliances used in modern orthodontics, including fixed, removable and functional appliances, and clear aligners.


Unit 3 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • Introduction to Fixed Appliances.
  • Orthodontic Appliances.
  • Self Ligated Braces.
  • Lingual Orthodontics.
  • Clear Aligners I.

Unit 4 - The Foundations of Orthodontic Treatment

Explore the presentation and treatment of class I, II and III malocclusions. The module will also develop understanding on vertical and horizontal issues such as open bite and asymmetries. Retention, relapse and long-term stability of cases is explained.


Unit 4 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • Foundations of Orthodontic Treatment.
  • Advanced Orthodontic Treatment.
  • Growing Patients.
  • TADS.
  • Digital Orthodontics.
  • Orthodontic Retention.

Unit 5 - Advanced Treatment Mechanics

Build on the knowledge acquired from previous modules with teaching on advanced techniques,  biomechanics and impacted teeth.


Unit 5 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • Introduction to Biomechanics.
  • Advanced Treatment Mechanics.

  • Clear Aligners II.

Unit 6 - Adult and Multidisciplinary Treatment

This final learning unit covers the common situations encountered when orthodontically treating adults. This will include TMD, periodontal concerns and management, as well as the orthodontic restorative interface.


Unit 6 includes the Following Teaching Modules:


  • Adult Orthodontic Treatment.
  • Surgical Considerations.

  • Clear Aligners III.

  • Marketing and Orthodontic Practice.

Enhance your skills with a UK Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics


UK PG Dip Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics.

Course Duration

12 months online study

Course Fee

£9,995 (payable in installments)

Key Features

Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma

Gain a UK accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics through either blended learning, combining online study with face to face teaching or through 100% online study.

Online Learning Platform

Our bespoke online teaching platform is unique from other orthodontic courses and caters for a range of different learning styles and includes unique social features, designed for maximum engagement with your tutors and peers.

Online Educational Resources​

Get access to hundreds of hours of orthodontic courses, lectures, webinars, instructional videos, clinical guides and protocols to make your learning a success.

Case Mentoring

Learn to treat your own patients to an excellent standard. Our experts have vast experience teaching on orthodontic courses and are on hand to answer all your questions and guide you every step of the way.


Expert Advice and guidance

Clinical Support


The LDi is built around our on-hand clinical advice service and the incredible opportunities we offer for 1:1 support. Our team of highly experienced clinical tutors are here to offer advice, guidance and support on the cases you encounter in your practice, helping you improve your patient care immediately.

Upload your cases to the VLE to receive timely support and guidance from your tutors. As your patients progress through their orthodontic journey, confidently plan each stage of their treatment with the full support of our Specialist Orthodontist clinical tutor team. Wherever you are based, the tutors at LDi are available via desktop or smartphone app.

Virtual Class & Learning

Live Study Clubs

Throughout the Diploma, students will have the opportunity to participate in regular Live Study Clubs with our experienced clinical tutors

These online sessions, held via Zoom, provide a dynamic and interactive learning experience. In the live virtual classroom, you’ll have the chance to discuss key concepts and case-based examples with your peers in a guided discussion. The Live Study Clubs are designed to be provocative and prompt debate, deepening your understanding of the material covered in the course.


Hands-on Training

LDi Practical Training Kit


The course includes a full range of practical assessments and exercises to build on the theoretical principles of orthodontics taught. To facilitate this practical element of the course, all Diploma students receive a comprehensive Practical Training Kit to ensure they are fully prepared to begin treating their first patients.

The complementary kit includes training models, typodonts, orthodontic instruments and equipment for the practical training exercises covered in the course. Build your practical skills through demonstration videos and training exercises, and use your Orthodontic Practical Kit to facilitate the treatment of your patients.

The Practical Training Kit is included in the overall course cost and will be shipped to you at no additional charge, regardless of location.

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Face-to-Face Training

The London Dental Institute offers an annual residential conference for current and past students in London, UK

This exciting event provides an interactive and dynamic learning experience, with a particular focus on practical aspects of clinical orthodontics. Participants from all years of the course are welcome to join and share their experience in workshops and hands-on sessions. Participants also benefit from practical case-based discussions designed to build on the knowledge taught in the Diploma.


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Further Details

The LDi is passionate about the quality of our courses. As a result, we require participants to meet our entrance criteria and commit to completing formal assessments during the course. This helps us maintain our rigorous professional standards.

Should you have any questions about the entry requirements or the assessment process, please contact our admissions team directly.

Diploma Entrance Requirements

  • Possess a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent).
  • Have a minimum of one year’s experience as a registered dental practitioner.
  • Be able to demonstrate English language proficiency (if English is not a first language).


Throughout the year of study, there will be three multiple-choice exams to test knowledge of the theoretical concepts covered in the course. Alongside these assessments, students must complete a final case study presentation, which provides the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to apply the course material to real-world clinical scenarios.


Hear from our Alumni

The standard of the lecturers in the programme is very high. We are dealing with some of the top lecturers in orthodontics in the world. My take is that we received some of the best education available out there.

Dr. Thabo Twala
PG. Dip Graduate, South Africa

Great opportunity for a GDP to learn and understand how to approach orthodontics. It fits to any busy schedule, flexible and easily accessible. The best part of the course is the great mentoring team who will guide you and offer full support.

Dr. Bruna Purde
PG. Dip Graduate, UK

Doing this programme I had an instant benefit in my clinical work, even at the beginning before I started seeing any patients. The course helped me with guiding patients, children especially to getting the right referrals done and eventually being able to start my own treatment and help them out myself.

Dr. Abhinav Chandrasekar
PG. Dip Graduate, UK

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the course?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip) is a 12 month part-time online training programme for both UK and International dentists.


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. Delivered by our team of knowledgeable and approachable specialists and lecturers, our PG Diploma course blends theoretical and practical knowledge in a range of channels to help build a rounded knowledge base and skill set for our students.


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. We hope that the knowledge and skills built during the course will give our students confidence to provide patients with safe, predictable and controlled results in their future treatments.

How is the course delivered?

Students have 2 options for study:


1. 100% Online Study – the second study option is completely online, allowing student to gain their PG Diploma qualification without having to travel for training.


Our bespoke online orthodontic course e-learning platform has been designed to ensure students have the best and most accessible distance learning experience. All our postgraduate students will have access to hundreds of hours of online lecture content packed with detailed information from dental experts. The lectures are released sequentially and are then available throughout the course so you can refer back to them at any time you want.


We will delve deeper into specific topics, teach practical techniques and present treatment of complex cases during regular online live 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.


Students will also be given access to a private discussion group 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.


2. Blended Learning – combining online study with a practical face to face teaching week held in London. This approach enables our students to gain their PG Diploma qualification with minimal time away from work.


The face to face teaching week is optional and not a requirement for the diploma. Additional fees apply for the face to face teaching week in London.

What qualification will I be awarded?

Following successful completion of the course, students will be officially awarded the LDi Postgraduate Diploma in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (PG Dip. Ortho). This course has been accredited as Level 7 by the official awarding body EduQual Level 7. EduQual is a regulated awarding body, approved by SQA-Accreditation, a globally-recognised national qualifications regulator in the UK.

What will my qualification mean?

Students will be taught both theoretical and practical skills, in order to further their skills and confidence in the orthodontic field. Our students should be able to use their knowledge to provide a grounding for a future career in orthodontics.


It should be noted that this is not a specialist training programme. Students are advised to investigate the specific requirements for treating orthodontic patients within the country in which they intend to practise, as this may vary.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants should hold a primary dental qualification (for example, BDS or equivalent). Documentation will need to be provided of this and of dental registration. Internet access is required for online learning . Students are expected to be actively working in general dental practice. Ideally, they will have attended some basic orthodontic courses and to have treated some simple orthodontic cases already to have a basic understanding of orthodontic treatments.

Will the course be taught in English?

The course is taught in English therefore both written and spoken understanding of the English language is required. It is expected that applicants are of the equivalent proficiency to IELTS Level 7 (or equivalent). This will ensure that students are able to gain the most from their experience. For more information please see the IELTS homepage.

Will I be treating live patients?

All online orthodontic course teaching will be delivered through a variety of teaching styles including lectures, webinars, and  demonstrations of relevant techniques. Students will be encouraged to start treating patients in their own clinic/office during the course and mentoring for clinical cases will be provided by course tutors.

Do I need to travel to the UK?

All Postgraduate Diploma students have the option to attend one week-long face to face orthodontic conference/teaching block in London. Travel to London is optional and is not a requirement for the Diploma course. Additional fees apply for the orthodontic conference.

Fees and Payment Options

PG Diploma Orthodontics
& Dentofacial Orthopaedics


(+VAT for UK applicants)

This fee is fully inclusive of all online teaching material, as well as the LDi Orthodontic Practical Kit posted directly to your chosen address.



Payment Plan

You can spread the cost with with an initial non-refundable enrolment payment of £832 and then 11 monthly instalments of £833 per month (+VAT for UK applicants), or pay in full to benefit from a 5% discount.

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